"I would have traded Dikembe Mutombo to the Knicks for Marcus Camby and Allan Houston, even if I thought Houston was going to leave as a free agent after a year. At least then you're taking a shot at something.... The East has become a conference for twos and threes, and those guys are all going to run right past Mutombo. He's a slow, plodding center, and he's only effective if the Hawks can hold the tempo down. But I think their other players want to run too.... Basically the Hawks are the same team they were last year. Their top draft pick, DerMarr Johnson, isn't going to help them right away. He's a nice talent, but he looks lost.... Apart from Mutombo, there really isn't anyone who's going to give you the same dependable effort every night. Jim Jackson is so up-and-down, and Jason Terry is another schizo guy.... The biggest thing Lon Kruger has going for him is his long-term contract."