The Atlanta Hawks will travel Athens and the University of Georgia’s basketball practice facility next week to begin their training camp for the 2017-18 season. The Hawks will be christening camp at UGA for the fifth straight year, working out on campus next Tuesday-Thursday.
The Georgia Basketball practice facility is one of the nation’s largest practice, a 120,000-square-foot, $30-million structure that opened in 2007. The Hawks will have access to both of the adjacent practice gyms of the Georgia men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as other athletic training and weight room facilities.
“I can’t imagine having camp anywhere else than the University of Georgia,” Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “The facilities just fit with what we’re looking for. Between the men’s gym and the women’s gym we can create a little separation, have a lot of energy and get everything we want to get done.”
The Hawks have opened training camp in Athens each season since Budenholzer, the 2015 NBA Coach of the Year, became the team’s head coach in 2013.
The Hawks have reached the NBA Playoffs during each of Budenholzer’s first four seasons in Atlanta, including a franchise-record 60 victories in 2015 when the team advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. In fact, the Hawks have made the Playoffs for 10 straight seasons, the longest active streak in the Eastern Conference.
All practices in Athens are closed to the public.