Much has been said about Al Horford and the $97 million contract that landed him on the 76ers’ roster this season: that the Boston Celtics have been robbed of their best center, that the 33-year-old adapts well to change and shows no signs of aging, that playing next to Joel Embiid could jam the Sixers offense.
But some may not know the significance the veteran Dominican player has for Latino communities.
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It is said that anyone of Dominican descent who hits the big time must have #PlatanoPower, and the man born Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso from Puerto Plata seems to have it in abundance. He’s made every playoff since he started 12 seasons ago. His wife is pageant royalty. And in a sport for which Caribbeaners once had very little appetite, he is now one of its icons:
This was all news to some Twitter followers.
But for local Dominicans, Philly’s embrace of Horford is a source of pride. Yocasta Lora, chairwoman of the board of the professional organization Dominicans in the Delaware Valley, shared her emotions on Twitter.