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Last season, Antic thrived on offense by setting screens for ballhandlers and slipping out for a jump shot. Splitter’s role will be to set a pick and then make himself a target for a pass while stepping toward the rim. Head coach Mike Budenholzer thinks the change will help put pressure on the rim on offense. “I think we’re going to have just a little more pressure on the rim with both Tiago and Edy, and their ability to roll and collapse the defense and put pressure on the rim and play around the rim,” Budenholzer said.
Schröder will still get to the rim this season, but in doing so, he will be making far more pick-and-roll plays with Splitter. To get ready for the adjustent, he prepped by studying video of Tiago’s former running mate. “Tiago is a good player,” Schröder said. “He did it with the Spurs, and I watched a lot of film of Tony Parker and how they play pick-and-roll. I look forward to playing with him in the pick-and-roll. Either he’ll get the pass or I can go to the basket if I’m open.”
Splitter admittedly was disappointed to be traded but he believes the subsequent addition of Aldridge makes San Antonio the team to beat out in the West. “It’s a great squad,” Splitter told Basketball Insiders of his old unit in San Antonio. “On paper they are the favorites to win the title. They have David West. They have LaMarcus Aldridge. Of course, Tim [Duncan]. Just a great frontcourt over there. They are a very talented team. Of course you have to see how things work out for them on the practical side of the game, but on the interior they have a great team.”
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer announced at Media Day on Monday at Phillips Arena that Kyle Korver, Thabo Sefolosha and Shelvin Mack have been cleared for all basketball activities, including 5-on-5. New HawksHoop contributor Kacy Sager joined me for Media Day and we got further details from the players.
Thabo Sefolosha talked about his desire to put the events of last season, when he suffered a broken leg while being arrested by NYPD, behind him. “It changed my summer a lot,” said Sefolosha. “I’m looking forward. I don’t want to look back and think of what could have happend. I’m here today and I’m feeling good, and that’s what’s most important.”
Sefolosha will fly to New York next week to face trial for the charges stemming from his arrest. He said that the impending court date presents an untimely distraction with the preseason in progress. “I have to go to New York pretty soon to basically face the charges,” said Sefolosha. “I’m very confident but at the same time it’s not something that I’m used to. It’s definitely in my mind and especially right now is not the best time to be dealing with this. But, you know, it’s got to be done.”