Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew held an extended practice on Wednesday to prepare his team for their 2012-13 season opener against the new-look Houston Rockets on Friday. One of the things Drew did was meet with each player individually to discuss their role this upcoming season (via Peachtree Hoops):
"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."
Starting point guard Jeff Teague shed some light on what kind of things Drew talked about at their meeting, although he would not divulge any information about the team's rotation for Friday:
"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."
Drew will be working in quite a few new faces this year as Atlanta moves on from Joe Johnson. The Hawks added a plethora of shooters to make up for the loss of Johnson, including Louis Williams, Kyle Korver and draft pick John Jenkins.
This will be Drew's third year as head coach in Atlanta, after spending a long time on their bench as an assistant. In two seasons, he has compiled an 84-64 record, good for a .568 winning percentage. He has won one playoff series in the two years.