The Atlanta Hawks will play their first In-Season Tournament game on November 14 on the road versus the Detroit Pistons.
To commemorate the upcoming date and build up the anticipation even further, they came up with a new social media campaign themed after the website Only-Fans complete with suggestive references. The video caught Dejounte Murray’s attention and the star had one demand.
“MANNNNNNN DELETE THIS S***,” Murray exclaimed in a post on X on November 9.
The link takes fans to a landing page with the complete In-Season Tournament slate starting with the game against the Pistons and ending with the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 28 with one more date to be determined by the results.
Murray is off to a strong start, averaging 22.6 points and shooting 38.5% from beyond the arc, both improvements over his first season in Atlanta.
He has maintained his 6.1-assist pace from last season – when he and Trae Young became just the second set of teammates to average at least 20.0 points and 6.0 assists in the same season – too. Murray’s rebounding numbers have been the only drawback as he is even shooting a career-best 50% from the floor.
As one of the stars, he has been featured in their rollouts, including the City Edition uniforms.
That has extended to the Mexico trip where the Hawks have been making the media rounds ahead of their showdown with the Magic.
Hawks stars looking forward to showdown with Magic in Mexico City
“A hard, competitive game,” Murray said via the Hawks’ official X feed on November 8 when asked what fans can expect in the match. “We’re gonna compete. We’re gonna try to bring a show and not waste nobody’s time. We’ll be grateful, thankful for the opportunity to come and play in Mexico City.”
Murray is not the only Hawk who sounds eager to take the floor on Thursday with Trae Young sharing his excitement as well.
“Everybody’s excited about playing in this game,” Young said. “It’s an international game, it’s only a few of these a year. And it’s an honor that we get to represent our team and our city here in Mexico. It’s gonna be fun, and I think the whole team is for sure excited.”
The Magic are veterans of games in Mexico City.
The Hawks have their own international experience with most of the roster intact from the team that faced the Milwaukee Bucks for two games in Abu Dhabi last season. Before that, it had been eight years since the Hawks had last left the country, regular season or exhibition. And it was 20 years before that between their previous trip.