Why Pablo Torre believes ex-Celtic Al Horford is 'useless' on 76ers
"The whole, 'Let's break up Joel and Ben' eternal conversation ... we should be talking about breaking up Al and Joel," Torre told Haberstroh. That is the relationship that is irrevocably broken. That's the one that is a non-starter. That's the one that's doomed. We have all sorts of evidence now, but the eye test and statistical, to prove this. ... In no world does Joel Embiid and Al Horford as a pair make sense."
Horford fit well in Boston and thrived in Brad Stevens' system by doing a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor. But Torre believes the 34-year-old doesn't bring much of anything to Philly.
"I just hate watching Al Horford play basketball. I just hate it. It's infuriating," Torre said. " ... We've had four extra months to really contemplate how useless Al Horford is to the Sixers' ambitions. ... Part of it is because (head coach) Brett Brown and the Sixers took forever to admit that he should not be playing with Joel. ... It's just Groundhog Day. It's just endless. I don't hate anyone in the NBA. But I hate watching Al Horford play basketball."
That's a pretty harsh assessment of a five-time All-Star. But as the Sixers stumble into their first-round playoff series against the Celtics without star point guard Ben Simmons, Torre believes Horford's poor on-floor chemistry with Embiid will be exposed.
"When he was with the Hawks, with the Celtics, throughout his very long career, what he could do -- space the floor, facilitate defend -- all real skills," Torre said. "But they're utterly negated when Joel Embiid is the other guy."https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/celtics/celtics-76ers-preview-what-will-philly-miss-most-ben-simmonp
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