If you have ever been a fan of the Atlanta Hawks, you are very well acquainted with disappointment. Year-after-year there are two things you can count on…taxes and Hawks losing. On Sunday, they completed yet another disappointing chapter when the Cleveland Cavaliers finished the sweep in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
I can’t say that I have been a “loyal” Hawks fan over the years. In fact, I lost interest in the National Basketball Association (NBA) shortly after the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty ended. I remember my first interest of the Hawks came in the 1978-79 season when they took the Washington Bullets to seven games. I followed them closely every season after that.
I also became well versed in the disappointing end to many Hawks’ seasons. The most devastating loss during my time was in the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals when the Hawks took a 3-2 lead in the series back to Atlanta and had a chance to close out the Boston Celtics; however, Larry Bird and the Celtics stormed back and won the series 4-3.
In the 1993-94 season the Hawks posted a 57-35 record and clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference but were upset by the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in six games.
Then from 1999-2000 through 2006-2007 the Hawks’ franchise fell on hard times and failed to make the playoffs.
Then in 2014-2015, the Hawks had their best record in franchise history (60-22) and finally got past the Eastern Conference Semifinal round but were swept in the Conference final by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
So once again, Hawks’ fans are waiting for another “next year” and hope for another chance to win a title.