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What a chump he turned out to be. He obviously played soft the last two years to not get injured so he could get a huge payday. He disappeared during our last few playoff runs, only had 13 rebound against the Cav's and has the nerve to get insulted when we don't just hand him a max contract? We got him the center he has been complaining about, offered him the 5th year he wanted that the Celtics didn't offer.

And to top it off him and his dad are going on about how it was easy to go the the Celtics due to fan support? Al screw you, players like you are the reason Atl fans are fed up, you are selfish and lack heart and play like you are made out of pillows. Glad he is gone, I hope we can keep Humphries, he is a big guy that is physical with a good long shot and showed ALOT of heart last year coming here unlike Al. For all the crap people give Howard he plays hard nd still get double digit rebound per game.

 

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/07/02/horford-signs-celtics-max-deal/tW6On2dfcQ8sgmE7oL0zdO/story.html

 

On Saturday evening, a deep Celtics contingent that even included Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wrapped up a recruiting meeting in New York with the prize of this free agent class, Kevin Durant.

The Celtics were pleased with the gathering, and as they boarded a private jet to fly back to Boston they were also thinking about forward Al Horford, their other prime target.

When Boston met with Horford for two hours on Friday, the four-time All-Star was well-prepared and had peppered the team’s brass with questions. The Celtics, meanwhile, delivered a lengthy presentation.

“It covered every aspect of life on and off the court in Boston and our team’s future,” said a team source. “We just made it clear from the beginning that there was a real connection.”

Still, the Celtics were unsure where they stood with Horford, particularly as the Atlanta Hawks — the team with which Horford had spent all nine years of his career — made a late push to re-sign him.

But as the jet prepared to take off, a phone rang and delivered the news the Celtics, their fans, and their city have been waiting for: Al Horford had accepted Boston’s four-year, $113 million maximum-salary contract offer. The pilot was asked to pull to the side of the runway, a source said, and when the call ended, there was a celebration.

After months of waiting and hoping and working, the Celtics had finally struck.

“We’re thinking big, and this is a big move,” the team source said. “This will set us up for the future in a better place.”

At 7:15 p.m., Horford posted on his Twitter account: “Celtic pride!!!!!!” He also changed his profile picture to the Celtics’ logo. He cannot officially sign with Boston until the league-wide moratorium ends on July 7.

Horford’s father, Tito, said in a telephone interview Saturday night that his son had narrowed his choices down to the Hawks and the Celtics. As the family discussed the options, the conversation often returned to the uncommon passion of Boston’s fans.

In Atlanta, support at home games was sometimes tepid, despite the fact that the Hawks had gone 108-56 over the last two years.

“There wasn’t as much motivation for him when he saw all the empty seats when they were winning,” Tito Horford said. “He said to me, ‘Dad, when we were playing Boston, they were down 15 points and they were cheering their team like they were winning the game. They’re so into the game.’ This is special for us, especially for him.”

Tito Horford, a center who played for the Bucks from 1988-90, tried out for the Celtics in 1995. He said he was always impressed by the franchise’s rich tradition and unending support.

“Ever since Boston, Danny Ainge and the whole organization began to show interest in him, that opened his eyes,” Tito Horford said. “He always had a good feel about Boston.”

Horford’s decision could hold even more significance, too, as it comes on the heels of the Celtics’ meeting with Durant. With Horford and fellow All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Boston can now pitch its own version of a “Big Three.”

Even if Durant ultimately decides to sign a two-year deal with the Thunder in which the second year is a player option — long considered his most likely path — the Horford signing and Saturday’s meeting could send an important message for the future.

Tito Horford said Durant would certainly be a “big fish.” But he said his son did not mention the possibility of Durant joining him in Boston and stressed that it was not the reason he chose the Celtics.

“He just said ‘Right now, I’m excited,’ ” Tito Horford said. “He said, ‘I’m going to play for the Celtics, Dad. I don’t know who else they might get, but I’m here, and I’m hoping for the best.’ ”

Regardless of whether Boston ultimately signs Durant, the Celtics improved drastically on Saturday night.

The deal with the 6-foot-10 forward is perhaps the biggest free agent coup in the history of this franchise. Horford, 30, averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds this season. He is a strong defender who also made 34.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

“I think that Al has signaled his intentions to be a Celtic is really a historic step for this franchise,” a team source said. “To take a 48-win team with a young core and a great coach, and you add a four-time All-Star as a max free agent, and you can just see the direction we’re going in.”

On Friday the Hawks agreed to a three-year contract with former Rockets center Dwight Howard. The move appeared to be a signal that Horford’s time in Atlanta may have reached its end.

But on Saturday morning multiple reports suggested that the Wizards had joined the Celtics as finalists in the Horford sweepstakes. Then later on Saturday night, there was believed to be growing momentum that the Hawks had reemerged as favorites to re-sign their star.

If Horford had spurned the Celtics’ overtures it would have been a tough blow, and the missed opportunity would have had a ripple effect that left the team scrambling, as most of the top free agents found new homes over the past few days.

Instead, Boston found a new centerpiece who should help make it one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.

“I think it’s a great coaching staff and they have good players, and the tradition when you play for the Celtics, the Lakers, these are traditions,” Tito Horford said. “People are always going to support the Boston Celtics.”

Now, Boston’s entire focus turns toward Durant. The Celtics played a surprising card on Saturday by bringing Brady to their meeting with the 2014 NBA MVP. He was joined by Ainge, coach Brad Stevens, team co-owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca, and Celtics players Thomas, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, and Kelly Olynyk.

A team source declined to go into detail about Brady’s role in the meeting, saying simply: “Tom did a very good job today.”

It may still be unlikely that Durant will choose Boston, but Horford’s presence can only help. If the Celtics can complete the impossible and add both Durant and Horford to their already talented core, they would immediately become NBA championship contenders.

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Just now, Forever Julian said:

Horford deserved Max.

 

Howard is a cancer.

The Hawks offered him more than the Celtics did.... 

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7 minutes ago, Bawse said:

The Hawks offered him more than the Celtics did.... 

And that says it all really.

 

Hawks have lost the plot when the face of the franchise wants out

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Al seems to forget the 30 point deficit that against the Timberwolves on 11/9/2015 where the fans stood and cheered the Hawks.  The Hawks tied the game but lost in the end....  that was the 9th game of the season and people were up and cheering like crazy.

If that isn't good fans, then I don't know what he is hoping for....the only stands that are fairly empty are the club seats. 

He is the new Joe Johnson.  He will be booed regularly and loudly.

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Didnt we pretty much sell out all home games for the last 2 years? Win and the fans will come. And I am pretty sure that Boston fans left in droves in Game 6 last year when we were up by 20 in the 2nd half

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53 minutes ago, jwickha2 said:

Didnt we pretty much sell out all home games for the last 2 years? Win and the fans will come. And I am pretty sure that Boston fans left in droves in Game 6 last year when we were up by 20 in the 2nd half

They did. I was there. 

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I don't think the problem is Bud or Ressler. The problem is the reputation Atlanta has of being a city where fans don't show up and the team is stuck in mediocrity. 

The one way to change that? Win. And when we do win, be loud. It's been great the past 2 years, in particular the game vs. the Warriors in 2015 and game 5 vs. the Wizards. Phillips Arena used to be home away from home for a lot of teams, but it has improved a lot these past 2 years. 

But it will take longer that 2 years to change the reputation around here.

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9 hours ago, MAD597 said:

What a chump he turned out to be. He obviously played soft the last two years to not get injured so he could get a huge payday. He disappeared during our last few playoff runs, only had 13 rebound against the Cav's and has the nerve to get insulted when we don't just hand him a max contract? We got him the center he has been complaining about, offered him the 5th year he wanted that the Celtics didn't offer.

And to top it off him and his dad are going on about how it was easy to go the the Celtics due to fan support? Al screw you, players like you are the reason Atl fans are fed up, you are selfish and lack heart and play like you are made out of pillows. Glad he is gone, I hope we can keep Humphries, he is a big guy that is physical with a good long shot and showed ALOT of heart last year coming here unlike Al. For all the crap people give Howard he plays hard nd still get double digit rebound per game.

 

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/07/02/horford-signs-celtics-max-deal/tW6On2dfcQ8sgmE7oL0zdO/story.html

 

On Saturday evening, a deep Celtics contingent that even included Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wrapped up a recruiting meeting in New York with the prize of this free agent class, Kevin Durant.

The Celtics were pleased with the gathering, and as they boarded a private jet to fly back to Boston they were also thinking about forward Al Horford, their other prime target.

When Boston met with Horford for two hours on Friday, the four-time All-Star was well-prepared and had peppered the team’s brass with questions. The Celtics, meanwhile, delivered a lengthy presentation.

“It covered every aspect of life on and off the court in Boston and our team’s future,” said a team source. “We just made it clear from the beginning that there was a real connection.”

Still, the Celtics were unsure where they stood with Horford, particularly as the Atlanta Hawks — the team with which Horford had spent all nine years of his career — made a late push to re-sign him.

But as the jet prepared to take off, a phone rang and delivered the news the Celtics, their fans, and their city have been waiting for: Al Horford had accepted Boston’s four-year, $113 million maximum-salary contract offer. The pilot was asked to pull to the side of the runway, a source said, and when the call ended, there was a celebration.

After months of waiting and hoping and working, the Celtics had finally struck.

“We’re thinking big, and this is a big move,” the team source said. “This will set us up for the future in a better place.”

At 7:15 p.m., Horford posted on his Twitter account: “Celtic pride!!!!!!” He also changed his profile picture to the Celtics’ logo. He cannot officially sign with Boston until the league-wide moratorium ends on July 7.

Horford’s father, Tito, said in a telephone interview Saturday night that his son had narrowed his choices down to the Hawks and the Celtics. As the family discussed the options, the conversation often returned to the uncommon passion of Boston’s fans.

In Atlanta, support at home games was sometimes tepid, despite the fact that the Hawks had gone 108-56 over the last two years.

“There wasn’t as much motivation for him when he saw all the empty seats when they were winning,” Tito Horford said. “He said to me, ‘Dad, when we were playing Boston, they were down 15 points and they were cheering their team like they were winning the game. They’re so into the game.’ This is special for us, especially for him.”

Tito Horford, a center who played for the Bucks from 1988-90, tried out for the Celtics in 1995. He said he was always impressed by the franchise’s rich tradition and unending support.

“Ever since Boston, Danny Ainge and the whole organization began to show interest in him, that opened his eyes,” Tito Horford said. “He always had a good feel about Boston.”

Horford’s decision could hold even more significance, too, as it comes on the heels of the Celtics’ meeting with Durant. With Horford and fellow All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Boston can now pitch its own version of a “Big Three.”

Even if Durant ultimately decides to sign a two-year deal with the Thunder in which the second year is a player option — long considered his most likely path — the Horford signing and Saturday’s meeting could send an important message for the future.

Tito Horford said Durant would certainly be a “big fish.” But he said his son did not mention the possibility of Durant joining him in Boston and stressed that it was not the reason he chose the Celtics.

“He just said ‘Right now, I’m excited,’ ” Tito Horford said. “He said, ‘I’m going to play for the Celtics, Dad. I don’t know who else they might get, but I’m here, and I’m hoping for the best.’ ”

Regardless of whether Boston ultimately signs Durant, the Celtics improved drastically on Saturday night.

The deal with the 6-foot-10 forward is perhaps the biggest free agent coup in the history of this franchise. Horford, 30, averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds this season. He is a strong defender who also made 34.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

“I think that Al has signaled his intentions to be a Celtic is really a historic step for this franchise,” a team source said. “To take a 48-win team with a young core and a great coach, and you add a four-time All-Star as a max free agent, and you can just see the direction we’re going in.”

On Friday the Hawks agreed to a three-year contract with former Rockets center Dwight Howard. The move appeared to be a signal that Horford’s time in Atlanta may have reached its end.

But on Saturday morning multiple reports suggested that the Wizards had joined the Celtics as finalists in the Horford sweepstakes. Then later on Saturday night, there was believed to be growing momentum that the Hawks had reemerged as favorites to re-sign their star.

If Horford had spurned the Celtics’ overtures it would have been a tough blow, and the missed opportunity would have had a ripple effect that left the team scrambling, as most of the top free agents found new homes over the past few days.

Instead, Boston found a new centerpiece who should help make it one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.

“I think it’s a great coaching staff and they have good players, and the tradition when you play for the Celtics, the Lakers, these are traditions,” Tito Horford said. “People are always going to support the Boston Celtics.”

Now, Boston’s entire focus turns toward Durant. The Celtics played a surprising card on Saturday by bringing Brady to their meeting with the 2014 NBA MVP. He was joined by Ainge, coach Brad Stevens, team co-owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca, and Celtics players Thomas, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, and Kelly Olynyk.

A team source declined to go into detail about Brady’s role in the meeting, saying simply: “Tom did a very good job today.”

It may still be unlikely that Durant will choose Boston, but Horford’s presence can only help. If the Celtics can complete the impossible and add both Durant and Horford to their already talented core, they would immediately become NBA championship contenders.

agree what a puss he turned out to be

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Al is soft and a pretty boy. Just like Rick Fox. He can't play rough and get bruised up or his trophy wife will leave him!

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6 hours ago, Gumby5 said:

Al seems to forget the 30 point deficit that against the Timberwolves on 11/9/2015 where the fans stood and cheered the Hawks.  The Hawks tied the game but lost in the end....  that was the 9th game of the season and people were up and cheering like crazy.

If that isn't good fans, then I don't know what he is hoping for....the only stands that are fairly empty are the club seats. 

He is the new Joe Johnson.  He will be booed regularly and loudly.

  the fans were great.  that's a piss poor excuse to use.  i really am happy the hawk's signed howard.  we got the center we have needed for years and i guarantee people he will get more than 3 rebounds a game in our biggest playoff series.  for those who said horford was a max guy you are dead wrong.. no big who disappears like he has deserves to be a max guy. al horford is soft period.  i have been saying that for sometime even when he was a hawk. 

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6 hours ago, jwickha2 said:

Didnt we pretty much sell out all home games for the last 2 years? Win and the fans will come. And I am pretty sure that Boston fans left in droves in Game 6 last year when we were up by 20 in the 2nd half

  you are right they did.. i remember the announcers comment on the mass exodus of celtic fans who decided they needed to get home early when they saw they had no chance.  

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Let's not forget another thing.  Alice Whoreford changed his Twitter to this huge Celtic **** tweeting out Celtic Pride.  He has yet to thank the Hawks, teammates, coaches, fans, or anything during his 9 years here. Jeremy Lin spent a season in Charlotte and did way more than horford who always said he loved the city blah blah team chemistry here is unbelievable blah blah.  This guy tried to portray himself as some professional player but we see now he's just a slimeball.  Go get bodied by kelly olynk in practice 

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13 hours ago, Guest JamieG said:

Al is soft and a pretty boy. Just like Rick Fox. He can't play rough and get bruised up or his trophy wife will leave him!

Rick Fox was anything but soft. Have you ever seen Rick play

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22 hours ago, Forever Julian said:

Horford deserved Max.

 

Howard is a cancer.

No he didnt deserve the max but Howard is a cancer. Houston fans were excited when he decided to opt out. Looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane

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We're reading too much into this. 

Al is the prototypical "nice guy" who is really selfish on the inside. He wanted to leave. Fine. But he also didn't want it to look like he was dipping so he made up excuses like the fans and Dwight. 

He can go **** himself. Be a man. Own up to your ****. Don't be blaming the team you just left. 

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Horford was soft, period. Daddy had to tell everyone it was the fans, gtfo. That's why I'm glad his azz is gone. I don't see Howard being a cancer because of the guys he's joining.

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On 7/3/2016 at 6:28 PM, tl;dr said:

I don't think the problem is Bud or Ressler. The problem is the reputation Atlanta has of being a city where fans don't show up and the team is stuck in mediocrity. 

The one way to change that? Win. And when we do win, be loud. It's been great the past 2 years, in particular the game vs. the Warriors in 2015 and game 5 vs. the Wizards. Phillips Arena used to be home away from home for a lot of teams, but it has improved a lot these past 2 years. 

But it will take longer that 2 years to change the reputation around here.

If Al left ATL because of the fans....which I don't think he did, he went because of a bruised ego  ... then I say don't let the door hit him on the way out. Fans have been very supportive of him and team during his time here.

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