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Horford's dad begs for Hawks to add a center

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08:09 AM ET 02.09 | Al Horford -- at 6-foot-10, 245 pounds -- is playing out of position, and his dad would like to see that remedied. Have you ever seen or heard a 7-foot-1, 270-pound man beg? Stand near Tito Horford the next time he picks up the telephone to call the Hawks' front office. "I've been begging [general manager] Rick Sund and the Hawks for the last three years -- please get a center so my son can pay his normal position," the elder Horford said Tuesday. ... How good would he be as a power forward? "He'd be a beast," coach Larry Drew said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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February 9, 2011  08:19 AM ET

Daddy Dearest

February 9, 2011  08:24 AM ET

I agree with his father, but the truth remains their are no real centers out there , so he has to play the center, maybe he needs to bulk up and realize thats how things are going to be

February 9, 2011  08:32 AM ET

Nene to the Hawks is the answer.

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February 9, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Get a center... like they are dropping from trees!

February 9, 2011  08:50 AM ET

6 foot 10 and cant play center plz quit your crying and man up you pansies

February 9, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Who's Your Daddy, Bro?

February 9, 2011  09:00 AM ET

They'll probably get a center going into next season since I doubt Crawford will resign there. The biggest problem is that in order to get its best perimeter players on the floor (Johnson,Crawford,Smith) in crunch time Horford has to play the 5.

February 9, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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Who's Your Daddy, Bro?

Lakers want to trade Kobe.


I got a scoop on the real Laker involvement. They don't want to give up Bynum cos he's a legit big man. Even at half strength he neutralized Howard and battled Boston's big men well enough to get LA championships. According to sources the Buss family won't hesitate to trade Kobe instead. He's aging with knee issues while Melo is just about to enter his prime. It will be a sweet deal for the Buss family as they will save over 10mil per year on that deal. But the sticking point is Kobe's contract. He has a no trade clause. Also the Buss family is weary of how Kobe's camp will take a trade proposal at this point of the season. So they decided it's best to stay out of it. Bynum is a young talented proven center. He's more valuable to any coach and owner than a guard that's past his prime.

The Buss family is hoping Kobe will read between the lines and ask to be traded to end his Laker tenure on a good note. Buss is not shy to trade greats that are past their prime and he'll move forward if Kobe is humble enough to see the writing on the wall.

It might be unpopular move for the fan base but it will position the Laker franchise to be competitive for a very long time.

February 9, 2011  09:06 AM ET

Well this is a different NBA of yore...At 6'10 Horford IS a center in todays game...Now if they want to improve to and get Steve Nash and convince him to come to the ATL....

February 9, 2011  09:08 AM ET
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Lakers want to trade Kobe.I got a scoop on the real Laker involvement. They don't want to give up Bynum cos he's a legit big man. Even at half strength he neutralized Howard and battled Boston's big men well enough to get LA championships. According to sources the Buss family won't hesitate to trade Kobe instead. He's aging with knee issues while Melo is just about to enter his prime. It will be a sweet deal for the Buss family as they will save over 10mil per year on that deal. But the sticking point is Kobe's contract. He has a no trade clause. Also the Buss family is weary of how Kobe's camp will take a trade proposal at this point of the season. So they decided it's best to stay out of it. Bynum is a young talented proven center. He's more valuable to any coach and owner than a guard that's past his prime. The Buss family is hoping Kobe will read between the lines and ask to be traded to end his Laker tenure on a good note. Buss is not shy to trade greats that are past their prime and he'll move forward if Kobe is humble enough to see the writing on the wall. It might be unpopular move for the fan base but it will position the Laker franchise to be competitive for a very long time.

Methinks you scooper is of the pooper variety. LA can't trade Kobe especially in lieu of Bynum.

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February 9, 2011  09:23 AM ET

that's a first... nah... luke walton's dad begged lakers to hire his son...

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February 9, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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6 foot 10 and cant play center plz quit your crying and man up you pansies

it isn't that he can't play center...it's that he'd be even more effective if allowed to play his natural pf position. the same reason Duncan's played pf the majority of his career

 
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