Thursday’s Training Camp Update

Thursday, December 15, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Today’s practice made it seven days in a row that the Hawks have held at least one intense workout, and they were not short-changed. Today’s session lasted almost a full three hours, with most players going through abbreviated shooting drills after they were dismissed. The team will not hold a formal workout this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Next on the Hawks’ agenda is an “Open Scrimmage” at Philips Arena on Friday night, where fans can come get a great view for their first look at this year’s team. The doors will open at 7pm.

This year’s event will have a heavy focus on the scrimmage, unlike last year when the team went through drills and a full practice routine. Bob Rathbun and Steve Holman will both be on hand to call the action and promote fan interactivity throughout the event.

“I know the guys are excited,” Coach Drew commented after Thursday’s practice. “I’m sure the fans are going to be excited about seeing the players and getting a taste of NBA basketball again. I know I sure am.”

“I’m very excited,” Joe Johnson said, echoing Drew’s sentiments. “I think us getting back on the court and getting basketball back, period, is a blessing.”

One Hawk that won’t be suiting up for the scrimmage is Kirk Hinrich. Kirk is still rehabbing his shoulder after having surgery in early November.

“My understanding is that he is ahead of schedule,” said Drew. “So that’s a good thing. He wants to hurry up and get back… but this is something you can’t rush. These type of injuries can really set you back.”