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Basketball: Hawks bring back Kevin Willis

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posted on Sep, 22 2004 @ 04:37 PM
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The Atlanta Hawks signed free agent Kevin Willis on Wednesday, nearly a decade after the veteran big man ended an 11- year stint with the team.

Willis, who is second only to Karl Malone among all active players in games played, spent the past two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds over 48 games last season.

"To be back with the franchise I started my career with is a wonderful thing," Willis said. "I hope to do whatever I can to try and bring more excitement and positive energy to the team."

In his first stint with the Hawks from 1984-1994, Willis, who turned 42 on September 6, averaged 14.5 points and 10.0 rebound over 724 games.

He was a first-round pick (11th overall) by the team in 1984 draft, and is sixth all-time in NBA games played.

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