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Hawks’ Trae Young, McMillan try to smooth over dispute

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ATLANTA (AP) โ€” Trae Young says he and Hawks coach Nate McMillan have smoothed over their disagreement regarding his not attending a game last Friday.

Young, the teamโ€™s leading scorer, was out with a sore shoulder and did not attend the game the win over the Denver Nuggets. It is rare for an injured player not to attend a home game.

โ€œI mean, it was just a situation,โ€ Young told reporters after Mondayโ€™s morning shootaround. โ€œI mean, weโ€™re all grown men here and thereโ€™s some times we donโ€™t always agree. And itโ€™s unfortunate that private situations and private conversations got out to the public. But I guess thatโ€™s the world we live in now.

โ€œBut yeah, Iโ€™m just going to focus on basketball and focus on helping my team win. And thatโ€™s what I got to be focusing on.โ€

Young, who was in the lineup for the Hawksโ€™ game against Oklahoma City, declined to take questions before the game, but McMillan told reporters before tipoff that he addressed the team and spoke with Young after the morning shootaround.

โ€œTrae is a very competitive kid,โ€ McMillan said. โ€œHe understands. We both want the same thing, which is to win games. Again, things happen. Weโ€™re not going to agree on everything. That happens in your family, too, right? Itโ€™s not always going to be a perfect situation. Heโ€™s going to be fine.

โ€œHe is a 24-year-old man that has a ton of talent. He wants to win big. I want to win big. Weโ€™re going to continue to work on ways to try to make that happen.โ€

The Athletic was the first to report that Young and McMillan disagreed about his participation in last Fridayโ€™s shootaround. The report said that Young wanted to get his shoulder treated instead of participating in the shootaround, while McMillan wanted Young to participate in the shootaround and get treated during the walkthrough.

When Young said he would not participate in the shootaround, McMillan said he could either come off the bench or miss the game entirely. Young opted for the latter, and the team listed him as inactive with the shoulder injury.

Young, who led the NBA in total points scored and total assists last season, was upset that the details went public.

โ€œLike I said, itโ€™s a private matter,โ€ he said. โ€œAgain, made public, which is unfortunate. And if it was to stay private, it probably wouldnโ€™t have been as big of a deal. But like I said, itโ€™s unfortunate and my job, and my goal is to win championships. And thatโ€™s what I focus on.โ€

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