Update: Al's Reaction to Amar'e

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Al Horford handled the comments from the Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire like he handles most things – with professionalism … and strategy.

First, Horford knows that he doesn’t have to defend his game. He is an All-Star for the second straight season and his scoring average is the highest of his career.

“He’s making a huge deal out of this,” Horford told the AJC’s Michael Cunningham following this morning’s shootaround. “It’s just another game. I’m coming out ready to play, like I do everything night.”

This is where the strategy comes into play. Horford is a competitor and has a lot of pride. It is safe to assume that he is offended by Stoudemire’s comments, but he is not going to add fuel to the fire or give the Knicks any bulletin board material. After all, between the fight last game and the fact that New York is 0-2 against Atlanta this season, they shouldn’t have a shortage of motivation for tonight.

There was no video of Al addressing the media this morning, but I can just see slight smirk and wrinkled eyebrow when he said “I don’t understand what he means by I don’t want to see him. Like we are supposed to be scared of him or something. Ain’t nobody scared of nobody. We are all grown men. It’s all good.”

What will really make it ALL good going to the All-Star break is a 3-0 record against the Knicks this season.