First of all, a Big Congratulations to Justin Poulin and his wife. Justin has run the Celtics 17 blog and boards for years. He now is the moving force behind CelticsStuff Live, the first live call in podcast that is bringing Celtics' fans from all over the web together. Justin and his wife are the proud parents of a baby girl, born yesterday around 4 pm.
The Nugg Doctor is hosting the 36th Carnival of the NBA. Drop by and check out his collection of NBA blog offerings including one from our own Loy's Place.
Blazer's Edge has a season's preview of the Knicks and the Celtics. I am left wondering why they chose to pair the Celtics and the Knicks together. We certainly are a much better team than they are so maybe it was just random. I love the first comment:
I'll give my synopsis of Boston Later. Have to run now.
In their NBA Camp Preview, SI.com gives a listing of Players on the Hot Seat. Sebastian Telfair is listed at number 11 on the list. He came into the league with a lot of hoopla, failed to impress in Portland, ending up as the 3rd Point Guard, and is looking for a second chance here in Boston. I, for one, amd hoping he makes the most of it.
ESPN SportsNation has a poll up on this year's crop of rookies. Take a moment and check it out and vote for the Celtics Rookies who are included. My biggest dilemma will be whether to vote for Rondo or Powe for biggest steal of the draft. I expect big things out of both. But if Powe becomes what I expect, he would be the bigger steal at #49 than Rondo who went in the first round and was the first PG taken.
Jeff over on CelticsBlog takes a look at the battle for the last spot on the roster. He gives Pittsnogle the nod, but I would go with Jones. We have many players who bring what Pitts does...3 point shooting. But we have a need for a player who can block shots with both hands and rebound like Jones can. I say go for defense over offense.
The Cheap Seats has an interesting piece that compares Big Al and Perk with other players who jumped directly from high school to the pros. I don't think we can comepare them because Perk played all of 19 minutes his whole first season. His second season wasn't much better. It was only after Blount was traded that he got any meaningful minutes at all and then he got injured. He has improved immensely without much playing time. Al was hampered by injuries his whole sophomore season. This season will be a breakout season for both, if Doc uses his head and plays them.
RealGM gives us a look at the positional battles that can be expected in the Celtics Training Camp. I think I should send them some koolaid as it seems a bit pessimistic to me.
Telfair is definitely on the hot seat. But when the lights go on, that's when he really shines, so I'm expecting to see the best Telfair we've seen since he entered the league, by way of Portland 2 years ago. Being in an environment that's more to his liking (east coast with diehard basketball fans) and playing in an offense that better suits his strengths are part of the reasons why I'm thinking Bassy will find success here.
But if he doesn't work out, we have my man Rajon Rondo anyways, so I'm not worried either way.