The Atlanta Hawks, who took the eventual champion Boston Celtics to seven games in the playoffs last season, have started the season in strong fashion. The confidence they acquired last season has carried over.
"It's just the way we carry ourselves. It's just a confidence we have. I think you can see right before the game, you can see our intent is focused and we are trying to win games."
--Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks second-year player.
"They are playing with a lot of confidence. They have an edge to them. You can't say enought good things about them as a team."
--Lawrence Frank, New Jersey Nets' head coach.
"It's been a growth. It hasn't been easy. From where we started to where we are today, there have been some steps along the way. It's been a process. We've been able to put pieces together and keep some of the core guys."
--Mike Woodson, Atlanta Hawks' head coach.
Excerpts taken from the New York Times, 11/15/2008.