HoopsHype Al Horford rumors

March 31, 2014 Updates

“Losing Al Horford early was obviously tough and then on top of that, with four or five players at a time missing big blocks of games during the second half of the season, our group certainly is frustrated,” Ferry said Saturday. “We are on a good path right now. We are very well-coached; when healthy we were a very good team that played with a substance and a clear system-based identity that I really like. “Being the eighth seed in a playoffs is not ever going to be our goal. We want more than that as a team. Our group will keep focusing on finding ways to get better every day. Again, (coach Mike Budenholzer), our players, (co-owner) Bruce (Levenson), we are all going to do good things going forward.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NBA player Al Horford took out his phone as he left the U.S. Holocaust Museum on Friday and Tweeted: “Life changing experience.” It was an emotional afternoon for players and staff members of the Atlanta Hawks who arrived in Washington a day before their scheduled game with the Wizards and hustled from the airport directly to the museum. Visits of professional basketball teams to the museum are rare. Only three teams have made the stop before. For the Hawks, it provided an unusual opportunity for the players to learn about a chapter in history that has a personal resonance with one of their team’s owners. Bruce Levenson, the Hawk’s managing partner, is a long time donor of the Holocaust Museum and one of the key supporters of a program that teaches youth from the D.C. area to become tour guides at the museum. Some of them were on hand on March 28 to guide the NBA players as they took the hour-long tour through the exhibit. Jewish Daily Forward

March 20, 2014 Updates

After all the surgeries, he missed three of the next four years, so you can understand why Walton has empathy for what the NBA has gone through lately, this season with Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Al Horford, etc., etc., all missing chunks of games with major injuries. Then there's Greg Oden, too often compared to Walton and not because they both were celebrated big men selected first overall by the Blazers. "I've been there," Walton said, quietly. "It hurts me to see that, to see them go through, to an extent, what I went through, to know these talented young men must deal with factors beyond their control, and also to see how it has affected a game that I love so much." SportsonEarth

March 13, 2014 Updates

Al Horford won't try and return for the playoffs if the Atlanta Hawks make the postseason. The Hawks center tore his right pectoral muscle on Dec. 26 and hasn't played since. He tore the left one in the 2011 and returned to play later that season. "No. I think it would be hard. This injury, honestly, was a little more severe than the other one," he explained Thursday in his first meeting with reporters since the injury. "And it's my right side, shooting arm, and I need to feel 100 percent confident with it, so I think it's going to be a little bit slower." USA Today Sports

February 19, 2014 Updates

Al Horford has begun to rehabilitate his surgically repaired torn right pectoral muscle. The Hawks center posted photos of his first session on Instagram Wednesday. He also posted the following message on Twitter: “First Rehab session. Done with recovery phase, now getting mobility back.” Horford suffered the torn pectoral muscle on Dec. 26 against the Cavaliers. He underwent season-ending surgery Dec. 31 on the complete tear. The surgery was performed at Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital by Dr. Xavier Duralde and accompanied by Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot from the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 26, 2014 Updates
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December 31, 2013 Updates

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford will have season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn chest muscle. Horford, the Hawks' leading scorer and rebounder, tore his right pectoral muscle in the first overtime of Thursday night's 127-125 double-overtime win at Cleveland. An examination on Friday in Atlanta revealed the complete tear of the muscle. Horford explored his options before deciding on the surgery. Hawks spokesman Garin Narain on Monday night confirmed plans for the surgery. USA Today Sports

December 30, 2013 Updates
December 28, 2013 Updates

The Hawks received the worst possible news on the injury to Al Horford when test results revealed a complete tear of his right pectoral muscle Friday, according to a team source. Horford was examined Friday afternoon after suffering the injury in Thursday’s game against the Cavaliers. Horford left with 1:35 remaining in the first overtime with what was initially called a right shoulder injury. Horford, who missed all but 11 games during the 2011-12 season with a left torn pectoral muscle, was injured when he got tangled with the Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao. Horford was not available to speak following the game. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 27, 2013 Updates
December 10, 2013 Updates

The hidden impact of the Gay deal is that we're suddenly down to just 10 names in the entire league who are even eligible to be released via the amnesty clause next July. And when you read those 10 names you'll understand why Boozer and Perkins, now that Salmons has been dealt, are realistically the last two who can generate any legitimate amnesty speculation until the next collective bargaining agreement. They are: Atlanta's Al Horford; Boston's Rajon Rondo; Chicago's Boozer and Joakim Noah; Memphis' Mike Conley and Zach Randolph; Oklahoma City's Nick Collison, Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins; San Antonio's Tony Parker. ESPN.com

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