Al’s pure faith, determination and commitment to basketball paved the way for him to enter the most prestigeous basketball league in the country, the NBA.
Having set the school record with 1’104 rebounds in three years, participated in the 1998 Nike Hops Summit, selected to be a member of the USA Today’s Preseason Super 25 team and scored a team high 26 points and 9 rebounds for the USA Junior National Team while attending St. Patrick’s High School in NJ, Al and his family made the decision to enter the 1998 NBA Draft.
At only 18 years of age he was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 25th pick. A moment Al and his family will never forget!
Al played six seasons with the Indiana Pacers, primarily coming off the bench, before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks in July 2004 where he became a nightly starter.
In August 2006 Al was traded back to the Indiana Pacers, however this stay was not for long – in January 2007 he was traded to Golden State Warriors along with Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and Josh Powell.
That summer Golden State Warriors beat the Top Seeded Dallas Mavericks to go on to the 2nd round of the playoffs.
In November of 2008 Al was traded to the New York Knicks for Jamal Crawford. After playing for the Knicks for 2 seasons, Al signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets.
FACTS ABOUT AL
During the summer of 1997, he worked in the office of New Jersey Senator Richard Codey
While in high school, he played cowboy Frank Butler in a production of “Annie Get Your Gun”, performing 5 solos
Sang a duet with Rosie O’Donnell – “Anything You Can Do” – when he appeared on her television show as part of the McDonald’s All-America team
Hobbies include reading, acting, bowling, watching movies, billiards, singing and playing video games
Has two younger brothers and a younger sister
Wears a size 17 basketball shoe
Al is one of very few NBA players that played through both lockout shortened seasons, 1999-2000 and most recently 2011-2012.