Jameer Nelson didn’t get to face Derrick Rose in Round 2 after all, but he at least had the opportunity to watch the Hawks do so for Game 1. Before the Hawks-Magic match-up in Round 1 of the playoffs, Jameer Nelson made the side comment to Derrick Rose “I’ll catch you in Round 2,” indicating that the Magic would easily do away with the Hawks in the first round.
Well, the Hawks got their comeuppance this time, and they made sure Jameer remembered. Prior to Game 1 against the Bulls, Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche left two tickets in the 300 level for Nelson. Triche got the idea from former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville who used to leave tickets for Elvis.
“Things that make me happy about this job,” Triche said on Twitter. “Taking a page out of Jerry Glanville’s book, I think I’ll follow through on Jameer’s request to catch Derrick Rose in the 2nd round.”
To Triche’s knowledge, Nelson didn’t use the tickets, but he might leave more for Game 3 in Atlanta. Nelson’s comment was yet another example of the Hawks being underestimated. Josh Smith noted:
“They never give us a chance. They never talk about the Hawks. They talk about Orlando, Chicago, Boston and Miami. We’re always sneaking under the radar.”
Let’s hope the Hawks can sneak under the radar yet again and leave tickets for Jameer in Miami or Boston as well.