Fans of the Atlanta Hawks have been marveling at the things Trae Young has done on the floor since he entered the league and, over the years, he was been able to showcase his talents on bigger stages in the postseason even reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021. But what about the feats of others that leave him in awe?
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry provided one this weekend at the American Century Championship, the first for that particular hole in the event’s history.
“He really a better golfer than most golfers,” Young tweeted in reaction. “This is crazy.”
Curry, 35, is, of course, a multi-time All-Star, All-NBA selection, champion, and arguably the greatest shooter of all time. But he also is an avid fan of golf, even hosting the game show ‘Holey Moley’ on ABC that challenges contestants to sink wacky mini-golf-style shots.
He and Young have a relationship that the latter has spoken of before which started early on with comparisons.
Young also called it a “dream” after he was able to outdo Curry and the Warriors last season.
“He’s been like my big bro since I got in the league, and even before that,” Young told Bally Sports Hawks reporter Lauren Jbara. “He’s always given me advice. I just appreciate him. He’s one of the guys that set the blueprint for guys like me to come in the league and take over. So, it’s a blessing to be able to have a guy like him give me advice. So I love it.”
Young and some of the other Hawks also worked out with Curry and Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving – then of the Brooklyn Nets – last summer and Curry’s teammate Draymond Green recently came to the Hawks star’s defense over the narrative that he is a “coach killer”.
As for the comparisons, Young’s game has never truly matched Curry’s for better or worse. But that hasn’t stopped people from insisting Young play more like Curry.
But former teammate John Collins did note two things Young was better at than Curry.
“I definitely can say for sure I feel like he’s a way better playmaker than Steph,” Collins told Bally Sports NBA insider Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson in April, “and better isolation scorer.”
As Collins noted in that interview, comparisons are prevalent in the sports social commentary, so comparisons of Young to Curry – or Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving all for different reasons – aren’t likely to end any time soon.
Jalen Johnson causes stir on Hawks Twitter with cryptic tweet
A picture is worth 1,000 words but an emoji can spark countless hypotheticals about its meaning or if it even has any meaning at all. Third-year Hawks forward Jalen Johnson got the people going with an otherwise innocuous tweet that simply featured a singular brick emoji with no other context.
The reactions to his tweet ranged from building to leaving and everything in between with little agreement on the whole.
This seemed to be the most prevalent sentiment and with good reason after an anonymous member of the Hawks’ staff in Las Vegas told Keith Smith of Spotrac that this is a big year for the 21-year-old former No. 20 overall pick (2021).
“The opportunity is there,” the staffer said. “He just needs to take it.”
Johnson – who averaged 5.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists this past season – displayed the multi-faceted skill set that made him a highly-touted prospect leading up to the draft. And he certainly has a chance to claim a larger role with John Collins traded to the Utah Jazz, that is unless the Hawks are successful in their pursuit of Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam.
We must also never forget, that players are acutely aware of what typically happens this time of the season and could simply be messing with fans on purpose.