Atlanta Hawks practice report: Pachulia, Harris limited

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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October 2nd, 2012
1:41 pm

kwooden1

October 2nd, 2012
1:46 pm

Hate to see guys ailing before the season has even started! Hopefully Zaza can be 100% when the season gets going.

wordsmithtom

October 2nd, 2012
1:54 pm

Harris needs as much time in practice as possible to get more familiar. Zaza, not so much. Let the young guys bang around; Z knows what to do.

The Truth

October 2nd, 2012
2:06 pm

FTPB

“The Truth, IMO, this is a transition year. There is no need to get too emotionally engaged in this specific roster as it won’t likely stand the test of time. My guess, only 4-5 players from the ‘12-13 roster will be around for ‘13-14. I wouldn’t run out and purchase a Korver or Harris Hawks jersey.” – AJ

My sentiments as well; but nonetheless, this current team presents a refreshing change and a different set of dramas than the Hawks team of the past. This new team is now a certified underdog. Mainly the expectation of moving pass the 2nd playoff round will likely be replaced with a “new expectation” of just making it to the big dance.

With so many expiring and non-guaranteed contracts, Danny has the luxury of “cherry-picking” the best of the roster and discarding the rest without any external or internal pressure. Unlike last season, must of this roster and the coach will be literally fighting for a new-contract, that in itself should bring out their best. And with the undeniable upgrade in players’ talent, new GM and staff, there maybe actually be more intrigue to watch this team than the teams of the past.

We Shall See

doc

October 2nd, 2012
2:17 pm

“Too much speculation about what has happened with this team, how players have played, what they did or didn’t do in the past. Bloggers who cried for years about making a change (any change) have gotten their wish. They now need to move on; it’s a brand new day. Leave your dirty laundry in the closet, check your “altered-egos” at the door and bury the hatchet. With this “new” assortment of players, it’s difficult to gauge (certainly at this point) how these players will play in the new construction.”

Well said truth however it is very hard for some folks to come up with original thoughts so they repeat the same things over and over again. Sugests lack of intelligence or an obsessive-compulsive disorder. I would like to see some of them moving on but if the bar they want is reached then they change the bar as they are not go
Ing to be happy if their egos are not stroked in is peculiar way.

Buddy Grizzard

October 2nd, 2012
2:17 pm

“Ferry I noticed that Chris Paul & Dwight Howard are not on the roster, what happened?”

Better ask “The Basketball Expert” what happened w/ Chris Paul.

Melvin

October 2nd, 2012
2:21 pm

Uh oh, LD is implementing a new offense. I can’t wait to see what Astro Joe will coined/call LD’s new offense….

doc

October 2nd, 2012
2:21 pm

Anticipation is building, wonder how long the enthusiasm can last into the regular season as the grind starts. I hope the parts fit. The parts collected by df are more impressive than any other before them. I can only pray ld is up tot he task as this is what an adleman or karl would thrive on. We will see as this falls squarely on ld. I also think he could surprise, or at least my pollyanna side is leaning that way. :-)

Nice work there CV, hit the road running and continuing on that pace.

JSS

October 2nd, 2012
2:35 pm

What’s a “contract” drill?

i_am_soulstar

October 2nd, 2012
2:38 pm

The Truth

October 2nd, 2012
2:06 pm

“With so many expiring and non-guaranteed contracts, Danny has the luxury of “cherry-picking” the best of the roster and discarding the rest without any external or internal pressure.”
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This is why I’m really looking forward to the 2013-2014 Atlanta Hawks. Barring a trade, we have a good chance of re-signing whoever fits, and letting the others walk. Definitely gonna support this year’s squad just as much though.

wordsmithtom

October 2nd, 2012
2:39 pm

JSS, that’s where you do the “weave”, except you toss a wadded up $C note back and forth.

Astro Joe

October 2nd, 2012
2:40 pm

Melvin, is it a new offense or is he teaching the slew of new players his “5 man attack” scheme? That’s how I read it… he needs to teach Lou, Devin, Korver, Morrow, etc. how to operate within his offense. But then again, maybe he is incorporating some Princeton concepts after his visit with the head coach in Israel, and everyone (Josh, Al, Teague, Zaza) will need to learn the new components.

The Truth, sometimes, when every man is fighting for “self-preservation”, the team suffers. And LD, is also one who may very well be in self-preservation mode.

G-dub

October 2nd, 2012
3:03 pm

Hawks are toast. I don’t see anyone on the roster worth me buying a ticket. Josh Smith is your best player….yall are in trouble. Even he wanted out last year. I see 30 wins max.

Astro Joe

October 2nd, 2012
3:06 pm

Melvin, you’re right, CV called it a “new offense”. I’m actually going to assume that LD will employ tactics that allow the 17 guards to attack the rim and reduces the dependency on mid-range shots. So nothing witty or pithy from me. Not to mention, that I am willing to give LD the benefit of the doubt in his last season (again, it is a transition year, no need for intense emotional investment). Good ‘ole LD…

Little Defense
Long Distance
Lousy Design
Loose Discipline
Lame Duck

random

October 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

@G-dub

Nice opinion, i can tell you don’t know much about basketball, so next time keep that bs to yourself.

G-dub

October 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

@random….If you think that this is a playoff roster you don’t know anything about basketball. If you are trying to be a 3rd tier NBA team then this roster is perfect but if you honestly think that this team can compete for a championship you are in complete denial.

The Truth

October 2nd, 2012
3:22 pm

“The Truth, sometimes, when every man is fighting for “self-preservation”, the team suffers. And LD, is also one who may very well be in self-preservation mode.” – AJ

Yes, sometimes (from a half-empty perspective) this could happen. Unfortunately though, if it did happen this way, the players and/or coach would be victimized by the “bad” results which they created and likely suffer the consequences from the team failures.

Another way to look at this; when the team wins, the individual players have a better chance of meeting the personal goals whether its with the Hawks or another team.

The Real Hawk

October 2nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Why do coaches and players always downplay injuries in camp. There is no advantage to it. In-season okay, but camp?

Astro Joe

October 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

The Truth, no doubt… players from winning teams generally stick around longer than guys who tend to lose most of the time. I’d be thrilled if the players on their last year demonstrate that understanding in the coming season.

Ra'mon

October 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

Guys, we need to remember something about the make up of this team. In Washington and at UCONN, Rip Hamilton was a poor defender at best. In Denver, Chauncey was an average defender who didn’t fully commit on that end, as well as in college. However, when they played with a shot blocking machine behind them (Ben), and a good post defender (Rasheed) all of a sudden they became defensive stoppers. We know what Josh brings defensively. If Al can slightly improve at being a POSITION defender (meaning always being in the right position similar to Collins), the Hawks can be as formidable at the 4-5 defensively as the Pistons were. And this is why I’m hoping James or Anderson have a stellar camp and surprising preseason. Because the difference is Tayshaun Prince type of defense in the wing position. If either of those players can provide 75% of that defense, this will be a good team. And I say that because offensively, this team is already far beyond what the Pistons had.

Also, people speaking about 2 guards posting up, come down from that blood pressure spike. There are only a handful of 2 guards who can and do effectively post up other guards. In fact, it was the former Jerry Stackhouse who even taught Wade how to post up effectively. So this will definitely not be a great concern.

Astro Joe

October 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

Ra’mon, so you are completely ignoring Larry Brown’s role in the Pistons’ defensive success?

i_am_soulstar

October 2nd, 2012
3:32 pm

If Josh is dead serious about being ‘mid-range shawty’, this is his 20 point 10 rebound/ All-Star year.

I’m predicting Joe doesn’t get selected this time after playing in Brooklyn’s new offense. Not hating on Joe, I just think it’ll affect his game in a negative way.

Ra'mon

October 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

AJ, one thing to remember though, majority of the new players have all played on playoff teams. Harris, Williams, Korver, and Stevenson have each had good experience on winning teams in winning organizations. That’s nine players who know how to win (including the 5 returning Hawks). Now Morrow, James, Tolliver, Jenkins, and Scott will have to be the ones to buy in for the team success in my opinion. I remember Stevenson always getting under the skin of Lebron. But have never heard of him being a bad teammate, even in ‘Showdown at High Noon Washington’. I feel with Morrow having a history with Josh and Williams, it will be easy for him to buy in. However, I see Tolliver and wonder is this Antoine Walker Beta 2.0?

Ra'mon

October 2nd, 2012
3:42 pm

AJ, it is always said it was Woody who orchestrated that defense, not Larry Brown. That defensive effort definitely didn’t follow Brown in New York, Charlotte, or back when he was in San Antonio (who played bad defense but had David Robinson to erase mistakes).

i_am_soulstar

October 2nd, 2012
3:42 pm

I won’t be surprised to see Deshawn Stevenson starting at the 3. He’s not the greatest option, but I don’t see any other Hawks players else beating him out in a league where the top small forwards (Lebron, Melo, Durant, Pierce, etc.) are a nightmare for anyone else on the team to guard. If so, I’m sure he’ll be asked to lock them down, and hit the occasional open 3.

He’s gonna be to the Hawks what Keith Bogans was to the Chicago Bulls a few years back.

That being said, Ferry will be looking to replace him the moment an above average SF is placed on another team’s trade block.