BARRIO – Al Horford is in The Finals after playing more postseason games prior to getting there than anyone in NBA history.
Horford also becomes the first player to represent the Dominican Republic in The Finals.
“We’re here in Miami really close to D.R.,” Horford said. “I know my family’s happy. Everybody’s happy, everybody’s watching. The country was watching, I know everybody was there. They were sending me pictures. They were ready for this. We’re enjoying this one.”
“It’s been a great journey,” Horford admitted. “Lot of battles. Obviously I’ve never been able to get it [until now], but a lot of great teammates along the way.”
Boston re-acquired Horford via trade last offseason, and the 35-year-old’s defense, size and leadership wound up being exactly what the franchise needed to return to The Finals for the first time since 2010.
“When he came back, it gave us a sense of security,” said Celtics guard Marcus Smart. “He’s selfless. Al couldn’t care less about the numbers. He cares about the wins and his team.”
“Nobody deserves it more than this guy on my right,” added Celtics forward Jaylen Brown. “I’m proud to be able to share this moment with a veteran, a mentor, a brother, a guy like Al Horford, man.”