It’s Hawks media day, and general manager Landry Fields was the first to be made available. The recently promoted Fields spoke on the bevy of offseason injuries the team has been dealing with — John Collins‘ finger, Bogdan Bogdanovic‘s knee, AJ Griffin‘s foot, and Jalen Johnson‘s knee.
Says Bogi isn’t ready to go, but should be for the beginning of the season.
John Collin’s finger looks crazy, but he’ll be fine.
AJ, Jalen also good to go. Says the team is pretty healthy.
— Reggie Chatman Jr. (@ReggieChatman) September 23, 2022
If you’re unaware of JC’s finger situation, let me enlighten you because it is unbelievable he played down the stretch run and into the postseason with his shooting hand looking like this:
The Hawks’ 2022 first-rounder out of Duke hasn’t seen the court this offseason as he deals with a foot injury, but it seems the team was just acting in a cautionary manner. If there’s one thing this team needs, it’s shooters. So, having Griffin healthy should be of paramount concern; he’s set to be a big part of the Hawks this season.
Bogi’s knee problems have plagued him ever since the Hawks acquired him, and it’s past the point of being a problem. When Atlanta was at its best, Bogi was shooting lights out. And as I mentioned before, the club needs shooters. Gauging Landry’s response about Bogdanovic is difficult, but it seems he’s confident the Serbian sharpshooter will be full-go by the time the regular season rolls around.
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