Nine Days Until the Atlanta Hawks’ Season

Monday, October 21, 2013
By Robby Kalland

2013 NBA Finals - Game Four

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 10 days left, today’s reason is…

Coach Bud’s Return to San Antonio

Coach Mike Budenholzer spent 17 years on the Spurs bench coaching next to Gregg Popovich. His bond with the organization, coaches, and players is extremely deep, so each game against the Spurs will be special for Coach Bud as well as the Spurs. He already has his first game against the Spurs out of the way during the Hawks’ fourth preseason game, but will coach his first game against the Spurs in San Antonio on Dec. 2.

The familiarity of Coach Bud and the Spurs makes the match-up on the court very intriguing. The offensive system Bud is installing in Atlanta is very similar to what the Spurs run, and the familiarity with each others’ system puts pressure on the offenses to execute at a high level, because the defenses know the concepts so well. Bud said before the preseason game that he expected Pop to throw some surprises at them, and that is something both coaches will try to do to keep the defenses honest.

Playing against the Spurs will also provide a measuring stick for the Hawks to gauge where they are in learning the system. Having so much experience playing together in that system, the Spurs can provide the Hawks players with a model of how the offense should work. Bud mentioned that playing San Antonio, especially in the preseason, was a good learning experience for the team and that it would be helpful to have firsthand experience playing against them and also being able to go back and study film of how the Spurs executed compared to the Hawks.

Bud’s return to San Antonio on Dec. 2 and the Hawks getting a chance to measure themselves twice against the Spurs is another reason to be excited about this upcoming season.

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
Day 33 – Learning Foreign Languages
Day 32 – Gustavo Ayón
Day 31 – Open Practice
Day 30 – Live Streaming/
Day 29 – Ryan Cameron
Day 28 – Bob Rathbun & Dominique Wilkins
Day 27 – Paul Millsap
Day 26 – Hawks Shop
Day 25 – Players On Twitter
Day 24 – Kiss Cam
Day 23 – Hawks 6th Man
Day 22 – Harry The Hawk
Day 21 – Junior Cheerleaders
Day 20 – Hawks In Transition
Day 19 – Crazy Half-Court Shots at Halftime
Day 18 – DeMarre Carroll
Day 17 – Hawks Cheerleaders
Day 16 – Dunks
Day 15 – Al Horford’s Mid-Range Game
Day 14 – Friday Night Lights
Day 13 – MLK Day
Day 12 – Steve Holman and 92.9 The Game
Day 11 – Buzzer Beaters
Day 10 – Hawks Membership

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