The Hawks reached the midpoint of the NBA season with a 22-19 record under first-year coach Mike Budenholzer. The three-games-above .500 mark is good enough for third place in the Eastern Conference. There has been some good, such as home victories over top teams in each conference. There has been some bad, such as the season-ending loss of star Al Horford.
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Roy Simmons visited such quiet, dark, lonely depths that you had to wonder if he ever saw blue sky. Only pages into the book he wrote in 2006 — “Out of Bounds: Coming out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet” — he took the reader to the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge.