We take a look at Al Horford’s parents, ethnicity, and religion as Celtics advance to NBA Finals.
The Boston Celtics are into the NBA Finals after beating the Miami Heat in a gruelling seven-game series.
In the previous round the Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers while the Boston Celtics overcame the defending champions, the Milwaukee Bucks.
One of the surprise packages for the Celtics throughout these playoffs has been Al Horford, who is into the NBA Finals for the first time in his career. In doing so, he also becomes the first Dominican to play for an NBA Championship.
Al Horford’s parents and ethnicity in more detail
Al Horford’s ethnicity is Dominican – he was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, on 3 June 1986. Horford’s parents are father Tito Horford, and mother Arelis Reynoso. His mother, according to a Boston Globe story she wrote, has been a sports journalist since 1988.
However, Al Horford’s father, Tito, may be familiar. He is arguably the most famous Dominican basketball player ever!
That’s right, Al’s dad also played in the NBA, and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (39th overall) of the 1988 NBA draft. He became the first ever Dominican-born player to play in the NBA.
The 7ft 1in center spent two seasons with the Bucks and also had a three-game stint with the Washington Bullets in 1993. After that he played in EuroLeague basketball before eventually retiring.
Al’s sister has been making a name for herself during the playoffs
Tito and Arelis have two other children, Jon Horford and Anna. Jon, Al’s brother, played as a forward for the University of Michigan basketball team before transferring to Florida after his junior season.
Al’s sister, Anna, meanwhile, has been vocal throughout these playoffs. She is the host of the Horford Happy Hour podcast and has a Twitter following over 45k. Anna was sitting court-side during Game 7 vs the Bucks and has also been tweeting throughout the postseason:
Religion is hugely important to Al Horford
Al Horford has spoken about religion in the past, and how important his faith is to him. During his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Al revealed how he relies on his faith in God to navigate life in the NBA.
“With me, my faith is something that really gives me stability and makes me keep a lot of things in perspective and helps me manage through all the ups and downs that can go within a season,” Horford said in a video by NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“I think it’s important to take time to yourself, some quiet time, whether I’m praying, reading and then being able to take some time during the day to just keep things in perspective,” Horford added.
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