If it wasn't for Sebastian Telfair, there wouldn't have been much out there on the Celtics today. CBS Sportsline presents two sides of the Telfair situation. One presents the side of a hard working kid who still deserves a chance. The other tells us not to be fooled by him again. I am kind of between the two. I still believe that Telfair has the potential to be a good player but he has to deal with a lot of issues both on and off the court in order to get there.
Hoopsworld also has a piece on Telfair, giving us different side of him. It discusses him as a proud father and showing us that he never got down on himself or his team in spite of his diminishing playing time. The Columbian discusses the Telfair trade also from the Portland point of view.
Boston was high on Telfair at the time. But by mid-season the Celtics discovered they were on the bad end of a one-sided deal. Telfair played 15 or fewer minutes in 27 games after getting benched in late December and didn’t see action in four.
The public incident draws attention away from the real questions: Why Boston gave up so much last summer for a player it’s now shooing away, and why Telfair — long sold as a kid with the potential for greatness — is seeing his career approach a crisis point.
Ouch!!! We gave up way too much to bring Telfair in. But we did rid ourselves of Raef, another trade mistake of Danny's. Danny's trades have been less than legendary. I trust him to draft, but am very worried about what trade he may come up with next. It seems that so far he has been just swapping mistakes.
Sports Illustrated has an article on Violet Palmer. She has worked her way up to officiating the playoffs and as any good official should, she has barely been noticed. I have to admit that for years, I cringed every time Violet reffed one of our games. She was terrible. But I also have to admit that she has shown improvement and has been doing a good job this season, in spite of Max's request that she return to the kitchen.
The Reno Gazette is reporting that Kevinn Pinkney was stopped for DUI. When he signed that 10 day contract, I felt he played well enough to get an invitation to our Summer League but if Danny is skittish about behavior after the Telfair incident, he may pass on him.
Finally, there is a good story on Celtics.com about West and Powe helping out in the community. If we want players with character, look no farther than than these two.
When they weren't busy planting trees or digging in the dirt, Powe and West certainly enjoyed their time with the students. While at first the students were asking the Celtics for autographs on the back of their t-shirts, the guys turned the tables on the students and had them sign their shirts as well. They were also telling Powe that they could dunk on him and chased West around the garden with a worm they'd dug up.
One student asked West, joking, "How come you're not afraid of Shaq but you're afraid of a worm?"
West took the ribbing in stride, and was happy he got the chance to be a positive influence for inner-city students as part of the event.
"They're at a vulnerable age, at the stage where you can easily be lead in the wrong direction, or pulled along in the right direction. For these students, with this program between Southwest and the Boston Celtics, that's the movement we're trying to get here in Boston, before our youth go wrong. That's what we're trying to do today."