Hawks' starters have nothing to lose

Updated: October 7, 2003, 2:15 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Shareef Abdur-Rahim should score another 20 points per game this year for the Hawks. If he isn't traded. Theo Ratliff should block another three shots per game for Atlanta. If he isn't injured. Stephen Jackson should shake those rumors about his sulking in the locker room while the Spurs won 60 games and an NBA title. If he isn't sulking in the locker room while having to play for the Hawks while winning half as many games.

There isn't enough talent on this roster to mount any decent position battles to speak of.

Jason Terry, Boris Diaw, Jackson, Reef and Ratliff should be starting simply by showing up. If they remember that there are new owners in Atlanta and do show up in the first place.