Hawks coach Mike Woodson was irate Wednesday that center Al Horford wasn't given at least a share of the NBA Rookie of the Year award with Seattle SuperSonics forward Kevin Durant.Another 80 minutes or so, less than one minute per game for the "kid" who fouled out but one time all year, and Horford likely would have gotten the additional twenty-five rebounds necessary to average (you know, actually, in reality) a double-double.
"It's a travesty and it's not right," Woodson said Wednesday night before Atlanta's Game 5 loss to Boston, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He should have shared it, if not gotten it outright. And I don't want to hear about us not being on TV or anything like that. It doesn't matter. It's what this kid has done for this team.
Horford averaged 10.1 points and 9.7 rebounds, helping the Hawks back to the NBA playoffs for the first time in nine years.
"We haven't had a power forward/center come in our league and do what he's done [average a double-double] in I don't know how many years," Woodson said. "I mean, come on, man."
Minutes played by Al Horford: 2540 or 31.4 per game.
Minutes played by Kevin Durant: 2768 or 34.6 per game.
Treat him like he's a key to your team's success and he might be perceived as such, coach.