Were Ferry still here, I'd feel a lot better about the Hawks' future. He built the team that would win 60 games last season, and the personnel moves since Ferry took his leave of absence on Sept. 12, 2014, have left much to be desired. But he's not here. He admitted his error, did his penance and took his buyout.
As for those who might say, "He's a racist" ... well, he's actually one of the few people in this world who has a legal document saying he's not. The Hawks' in-house investigation, as conducted by the law firm Alston and Bird,
absolved Ferry of any racial bias. He has a letter to that effect bearing Alston and Bird's imprint in his possession. He insisted on it before accepting the buyout. Danny Ferry is no fool.