No Beard No Problem: Malcolm Delaney Ditches ‘Beard Goals’ For ‘Buckets’ And It Worked!

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The Atlanta Hawks have spent much of their preseason on the road, and that has a lot to do with the renovation of their home court Phillips Arena.

Last night the Atlanta Hawks took the hardwood under the roof of McCamish Pavilion for the first time this preseason on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Now the Atlanta Hawks organization by no means a stranger to the Georgia Tech campus.

From 1968-1972 the Hawks played all of their home games in Alexander Memorial Coliseum while The Omni Center was being built.

Then the franchise made their way back from 1997-99 splitting time between AMC and The Georgia Dome as their current home Phillips Arena was being built.

As the newly revamped Hawks took the court last night fans had an opportunity to witness flashes of greatness from the new look Hawks as Rookie John Collins and veteran Mike Muscala showed encouraging signs that the franchise is moving in the right direction.

Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer previewed his starting line up although he relied heavily on his bench contribution to help lift the Hawks past the Grizzlies.

Malcolm Delaney finished the evening with 15 points going 4 of 6 shooting from the field. Delaney also dished out 5 assist, making last nights contest one of his best preseason showings.

But…..some believe the great showing may have come from Delaney deciding to ditch beard goals for the buckets. Following last nights contest we had a chance to catch up with Delaney as he weighed in on his new look.

With Delaney 15 point performance and Muscala’s 12 point performance respectively the Atlanta Hawks went on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-88.

The Hawks return to action Thursday at home as they get ready to take on Dennis Smith Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks inside McCamish Pavilion for a 7:30pm Eastern tipoff!

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