Owner making mess of Hawks' offseason

Updated: August 5, 2005, 5:30 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

There can only be one outcome in the Joe Johnson-to-Atlanta saga.

There can only be one outcome, that is, which spares the Hawks from irreparable damage as opposed to their usual doses of mere empty-arena humiliation.

The Hawks have to emerge from this nightmare with Johnson as their point guard … and with Steve Belkin stripped of any decision-making power.

It is no longer enough for the Hawks to simply push the trade through, which is what everyone close to the ...

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