The Hawks have been through an eventful off-season. They have made some nice moves in free agency, while maintaining some financial flexibility for the future. With so much turnover, and letting guys go, Al Horford now becomes the longest tenured player in Atlanta. In an interview with Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Horford talked everything from Danny Ferry, to coach Budenholzer’s new system. In the interview, he talked about how he had some questions about how Ferry was handling the off-season:
Q. What were those moves?
A. “I was on edge of course. I’m not going to lie to you. I questioned certain things, like ‘What is going on here?’ I was like ‘We need to get Kyle back. We need to get Jeff back. What’s going on?’ I was definitely on edge about all the things. Once I realized how everything was going, I was like ‘They have a vision. They know that they are doing. I have to trust them.’ I have to make sure that I get better and just get ready.
I think the Hawks will be just as good as last year, and under Budenholzer, we should see better stability and team defense. As for the offense, all talks have pointed to an offense that mirrors the Spurs, and Horford touched on that as well:
Q. Do you know anything about the system that coach Budenholzer is going to put in? Is it completely different than you have been running and how long will it take (to install) from a players’ perspective?
A. I honestly don’t know much about it. I keep hearing that it’s similar to San Antonio. We are running a lot of pick and rolls. We’ve been playing pick-up ball here for the last couple of weeks. I’m seeing some things. It seems like a pretty straightforward concept. I, obviously, haven’t had to learn all the plays. It’s going to be interesting. We are all going to be learning this together. I think the quicker we can pick it up the easier it’s going to be.
Go read the entire interview, as it is very well done. Horford does duck a question about the depth added in the frontcourt as well. This should be an interesting season for the Hawks.
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