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.

13 Responses to “Update: Al's Reaction to Amar'e”

  1. DB

    I hope Horford scores 30 tonight and shuts down Amare. All Amare does is drive to the hoop. Go Hawks!

  2. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    The Hawks are looking for guard help, and sources say they may be interested in the Cavs’ Ramon Sessions. The feeling among rival execs is that the Hawks may be willing to spend up to or perhaps even a bit beyond the luxury-tax threshold if there’s a deal that would significantly improve their chances in a playoff series with Boston, Orlando or Miami. CBSSports.com


    But key game might be a playoff match up.

  4. Travis Yaylor

    what the f… does etan thomas do hawksinsider pls tell me all he does is sit on the bench

  5. Mr. Hawk

    Still think we have a deep playoff team! MAKE A DAMN TRADE OR A FEW DAMN TRADES!!!!!!!

  6. Dirtybird

    I think we should not worry about the Hawks or the league for a couple of days, and hope something comes across the ticker on Saturday.


    Carmelo Anthony Trade Speculation: Why He Should Go To the Atlanta Hawks
    The fans of the Atlanta Hawks have officially thrown our hats into the ring for the services of Carmelo Anthony, and I report that it is the best deal for all parties.

    Carmelo is reported to want to be the lead dog on a East Coast basketball team with major marketing ability and a bright, competitive future.

    The New York is the city of Broadway; I’d suggest the nation’s focus is turning towards the south. The reverse of the great migration of the 60’s and 70’s is bringing the nation’s population south, not just for the hospitality and the weather. Two of the nation’s fastest growing cities (Charlotte and Atlanta) are in the region and Atlanta is widely considered the capital of the burgeoning region.

    Atlanta is not only the capital of the south, but could be the capital of the basketball marketing world. TNT and NBA TV are both based in, you guessed it, Atlanta. If you bring your talents to the A-Town, you will be an easy cover for two of the most important modes of TV marketing for the NBA.

    ‘Melo, we know this move is about Lala and her entertainment career. There is no better place for Lala to be than the ATL. She can be either an Atlanta Housewife OR a Basketball wife from here. By goodness, this is “Black Hollywood” and she could find herself in the next Tyler Perry Studio production.

    We all know this trade is not only about the city. We also have to talk basketball. Atlanta can put a very good team around you despite trading pieces to get you. The Hawks can give up a Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith or a Marvin Williams and still team you up with two perennial All-Stars. All Denver has to additionally part with would be a Nene or, preferably to me, a “Birdman” to replace Josh Smith.

    Just imagine this starting lineup of Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Carmelo Anthony, Al Horford and Chris Andersen. This lineup will be able to go toe-to-toe with any other in the league.

    So, Carmelo, we have the most to offer and I’m sure Rick Sund has something like this in his plans. Doesn’t he?

  8. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    he here to serve as a mentor to al. Hes there to say just because your undercized At the C dont mean u cant be a dominant one. Hes bascically mentoring al