When the Lakers come to town, they’re the hottest ticket around, and this is no different in Atlanta. Who knows what this Lakers team will look like next year – who knows if it’ll even feature Dwight Howard – but either way, Kobe’s going to be there, so you’re going to want Atlanta Hawks Tickets when they next touch down in Georgia.
They only visit the Phillips Arena once a year, so you definitely don’t want to miss out if you’re a Laker fan. Even if you’re not a fan of the purple and gold, this could be the last time Kobe Bryant ever makes an appearance in Atlanta, so you’ll definitely want to catch this one live.
Interestingly, Dwight Howard is from Atlanta and the Hawks are expected to target him this summer when he becomes a free agent: could they sign both Howard and re-sign Josh Smith? That would definitely be a defensive duo worth watching if they can pull it off.
The Hawks, having only ever won one championship, are looking to rebuild their franchise into a title contender. After struggling to advance in the playoffs, even when boasting a triple-headed beast in Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Smith, the team looked to mix things up by hiring a new general manager in Danny Ferry last year. He managed to move Johnson’s big contract – a feat that was thought to be near impossible by almost everybody in the basketball world – and the Hawks are now looking to make some noise in the Eastern conference.
Whether Smith re-signs or not this summer, the Hawks will have a bunch of cap space to chase free agents with, and any new additions to the team will be exciting to watch in person as the incoming talents try to blend together and form a contender. Selling tickets every night is definitely one of the major aims by the Hawks, so they’ll want to stay competitive during their rebuild, rather than just tanking towards a low seed for a high pick while they see their fan base dwindling out of sight.
Of course, fan bases will always come back once a team is doing well; just look at the Los Angeles Clippers – they’re selling tickets like crazy right now and have had consecutive sell outs for many, many months. A lot of it is to do with Chris Paul – who the Hawks will also likely target during the summer – but at the end of the day, just winning draws crowds.
Will the Lakers win the next time they visit Atlanta? You’ll have to get tickets to the game and find out for yourself…