“I think San Antonio does it,” Carroll said of the overnight stays. “It gives us time to get some rest.”
So, something else borrowed from the Spurs?
“There you go,” Carroll said.
Budenholzer spent 19 years in the San Antonio organization, and he is changing the ways many things are done in Atlanta, even little things such as the travel schedule.
The coach also has the task of building chemistry on a team with eight new players and five new coaches. Time on the road can help in that endeavor, and the Hawks play five of their first seven games away from home.
Starting on the West Coast is not unusual for the Hawks. Beginning with 1990, the Hawks will have played a game in the Pacific time zone in the first month of the season 17 times in the 24 seasons.
“I think there are good things that happen on the road when you are together,” Budenholzer said. “Whether it is teammates eating lunch together or the whole group going out and eating a dinner, all those different things can help the group come together, have chemistry and really care about each other.”
The Hawks (1-1) got a boost before departing for the West Coast with Friday night’s 102-95 victory over the Raptors, giving Budenholzer his first win as a head coach. The victory came two nights after losing the season opener at the Mavericks.
Al Horford, who had a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds against the Raptors, went as far as calling the victory a must win.
“I was thinking, ‘We can’t go on the road 0-2. We can’t.’” Horford said.