Hawks Open 2009 Training Camp

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
By Micah Hart

Monday it was all smiles and interviews – Tuesday it was down to business.

The Hawks hit the practice court at Philips Arena around 9:30 am for their first official day of camp, going pretty much non-stop until about 1:00 pm.

The first day is usually pretty light on actual game play, and this year was no different. There were a lot of drills, mostly working on conditioning. After practice Mike Woodson complimented the players to the media on arriving at camp in excellent physical condition, but of course he wasn’t telling them that during the action. At one point he exclaimed, “You guys want to be a running team this season, you’re going to have to be in much better shape than you are right now!”

Not a whole lot to report as far as performance goes, but I’ll give you a couple bullets:

  • It was only one play, but I liked the jumper Al Horford hit from behind the top of the key in one 4-on-4 drill. It was a confident, quick release, and it dropped straight through the net. I asked Al yesterday if there was any particular part of his game he worked on over the summer, and he mentioned that he spent a lot of time on his mid-range game. So based on that one shot, I’ll call his work a total success!
  • Jeff Teague seemed at ease amongst his new teammates, and showed off his quickness and athleticism in several drills. I am very excited to see how he performs when scrimmaging gets underway, presumably tomorrow.
  • I probably say this all the time, but I continue to be in awe of the shooting prowess of NBA players. After the work was over for the day, several guys stayed on the court to get more shooting in. One game they were playing required each player to make 4-5 from five spots around the three-point line. Guys like Mike Bibby, Jamal Crawford, Marvin Williams, Joe Johnson, and Juan Dixon were draining shot after shot, all while I sat there trying to figure out if I would die from starvation before I even made it to the top of the key.
  • It’s always tough to get good action shots with my camera, but here is a photo gallery from today’s activities.
  • We’ll have more tomorrow, as we continue our countdown to opening night. Only 29 more days!

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    8 Responses to “Hawks Open 2009 Training Camp”

    1. cj

      we got juan dixon in the camp baby please sign garret siler and jd

    2. Hawksgirl

      alrighty hawksfans were almost there! Let’s get get get it!

    3. Maurice

      Looking at the player profile, you have JT listed College as Georgia (Europe). Didn’t he go to Wake Forest? Write, Repeat, Review, Edit. Come on you all!

    4. Anonymous Hawks Guy

      Should be an interesting training camp, keep up the good work fellas!

    5. Mz. Hawkdafied/Hawks Number One Lady Fan/Hawkette

      So this year the Hawks are going to be a running team instead of a defensive team???????????????????

      Well, whatever works!

    6. Hawksgirl

      They were technically already running but they were half doing it and letting other teams force them into half court games.

    7. Mz. Hawkdafied/Hawks Number One Lady Fan/Hawkette

      Yeah I saw a little running last season. But since their coach’s strength is defense I figured that was their identity. It really doesn’t matter to me. Running to me would be more suited for an offensive coach. Oh yeah I think that’s where the problem comes in. The Hawks are talented enough to use both but from listening to those who know basketball, I gather it’s best to choose one or the other and not both. I don’t know. Whatever works for them is cool with me.

    8. Hawksgirl

      Same here Mz. Hawkdafied/Hawks Number One Lady Fan/Hawkette, defense does however work for them when i think about it. That game 1 against miami was brutal. They kept them to like 64 points i think. They did it in the regular season too, i like that game plan but i do like running too. But with defense and more offensive weapons, no more scares when theres a couple seconds left in the game(i hope)