The Hawks will begin their Las Vegas Summer League campaign on Saturday July 12 at 1:30 PM ET, and they have a pretty nice roster headed out west.
The Summer League team is filled with rookies, second-year players, and fringe roster guys, so sometimes the quality of basketball is questionable. This year’s squad will be coached by Hawks’ assistant Darvin Ham, and he spoke about his role as coach on Thursday.
“Initially when you come into a situation like this, you basically need to make sure that the guys are locked in and focused.” Ham told Hawks.com. Ham knows that having a bunch of young players teamed with guys who have a lot to prove can be frustrating, so his goals are a little different than they would be in the regular season. “Every coach’s dream is to have perfect execution, but again in circumstances like these, you’ve got to be realistic.”
“My thing was to make sure they come out, and we have a mindset to compete, be focused, defend, and also share the ball,” Ham added, “I think we’ve accomplished that.” The Hawks are entering their second season under head coach Mike Budenholzer, and his system is starting to change the way the roster is playing the game. Coach Bud requires a lot of ball movement, spacing, and smart play. As the coach of the Summer League team, Ham had orders from Budenholzer when it came to moving the ball. “That was my direct order from coach Bud,” he said, “I like our group, though.”
The Hawks Summer League starts with a game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday at 1:30 PM ET. Stay tuned to Soaring Down South as we bring you all the latest news on free agency and Summer League.
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