Wednesday October 2, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Point guard Jeff Teague says he's eager to prove that the Atlanta Hawks were wise to sign him to a new contract.
Now that he's in his fifth training camp with the Hawks, Teague is taking on a stronger leadership role on the court and in the locker room.
Teague is shedding his reputation for speaking softly as he becomes more vocal and takes more authority than he did previously.
First-year coach Mike Budenholzer wants Teague to control the pace of a new offense that's predicated on lots of motion in half-court sets.
A successful fast break will be critical, too. Because the Hawks lack size on the front line, Teague believes the team must use its speed and quickness to create turnovers on defense and score baskets in transition.
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