When the Red Sox played the Braves, Horford would return the favor in Atlanta. Almost any athlete born in the Dominican Republic starts with baseball.Even Al’s father grew up dreaming of the major leagues. It took him a while, but eventually he realized that 7’ 1″ was too tall for a baseball player. “[Former All-Star outfielder] Raul Mondesi, he had a little league in Santo Domingo,” Tito says. He always wanted to follow in my footsteps.”Tito was the first Dominican to play in the NBA, spending the 1988–89 and ’89–90 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.The Atlanta Hawks Dominican bigman discusses his charity work with Basketball Without Borders, being married to former Miss Universe, Amelia Vega, and Latinos in the NBA.
What’s more, the skills that set him apart from his frontcourt peers—the spot-up shooting, the passing, the versatility on defense—make him a dream fit in a Celtics scheme that surprised the league with 48 wins last season.“Dominican players,” his father says, “they’re always looking for ways to help each other, help young guys.It’s in our culture.” Now the story continues in Boston.So the fact that he was acknowledging me and wanted to get to know me?It was just really, really cool.” It continued past the playoffs.