June 26, 2019
If Philadelphia 76ers centerpiece Joel Embiid has had one kryptonite over the past few years — health concerns aside — it has been Al Horford of the Boston Celtics.
The 33-year-old power forward's mental discipline, technique and leadership have flustered Embiid repeatedly in the biggest moments of important games against Boston, whether it's the regular season or the playoffs.
When Horford opted out of his contract with the Celtics last week, it came as a shock to a team that's seen its multi-year plan unravel in the span of a few months. Horford indicated he does not plan to return to the Celtics — and the Sixers were among four teams he'll consider joining.
Keeping a close eye on Embiid's social media activity can sometimes surface clues about what the Sixers might do. It's at least notable that the latest person Embiid followed on Twitter is none other than Al Horford.
Embiid and Horford would be an imposing front court duo. It was a bonus to learn he'd be leaving Boston, but the possibility of him joining the Sixers would be a fairly decent consolation for losing Butler as part of a larger off-season strategy.