ATLANTA — Today was media for the Atlanta Hawks, and I was there getting all the latest about the team down south. Al Horford drew the biggest crowd for the media, and he talked about everything from the new players, to shooting threes.
“It’s one of the things I always work on, not only the 3, but I always try to work on different areas of my game, and when I feel good enough about them, I will bring them out,” Horford said about shooting from beyond the arc. With the pick and pop game that comes with coach Bud’s system, Horford extending his range could help smooth things along on offense. “If I’m in a position to shoot them, I will, but it’s not like I’m going to be looking for it.”
With a myriad of new big men, Horford addressed the practices and competition it brings. “Oh, it’s going to be intense. These guys are workers, they work hard, and coach [Darvin] Ham looks like he can play right now. He’s showing me moves out there, he’s helping a lot with my post game, and I’ve been working with him about half the summer. I’m looking forward to going out there and getting better, and just competing with these guys. It’s going to be an intense training camp,” Horford added.
Also, underneath coach Budenholzer, the team will shift from an offensive team, to a team centered around team defense. “I’ll tell you right off the bat, if we want to be successful, especially in the East, you have to defend. You have to be a good defensive team, but I like our offense, as it creates a lot of movement, and we have guys that can score the ball. That’s why I feel good about it. We will take care of the defense, and the offense will be fine,” Horford told me when I asked about the team’s mindset.
Overall Horford touched on his reluctance to trust Danny Ferry, but he likes where the team is going. All the bigs touched on how the pick and roll heavy offense fits their game, and Horford sounded excited about this year’s team.