I sat down for an exclusive interview with Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer Thursday to talk about the recent controversy that has engulfed the franchise and some basketball too. Here is part of the interview concerning the health of Al Horford, who is returning from a torn right pectoral muscle. The complete interview will be available later and in the Sunday print edition of the AJC.
Q. How is Al Horford?
A. 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.
Q. So if he’s not 100 percent, can you put a percentage on how close he is?
A. We haven’t done the 70, 80, 90 (percent). We want to make sure we are taking care of him and we’ll probably err on the side of caution and being conservative in moving him through the month of October so he’s ready for the start of the season.
Q. Is he cleared for contact?
A. 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.