The Boston Celtics bringing back Al Horford this past offseason proved to be an excellent move. He spent three seasons with Boston before leaving for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 free agency. His time with the Sixers lasted one season, as Philadelphia traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who traded him after a single season to the Celtics. After two years away from his previous home, Horford finds himself in his first NBA Finals series.
Horford’s family made it clear that they only had one team on their mind during the time he was away from Boston. His sisters, Maria and Anna, and his brother, Josh, all told Jared Weiss of The Athletic that they didn’t like Al playing for the Sixers that much and always stayed true to the Celtics.
“We stayed Celtics fans when he was in Philly and when he was in OKC. We couldn’t let go,” Maria said. “They showed us so much love, and that wasn’t something we were ready to let go of, so we just never did. And we’re back!”
“Philly fans hated us there,” Anna added. “They hated us for it.”
“We continued to root for Boston, because they’re not dickheads,” said Josh.
Although Celtics fans undeniably have a very poor track record just like Sixers fans, the Horford family has grown to love the city and the team. Anna Horford defended Boston fans for their profane chants directed at Draymond Green. It seems likely that Al Horford retires with Boston whenever he decides to call it quits.
Horford will look to stake his claim as a true Celtic for life as Boston looks to win the NBA Finals. The Celtics are hoping to go up 3-1 against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.