Lou Merloni responds to being subject of Boston Herald story regarding Al Horford

Lou Merloni responds to being subject of Boston Herald story regarding Al Horford

By Mateo Aycardi

Lou Merloni was the subject of a Boston Herald story Tuesday by Celtics reporter Mark Murphy with the focus being Al Horford and Merloni’s infamous “Average Al” nickname.

Following a dominant performance in Game 1, Murphy asked Horford if he knew about Merloni and the nickname.

“First of all, I don’t know the person’s name,” the Celtics’ big man said. “If he was standing here, I would not know who he is. No disrespect to him, but I don’t follow all that stuff. I did start to hear about the nickname because you guys kept bringing it up to me. But the way I always looked at it, and how I like to be judged, is if I’m winning or losing.”

On Tuesday’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, Merloni responded to the story and it seemed like when he spoke to Murphy by phone he gave different responses than what the reporter was expecting.

“Mark [Murphy] called me up and asked me what I thought of Horford’s game [in Game 1],” Merloni said. “I said great. He goes, ‘Oh. So what do you think about his defense on Giannis [Antetokounmpo]?’ I said I thought it was exceptional. He says, ‘Oh.’ I mean, I don’t know what people think. Like, you can’t see a game? Like is it possible he asks me to be unselfish and be a great player? And I go yes. He’s like, ‘Oh’. 

“I don’t know if he thought he was going to catch me and write this article about me not knowing what I’m talking about. Like, sorry.”

Merloni does think Horford can be more aggressive.

“I think there’s times when he’s too passive,” he said. “I think he can do more. I think he should shoot more. I think he’s a good player. But when he sits back and is passive, he’s average Al. He does the little things, but he can do the big things. So when he does the big things and he goes for 20 and 10, people give me crap. And I want to look back at him and say, ‘You don’t understand the argument.’ He’s been able to do it, he just chooses not to.”

“Sometimes, I’d love for him shooting more because we need him to be more selfish. Guess what Brad Stevens would like for him to do? Be more aggressive. Look for his shot. Shoot the ball more. I don’t understand what you people are yelling at me when the coach is saying the same thing.”

Despite his lackluster production at times, Horford continues to be one of the Celtics’ primary weapons on both ends. He’s logged one of his best all-around performances against Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in Game 1, and will look to continue his his great play once the Celtics head back to Boston on Friday.

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