Basketball is very good. This long hiatus is … not. If there’s a small silver lining, it’s that the break provides time to dig beneath the surface and explore each team’s core identity, whether the games are played in front of cardboard cutouts of fans at Disney World or not. This is the dramatic conclusion of our series looking at the overlooked story line for each team.
Atlanta Hawks: Steve, Stefan, Stephen
There’s a running subplot in the ’90s sitcom Family Matters in which the nerdy next-door neighbor, Steve Urkel, discovers a way to splice his one “cool” gene and transform himself into the suavest MFer imaginable: Stefan Urquelle.
Stefan ends up coming in a little too hot, naturally, and Steve eventually has to figure out a way to balance who he is with his alter ego.
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