Vivlamore reporting from the first day of Hawks practice.
Just a quick report as I didn’t get to see much of practice Tuesday. The sessions that were open to the media involved only some running, stretching and free-throw shooting.
Here is coach Larry Drew’s assessment of the first day, including an injury report.
Zaza Pachulia (leg) and Devin Harris (knee) participated in practice but were limited in contract drills. Harris stayed long after practice and continued shooting jump shots. Drew also said DeShawn Stevenson was ailing but he fully participated in the workout. Pachulia injured his leg before going to Georgia to play for his national team. Drew said the injury was not related to the foot issue that caused him to miss playoff games last season. Harris got an injection in his knee several days ago, according to Drew, and the soreness from the shot is beginning to subside.
Drew said Pachulia and Harris moved well in practice.
“Me personally, I thought this was a very good morning,” Drew said. “A lot of guys came into camp in shape. The energy was really good. My focus for this morning was to set the tone for who we are going to be on the defensive end. … Looking at our squad, we are a very capable scoring team. We have to establish ourselves on the defensive end. That is going to be our mindset through this training camp.”
Drew said the team ran a number of defensive drills Tuesday. The team will have another non-contact (closed) practice this evening with a concentration on shooting and a small introduction of the new offense.
- Chris Vivlamore
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