The Hawks will look much different this season than they have in past, after losing four All-Stars via trade and free agency over the last two years. Atlanta’s new look team will allow its youth an opportunity to shine and Quinn Cook, who the team officially signed earlier this week, looks forward to suiting up for the club, as KL Chouinard of NBA.com relays.
“It’s a great opportunity for all of us,” Cook said. “We have a younger team.”
Cook played collegiate ball at Duke University under coach Mike Krzyzewski and he believes his time in the program will help him thrive in coach Mike Budenholzer’s offense.
“We did a lot of [the same things] at Duke,” Cook said. “I know Coach Bud and Coach K are really, really, really close friends so they talk a lot. That’s one thing Coach K told me: Be prepared for motion and spacing. That’s really all I’ve been working on since before I got here.”
There’s more from Atlanta, as the franchise announced several hires and promotions within the front office (via NBA.com). Here’s a rundown of the moves:
- Rod Higgins, who played 13 seasons in the NBA, has been hired as a College Scout.
- Brady Howe, who previously worked for the Salt Lake City Stars, has been hired as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.
- Dan Martinez has been named the Senior Director of Team Operations.
- The team added Adam Loiacono as a Performance Therapist and Derek Pierce as a Pro Player Personnel Scout.
- Daniel Bove has been promoted to Sports Scientist/Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach.
- The team promoted Scottie Parker to Head Athletic Trainer, Zach Peterson to Video Coordinator and Patrick St. Andrews to Assistant Coach.
- Daniel Starkman has been named Manager of Basketball Information and Scouting Coordinator.