Al Horford wasn’t around in Boston for a long time, but even he knew it was time for a change. Following last season’s debacle, Boston knew something had to give.
Kyrie Irving never ended up coming back — but neither did Horford. In a chat with Steve Bulpett, he explains why he made that decision.
Al Horford opens up about why he left the Celtics, says changes were needed: “I just think that if Kyrie would have stayed, I don’t know if it would have worked… It was just clear that the group that we had just wasn’t going to be able to coexist.”
According to Horford, nobody was really on the same page.
“It was hard because of the inconsistency from our group,” he said of the club that swept Indiana in the first round and won handily in Milwaukee to start the next series — then dropped the next four. “But also I just feel like we had so much talent, just a lot of talent, and we all wanted to do great things. There were just too many of us almost. I just feel like we had so much that it was very, very difficult to essentially keep everybody feeling good and focused on where we wanted to get to. And I do believe that that just kept getting in our way.”
If there was ever a team that just had too much, it was the 2019 Celtics. Their collection of talent collided as a result of egos, aspirations, and everyone wanting to command the ship.
In the end, they had too many guys who wanted to do too much. Even with Irving’s departure, Horford felt it was time he went to a place where winning was more important than the spotlight. He should find that in Philadelphia.
And Boston? They will have to work to repair the damage, but don’t count them out again just yet.