Podcast blog: Hawks’ owner says, ‘I want a (bleepin’) parade’

Jesse Itzler, part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks lives in Atlanta. He is married to Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and has three children.

Jesse Itzler, part-owner of the Hawks, lives in Atlanta with his wife, Spanx owner Sara Blakely, and their four children.

The Hawks have won their first three games of the season. For a team that’s projected to go 43-39 in wagering circles after some polarizing off-season decisions, it’s a nice way to start. Whether that’s an indication of the direction this team is going remains to be seen but one thing is certain: Jesse Itzler isn’t going to “settle,” which is something that Atlanta’s sports teams often are accused of.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Itzler, even as a minority owner but an Atlanta resident, evolve into one of the main faces of the organization. Majority owner Tony Ressler lives in Los Angeles and for now shows a preference to stay in the background. Grant Hill, another part-owner and the most well-known partner because of his playing career, curiously also has chosen not to take on a major role in basketball operations. In Part I of an interview on the “We Never Played The Game” podcast, Itzler talked about his unusual background, which started as a rap artist in the 1990s (under the pseudonym Jesse Jaymes).

In Part II, which is linked here, Itzler makes it clear how driven he is as a sports owner.

“I want a (bleepin’) parade,” he said.

Yes. He said that. Except he didn’t say, bleepin’.

Itzler said sports teams, like companies need “a whole team of step-on-the-gas people to be successful,” and it became clear in the interview that ownership’s evaulation of the Hawks — players, front office and ownership structure — is continuing.

How driven is Itzler?

“I take  a freezing cold shower to start every day and when I can’t take it any more I count 20 Mississippi’s. Then I literally walk out of the shower and say, ‘Let’s go.'”

Hope you enjoy Part II of the interview. To subscribe and listen to all previous episodes, go to the iTunes show page.

For Part I of the Jesse Itzler interview, click here.

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Atlanta Man's Peachtree
Atlanta Man's Peachtree

I love readin ole Shcultzie blogs. This one shows his keen sense of observation as he talks about one of the new owners livin in Atlanta, which is great, and he looks right at home in his apartment in At ...hey wait a minute...Atlanta looks just like New York City, aint that interesting. Way to go Schultzie, once more you show us how you can't see the forest  from the trees. 

Super Elf
Super Elf

Once again, the Hawks ownership looks like a circus act. Wish they would sell the team and just get an NHL franchise out in the burbs. As we have seen for several years, the NBA is Scripted, played by one and done college thugs and is not attended any more.