Al Horford has only played in fewer games than he did last season just once in his career, missing the final 44 games of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season due to a left pectoral tear. Horford played in just two of the final 33 games last year with the Oklahoma City Thunder as the team wanted to give his minutes to younger players while they looked for a team to deal him to in the offseason.
Udoka previously coached Horford in their year together with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019-20. “In the past, sometimes you kind of get focused on yourself and or I would just kind of lead by example type of thing.”
Guard Josh Richardson played with Horford in that 2019-20 season with the Sixers as well.