“I had a great time in Atlanta with Al. He’s a great guy; his family, just being around him and his mentality, his chemistry with all the teammates in the locker room, is important for me as well. I knew when I was coming here, Al Horford has got the locker room under control. To be in that environment and to play with him again – I’m excited.”
It’s that levelheadedness and leadership that has so many players excited to see him back on the Celtics roster.
One player who should thrive under the tutelage of Horford is Grant Williams. Horford’s ability to play on the perimeter and impact games as a stretch big will give the Celtics added versatility in their rotations and should help some of the younger players like Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard find extra space on the floor. Horford’s leadership has been missed in his two-year absence, and now, with a roster full of multi-skilled veteran talent and a two draft classes looking to make an impact, we can understand why so many players on the roster are excited to have him back in a Celtics uniform.