Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Hawks GM speaks at UWG's Top-Off Breakfast
The NBA may be in a lockout, but the college season is on the horizon and an Atlanta Hawks official was in Carrollton Tuesday to help jump start another year of University of West Georgia men’s basketball.
Rick Sund, the Hawks’ executive vice president and general manager, served as the keynote speaker at the first-ever Wolves Tip-Off Breakfast at The Coliseum, an event aimed to benefit the West Georgia Athletic Fund and build some buzz for the upcoming UWG season, which begins Friday night at the SIAC/GCS Challenge in Atlanta.
West Georgia men’s basketball coach Michael Cooney thought the inaugural event was a success, with roughly 100 guests on hand to listen to Sund speak, take part in several raffle opportunities and enjoy a catered breakfast.
“I’m tickled. Just again, to have this kind of support and turnout on such short notice, I’m just really grateful to all the people that came out (Tuesday) morning, especially Rick Sund donating his time to help tip-off this program and get some enthusiasm going about men’s basketball,” Cooney said.
Sund noted that it proved to be a somewhat unique speaking engagement since many of the issues he’d normally address are off limits because of the lockout and league restrictions.
“It’s a little bit difficult, because I’m restricted on what I can and cannot say and what the topics are. So talking about the profession and the industry is probably a little different twist than what normally would take place. But I think the questions were real good, and hopefully, they enjoyed it,” Sund said. “We just went a different route than normal.”
Sund, a two-sport athlete at Northwestern University, playing basketball and football, spoke of his early rise among NBA executives when the expansion Dallas Mavericks hired him as their general manager in 1979 at 28 years of age, making him the youngest GM in NBA history.