Atlanta Hawks at Knicks: Al Horford on Amar’e Stoudemire: ‘He’s a talker. All I do is bring my game to the court.’

New York–Yes, Al Horford said “you take it personally” when someone calls you out in the media the way Amar’e Stoudemire has done twice to Horford this season.

But Horford, not much for hype, says he will make his point tonight at Madison Square Garden against Amar’e’s Knicks.

“He’s a talker. He’s going to talk, you know what I’m saying?” he said at shootaround today. “All I do is bring my game to the court. That’s what I will do tonight.”

Stoudemire has tried to inflame what already promised to be an intense game after Marvin Williams and Shawne Williams scuffled during Atlanta’s 111-102 victory on Jan. 28. Both immediately after that game and again yesterday, Stoudemire seemed to question Horford’s toughness and declared that Horford “doesn’t want to see me.”

Horford seemed more amused than offended by that last part.

“I don’t understand what he means by I don’t want to see him,” Horford said. “Like we are supposed to be scared of him or something. Ain’t nobody scared of nobody. We are all grown men. It’s all good.”

Seemingly lost amid the fight and Amare’s tough talk is that the Hawks own two victories this season against the Knicks, who are being left behind by Atlanta in the Eastern Conference standings.

Before the victory at Philips the Hawks won 99-90 on Nov. 27 at the Garden, after which New York won seven straight against mostly lesser competition.

“I walked out with the W’s the last two times,” Horford said. “So that’s that.”

Horford was productive and efficient in both games. In New York he had 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one turnover while shooting 7 of 14 from the field. In Atlanta he had 19 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block (against Amar’e) and one turnover while shooting 8 of 12 from the field.

Amar’e has scored more than Horford in the matchups but hasn’t been as efficient. In New York he had 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers while shooting 7 of 15 from the field. In Atlanta he had 27 points, three rebounds, one assist, zero steals, one block and three turnovers while shooting 9 of 21 from the field.

And Stoudemire is down 0-2 where it counts most, though he’s certainly leading in sound bites.

“He’s making a huge deal out of this,” Horford said. “It’s just another game. I’m coming out ready to play, like I do everything night.”

Oh, yeah, the game.

Coach Larry Drew said he would use the “big” lineup again tonight, unless the Knicks go small with Amar’e at center instead of Mozgov.

“That would not be a favorable matchup for Twin,” Drew said with a wry smile.

As for all the noise surrounding the game, Drew the Hawks don’t need it to get going but said he’s always willing to use “whatever it takes to get my guys juiced up and motivated.” In this case, though, he doesn’t think he needs to say much to his players.

“They see it. They hear it. They got on the bus [for shootaround] telling me some things. They are aware of it. And they were expecting it. It’s not a thing about anybody being surprised.”

Al acknowledged that, in the end, the game could end up being a fun spectacle.

“We’re playing at the Garden, man,” he said. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this, at least for me. Any time I come to New York I am looking forward to it, pre-Amare Stoudemire and with him being here. So I am just excited to play.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

483 comments Add your comment

Mac-Town, Georgia (urban-macon.blogspot.com)

February 16th, 2011
2:42 pm

Man…..this is gonna be an entertaning game.

tom

February 16th, 2011
2:43 pm

take it to stoudemire AL!!!!!

Westurd

February 16th, 2011
2:43 pm

1ST…….As in on top….a place the HAWKS will never see. Go HAWKS anyway!

Mac-Town, Georgia (urban-macon.blogspot.com)

February 16th, 2011
2:43 pm

entertaining*

…and I hope Horford puts Stoudemire in his place.

Leo

February 16th, 2011
2:45 pm

First and I can’t wait

Leo

February 16th, 2011
2:47 pm

Oh well, Our Franchise player (Al Horford) against their Franchise player Ann Mare.

Go Hawks!!!

K.W.

February 16th, 2011
2:49 pm

Leo

February 16th, 2011
2:50 pm

We got to stop Ramon Felton. He can’t be allowed to get into the paint and create shots for other people. If we can limit the pick and roll Ann Mare will have to play straight up against Al which will be where the game is won. Ann is known for forcing shots in heated competition.

So both Bibby and Teague will be needed tonight.

The Timekeeper

February 16th, 2011
3:02 pm

With all due respect to Al Horford, Amarie Stoudemire has been puttin it down for a number of years now. He is one of the best Ballers in the NBA regardless of what Al thinks. Most of these quotes are taken out of context anyway, just to start up some fake hype. and whle were on the subject, it was Josh Smith who looked like a big jerk by grabbing his privates on national TV the last time they played. Real, immature stuff.

K.W.

February 16th, 2011
3:07 pm

OMG STHU @The Timekeeper.

Bonifide Big Man!

February 16th, 2011
3:11 pm

“Stoud-e-mess” needs to shut his yap and play. Glad Al and the Hawks have shut him up with the two wins. Go Hawks

Lionhearted

February 16th, 2011
3:14 pm

AL>>>>>>>>>>>Amare

DirtyBraveHawk

February 16th, 2011
3:15 pm

Love it! Bring it on. I’m glad someone on our team is willing to step up to these media darling teams and call them out. It amazes me how New York can be just above .500 and people are already making them out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Atlanta has won both games and i don’t see any reason why they can’t win this one

Hawks Hack

February 16th, 2011
3:28 pm

Stoudemire is a finesse player. Why is talking like he is Shaq?? Dude’s gonna get beat up in the post all night.

Floze

February 16th, 2011
3:29 pm

As an avid hawks fan, I think we are getting a bit overzealous here. Amare is having an MVP season and can get to the rim at will against Al. The same can’t be said for our guy. We are 2-0 in the series because of the other guys on NY – not Amare.

Willie Coyote

February 16th, 2011
3:37 pm

The key is Amare started this mess and pursued it. Do you want Al to bow down and say yes sir? Amare is calling Al out and Al is just responding as professionally as he can be expected to. You gotta believe he’s tired of questions about what he thinks about Amare’s comments.

Just show up Hawks and get the W.

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Publix

February 16th, 2011
3:41 pm

We critizie the Hawks a lot, and deservingly so, but tonight, Al needs to beat the crap out of Stoudemire.

I want to make them feel very little.

[...] making a huge deal out of this,” Horford told the AJC’s Michael Cunningham following this morning’s shootaround. “It’s just another game. I’m coming out ready to [...]

DTC

February 16th, 2011
3:46 pm

Folks, this is why basketball is a team sport, not an individual, one on one sport. The only one on one really comes into play is if the score is tied and one of the guys has the ball at the end of the game. Then it matters, otherwise, who cares how many points he scores?

Tremaine

February 16th, 2011
3:48 pm

Bart Scott voice “CAN’T WAIT!”

Astro Joe

February 16th, 2011
3:50 pm

Wow, Drew doesn’t think his team “doesn’t need it to get going”? Wow, has he been paying attention for the past 6.5 years? They need some bulletin board material dang near every night in hopes that no one will be using “energy and effort” as post-game excuses.

Mac-Town, Georgia (urban-macon.blogspot.com)

February 16th, 2011
3:50 pm

Updated: February 16, 2011, 2:55 PM ET

Al Horford: Nobody’s scared of Amare

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=6128588

hmmmm......

February 16th, 2011
3:50 pm

Who is twin?

a1andonly

February 16th, 2011
3:50 pm

DUNK JOE!!!!

LETS GO HAWKS

a1andonly

February 16th, 2011
3:51 pm

DUNK JOE!!!!

LETS GO HAWKS

Tremaine

February 16th, 2011
3:52 pm

“GIVE TEAGUE A CHANCE!”

sav'h dawg

February 16th, 2011
3:58 pm

Makes for good conversation for 2 Eastern Division teams going nowhere in the post season.

seanB

February 16th, 2011
3:59 pm

I am a Hawks fan but WHO CARES! It is the Lakers and the Heat and everyone else this year!

seanB

February 16th, 2011
4:00 pm

The battle of MEDIOCRITY! Bring in Melo to Atlanta along with Billups and dump Josh Smith along with his immature crotch grabbing and I am interested again!

b jones

February 16th, 2011
4:15 pm

Twin is Hawks center Jason Collins. He, as ou may have guessed by now, has a twin brother.

lance

February 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

Twin bout to posterize Amare. Heard that! All aboard choo chooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

governor404

February 16th, 2011
4:31 pm

Dont punk out Marvin, stay the course, ur a hated man in NY these days, embrace it and play harder than u did last time u were in NY and had a monster game/dunk.

2 FOR JOHN DREW

February 16th, 2011
4:37 pm

” ALL WE ARE SAYING …… IS GIVE TEAGUE A CHANCE” (to the tune of John Lennon’s classic)
” BUT NOT IF BIB-BY ………. IS BALL-IN’ A-GAIN ” !!!!!!!!!!!

Flea

February 16th, 2011
4:47 pm

Anybody saw the rumors of a Hawks trade on CBSSports.com? They are reporting that the Hawks are looking at guard help and looking at Ramon Sessions on the Cavaliers. Interesting. But who do they give up for Ramon? Maybe an expiring contact or so or maybe even Marvin

HoosierHawk

February 16th, 2011
4:50 pm

So hoopshype is reporting that the Hawks are looking into Sessions from the Cavs. Cavs previously expressed interest in Marvin. Would anyone do a Sessions and Antawn Jamison for Marvin and Jamal trade?

Flea

February 16th, 2011
5:02 pm

HoosierHawk, I would do a Marvin and Jamal trade for Sessions and Anthony Parker

ryan

February 16th, 2011
5:04 pm

Yea i also saw something about Sessions on ESPN NBA rumors i would like have Mayo but if we can Jamison and Sessions would sweat if Sund had some guts to pull it off .

kwooden1

February 16th, 2011
5:14 pm

I’ve watched the last NY game several times and I guess they didn’t catch watch Al did on camera, because for the life of me I don’t know what Amare is talking about. If he’s calling out Al for talking to the fans and not him then I’m really confused on what type of guy he is. How can you be a tough guy when your defending people who don’t need to be defended. If he’s trying to pump himself up then I understand but otherwise “What is he talking about?”. To me what really happened in the game was NY got embarrassed by Smoove’s highlight dunks and began getting a little physical. It reminded me of how Miami responded in the Playoffs after they got embarrassed in game 1.

HoosierHawk

February 16th, 2011
5:16 pm

I also read that Sessions was rated in the worst 5 defenders per synergy, but those ratings don’t take into account a lot of things (ex: how your teammates are as defenders when your team is abysmal).

Why does no one mention that if we had a PG who could run better than Bibby, we have the fastest moth athletic front court in the NBA? Would be perfect to run the break.

Jae Evolution

February 16th, 2011
5:22 pm

Wow, I wish this game was televised man.

superiorblogman

February 16th, 2011
5:22 pm

Al is going to make Amare suck it on the court

MsDee

February 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

I dont know if I like that trade…I would rather get Bynum & Ron Artest from the Lakers..they are willing to trade those 2..

Jae Evolution

February 16th, 2011
5:29 pm

Sessions for Mo Evans and Jeff Teague? Wouldn’t hurt us at all Ramon dropped 40 a few years ago and it would free up a lot of time for Damien and Marvin, possibly even Smoove at the 3.

Someone mentioned Sessions a few weeks ago and I think he is the most affordable guard we can acquire before the deadline without losing any of our big pieces, plus he can penetrate and get to the line frequently and he’s a great FT shooter.

drmaryb (*_*)

February 16th, 2011
5:36 pm

Lost in Space!

Lost in all the talk and fighting is:

They play immediately before Marvin “smushed” Shawne on the back of his head is, the power BLOCK that Boss put on Amare’. Apparently, Al “smushed his knee on that block, because the next Knicks game or two?
Amare’ was unable to play due to a knee injury from that Hawks game.
______________________

Aye Al! Get ‘Em. Period.

MsDee

February 16th, 2011
5:38 pm

MC,

I just saw your video you posted up..just wanted to say you have a beautiful smile!!

J from the A

February 16th, 2011
5:40 pm

Who would we trade for Sessions? The Cavs need a SF and a C. Would they take scrubs w/ expirings just to fill these spots? If, so:

Mo
Etan

FOR

Sessions

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4e7lk2k

Yeah, we get even thinner at SF, but I don’t see how it would be worth it any other way …

hawks_4_life

February 16th, 2011
5:47 pm

I FOUND THIS ARTICLE

Hawks Seek Guard Help, May Target Sessions
Feb 16, 2011 14:04 PM EST

The Hawks are in the market to bolster their backcourt and may have interest in Cleveland’s Ramon Sessions.

Rival executives believe that Atlanta could spend up to or perhaps a little over the luxury tax threshold to improve the team’s chances of taking down Boston, Miami or Olrando in the playoffs.
Via CBS Sports

Read more: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/211012/Hawks_Seek_Guard_Help_May_Target_Sessions#ixzz1EAHX1EMB

northcyde

February 16th, 2011
5:59 pm

Tonight is definitely NOT the night to be showing ANYBODY affiliated with the Knicks any love or respect. If the show was on the other foot, you’d bet that you wouldn’t be seeing a select few fans saying . . “now, now Landry Fields. Don’t go talking to Joe, because you know he’s better than you”.

No.

Knick fans would want Landry to play at the highest level possible.

Keep in mind folks, if we get that 3rd seed, the Knicks will be our opponent in Round 1. I don’t want to give this team any hope that they can beat us in a playoff series.

I don’t hate Amar’e as a person or a player.

But for tonight . . “Eat a (( bleep ))” Amare.”

Al should come into the arena, dressed as “Black Jesus” ( the nickname Amar’e likes to call himself. ). And who does he think he is, adding accent marks and apostrophes to his name. LOL @ him trying to punk Al. Al bet not let Amar’e punk him.

I’m hoping that this game has a playoff intensity to it.

Rufus1

February 16th, 2011
6:00 pm

Sessions?

If we trade for sessions does that mean jamal is expendable? He would nolonger be our back-up PG and Couldn’t Bibby and Marvin make-up for his scoring. Would they then trade for someone like Pryzbilla.