Training Camp – Day 2

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By Micah Hart

Training camp continued on Wednesday on the Philips Arena practice court, as the Hawks continue to work on drills and fundamentals before real scrimmaging gets underway (most likely on Friday).

There was some minor scrimmaging today, with the players taking part in a 5-minute full-court drill with a 16-second shot clock. I’ve seen this drill before, it’s presumably meant to work on the players’ fitness level and improve their execution in up-tempo situations.

Again, not too much to report, but if there was one thing that stood out to me today, it was Jamal Crawford‘s passing.

When Crawford was first introduced to the Atlanta media back in June, he was asked which part of his game is he most proud of, and his answer was his passing ability. That may come as a surprise to some, who have seen him light up NBA scoreboards for 9 seasons, but watching him today, I see what he means. Crawford was zipping passes left and right during the 5-minute drill, leaving those of us watching on the sidelines to exchange “did you see that?” glances back and forth.

Many people look at Crawford going into this season as being a slightly-better Flip Murray (not that there would be anything wrong with that, given how well Flip played last year), but Crawford maintains there is more to his game than people think, and he certainly gave glimpses of that today.

I look forward to tracking his progress as training camp progresses.

Here’s more photos from today’s action.

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