The news today is still buzzing about Telfair's arrest and Allen's acquittal. As Jeff reports over on CelticsBlog, the Celtics have been making too much news for all the wrong reasons. I can only hope that our fortunes are due to change and soon we will be back on the positive track.
The Globe and Herald both report on the Celtics wanting to cut ties with Telfair. According to Telfair's agent, Danny hasn't said they are going to cut him or buy him out. I expect them to try to include him in a trade first since his expiring contract could be the filler needed to make a deal work. Telfair's agent has some strong words about the Celtics decision:
“It’s a cheap shot and my client is very disappointed,” Hayes said. “It seemed to me that they were looking for an opportunity to dump this kid who has worked really hard in his life.
“He’s a hard-working guy,” he said. “He’s got some problems. He’s got some extenuating circumstances, but the bottom line is that he worked hard to get where he is and a lot of people are counting on him. The Celtics are taking advantage of this situation to get rid of him.”
A couple of things caught my attention in the Globe article. First it reports that the Celtics were trying to trade Telfair even before the season ended. So, it is obvious that they weren't happy with him even before this incident and this is the last straw. The second thing in this article that caught my attention is this:
"Why do that [make a public statement about removing the nameplate]? Why not say, 'Give it a little time. We'll see what happened.' They should show more restraint after they told him not to cooperate with police against a group of hoodlums [in the Fabolous case] who have been terrorizing athletes and celebrities across the country."
The Celtics told Telfair not to cooperate with police in the Fabolous shooting? If this is true, it doesn't speak well of the Celtics organization in spite of all their talk of doing the right thing.
There was good news from the Chicago trial of Tony Allen on aggravated battery charges. He has been acquitted of all charges, although he still faces a civil case. There are articles on this in the Globe and Herald as well. Now hopefully Tony can concentrate on his rehab without the distraction of a court case over his head. The acquittal was good news, but the best news comes in the final paragraph of the Globe article:
Ainge said recently that Allen's rehab is on course and that the Celtics expect him back on the court for training camp.
The Knickerblogger has a little piece on whether the Knicks would want Telfair or not. That might be the best place for him as he would be with his cousin Stephon Marbury and Isaiah is known for taking chances on players and he would probably bring in fans because of his celebrity there.
28 days until the Lottery... We are certainly due some good news. Maybe the Tony Allen news is the beginning of better times. Hopefully we will win the lottery (or at least place second) and all the bad things will be just a distant memory. Things have to get better, right?