120 Sports analysts Stephen Jackson and Brian Geltzeiler--former NBA player and Sirius/XM radio host respectively--tackled the topic of Al Horford joining the Portland Trail Blazers in a video interview posted on msn.com yesterday.
Both Jackson and Geltzeiler were effusive in their praise of Horford. Jackson claimed he would "fit in anywhere" and lauded his shooting ability while Geltzeiler dubbed him a "jack-of-all-trades" who could defend. Each analyst claimed that the money move for Horford--in basketball and financial terms--was remaining in Atlanta and drawing other free agents to him. (DeMar DeRozan was mentioned specifically.) But if Horford opted to leave, both agreed Portland would be a good destination. Jackson's praise was more reserved; he stuck to the line of Horford fitting with anyone and everyone, including the Blazers. Geltzeiler went further, claiming if Horford wanted out of Atlanta, Portland was the best fit possible...mostly because of the defensive lapses of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. He didn't think Horford would make the Blazers a Finals contender but he speculated they could become "top four in the West" with him on board.
(Note: We are officially disappointed that they didn't also speculate on adding Larry Sanders to Horford in the frontcourt...still and always the Blazer's Edge Dream Scenario, 2016.)