“It’s just noise. It’s like me travelling today and hearing my two kids yelling the whole flight. You’ve have to tune it out. Put the headphones on and hopefully it will stop.”
It will stop Thursday afternoon. The Hawks had a full roster of 15 players, including the injured Tiago Splitter, at practice Wednesday in the first workout following the All-Star break. Who will remain following the deadline remains to be seen.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who also wears the hat of president of basketball operations, again stated his feelings about the roster just 24 hours before the deadline.
“We’ll see,” Budenholzer said when asked if the roster will look different at 3:01 p.m. Thursday. “We are very happy with our group. We feel strongly about them. I’ve been protective of them and would expect to continue to be that. You never know what can happen.”
Budenholzer said he has not addressed the team concerning the myriad of trade rumors. He said the trade talk may help the team keep its focus.
As for Horford and Teague, each maintained they are happy in Atlanta and believe the roster is capable of more that it showed in the first 55 games of the seasons.
Said Horford: “I feel confident about our group. We haven’t played our best basketball yet. It’s encouraging. That only tells me that whether it’s a month from now, whether it’s when we get to the playoffs, we are going to really start clicking as a group. We are going to be all right.”
Said Teague: “I’m good. I’m chillin’. It’s part of the business. You just roll with the punches. … I love my teammates. I love playing here. I enjoy it. I think we have a really good team here. We are getting better every day. We have a really good group.”
The Hawks have not addressed the specifics of trade talk surrounding the team. Budenholzer offered some insight when asked whether recent news of the season-ending surgery for Splitter will change the team’s plans at the deadline.
“No, I don’t think so,” Budenholzer said. “We are always trying to find ways to put ourselves in the best position and put the best group out there. We’ll miss him and he’s a big part of us but I don’t think it’s had any impact on our approach.”
The Hawks (31-24) will resume their NBA schedule on Friday by hosting the Heat.