This Hawks’ training camp is a lot different than last year. This time last season, the Hawks were just days into fully installing new offensive and defensive systems under first-year coach Mike Budenholzer. Now, they have a year under their belts in the system with a roster of 12 returning players.
I asked Budenholzer the other day for a tangible difference between his first two camps.
“The most tangible thing that people can see on the court is how they play,” Budenholzer said. “They are playing instinctively. The ball is moving. They are doing things. We want to create a way to play and then they make plans within that. Obviously, there is some structure and spacing is important but when they start doing things instinctively you know you are there. I can see that tangibly. I can feel that they are just playing instinctively. I think we got to that at some point during the season but we were definitely not there at this stage last year.”
I thought it was an interesting perspective to share as the Hawks ready for their second exhibition game Saturday at the Grizzlies. I will report later from practice on who will and will not play in the game.