Horford works it out at alma mater

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Jackie Warner and her Sky Sport & Spa have nothing on the University of Florida’s practice facility for its men’s basketball team.

Warner’s gym, featured on Bravo’s “Work Out” reality show, includes a healthy dose of eye candy. But it doesn’t have Al Horford, the bulky center with the good looks and telegenic personality that ended his first NBA season by helping the Atlanta Hawks take the Boston Celtics to seven games in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The 22-year-old is spending his summer pumping iron at the practice facility of his alma mater, who he helped lead the Gators to back-to-back national championships. Yes, the 6-foot 10 inch, 245 pound Horford returned to school just five days after the Celtics-Hawks series ended to continue work on a degree in telecommunications. Between classes, he hits the gym.

“I did have some second thoughts [about registering],” Horford said. “But I needed to get away from Atlanta, and I really wanted to start out right. I felt if I had waited a few years to start summer school, I might not be as willing to do it as I am now.”

“Being at the pro level was a new experience for me and I loved it,” Horford said. “You do miss some of the college stuff, but I’m the type of person who likes to live in the moment. During the season I was all about the NBA. Now I’m back in school and I’m loving it, taking advantage of being back in the college atmosphere.”

Last week, he was studying the social significance of the Teletubbies in his Television and American Society class. There’s a joke in there somewhere about the sexy Dominican, Tinky Winky and Bravo, but I just can’t put my finger on it yet. In the meantime, where’s that UF gym?

Photo: Associated Press

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