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Al Horford, back and better than ever



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At Media Day, President of Basketball Operations gushed about the return of Al Horford, saying, “Bringing Al back is huge. His leadership is quiet, measured, and full of patience.”

In a later interview, Horford said, “I’d like to be more vocal.”

That might be the only moment of disagreement as the big man starts his second stint in Boston. General manager Sam Presti and Horford agreed to preserve the veteran’s body for a possible trade down the road. After Stevens moved from the bench to the front office, he quickly took advantage of the opportunity and swapped Kemba Walker for his former player. According to Udoka, Horford is making a huge case to start with his “Versatility with what he can do as far as pass the ball, handle it, and shoot it. He’s an asset, but it’s also about finding balance with our bench as well.”

Udoka has also stressed in training camp utilizing Horford in mismatches after missing out on those opportunities in Philadelphia with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid drawing opposing teams’ biggest defenders. As the backbone of two straight trips to the Eastern Conference Finals, Horford played arguably his the best basketball of his career in green.

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