Exclusive: Hawks' coach urges team to sample new culture

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The Atlanta Hawks will arrive in London today ahead of Thursday's match-up against the Brooklyn Nets at the 02 Arena, and Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer believes his team will bond during the trip.

Budenholzer is very aware that the game still represents an opportunity to get another win on the board, but looking at the bigger picture, he sees the time away as a great chance to sample a new culture.

The Hawks have plenty of time to relax in London, with a four day game gap either side of the Nets clash.

"We want to be professional this week that is for sure. We are playing a regular season game and the focus and preparation for the game is very important," Budenholzer told GiveMeSport.

"However, for everyone at the Hawks, it's important we take advantage of this opportunity to experience another country and culture.

"As a group we get a chance to spend time together and bond. The more we care about each other the more we learn from each other, and we believe that carries over to the core."

Budenholzer added that his Hawks side are looking to style themselves on the European style of play.

It is particularly the attacking side of play that the Hawks' boss wants to mimic, and with a couple of international players in their side they might just be able to do that.

"We have a couple of international players in our team, and when we talk about the style of play we want to play, we talk about wanting to become more international," he continued.

"We want to be more European in the way we attack and play, and the European game has had a big influence on me."

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