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Atlanta Hawks to open training camp at UGA October 1

The Atlanta Hawks will officially begin training camp on October 1 at the University of Georgia's Coliseum Training Facility.

Kevin C. Cox

Atlanta Hawks' training camp is now officially right around the corner. The AJC's Chris Vivlamore reports that the Hawks will open camp on October 1 at the University of Georgia's Coliseum Training Facility in Athens. Those sessions will run from October 1-3 before heading back to Atlanta.

Following media day Sept. 30, the Hawks will travel by bus to Athens. They will return to Philips Arena on Oct. 4 to continue preparations for the exhibition-season opener at the Heat on Oct. 7. The Hawks will play six exhibition games, with the finale Oct. 23 at the Mavericks. The team will return to Dallas a week later for the regular-season opener Oct. 30.

The Hawks will use the three-day trip to get a head start on installing Mike Budenholzer's offensive and defensive systems. It can also be a valuable tool in terms of team building and is not an uncommon practice in the NBA.

Update - The Hawks have confirmed the AJC's report and have issued a statement from Coach Budenholzer on training camp:

"I'm excited to have our first training camp at the University of Georgia and to make use of their first-class facilities," said Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. "Being in Athens to start camp will provide us a great opportunity to focus on building team chemistry and developing the unselfish and hard-working mentality that will be central to how we compete every night."

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