33 Days Until the Atlanta Hawks’ Season
We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 33 days left, today’s is…
Learning Foreign Languages
There’s a real international flair to this year’s Hawks team, with five different countries represented on the roster. The rookie class is 100% international, with Dennis Schröder coming over from Germany and Pero Antić making history as the first-ever NBA player from Macedonia (Lucas Nogueira, who will play in Spain this season, would have added even another potential country into the mix). They’ll be joined on the squad by FIBA Americas MVP Gustavo Ayon of Mexico, and of course Al Horford, who hails from the Dominican Republic.
All in all, it’s the most diverse roster in franchise history*, and will definitely provide interesting story lines for the season as the players (and the fans) get to learn about the different cultures and backgrounds being brought into the mix.
*Ace PR man Jon Steinberg and I went through the rosters of yore to verify this claim, and it’s true as far as we can tell. Runners up would be 2004-05, which featured Obinna Ekezie. Boris Diaw, and Peja Drobnjak, and 2006-07, which included Zaza Pachulia, Esteban Batista, and Slava Medvedenko.
Communication will be a premium skill, so I’d advise everyone to consider investing in Rosetta Stone or the language learning software of your choice so you can keep up with what’s being said on the court, or so you can chant in the stands and have the various players be able to relate to what you’re screaming. Here’s a head start!
We also want your input. What are you most excited about this upcoming season. Leave a comment below to let us know, and we may feature your idea in our countdown!
Day 50 – New Faces
Day 49 – First Pelicans Visit
Day 48 – Hawks Social Media
Day 47 – Dennis Schröder
Day 46 – Celebrities at Philips Arena
Day 45 – All-Star Game
Day 44 – Hawks Footwear
Day 43 – Sky Hawk and the Sky Squad
Day 42 – Bakersfield Jam
Day 41 – John Jenkins & Mike Scott
Day 40 – SkyView Atlanta
Day 39 – Drew and Pachulia’s Return
Day 38 – Junior Cheerleaders
Day 37 – Production Day
Day 36 – Hawks Intro Video
Day 35 – Overtime Games
Day 34 – Fan Experiences