Vivlamore with today’s Hawks report.
Who is the on-court leader of the Hawks?
With the departure of the co-captain Joe Johnson via trade this off-season, one question facing the Hawks this season, starting with the training camp next week, is who will assume his leadership role.
A. Josh Smith, who was the other co-captain last season.
B. Al Horford, who is healthy again.
C. One of the many new faces that joined the team this off-season, such as Devin Harris, Lou Williams or Kyle Korver?
The answer might just be:
D. All of the above.
(Isn’t it always D in multiple choice tests?)
“The leader of this team is the team,” general manager Danny Ferry said Tuesday. “There are guys who are going to be more vocal. Kyle is going to be more vocal than people have had here, I think. I think Lou will definitely [play a leadership role]. As far as roles, certainly Devin and Jeff [Teague] and Al and Josh, these guys have been around. There usage rate may go up a little more. Hopefully in that their efficiency stays strong. Lou is used to coming in and taking a load off a game, for example. Devin Harris has been an all-star and has played at a high level.
“I think we will just be a different team. Some roles will change some and evolve. Whether that’s Josh, whether that’s Al, whether that’s Jeff or Devon, that’s going to have to unfold by itself. I can’t create that. The guys in the locker room create that. The coaches create that.”
I thought it was an interesting point in the statement by Ferry that the usage rate of those veterans may go up. Ferry did say he considers depth – along with speed and shooting ability – to be a strength of the Hawks this season.
What are your thoughts about the on-court leadership of the Hawks?
- Chris Vivlamore