Atlanta Hawks practice report: Horford, Smith interim captains

Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.

A couple quick notes to pass on from today’s workout.

* Coach Larry Drew said he has yet to decide team captains and will take 7-10 days to think about it. In the meantime Al Horford and Josh Smith, both on the captains committee last season, will serve in the positions.

* Drew again declined to reveal his starting lineup for Friday’s season-opener against the Rockets. “I’m going to sleep on it tonight,” Drew said with a coy smile. “I will tell you tomorrow that I’ll be sleeping on it tonight.”

* Center Johan Petro (back) did not practice for the third straight day. He worked with the team’s training staff on the side. “He is getting better,” Drew said.

* Forward Mike Scott returned to practice after missing Tuesday’s workout with flu-like symptoms.

* Drew sat down with each player to discuss their role with the team this season. “I really wanted to wait until we got our roster down before I did that,” he said. “We had a good dialog.”

* As part of the offensive practice Wednesday, the team continued to work with an 18-second shot clock to encourage pace in running through options for each set.

* The Hawks will not practice Thursday. Drew is giving the team some rest after four straight practice days ahead of the season opener.

- Chris Vivlamore

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133 comments Add your comment

2 FOR JOHN DREW

October 31st, 2012
4:02 pm

LD NEVER COMES CLEAN …. NEVER!!!!!!!!

Big Ray

October 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

Nice work, C- Viv .

I was curious as to what direction LD would take with naming team captains.

Ra'mon

October 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

In two months if practice, he doesn’t know who the captains should be? Wow.

Slimjr

October 31st, 2012
4:10 pm

Hey Larry don’t be so hard on yourself..Just name Josh as your team’s captain and worry about defending the pick and roll..

Slimjr

October 31st, 2012
4:12 pm

Politicking 101, “Never show your real hand” Sheesh….

Slimjr

October 31st, 2012
4:13 pm

C-Viv thanks for the new blog cause my scroll key is wearing out… LOL!

High-sider

October 31st, 2012
4:18 pm

High-sider

October 31st, 2012
4:20 pm

NBA League Pass is expensive as hell [to me].

https://account.nba.com/leaguepass/broadband

Slimjr

October 31st, 2012
4:23 pm

1st row has all the games every night.. A whole lot cheaper too….

RaJaH

October 31st, 2012
4:23 pm

Interim captains before the season starts?….Only in Atlanta!

MsDee

October 31st, 2012
4:24 pm

Chris V,

Could u tell us who was on the starting crew again this practice? In a hawks.com video, I saw J.Jenkins with Horford and Teague on his team. Did he get some run today with that crew?

Slimjr

October 31st, 2012
4:24 pm

MsDee

October 31st, 2012
4:28 pm

Chk out this article:

Hawks Practice Report: Atlanta Prepares for Rockets; Teague expects Win.

The Hawks took to the practice floor for an extended session Wednesday as they prepare for their opener against the Rockets Friday night. Johan Petro (back) sat practice out once again and it appears that he is a lock to be one of the Hawks left off the 12-man game day active roster. The rest of the team participated fully in a full contact practice where the emphasis was on tightening up their defensive sets.

“[We were] brushing up on stuff that we’re going to use as a staple all year, particularly defensively,” said Larry Drew. “Defensively, we [went a little harder]. We did push it because we covered a lot with the defense as far as some of the schemes and techniques we will have. Offensively, the focus was pace.”

Drew also met with players before practice to talk with them about their roles with the team and his expectations for them.

“I met with each player individually this morning to explain roles on the team. I really wanted to wait before we got our roster down before I did that,” said Drew. “I met with each and every guy individually and had a good dialogue about what I expected from them and it went very well.”

Anthony Tolliver and Jeff Teague talked briefly after practice and discussed a little of what coach told them about what he wants to see out of them, while not giving away anything about rotation.

“He told me to just be Jeff Teague. Same thing he told me last year, I’m just gonna go out there and play my game and do what he asks,” said Teague. “He just told me to be me, I’ve been me for the last couple years and I’m gonna try and get better every year.”

“He just told me to keep doing what I’m doing. Just continue to play defense, hit open shots, and play the game the right way,” explained Tolliver.

As for Friday night, everyone is staying pretty tight lipped about the rotation, lineup, or their preparations for the Rockets. When asked about the starting lineup LD said with a wry smile, “you know what; I’m going to sleep on it tonight. I’m still trying to toss some things around and I’m not 100% sure.”

I asked Teague about the Rockets and he answered, “We’re focusing on us. They’re going to be a good team. We know that. They’ve got James Harden and Jeremy Lin, great players, but we’re focusing on the Hawks. If we go out and do what we know what we can do, we should get the win.”

The Hawks cancelled Thursday’s practice after a long session today and will have everyone fresh for shootaround Friday morning before 7:30 tip-off at Philips Arena.

MsDee

October 31st, 2012
4:28 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski: James Harden has agreed to a 5 year, $80 million deal with Houston, source tells Y! Twitter @WojYahooNBA

I see THAT didnt take long

High-sider

October 31st, 2012
4:34 pm

LD [Lame Duck], get some backbone about yourself [dude]. If you’re gonna get “canned,” go out like a man. I’ll have more respect for ya at the end of the day.

P.S. Don’t let Josh Smith run all over you and don’t be afraid to “strip” him [Josh Smith] of his “Team Captain” title if he starts “trippin’.”

Sam

October 31st, 2012
4:46 pm

Horford should be the only team captain. More than likely, he is the only player guaranteed to be a Hawk all year. Second captain, if you had to have one, should be Lou Williams. Every other player (Smith, Teague, Harris) could be traded at any point…

Roster

October 31st, 2012
4:53 pm

Is there any updates on kyrylo fesenko, i would like to have another big man on the team since Johan Petro isnt going to be used much, Or at least bring back Keith Benson.

Astro Joe

October 31st, 2012
5:12 pm

Drew should allow the players to choose the captain(s). He should simply decide how many captains they get to select and leave the names to the players. And no need to broadcast starting line-ups to the public… is anyone going to make a ticket purchasing decision based on if Tolliver or Korver is starting at SF?

cp

October 31st, 2012
5:21 pm

NBA league pass has a free trial going right now. I forgot when it ends but go ahead and enjoy it while it’s free. I will be checking out a lot of games tonight.

Astro Joe

October 31st, 2012
5:23 pm

cp, thanks for the reminder. I tried to find the Wizards-Cavs game last night at 7 EST but even the free League Pass didn’t show it. :lol:

22 Drew

October 31st, 2012
5:51 pm

LD needs to grow a pair! Damn I miss Hubie.

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”
Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Johan Petro

October 31st, 2012
5:53 pm

Me and coach had a good dialogue about what flavor gatorade the rest of team likes and encouraged me to develop special high fives to give the players when they come off the court.

Melvin

October 31st, 2012
6:05 pm

Drew can’t make a decision on nothing. Poor leadership skills. Hopefully Ferry can make a quick decison on him at the end of the year.

Hawks93

October 31st, 2012
6:06 pm

GO HAWKS! We’re going places this year and Josh is taking us there! Anyways if you need some info on basically anything or you love basketball or you wanna play a free casino game then check out http://www.bballfan4life.com

Melvin

October 31st, 2012
6:11 pm

LD, does the work of three men at the same time. Larry, Curly and Moe.

AYT

October 31st, 2012
6:38 pm

Man i know it means nothing but when i was playing NBA 2k13 man We got it damn made. Looks like we could actually finish in the top of the east just behind miami.

soullrenaissance

October 31st, 2012
6:48 pm

blah blah blah LD blah blah blah. I will be at the season opener Lord willing though and I am intrigued to see what line up he comes up with.

Jae Evolution

October 31st, 2012
6:58 pm

Lawson, Curry and Derozan all got 4 year 42-44 million deals.

Meaning Tyreke, Holiday and Jennings assuming they continue their growth, should all net deals around that in FA.

BoonDox

October 31st, 2012
7:17 pm

whats up with this interim captain is theyre a potiential trade brewing or something.

High-sider

October 31st, 2012
7:20 pm

@Astro Joe

Astro Joe
October 31st, 2012
5:23 pm

cp, thanks for the reminder. I tried to find the Wizards-Cavs game last night at 7 EST but even the free League Pass didn’t show it.
——————————————————————————–

I think the [Wizards-Cavs] game has been archived on NBA League Pass Broadband; you can watch the game now [LOL].

Astro Joe

October 31st, 2012
7:40 pm

High-sider, thanks. Now tha there is a full slate of games, I probably won’t be so desparate to watch any team.

ag

October 31st, 2012
8:04 pm

I was looking at the Bleacher Report’s 50 Most Worthless Players in the NBA for 2011-12. Jerry Stackhouse, Jason Collins and Vladimir Radmanovic made the list. Of the new Hawks, our buddy Johnathan Petro. Thanks LD for cutting Benson!

Melvin

October 31st, 2012
8:21 pm

James Harden is balling for the Rockets. I seen where some has compared his trade to Joe Johnson but one thing I like more about Harden is his ability to get and finished at the rim over Joe. However, we will see if he can be a true #1 option for a team. So far in the 1st half of his 1st game with the Rockets, he sure looks like a legit #1 option…

terrell

October 31st, 2012
8:21 pm

LD is a joke.

keith

October 31st, 2012
8:24 pm

I think there is a possibility Drew may start Johan Petro on Friday. I would not be surprised. After all, Petro is more athletic than Zsa Zsa Pachulia.

keith

October 31st, 2012
8:26 pm

After watching the Lakers game, i am having a difficult time figuring out who is the worst coach in the NBA. LD or Mike Brown?

terrell

October 31st, 2012
8:27 pm

Teague said Lin was a great player. Wow. A name goes a looooooong way.

Melvin

October 31st, 2012
8:51 pm

I know Anthony Randolph is kicking himself for signing with the Nuggets. He will not be in their playing rotation unless someone gets hurt. I think he had a good chance to get major playing time had he sign with the Hawks.

Slimjr

October 31st, 2012
9:14 pm

With 19 mins left in the game, James Harden has put up 25 and 6? Hmmmm

Big Ray

October 31st, 2012
9:14 pm

Harden’s not stupid. He’ll take that one big contract right now . I really wonder what it is that Houston is thinking. Playing next to Lin is not like playing to Westbrook. And they’re paying him like he IS Durant, not like he’s playing next to him.

Eh…whatever…

northcyde

October 31st, 2012
9:15 pm

@ Melvin . . . the thing Harden does better than Joe, is attack the paint HARD. Yeah, he can shoot his underhanded floater type shot, but he can also go hard enough to the rim to draw fouls at a high rate.

James Harden is the best thing that ever happened to Jeremy Lin, because now he can just concentrate on playing strictly PG, instead of trying to be a mini-superstar like he was in NY.

9:11 left in the 3rd quarter . . . here are Harden’s stats

25 points
4 rebounds
7 assists

10 – 17 FG
4 5 FT
1 – 4 3FG

In 25 minutes of play

This dude might hang 40 on the Pistons in his debut. And people were doubting if he could be “the man”?

Please.

Slimjr

October 31st, 2012
9:15 pm

check that: 7 assist!

Big Ray

October 31st, 2012
9:16 pm

The guy has talent, we’ll see how it turns out.

Big Ray

October 31st, 2012
9:18 pm

The one thing is, Daryl Morey is a pretty smart guy, so there has to be something to this. I’m really hoping things work out for Lin, though. In a way, I’m glad he’s no longer in the circus situation that is the NY Knicks.

terrell

October 31st, 2012
9:21 pm

Interim captains for an interim head coach. Makes sense. lol

Melvin

October 31st, 2012
9:22 pm

Big Ray,

If there’s anyone on that Rockets team that look as if they are not worth their check, it’s Lin. Now that’s the guy I would say is overrated….

northcyde

October 31st, 2012
9:26 pm

Oh . . and Marvin with 10 points in the 1st quarter

Yeah Marvin.

northcyde

October 31st, 2012
9:28 pm

Marvin with 10 . . on 4 – 7 FG.

I bet he’s never gotten 7 shots in the 1st quarter of any game in his career.

paian

October 31st, 2012
9:29 pm

@northcyde
ikr lmao

Big Ray

October 31st, 2012
9:31 pm

Melvin,

Could be. He does need to figure out how to drive right instead of going left every time.

Hey, it’s not me that thinks James Harden is overrated, it’s Astro Joe . :lol: