HoopsHype Al Horford rumors

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There is an opening on the Eastern Conference All-Star team as it was announced Sunday that Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Hawks coach Larry Drew made a case for Al Horford or Josh Smith to be named his replacement. “No doubt about,” Drew said before Sunday’s game against the Knicks when asked if he thought his two stars should get the call. “I think both of my guys have been overlooked. It’s unfortunate what happened to Rondo but certainly my guys should be in strong consideration.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Center Al Horford said he has spoken to Smith and that “he will be fine.” “You have to address things and make sure everybody is on the same page,” Horford said. “I think it’s something that is going to be a positive for our team. It’s going to be a positive because you grow from this. You grow from adversity, having guys not playing, things like that. That’s what it’s all about. I think we’ve always reacted well.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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However, this group has come together and has found a variety of ways to win. They can rely on their star-studded frontcourt of Josh Smith and Al Horford, on their talented backcourt of Jeff Teague, Lou Williams and Devin Harris or on their plethora of shooters such as Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow and DeShawn Stevenson. “Everybody said it was going to be a rebuilding year, but in the locker room we knew what kind of team we had,” Harris said. “With the shooters we brought in and with the athleticism we had, we knew how good this team could be.” HoopsWorld

December 15, 2012 Updates

The Johnson trade and the fact that the Hawks can have upwards of 10 players who can turn free in July will allow them the cap flexibility to go after Dwight Howard, an Atlanta-area product, this summer. They made a big push to get him last August, before the Magic traded him to the Lakers, by offering Horford, their All-Star center. New York Daily News

December 7, 2012 Updates

My favorite moment came about 20 minutes into the interview when Horford told me that he loves to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and has finished eight of his books. It just so happens that I'm reading A Hundred Years of Solitude right now. Or, at least, I'm trying to as I go to bed: I've re-read pages 13-15 at least four times. Garcia Marquez is a beautiful writer; that much I can tell. But I'm a better sleeper. (Murray throws to Jay Rome, also a UGA basketball player, for the first touchdown of the game! This drink isn't strong enough.) Creative Loafing Atlanta

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"This is as close of a group as I've ever been around," Horford said. "I think because we really have a veteran team and we have a lot of guys who have been on a lot of playoff teams there was a respect for one another. It's a positive sign." ESPN.com

December 5, 2012 Updates

At 9-5, the Hawks are just a game off last season's pace and have already scored a couple impressive victories, including a win at Oklahoma City. With a balanced scoring attack and an aggressive defense, they are turning into one of the surprises of the young season. "I'm a little surprised how fast we've been able to come together," said Horford, who is averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds on 54 percent shooting. "I was taken aback by the trades, I think we all were. But when we got a chance to meet Danny, we understood he was trying to do some things in a different way." ESPN.com

November 27, 2012 Updates

The Miami Heat star had won it the two previous times, and averaged 29.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists in two wins last week. But he lost out Monday to Atlanta center Al Horford, who averaged 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a 4-0 week. "The game has so many great players, the award shouldn't be named for me," the forward said with a laugh when it was suggested it should be renamed in his honor. FOXSports Florida

November 26, 2012 Updates

Hawks center Al Horford was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Nov. 19-25. The Hawks have gotten four of their five straight wins during Horford’s impressive week. He is averaging 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists over the span. He had a career-high 10 assists in the victory over the Wizards. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Horford said he and Smith are “drooling” over the prospects of playing the more up-tempo offense Drew has in mind with Jeff Teague being joined by Devin Harris and Lou Williams at point guard. The key to the season will be how long it takes all the new players, of which Horford is one of just five returners, to mesh as a unit. “I know we have a lot of work to do,” Horford said. “We have so many new players. We don’t know how long it’s going to take to gel. Hopefully it’s going to take just the month of October, maybe some of November, for us to start figuring it out.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 24, 2012 Updates

Josh Smith, Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia and Jeff Teague are the only four Hawks remaining on the roster from last season. Without some of the leadership returning from years past, Ferry is banking on Teague stepping into a larger leadership role for the team and believes the more the young guard gets to play, the better he’ll ultimately become as a professional. “He’s still a young player,” Ferry said of Teague. “Last year was the first time where he just played. He got to play, totally green lighted. It will be interesting to see how he matures this year and continues to develop with things. It will be more his team. We don’t have Joe. We don’t have Marvin. It will be more of Jeff’s team than it has ever been. I think he’s capable of stepping in and doing a good job with that.” HoopsWorld

July 9, 2012 Updates

The Dominican Republic should have had the best player on the floor with the Hawks Al Horford, but he had just 12 points as foul trouble kept him in check. So the field for London is set. The 12-team tournament starts July 29 with play in the two six-team groups (four from each advance to the knockout tournament). The groups are: Group A: United States, France, Argentina, Tunisia, Lithuania, Nigeria. Group B: Great Britain, Spain, Brazil, Australia, China, Russia. NBCSports.com

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