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Jeff Teague says he will be more of a leader in Atlanta

Aug 2, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague AP

For a couple years now the refrain has been the same from the Atlanta Hawks coaching staff (or staffs, it has been the same for a couple coaches now):

We want Jeff Teague to take charge of this team.

I remember coaches preaching that to him at Summer League a couple years back, Larry Drew was yelling from the bench for him to do it last season. Be a leader.

He’s not going to be the high scorer, not next season with Josh Smith and Al Horford still on the Hawks roster, but he can be the floor general. Which is what current coach Larry Drew wants, but Teague tends to be laid back and let the game come to him.

Now, he is at least saying the right things. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“I’ve got to be more of a leader,” Teague said. “I looked to other guys last year like Joe (Johnson) and Marvin (Williams) and those guys. I feel like it’s my time to step up and be a leader along with Josh and Al and try to be that third guy.”

Words are nice, but we’ll need to see actions before we buy in.

  1. dysraw1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Teague is 1 of the true point men in this league it is time he show the promise that his coaching staff believes he’s capable

  2. mannyicey - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    So Teague is making this as some big announcement? He’s the starting Point Guard. Was he looking for an engraved invitation? Or for Joe Johnson to leave? What?

    • pglive21 - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      It’s pretty obvious he was waiting for Joe Johnson to leave. Not exactly news. He’s clearly going to be a bigger focal point in the offense that (hopefully) relies less on isolation sets.

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