Horford begins rehabilitation process

Al Horford is sleeping a lot better these days – thanks to the absence of the sling that protected his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

The Hawks All-Star center began rehabilitation on the injury that is projected to keep him out 3-4 months, perhaps allowing him to return for the playoffs. The next step in his recovery began six weeks after the operation.

“The doctor told me you can’t look at the finish line,” Horford said Friday. “You kind of want to look at different hurdles. The first one was the six-week mark. Now I can actually start doing stuff. He said a month from now, he will re-evaluate me and then he will probably clear me to get on the court and start doing some shooting and start getting that upper-body strength back. He said 3-4 months initially and so far I’m right on track.”

Horford said he is doing work with strength bands and light weights but is mostly doing cardio work.

“Just kind of getting [the shoulder area] fired up and a lot of cardio, that’s the biggest thing,” Horford said “Just getting my conditioning going again. It’s going to take awhile just to get out there and start shooting again.”

Many have said Horford looks as if he has lost weight but he insists it’s just lost muscle tone from not lifting weights for so long.

Sitting and watching has not been easy, as you would expect, especially during the Hawks’ recent struggles.

“It’s taken patience,” Horford said. “It’s given me a chance to look at our team and really has me more motivated to come back and come back with a lot of energy, bring some of that for the team. It’s just made me realize how much I miss playing and being in the locker room.”

What has been missing? Horford’s answer may sound familiar.

“I think that when we play with energy we are usually OK,” he said. “We’ve struggled really bad when we come out with no energy, no ball movement. I felt the last game [against the Warriors] we got a little stagnant just trying to throw the ball into the post. I think we are at our best when we are moving the ball around. It’s very obvious. I think it’s been like that for a couple of years, even when I’m playing. When we move the ball we win. When we hold and try to post somebody we struggle. I think it’s more frustrating because I’m not playing. I feel like I can’t do anything about it.”

Horford, who missed his 25th game Friday, has played just 11 games this season after suffering the injury against the Pacers on Jan. 11. He underwent surgery on six days later and says there is no scar from the procedure. He was averaging 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds before being injured.

21 comments Add your comment

TMACfan

March 2nd, 2012
7:09 pm

Get well soon

Marcus

March 2nd, 2012
7:22 pm

just channel your inner Rod Woodson ….

Buddy Grizzard

March 2nd, 2012
7:58 pm

AHAHAHAHA Stack in… no TMac

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
7:59 pm

lol @ LD putting in Stack before TMac. Still trying to prove a point. Clown.

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
8:12 pm

This has to be the worst Hawks lineup I’ve seen on the floor in years. lol.

Yea, right

March 2nd, 2012
8:32 pm

that lazy Mudder fcker is humping miss camel toe. Hes so sorry, hell probably come back and tear it again or rip out one of his nuts, just to get off work. I give up on that mudder fcker.

High-sider

March 2nd, 2012
8:36 pm

Jennings scored 8 points in about 30 seconds. Hawks score under 40 points at halftime again.

Horford begins rehabilitation process

March 2nd, 2012
8:39 pm

Nobody cares. trade him to upgrade the team…we need Help not Houdini.

Rock

March 2nd, 2012
8:44 pm

2 Players Tied 14
13 J. Smith #5
D. Gooden #0 5
12 J. Smith #5
B. Jennings #3 5
4 J. Smith #5

Rock

March 2nd, 2012
8:46 pm

2 Players Tied 14
13 J. Smith #5

12 J. Smith #5

4 J. Smith #5

Is josh the only one playing… again?

Rock

March 2nd, 2012
8:49 pm

teague just dont get it. Dude is not the guy you want to run you offense. Half time again with Jeff having just 1 assist. Jeff is a brain fart.

Rock

March 2nd, 2012
8:58 pm

Teague has more turnovers than assist….

soullrenaissance

March 2nd, 2012
9:49 pm

TMACCC to Vlad!

terrell

March 2nd, 2012
9:55 pm

Marvin the millionaire cheerleader.

High-sider

March 2nd, 2012
11:12 pm

new blog is up.

returnof4eva

March 3rd, 2012
12:18 am

If the hawks moved like the suns we would be dangerous

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Fats OMalley

March 4th, 2012
5:38 pm

Horford is a real force on the boards. Maybe it would be wise to let him completely rehab and be ready for next year. He is too good to bring back too quick.

Mark

March 5th, 2012
12:33 pm

I hope Al can make it back for the playoffs

Statick

March 5th, 2012
2:40 pm

I do not expect Al back at all this season. Don’t rush back, kid. Take your time and get well.

Karma

March 5th, 2012
3:54 pm

Maybe this is all Al needed to get refocused on playing center the way he used to.