Al over Atlanta


It appears that Al Horford is settling in nicely in Atlanta. An article in Tuesday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution said the forward Florida big man who helped lead the Gators to two national titles is adapting quickly to the NBA level.

Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson told the AJC that the 6-foot-9 Horford is “a coach’s dream.”

“This guy accepts coaching,” Woodson told the newspaper. “You can go at him and he responds. He hasn’t had any bad days. You know he will eventually, he is still a rookie, but he’s pretty good so far.”

It’s still just preseason, but Horford is doing what he can to show the Hawks made a wise choice in selecting him as the third overall pick in June’s NBA draft. Horford made his first exhibition start Monday, filling the stat sheet with 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists.

In the article, Horford credited his time at Florida for preparing him for the NBA level.

“We had six NBA players in practice every day,” Horford said. “That kind of competition every day just makes you better.