Schlenk: 'Foolish to say we're going to replicate what Warriors have accomplished'

John and Hugh
December 04, 2018 - 11:34 am

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The Atlanta Hawks fell behind early in their eventual 128-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

Steph Curry outscored the Hawks by himself in the first quarter with 18-points, leaving the Hawks with a 17-point deficit to try and overcome (34-17). Curry finished with 30-points, Kevin Durant had 28 and Klay Thomas ended his night with 27.

On the Hawks side of the ball, John Collins had 24-points on the night, Trae Young with 20 and Taurean Prince with 14.

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk, former assistant GM with Golden State, has started to lay the foundation in his second year with the team. He joined The Morning Show with John and Hugh on Tuesday and was asked whether the Warriors were the blueprint of how he wanted this team to look in the future. 

"To replicate what they are, and what they've become, would be extremely difficult to do and probably foolish to go down that road. But what we will replicate is the type of players they are. "

Most, whether that be in the media or fans alike, have made comparisons of young Hawks players to those on the Warriors; most notably, point guard Trae Young to Steph Curry and Kevin Hearter to Klay Thompson. 

"We want skill players, we want high character players. Those are the foundation of the kind of guys that we're building here."

"There's going to be similarities in characters, but I think it'd be kind of foolish to say that we're going to replicate what they've been able to accomplish."

Hawks rookie Young got his first chance to go up against the player he's drawn many comparisons to last night: Steph Curry. However, when asked before the game about it, Curry was not having it.

And Schlenk said there's plenty he took away from last night's match up. 

"He realizes how hard Steph has to work to get open," Schlenk said mentioning he's spoken to Young about being ball dominate. "The hardest time to score in the NBA is when you have the ball...Just the movement, how Steph gives it up and just running off screen; that's one of the things we're trying to work with [Trae> doing, learning to play without the ball."