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Knight to step down after leading Hawks out of playoff drought

Updated: May 7, 2008, 11:12 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- Billy Knight says he's leaving the Atlanta Hawks "in much better shape than it was in when I took over."

Knight stuck to his slow, often painful plan to build with youth. The plan meant enduring repeated last-place finishes, but the Hawks showed steady if slow improvement and finally ended a nine-year playoff drought this season.

Knight's critics have said the Hawks' climb to the playoffs wouldn't have taken so long if the general manager had enjoyed more consistent ...

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