I recently sat down with the four newest Hawks with NBA experience – Jason Richardson, Tiago Splitter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Justin Holiday. You can watch the video of all four here and find out a number of things such as:
- Why Richardson chose the Hawks to continue his career.
- How and why Splitter found out he was traded to the Hawks.
- The best advice Hardaway Jr. received from his father
- What Holiday did – or did not do – with the NBA championship trophy.
I asked Richardson what was the most difficult part of missing most of the past two seasons due to injury. The 13-season veteran played just 33 games in 2012-13, missed all of 2013-14 and played just 19 games last season with the 76ers. He signed a free-agent deal with the Hawks this summer. Here is what he said:
“The fact of just now playing,” Richard said. “I’m a very competitive guy. I play this game for love, nothing else. I think that’s why I battled back, kept on continuing and wanting to get back on the court. I’ve been in the league a long time and seen guys give it up and just collect a check. That’s not who I am. I wanted to walk out on my terms. I just had too much respect for the game of basketball and too much love for it to sit down and collect a check. I wanted to prove a point that I could come back and still play.”
Enjoy the video. I’ll have several more interviews and stories before training camp opens with media day on Sept. 28 – just 10 days away.