Al Horford is one of the most respected players in the NBA, and while relatively quiet, is a key leader on the Celtics.
In a story by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Horford talked about his team's struggles this season, his new advertising campaign with Chocolate Milk and playing in a city accustomed to winning championships almost every year.
Horford's been in the NBA for 12 years and has made the playoffs every time. With the challenges the Celtics have faced this year, if he's confident they can get out of it, we might have to take his word for it.
Horford on championship aspirations with the Celtics:
That's one of the reasons I decided to come to Boston-to contend and win a championship, especially with the history of the Celtics and what they stand for. There is a lot of work in front of us, but we have a great opportunity to do it. A championship is our goal.
After starting the season 10-10, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in the NBA with a 25-11 record. However, their struggles have cast doubt over their chances at winning a championship.
Horford on how the season has gone:
People are passionate here, they care, and I really like that. I'm also mindful of the fact that we've lost a handful of games we should have won, but we are in a good position.
This year was going to be a challenging year, incorporating everyone together, having everyone understand their role, and playing together the right way. We're now starting to figure it out and put that all together.
My goal is for us to be playing at a high level in the playoffs. We need everyone committed, locked in, and healthy. If we do that, we'll be very tough to beat.
Horford is Chocolate Milk's first Hispanic team member and he joins Celtics legend Kevin McHale. Chocolate Milk is supposed to help athletes in their recovery, a growing significance for Horford as he approaches his mid-30's.
When asked if he would recommend it to a hypothetically injured LeBron James, Horford had a funny response.
For LeBron? I'll tell him not to drink it. But for everyone else, I want them drinking it. It's proven to help with performance and recovery, and that's the way to go.
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