Signs point to all four Hawks All-Stars playing together

The lobbying has begun.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who will lead the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game Sunday, has been asked several times whether he plans to play all four Hawks at the same time. So far, Budenholzer has managed to deflect the question.

He couldn’t any longer.

“If he didn’t do it, that would be messed up,” said Jeff Teague after practice Saturday. “We whisper some things in his ear.”

Paul Millsap added: “If he doesn’t do it, he’ll for sure hear about it.”

And so, being pressed one more time, Budenholzer relented.

“I guess I better do it,” Budenholzer said. “At some point it will probably happen. I think it’s a great honor for all four of them to be here together and for them to be on the court at one point just seems like it makes sense. Hopefully I can figure out how to make that happen.”

It appears that Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Millsap and Teague will get on the court at the same time. The only question that remains is who will play alongside them.