By show of hands, how many people think Payton and Walker will ever make a road trip with the Heat to Boston ever again? Okay, looks like most of you. Now, how many think they'll get out of here without being boo-ed to death? Woah! Just as I thought, no one! I know I've de-gloved The Glove and lipo-ed the Wiggle in my head a few times, but here's some reality to soften the sting...
"It's unlikely either are going to become NBA general managers someday, but that didn't stop them from assessing Boston's needs."
"Well, it took Payton two go-arounds with Shaq to finally win his first championship, as part of his "Quest for a Title World Tour" the past few years. And Walker certainly had plenty of disdain for the Celtics in his time away from Boston. Now, they're simply role players for a team that stars O'Neal and Dwyane Wade. Their opinions on what makes a championship team are a little blinded by the bling on their rings."
I'll spare everyone with any further quotes by the Mitt and the Jiggle, but here's why these two hasbeens said what they said...
"That 2004-05 Celtics team did, indeed, have a number of veterans throughout the course of the season: Pierce, Walker, Payton, Ricky Davis, Raef LaFrentz, Walter McCarty, Mark Blount, Jiri Welsch and Tom Gugliotta. They entered the playoffs after leading the Atlantic Division all season, and lost in seven games to the Indiana Pacers in the first round."
This doesn't justify Gary's statement. We've actually had two close contests against Miami this year, especially this last meeting where our bunch of youngin's almost put Superman and Co. away.
"How can Payton and Walker accurately assess the Celtics, anyway? They haven't seen a full-strength Shamrock squad yet this season, and it's unlikely they've been TiVo-ing their games on the Direct TV package. The Pierce-less Celtics gave the Heat a scare back on Feb. 7 before losing the game in the second half, and they played them into the final moments of Friday night's loss without Al Jefferson, Pierce and Delonte West (and, to be fair, without Wade for Miami)."
Though some decent Vets would be beneficial to the development of our young guys, who are actually Vets themselves by this point. However, not having Vets was not the only reason for the dismal season, as we know. And it will also not be the cure all Gary believes. These pieces highlight these other factors that Gary's shortsightedness missed...
"Even if Oden does have some struggles adjusting to the NBA game, a Celtics team with Pierce, Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, Wally Szczerbiak and Tony Allen all healthy, as well as more seasoning for Rajon Rondo, Gerald Green and Ryan Gomes, will be a vast improvement over what's on the court right now."
"And at what point do we stop considering players like Perkins (who enters his fifth year next season), Jefferson, Allen and West (each entering their fourth) as "young players" and start thinking of them as veterans?"
So, there you have it. Now, we have to prove them wrong. I am feeling a deep rivalry brewing next season. I look for us to send a message to those two Bench Inspectors. That's if Gary is still in the L and Walker hasn't eaten the whole Miami team, including himself. source: South Coast Today