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Al Horford recalls offseason flirtation with Rockets

Al Horford recalls offseason flirtation with Rockets

Al Horford was destined to play in tonight’s game between Boston and Houston.
 
But for which team?
 
That was the question the four-time All-Star pondered this summer when he narrowed his list of suitors outside of Atlanta to Boston, Houston and Washington, in that order.
 
“I really considered coming here,” Horford told reporters on Monday. “But them and Boston and Washington. (Houston) and Boston were probably the two teams I was really, really looking at. Just a lot to consider.”

When you look at how seamless Horford has fit in with the Celtics and how well the Rockets (13-7) have played this season, you get the feeling that Horford would have found success individually and for whichever team he chose.
 
“At the end of the day, I just felt I was better off being here in Boston,” Horford said.
 
Rockets All-Star James Harden was among the party Houston sent to try and woo Horford to the Rockets.

“I thought we had a chance,” Harden said. “I thought we had a real good chance, but obviously it didn’t work out. Which is fine.”
 
Indeed, the Rockets have been one of the surprise teams of the NBA this season in large part to Harden moving to the point guard position full-time.
 
Not only is he once again ranked among the NBA’s top scorers at 28.3 points which ranks fourth in the NBA, but he’s also dishing out a league-high 11.8 assists per game.
 
“They made it pretty clear in the offseason that he was going to be the point guard,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters. “He’s got the ball all the time. He had the ball a lot before, but certainly now with their spacing and his ability to make the play himself or the right read to the big rolling or to the many good shooters around, it’s a perfect setup for him and his skillset.”
 
The ability to draw defenders and create space for those around him is one of the many reasons why the Rockets felt Horford would have been an ideal fit for their system.
 
But the same argument can be made for the Celtics who unlike the Rockets, at least attempt to play defense at a high level.
 
Boston began the season ranked among the worst defenses in the NBA, but are currently up to 18th with a defensive rating of 105.0. Meanwhile, the Rockets’ defense ranks 27th in the league with a 107.2 defensive rating.

 

Why Channing Frye believes Kyrie Irving 'mood swings' report is unfair

Why Channing Frye believes Kyrie Irving 'mood swings' report is unfair

Kyrie Irving has gained plenty of critics recently, and a recent report that his "mood swings" are making the Brooklyn Nets uneasy isn't helping his cause.

But the former Boston Celtics point guard still has plenty of people in his corner -- among them former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Channing Frye.

The retired NBA forward, who spent three seasons with Irving in Cleveland that included an NBA title in 2016, joined NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh on the latest episode of the "Habershow" podcast to discuss why Irving doesn't get a fair shake.

  

"I don't know what the word 'moody' means," Frye told Haberstroh. "Like, if some days he doesn't feel like talking to somebody, he is a grown man. You don't know what's going on in his life.

"I think every teammate I've ever had has bad days, so sometimes I think we try to make stories where there's no stories or we don't really think about what we're reporting."

Irving occasionally took heat during his Boston tenure for being distant or even uncooperative with teammates and the media alike. But Frye doesn't hold that against his former point guard.

"It's like, 'Oh, sorry, he didn't want to do something one time?' That doesn't mean he's moody," Frye said. "It just means he's having a bad day, which happens, because you see somebody every single day.

" ... Like, life happens outside of sports. So, to say someone's moody, like, that's just him. He's not happy-go-lucky all the time. That's no big deal."

Frye also made sure to note Irving -- who's the fifth-best scorer in the NBA at 28.5 points per game -- can still bring it on the court.

"And as good as he's playing this year, s---, I'll take moody," Frye said. "I'll take moody all day."

Check out the full Habershow episode here or in the player above.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the Maine Red Claws vs. the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, which tips off Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET , followed by Celtics Pregame Live before the C's face the Warriors. You can also stream both games through the MyTeams App.

NBC Sports Boston to televise all 2019-20 Maine Red Claws home games

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NBC Sports Boston to televise all 2019-20 Maine Red Claws home games

Tacko Time is must-see TV for basketball fans, and there's about to be many more chances to see the 7-foot-7 Celtics rookie.

For the first time in the 11-year history of the Maine Red Claws, their full home schedule will be televised on NBC Sports Boston.

“This partnership gives both Red Claws and Celtics fans an opportunity to closely follow their G League team throughout the season, while providing an up-close view of the development of next-generation Celtics players,” Celtics Team President Rich Gotham said.

That next generation includes Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters, who are both signed to two-way contracts this season. The TV slate kicks off Friday, November 15 with live coverage of the Red Claws' home opener against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Here is the full list of dates, times, and opponents for Red Claws games that will be aired on NBC Sports Boston.

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Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the Maine Red Claws vs. the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, which tips off Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET , followed by Celtics Pregame Live before the C's face the Warriors. You can also stream both games through the MyTeams App.