Al Horford would have played Game 6 of the Celtics-Heat series on Friday after his grandfather, José Reynoso Núñez, died the day before.
Núñez, 81, was the father of Horford’s mother, Arelis Reynoso. He was buried in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, by ESPN’s Enrique Rojas.
Over the past week, according to ESPN’s Juan Arturo Recio, Horford traveled to Atlanta to spend time with his grandfather before his death.
Horford’s sister Anna Horford confirmed the news on Twitter and thanked everyone who sent her brother kind words.
“He and his abuelo were very close,” Anna Horford wrote. “Some things are bigger than basketball.”
Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in Miami, and Horford is expected to play.
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