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These are the Atlanta Hawks, who are every bit as measured off the court as they are on it. These are grown men who go about the business of surgically dissecting two Western Conference contenders, then go en masse to a non-mandatory team dinner, something they do routinely after both wins and losses. The camaraderie is authentic, even if the personalities are, with a few exceptions, pretty mellow. “The reason it’s authentic is that everyone has bought in,” Al Horford said. “We enjoy working with each other.” ESPN.com

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"He's one of the elite, maybe the best, two-way big men in the league," one general manager said of Horford. "Without him, the Hawks are a fringe playoff team. With him, they can finish third in the league." ESPN.com

"When he's healthy, he's one of the top 25 players in this league," another high-ranking NBA executive said. "He plays both ends of the court, and that's what separates him from some of the other big men. Sure, Dwight Howard is better defensively -- but he can't really score. Kevin Love is a better offensive player, but he doesn't guard. Horford does it all." ESPN.com

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They are back together this year. “I think it is so unique because Paul is a four but at times he plays like a three,” Horford said. “He can face-up. He can shoot the 3(-pointer) real well. He just knows how to play. He’s a really smart player. He’s efficient. The contrast really causes people problems. I’m starting to get more comfortable playing with him, finding my spots when he is making moves or vise versa. If I have the ball, I’m looking for him. It’s a process. We didn’t get to play much last season. We are still building that chemistry.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Q: How is your relationship with coach Mike Budenholzer? Al Horford: "I'm very happy with the coach, with Mike. His system is similar to the method used by San Antonio. I feel comfortable. I respect Mike and I know that we have to follow his method to improve. We will do special things sooner rather than later." Q: Do you try to play like San Antonio? Al Horford: "At the end of the day it's the old system. We have different players, but the system is similar. Sure, we want to create our own identity. We don't want to be the 'Spurs East'. There are other teams with the same offensive system. We want our own identity, but I recognize that it is the Spurs' system." HoopsHype

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Al Horford’s name will enter trade talks. It happened in stealth mode last season, when the Hawks reached out to a select group and made it known that Horford could be had for the right price — including an unprotected 2014 first-round pick, per several league sources. Nothing materialized, and Horford is ready to return from another torn pectoral muscle. A healthy Horford is a top-20 player on a below-market contract that runs through 2015-16 — long enough that some team could talk itself into gambling on him. He could net a hefty return for the Hawks, who have been happily skipping down the “pretty good with cap room” path under Danny Ferry. Grantland

It’s likely that Al Horford will play in at least one of the Hawks’ three exhibition games this week. The center has been out with a torn right pectoral muscle suffered 29 games into last season. The team has brought him along slowly through training camp. It appears that his rehabilitation has progressed to the point where he can soon get back on a court against an opposing team. “I think we are hopeful that at some point during the week he’ll get a chance to play,” coach Mike Budenholzer said following Monday’s practice. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 13, 2014 Updates

It’s likely that Al Horford will play in at least one of the Hawks’ three exhibition games this week. The center has been out with a torn right pectoral muscle suffered 29 games into last season. The team has brought him along slowly through training camp. It appears that his rehabilitation has progressed to the point where he can soon get back on a court against an opposing team. “I think we are hopeful that at some point during the week he’ll get a chance to play,” coach Mike Budenholzer said following Monday’s practice. Horford took part in most of the team’s five-on-five and scrimmage work Monday. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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