Former Al Horford teammate sends strong message on Boston Celtics vet's leadership

One of Al Horford's former teammates sent a strong message on the Boston Celtics veteran's leadership when they shared a frontcourt.

Feb 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts with forward Daniel Theis
Feb 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts with forward Daniel Theis / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis, now a key member of the surging Los Angeles Clippers, praised Al Horford for his leadership while the two were teammates -- on two separate occasions, but this tale is from Theis's rookie season -- for his leadership in taking the German center under his wing during an appearance on “Podcast P with Paul George."

“Al Horford took me right to dinner,” Theis said (h/t MassLive). “Sat down with me, talked to me about the whole NBA life. What you need to do. Like even if you don’t play, stay ready. Everything. I was so stunned in a positive way. That’s somebody I just met a week ago, two weeks ago, just takes me to dinner, takes me under his wing and is telling me all about the NBA life. Try to help me to grow.

“He’s the OG. He was the oldest, so calm. He was always there for everybody. Until his day, every time I see him, talking about the kids, the family.”

Al Horford having best leadership showing yet for Boston Celtics in 2023-24

Horford has always been a steadying presence for the Celtics, but the sacrifices he has made during the 2023-24 season so far may just take the cake in his career; at least in Boston.

Being one of the six members of the team Jayson Tatum called into a preseason player's only meeting, and being the one of the group to relent his starting spot, proves that winning his first championship is his only priority right now.

The Cs are a star-studded assembly of talent, so the only way this team will work is if everyone plays their part. There's not been an ounce of resistance from Horford, and that may make all the difference come June.