Since signing a four-year, $113 million contract in 2016, Celtics forward Al Horford has been something of a lightning rod. Some C’s fans appreciate Al’s steady-as-she-goes approach. (In his first season, Horford averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds, and was stellar in the playoffs.) But others, notably WEEI host Lou Merloni, want more. (The former Red Sox infielder, who hit .271 with just 14 home runs in nine MLB seasons, likes to call Horford “Average Al.”)
Appearing this week on his sister Anna’s podcast, “Horford Happy Hour,” Al wasn’t asked about his critics, which is a shame because we’d like to know if he hears them. But Horford was asked about his favorite “SpongeBob Squarepants” character. (Al is such a big “SpongeBob” fan that, as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, he hosted the premiere of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.”)
The answer is Patrick, the dim-witted pink starfish.
“He’s very careless,” Horford tells his sister. “He’s like a simpleton, but he’s hilarious. He really makes the ‘SpongeBob’ episode every time I watch.”
Anna, who’s one of her brother’s fiercest defenders on social media, Twitter-sourced the questions for the podcast Q&A, and they’re mostly unrelated to basketball. For instance she asks Al about his long eyelashes — “A lot of people do notice,” he says — his skin care regimen, and his musical taste at the moment — “I’ve been listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers lately. . . . I always like listening to Bob Marley. It’s happy music and puts me in a good mood.”
Horford says he likes living in Boston, but admits he didn’t at first. Coming from Atlanta, the harsh winter here was an adjustment.
“Last year was like an adjustment period,” he says. “That was the part that took me a while to get used to.”
Anna couldn’t resist asking her brother if he’s talked to Kyrie Irving about his belief that the earth is flat.
“I haven’t,” Al says. “Next time we have a team dinner I need to get to the bottom of that.”