The press conference was scheduled for 10AM but didn't kick off for about 45 minutes. The delay seemed like an eternity and the first interaction between Al Horford and the Celtics was brief, but the newest member of the green seemed to instantly be a perfect fit:
Horford on Boston fanbase: "It's always electric here, the fans are amazing and always very passionate."— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) July 8, 2016
Horford clearly gets it. Boston fans are different and throughout his press conference he mentioned how he took notice of the fanbase even as far back as the 2008 playoffs when the Hawks took the Celts to seven games.
As far as the myth that Boston can't attract top tier free agents, Horford thinks he may have opened the door for future moves:
Al Horford: Feel signing here will open doors for other free agents to sign in Boston. A special place. Everyone will see that. #Celtics— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) July 8, 2016
During the presser, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck made sure to point out a key factor regarding the history of the Celtics:
Wyc points out blank banner and tells @Al_Horford "maybe we can work together on that one." ☘— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 8, 2016
The 30-year-old Horford did briefly touch on the failed pitch to get Kevin Durant to join him in Boston, something that he seemed to think had a very good chance of happening:
Horford said he talked to Durant after he chose #Celtics and "I can definitely say he considered Boston...and I talked to several other FA."— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) July 8, 2016
Horford, who in his nine-year career has averaged 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, then spent the night at the Red Sox game, throwing out the first pitch:
While at Fenway Park, the Dominican born Horford caught up with old friend David Ortiz:
Mi hermano!! Good W tonite and glad the newest member of the Cs was there to watch ☘ #BostonStrong https://t.co/7jwkNbvybh— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) July 9, 2016
So it's clear that Horford's first day as a Bostonian went very smooth. Let's hope his stay wearing the green and white is similar.
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