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The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending all regular season games after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus. 

The Atlanta Hawks were in the final moments of their game against the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena when the news began circulating.

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Two Kobe Bryant murals have been painted on the BeltLine, and rock band TOOL paid tribute to the late basketball icon during the Atlanta stop of their tour.

TOOL guitarist Adam Jones shared a shot of the band’s State Farm Arena stage tribute to Bryant from Tuesday night on Instagram.

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Monday on Political Rewind, we took an in-depth look at sports betting from two of the leading advocates for a law enabling betting in Georgia; the CEOs of two of Atlanta's major sports organizations.

What are the opportunities and risks for Georgia associated with the legalization of some specific forms of sports betting?

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops back to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, if you are wagering that sports betting may soon be legal in Georgia, your odds of being correct have just gotten better.

The Atlanta Hawks, the Braves, Atlanta United and the Falcons have joined forces to push the legislature to make it legal. Our panel weighs in on how the battle is likely to unfold in the upcoming session.


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The Atlanta Falcons have had a rough first half to the season. After a loss of 27 to 20 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, speculation has been flying around whether Falcons owner Arthur Blank will fire coach Dan Quinn during the bye week.

Georgia sports fans are used to dashed hopes, but not all franchises based in Atlanta are suffering like the Falcons. The Atlanta Hawks have had a strong start to their season, and Atlanta United is looking hopeful for a chance to take the MLS Cup for the second year in a row.

As speculation spreads over the potential mid-season replacement of Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, we get an update on all things happening in Atlanta Sports. On Second Thought speaks with Jon Nelson, host and correspondent for GPB’s Football Friday, and Taylor Gantt, GPB’s Morning Edition producer to hear about the Atlanta Falcons, Hawks and Atlanta United.

  • South Georgia Jury Rules In Favor Of Fired Corrections Officer
  • New Program Helps Released Inmates Overcome Substance Use Disorders
  • Hawks Come From Behind To Win Home Opener

The Atlanta Hawks begin training camp this week ahead of the upcoming NBA season, and they'll be doing so with the oldest player in the league on their roster.


At 41 years of age, Vince Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA on a team with many young players and new faces. He spoke Monday about his role at a media event held at Emory's Sports Medicine Complex.



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Philips Arena, located in downtown Atlanta and home to the NBA's Hawks, has a new name. It’s now State Farm Arena.

The Hawks announced Wednesday they agreed to a 20-year naming rights deal with the insurance agency which currently has a regional hub in Dunwoody. 

  • State Senate & House Bi-partisan School Safety Study Committees Go To Work
  • Atlanta Hawks Introduce New Head Coach
  • Andrew Young Health Update  

  • Hawks Part Ways With Head Coach
  • GBI At Atlanta City Hall For Open Records Request Investigation
  • Arrest Warrant Issued For Marietta Fire Chief Candidate

  • Georgia Aquarium Expansion Planned
  • South Fulton Decriminalizes Pot Possession
  • Former Hawks Employee Claims Anti-White Discrimination

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Dikembe Mutombo is one of the most recognizable players in Atlanta Hawks history. Now retired, the seven-foot-two-inch center spent five seasons in Atlanta, and was a defensive powerhouse in the NBA for 18 seasons.


The NBA playoffs began this past weekend and it was a rough start for the Atlanta Hawks.

They lost on Sunday to the Washington Wizards, 114-107, in the first of a seven game series.

It's been an up and down season for Atlanta's basketball team. But will things change in time for the playoffs?

Atlanta Hawks Awarded For Diversity Efforts

Mar 8, 2017
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On March 2, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club was awarded the Best Diversity Campaign or Initiative Award at the 3rd Annual Cynopsis Social Good Awards in New York. The award is given to a network, brand, agency or corporation that is committed to racial, ethnic, religious, and gender diversity.

The National Basketball Association has traditionally been dominated by men on and off the court. But over the years, efforts to promote inclusion have made headway in the form of female referees, front office staff, and even coaching. Here in Georgia, Nzinga Shaw hopes to further promote progress alongside the Atlanta Hawks as the NBA’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

We talk to Shaw about her time on the job and hear what she thinks has improved and what is left to be accomplished.