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Hawks bringing Thabo Sefolosha along slowly during early days of camp

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Thabo Sefolosha dialed back his activity during Wednesday's training camp practice

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Thabo Sefolosha told reporters at Monday's media day event that he paid no attention to the written out schedule team doctors had for him following surgery for broken right fibula. While Sefolosha is targeting opening night for a return, the team is bringing him along slowly during the early part of training camp.

Sefolosha took part in 50-75 percent of Tuesday's camp opening practice according the AJC's Chris Vivlamore. He dialed that workload back somewhat on Wednesday but says that was to be expected and that there was no need for concern.

"Just being cautious and not to irritate it," Sefolosha said.

Hearing Sefolosha talk about being ready for opening night was perhaps the biggest surprise to come out of Monday's media day. He was upbeat and was walking without any noticeable limp. Still, Mike Budenholzer indicated that the team would be cautious with Sefolosha, Kyle Korver and Shelvin Mack who are all recovering from off season surgery.

Sefolosha has missed parts of the last two seasons with lower leg injuries. That in itself is reason enough for the Hawks to be cautious with him and to not rush him back. He figures to play a big part for the team this season, but it is much more equipped to play without him early than it would be in the playoffs.