Al Horford’s departure from the Atlanta Hawks probably didn’t go exactly as he would’ve hoped.
After nine seasons in Atlanta, the power forward signed a multi-year deal with the Boston Celtics. Hawks fans seemed generally OK with this.
But what really bothered them was when Horford’s father, Tito, told at least one member of the media that the fickle Hawks fanbase was actually keeping his son from reaching his full potential. He told WSB-TV’s Zach Klein that seeing empty seats decreased Al’s motivation to win.
That punch to the gut understandably left a sour taste in the mouths of every Hawks fan who supported Horford unconditionally during his nine years with the franchise. But on Thursday – a day after former teammate Kent Bazemore thanked the fans publicly – Horford did the same, in the form of an advertisement in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The ad reads:
You made my NBA dream come true 9 years ago…
You welcomed me with open arms
You supported me through the ups and downs
You were the reason for our success
I will remember everything we accomplished
I will cherish each and every memory
I am grateful for each and every fan
I wish everyone the best
Before I leave, from the bottom of my heart
THANK YOU, ATLANTA
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