Monday, August 9th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  7 responses

Al Horford to Play More Power Forward Next Season

The Hawks’ All-Star (and undersized) center will be shifting to his more natural position a bit more, according to his new coach. The AJC reports: “When Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham caught up with Al, this is what popped out of his mouth, presumably in response to a question: ‘I’m fine with [center] but my natural position is obviously the four,’ he said. Cunnginham bumped into ‘The Boss’ again later, and this time a little bit more perspective leaked out: ‘We need to get another big guy, another center, that’s able to help myself and Josh out,’ he said. ‘We need to have someone to come in and have an impact. I think that is the position we need if we want to be any type of contender in the East….I don’t have a problem splitting time [at center], [ Al said]. I played a little four last year with Zaza in the game at the same time and I thought that was good. I know I am going to still play the five….I think we create a lot of problems when have an athletic lineup with Josh at the four, me at the five and Marvin at the three, [ Al said ] I think we create serious problems for people. I think that is one of our strengths as a team is we are so versatile.’ The latest snippet, provided by avid Hawks fans Drmaryb and Astro Joe reveals a tad more perhaps, or not, depending on how you look at it: ‘That’s what I’ve been all my life,’ Horford said about the proposed shift toward PF.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Yeah that out-athlete everyone strategy really works if you’re not stuck in a conference full of talented legit 5′s. Go get a real center atlanta.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Get at Brian Skinner!

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    So this means that Josh Smith will return to the 3?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah Hawks should have snapped up Shaq, he could have just come in and contributed in the playoffs and let the young athletic Hawks go get that regular season record.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    And god I hope Smith plays the 3.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Surely the Hawks looked at drafting a big this year?

  • Coney Islander

    They need a legit 5 bad! They wont win anything without one.