Al Horford said when he played in Boston his rookie year he was hypnotized by the banners. "I couldn't stop looking up... It's powerful."— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) September 26, 2016
Horford on Boston: "This is a special place."— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) September 26, 2016
Horford: "I have a good idea of the history of the Celtics & the passion here. One of the reasons I’m here is I want to be a part of that."— Taylor C. Snow (@taylorcsnow) September 26, 2016
As we've heard before, his experience when the Hawks took on the Celtics in the postseason last year clearly affected his choice:
Al Horford on meeting Cs in playoffs: "I was very impressed by how hard the team played and how good the team could be under Brad Stevens."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 26, 2016
It's funny now to look back at how last season unfolded. At the time, I was irate that Boston got screwed over by absurd tiebreaker rules and was forced to take on Atlanta as the No. 5 seed. But if that'd never happened, it's quite possible Horford wouldn't be here now.
The big man elaborated on how C's fans may have played a part in his decision:
#Celtics Al Horford: Noticed last year the fans weren't coming at me like in the past. They are a smart fan base. They cut me a break. pic.twitter.com/If8K402cRC— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) September 26, 2016
Horford said Celtics fans told him during playoffs last year: You're going to be here next year.— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) September 26, 2016
Plus, there's this:
Al Horford says the way fellow Dominican David Ortiz talked about the city of Boston helped fuel his decision to come here.— CelticsLife.com (@CelticsLife) September 26, 2016
Best of all, the four-time All-Star sounds quite confident about the future of his new ballclub:
Horford: "I just want to be able to come in & help our team grow...I took a chance on coming here, because I believe in the guys they have"— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) September 26, 2016
Al Horford very high on the Celtics future, said he wanted a chance to play for championships.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 26, 2016
Banner No. 18 Al, we hope you can help bring it here.
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