Takeaways from Justin Holiday on Atlanta Hawks media day

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The Atlanta Hawks media day was on where they introduced so many new faces into the squad. one of these new faces is a returning player from earlier in his career, Justin Holiday, After some of the newer players had a short time in front of the media, Holiday was engaging and spent a good amount of time in front of the microphone.

This shows a level of comfort with his surroundings which Holiday touched on. He played for the Hawks in his third season before being traded to the Chicago Bulls. Still, the time that Holiday spent in Atlanta last time has left him feeling more at ease with his surroundings this season.

He has also a level of comfort with the fact that he played under Nate McMillan in Indiana. This allows Holiday to come to the Hawks and know his role. As he said during the interview, Nate trusts me. This should mean that Holiday will feel at ease when he takes the court.

So what are the Atlanta Hawks going to get with Justin Holiday on the team?

The Hawks had two goals going into the offseason and getting Holiday into the fold helps to satisfy both of them. He brings a level of veteran leadership and a presence to the locker room which is invaluable when you are trying to build a championship-caliber roster.

He is also a solid 3-and-D player who will be able to come off the bench and continue the defensive presence. The good thing for the Hawks is that Holiday plays hard every time that he hits the floor and this should have a flow-on effect for the rest of the team.

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Holiday is also an NBA champion from back in 2015 when he was a member of the Golden State Warriors. The Hawks would love to be able to draw on this in an effort to get themselves out of the Eastern Conference and into their first NBA Finals series as the Atlanta Hawks.