Much of the talk today is about Leon Powe's performance last night after not playing in previous games and about Telfair's incident in New York. It sure was good to see some defense played last night. We ought to do that more often. Here is what is going on around the Celtics Nation Today:
The Herald, the Worcester Telegram, and the DailyNews Tribune all have articles on the Telfair robbery and absence in New York. We still got a slightly different story from the Herald than we did from the other two papers. The Herald also has an article with Wyc's reaction to the deception that was at first reported. I agree with Wyc, if they continue to spin false stories to make the team look better, no one will know what to believe from them, and eventually won't believe anything they have to say.
The Herald, The Green Room, Celtics.com, and Projo all have articles that discuss Powe's game last night and the fact that the kid is a player. Some, who were saying yesterday that Powe would be one of the cuts, are now joining me in saying that cutting this kid would be a huge mistake. I have been saying that all along. Powe averaged a double double in college, added 3 inches to his vertical leap, and works too hard not to succeed. What I don't get is how Doc could sit him in the first 3 games while playing Scal big minutes. Another Doc "brain fart." These seem to be way too frequent for my liking. The kid is a player and should have been given minutes all along. If they cut him, they will regret it.
The Eagle Tribune give more well deserved praise to Rondo.
A few folks, however, were aware of what the vast majority of NBA observers have come to realize through the first half of Boston's preseason schedule - Rondo has been the real deal for some time.
His high school coach is quoted as saying that Rondo was the best guard he has ever coached. This is saying a lot since he also coached Ron Mercer, Steve Blake, Jerry Stackhouse, Stephen Jackson, Marcus Williams, and Carmelo Anthony.
On the other side of the coin is this article from Slam Online that cautions us not to get too caught up in Rondo-mania. I don't know about them, but I have seen enough to make up my mind that this kid is for real and is only going to get better.
Full Court Press has a good article that puts forth a lot of questions and decisions that the Celtics will have to face in the near future. Suppose that most of our young players take that next step and become very, very good this season. Can we sign them all? That is something that Danny is going to have to address.
Sports Illustrated has an article that discusses Pierce's place in Celtics history. They seem to think that he should have signed with another team to look for a title. How will Pierce fit into the Celtics greats if he doesn't win a championship? I personally believe that we will win it all with this team. Not this year, but definitely before Pierce's contract is up. But the best thing about this article isn't the part on Pierce, it is the bit at the end about Rondo. I just love their description of him!
...but during his first three preseason games, he has been a skinny little jolt of caffeine in a green headband.