With his recent move to the bench, it looks like Boston Celtics veteran Al Horford is not too happy with his new role — resulting in uneven contributions thus far from the shockingly lethargic leader. Before this season, Horford started every game he appeared in for the Cs, so it’d be understandable if the move to the bench is forcing him out of his comfort zone; especially when he was a successful starter the past two seasons and was an irreplaceable part of a team that had two Eastern Conference Finals trips and one Finals appearance.
Like every other athlete, Horford has a lot of pride. With a potential Hal of Fame career resume, becoming a bench player on a team he was such a key member of may just be too hard of a pill to swallow.
If Horford is unable to smoothly transition into that role it may be time for Boston to part ways. They can move the veteran into a situation where he can get more of the minutes he would want while getting serviceable role players in return. While Celtics fans hope that this is just an adjustment period for Horford, they need to be prepared to make the right moves to secure this season.
Boston Celtics must capitalize on open championship window
The Boston Celtics have a chance to win the NBA Championship this year with their stellar roster, and they need to do everything in their power to ensure that it happens. You never want to hold onto a player who is not buying in.
Horford has had an amazing career on the Boston Celtics and elsewhere, and we all hope that he can accept this new role and add an NBA Championship to his career. If he won’t embrace this change, it may be time to move on from Horford and make sure all the bases are covered so the Celtics get what they want more than anything: Banner 18.