Originally created 08/30/97

Blaylock agrees to four more years with Hawks



ATLANTA (AP) - Point guard Mookie Blaylock has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Atlanta Hawks, general manager Pete Babcock announced Friday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Blaylock, entering his sixth season with the Hawks, is coming off his best season in the NBA.

Last season he averaged 17.4 points, 5.9 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. His steals average led the league.

The Hawks also have promoted Chris Tucker to head trainer, replacing Joe O'Toole, who is retiring after 28 seasons with the team.

Last season, O'Toole, 60, earned the National Basketball Trainers Association's NBA Trainer of the Year award for the second time in his career.

Tucker worked last season as the Hawks' strength and conditioning coach and assistant trainer.