Other than Kevin Durant‘s move to the Golden State Warriors and Dwyane Wade prying himself away from South Beach for the Chicago Bulls, Al Horford‘s decision to leave the Atlanta Hawks for the Boston Celtics was the most important and NBA landscape=shifting change during free agency.
Horford was coveted by teams around the league due to his ability to stretch the floor as well as dominate in the point, but in the end, he decided Boston was the best fit.
In the immediate aftermath, it was reported that Horford left Atlanta because he didn’t want to play with Dwight Howard, and because he supposedly felt that the fans were better Beantown.
Now, almost two weeks removed from his decision, Horford opened up about the thought-process that went into leaving the Hawks for the Celtics in an interview with Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Horford touched on various topics, but the one that made his blood boil was the idea that he left Atlanta because the fans weren’t good enough.
Q. Another thing was your dad said some things about one of the reasons you wanted to leave was the fans in Atlanta were not as good as the fans in Boston. Was that true?
A. That made me really upset. I was angry when I heard about that because I never felt that way. I’ve been here a long time. I’ve actually gotten to know a lot of our fans, a lot of our season-ticket holders with the Hawks. They’ve always been great to me. I’ve always been very content and happy with the way they’ve treated me and my family. Parents are sometimes a little more passionate about their sons and daughters. I can relate because I have a son now. So my dad, with him, sometimes he would come to the games and get frustration. His frustrations don’t reflect on me with the fan base.
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