Emotional ties strike a chord with Korver, Teague in Chicago

Emotional ties strike a chord with Korver, Teague in Chicago
January 14, 2013, 8:09 pm
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The Atlanta Hawks participated in a shootaround at the United Center prior to the start of Monday night's game. But for Kyle Korver, the return to the Madhouse on Madison was about more than preparing for another matchup. It brought back a rush of all the memories he made in the Windy City the past two seasons.

"Amazing fans, it was packed here every night," Korver said as he looked up at the empty stands during the Hawks' practice. "The support you have here, it's unlike anywhere else. Putting on a Bulls uniform everyday was really cool, it's an awesome jersey to put on.

"We worked hard here, the two years I was here, our team put everything into it and so you have a lot of memories. It's not so much series or games, but all the little things. I spent two really good years here."

He hasn't been out of Chicago long, but within the last year, Korver's faced some pretty big changes.

"I've worn a coat twice this winter... yesterday and today," Korver said jokingly. "We've got a good team in Atlanta, a good coaching staff, everyone's been receptive. Started a family this year down in Atlanta, my wife and I had our first baby five weeks ago, so life has changed quite a bit in a year."

But Korver isn't the only one adjusting to new changes within his family. Teammate Jeff Teague is still getting used to playing against his brother, Marquis, in Chicago.

"I'm just happy for him, having this opportunity to do something that he loves to do," Teague said about his younger brother -- the Bulls' first-round pick in the 2012 draft. "But hopefully we can get a win tonight so I can have bragging rights."

The two brothers spent time together on Sunday, but when they both hit the court on Monday night, it's back to business. But that doesn't mean separating their personal and work lives is easy.

"It's tough, last game he got in the game and I had mixed emotions," the Hawks point guard said. "I wanted him to play well, but I wanted to win. So it's tough, but it's a job you have to do."