When the Atlanta Hawks open training camp in a few days, they will take precautions with their All-Star center Al Horford who still is not fully recovered from last season's pectoral injury. Head Coach Mke Budenholzer told the AJC that Horford isn't 100 percent yet and will be limited at the start of camp but the team expects him to be ready for the regular season opener.
He has made good progress. I think we are excited about having him back and healthy. I still think he's got some hurdles to clear. He is not at 100 percent right now but I think we anticipate by opening night and through camp him getting to where he is totally cleared and ready to go. He's had a heck of a summer. Al is diligent and works hard and takes care of himself so I think that will all be in a good place.
He'll be held out of contact early in training camp. He'll progress through and get to where he's got full clearance in everything but at the start of camp there will be some limitations.
For the Hawks, there is no reason to rush Horford back and having him 100 percent for the regular season is a much bigger deal than having him participate in the early days of camp.
Speaking of training camp. The Hawks have yet to officially announce the dates of training camp but they are expected to begin practice on Tuesday. The AJC reports that the team will spend the first three days of camp in Athens at the University of Georgia's practice facility.