HoopsHype Al Horford rumors

October 28, 2013 Updates

"It's just a different style of play," Horford said. "Before, we were running a lot, pretty much running all over the play, pretty free, tempo, running the break. With Bud, we can run, but he wants us to be more organized about it. To me, it's taking time knowing where I can run the floor hard, or when I'm supposed to be back, because I'm the second big. Offensively, it's taking me time to get adjusted to that, making sure I'm running in my lane. He wants the guards to be out wide, and if they're out wide, we can kind of attack that way. So that's something that it's taking time for me to adjust to." NBA.com

Adjustments -- that horror of a word -- are nonetheless the essence of the NBA. During seasons, during games, and especially during playoff series, players have to toss what isn't working and change on the fly. It's easier when a team hasn't won or had success, though. Horford and the Hawks have, albeit not at a championship level. So, how patient can he be while Ferry's and Budenholzer's regime takes hold? "That's a very fair question," Horford said by phone Friday afternoon. "I do realize that, and I do want to win. I do want to be in a really good position to compete. I wonder. I do wonder what's going to be our next move as a team. But for now, all I can focus on is this team, this year. But absolutely -- I want to compete. I want to be part of a winning, successful, championship team. I do trust that Danny's moving in the right direction, but like you said, I have been in seven years already. Some things are going to have to happen the next few years." NBA.com

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So naturally, I wanted to put that theory to the test. Is that, in fact, the generally agreed upon totem pole these days? It doesn't appear to be the case. I asked six front-office executives, reached via text message and granted anonymity to inspire honesty and avoid tampering charges, to rank the best centers in the NBA. The results: Executive No. 1: Marc Gasol, Noah, Lopez, Hibbert, Howard, Omer Asik. Executive No. 2: Howard, Gasol, Noah, Hibbert, Cousins. Executive No. 3: Howard, Gasol, Hibbert, Noah, Andrew Bogut, Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh, Al Horford Executive No. 4: Noah, Gasol, Hibbert, Anderson Varejao, Howard Executive No. 5: Howard, Gasol, Nikola Pekovic, Noah, Lopez Executive No. 6: Howard, Lopez, Gasol, Tim Duncan, Noah, Cousins, Jonas Valanciunas. USA Today Sports

September 3, 2013 Updates

"It makes very happy because Al Horford, another Latino, is there," Ayon said. "I've spoken to him some when I've played against him and find him to be a good guy. I hope to have a good chemistry and aside from that he's a very well-respected player inside the NBA and he can teach me a lot of things." ESPN.com

August 10, 2013 Updates

Dominican Al Horford won’t be playing for the national team at the FIBA Americas being held this summer, the Dominican Republic Basketball Federation finally confirmed. According to a press release, Horford will be participating in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program later this month, while also preparing for the next NBA season. Dominican Today

July 26, 2013 Updates

It's not a surprise, yet the announcement by the Dominican Republic Basketball Federation that Al Horford won't play for the national team this summer is nevertheless painful. When one of the best big men in the NBA, a player who has been outstanding for the Dominicans the past few years, decides he's not going to play at the FIBA Americas Championship, it's never good news. TalkBasket

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Smith doesn’t flinch, no matter how loud the crowd gets. And they rode the emotional roller coaster with him on this night, play after crazy play from start to finish as Smith scored a career playoff-high 29 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals. It was his first 25-point, 10-rebound playoff game and came in his 50th postseason appearance, a nice robust number for a player who continues to confound not only the fans but some of his teammates as well. “This was definitely one of those ‘ooh, aah’ moments with Josh,” Al Horford said. “He gives you those ‘oohs’ and then those ‘aahs.’ It’s kind of a ‘Yes’ and then ‘No’ thing going on. That’s the way it is. I think [the fans] obviously want Josh to be successful. Everybody loves him here. Sometimes we do question his shot selection. But tonight he hit some big shots down the stretch, made some huge plays for other guys down the stretch and made plays to help us win this game. I know it might drive some people a little crazy. But it works for us and that’s just the way it is.” NBA.com

“That was the biggest play of the game right there,” Horford said. “He was aware enough to find Kyle and Kyle had a clean look and knocked it down. That’s what it’s all about right there.” NBA.com

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The Hawks will use the same starting lineup in Game 2 of their playoff series with the Pacers. The first unit will be Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, Kyle Kover, Josh Smith and Al Horford. “I think after every game, particularly a game where things don’t go as well (you consider change),” coach Larry Drew said Wednesday. “It’s not time for us to panic. From a lineup standpoint I want to stay with what has been good for us. Obviously, through the course of the game we’ll make changes. At times we’ll be smaller. At times we’ll be a little bigger. It’s definitely not a time to panic and shift things around. “In going back and looking at our first game with them, we didn’t do enough things well. If we correct a few things, it puts us in a better position.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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On how the team and Josh Smith are handling the trade rumors: Al Horford: “Josh is doing a good job of of handling all the trade rumors and everything. I think we’re pretty focused on what we have at hand. We know we have our hands full with Miami. Today was a good practice, we got our strategies down for the game and we’re looking forward (to the game against Miami). Sports Radio Interviews

February 12, 2013 Updates

The Hawks are positioned for a sixth consecutive trip to the playoffs in Smith’s ninth season, but the question is if this team is built to make a legitimate run at the Miami Heat for the East crown. “I’m not sure; that’s going to be interesting,” center Al Horford said. “It’s one of those things that can be frustrating, because when you see the potential of our team in a game like tonight it makes you wonder. So it’s going to be one of those things that management is going to have to make a decision and see what they feel like.” NBA.com

February 6, 2013 Updates

“I went up to contest the shot and I think that he purposely threw an elbow at me knowing that I was coming,” Horford said. “He hit me in the groin area. It was very painful. He hit me and it as a natural instinct as I was going for the block to put me hands down and I guess I hit him in the head. It was a very dirty play by him. I’m obviously upset about the call. I understand that they are at home. The crowd is against the refs and they have peer pressure on them so they couldn’t let it slide. I am hoping that the NBA looks at the play and realizes that it was not an intentional hit and I should not have had a flagrant foul.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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