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Meet The Newest Hawks video: Richardson wants to leave game on own term


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I recently sat down with the four newest Hawks with NBA experience – Jason Richardson, Tiago Splitter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Justin Holiday. You can watch the video of all four here and find out a number of things such as:

  1. Why Richardson chose the Hawks to continue his career.
  2. How and why Splitter found out he was traded to the Hawks.
  3. The best advice Hardaway Jr. received from his father
  4. What Holiday did – or did not do – with the NBA championship trophy.

I asked Richardson what was the most difficult part of missing most of the past two seasons due to injury. The 13-season veteran played just 33 games in 2012-13, missed all of 2013-14 and played just 19 games last season with the 76ers. He signed a free-agent deal with the Hawks this summer. Here is what he said:

“The fact of just now playing,” Richard said. “I’m a very competitive guy. I play this game for love, nothing else. I think that’s why I battled back, kept on continuing and wanting to get back on the court. I’ve been in the league a long time and seen guys give it up and just collect a check. That’s not who I am. I wanted to walk out on my terms. I just had too much respect for the game of basketball and too much love for it to sit down and collect a check. I wanted to prove a point that I could come back and still play.”

Enjoy the video. I’ll have several more interviews and stories before training camp opens with media day on Sept. 28 – just 10 days away.


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Chris Vivlamore has been a reporter and editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2003.