The Atlanta Hawks officially named Larry Drew as their new head coach yesterday.

The Hawks announced Drew's hiring 2 days after several news organizations reported the team had selected Mike Woodson's top assistant as its new coach. It will be Drew's first head coaching job.

The Hawks will formally introduce Drew at a news conference today. The 52-year-old Drew is a former point guard who played in the NBA for 10 seasons. He was an assistant with the Lakers, Detroit, Washington and New Jersey before coming to Atlanta as Woodson's lead assistant in 2004.

"It has been a long journey to reach this level in my career and I'm very appreciative of the support I've been given by the ownership group and Rick," Drew said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to become a head coach in this league, and I will do my very best to continue to build on what we've accomplished here in Atlanta."


* Tom Izzo is trying to take his time as he weighs the pros and cons of becoming head coach of the Cavaliers or staying at Michigan State.

"Still gathering," Izzo wrote yesterday in a text message to the Associated Press.

Izzo spent several hours in Cleveland with team officials on Thursday, and he told reporters that night that the situation wouldn't go on forever.

Cleveland may intensify talks with Byron Scott if Izzo tells Cavs owner Dan Gilbert that he's declining the offer. The Spartans may hire one of Izzo's former assistants, such as Dayton's Brian Gregory, should Izzo find himself with a new employer for the first time since 1983.