With the lottery only 5 days away, I am amazed that there are no articles in the Boston papers leading up to it. About all we have seen are a couple of articles setting us up for a 3-5 pick.
The Indy Star has two articles on the lottery today. One discusses the difference a coin flip (or lottery ball) can make for a team. Indy needs a top 2 pick in this draft if they want to keep their first pick, similar to Atlanta needing a top 3 pick to keep theirs. Franchises are built and lost on random acts of fate. The Celtics know this only too well. Something like this could have appeared in the Boston papers, but didn't. The second article in the Indy Star discusses the fact that Indiana is at the mercy of lottery luck with a 1.5% chance of landing a top 2 pick. It also gets into some lottery history.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal also has two lottery articles. The first article details how the Grizzlies hope that the lottery will change their history of bad luck. Honestly, their luck seems to be very good compared to the Celtics. The Boston papers could have written a similar article about the Celtics, but didn't. The second article tells us why they want the first pick so badly, and why the second pick isn't a bad consolation prize. Again, this could have been written in the Boston papers, but wasn't.
On CelticsStuff Live, Justin shares his thoughts on what fans can do to influence the karma in the draft. I wouldn't recommend the no change strategy. As for myself, I am hoping that faith will work. It can move mountains, why not ping pong balls. I am trying to stay as positive as I possibly can. We WILL get the 1st pick.
The Lowell Sun tells us that it is put up or shut up time for Doc Rivers. The article counters Danny's claim that continuity is important by citing Piston and Laker teams that were consistently good through a series of head coaches. They also point out that a little pressure on Doc may have been a good thing as it was for Sam Mitchell and Isaiah. And they close with this:
Don't worry. Next season is as much a contract year for Rivers as it would've been without the extension. My sources tell me that at least once or twice in the history of basketball a coach has been fired with time left on his contract. The excuses are now gone. It's put up or shut up time. For those vocal opponents of Rivers, just sit back, relax and wait to see if he has any tricks left up his sleeve. You sat through this much of the show already.
Jeff makes a case for Doc's extension over on Celtics Blog. I was all for bringing in a new coach this season but now that Doc is our coach for good or bad, I have to hope it will be for good. I really hope he comes back with a defensive mindset and gets his coaching act together.
Green Bandwagon has part 2 of The Rajon Rondo Movie. Words fail me on this one. You just have to watch it. I can't wait for part 3. Jim also has a piece on Celtics Blog about Celtics and their lack of international players. If it wasn't for Kandi, the Celtics would have been one of only 3 teams with no international players.
Draft Express is doing the usual excellent job at covering the draft. Today there is an interview with Corey Brewer. He feels he can come in and help a team right away defensively. I like this kid. While watching the Gators in the Final Four this year, I got the impression that Brewer was the team's best player. There is also a great article that details the West Coast Workouts of Brewer, Noah, Fazekas, and Carter at Impact Basketball with Joe Abunassar. This is the program that Gomes, Rondo and others from the Celtics will be working with this season. In the workouts, Noah really impressed.
Showing that his reputation on the court is anything but an act, Noah was clearly the most intense player we’ve evaluated in the way he approached the workout. He attacked the hoop ferociously on every opportunity, punishing the rim with powerful one-handed slams accompanied by loud, primal grunts (much like a tennis player…). He showed big and incredibly soft hands catching and controlling anything and everything thrown his way, particularly in the two on two drills where Corey Brewer tossed a few difficult passes right around his knees. His length is particularly impressive in the way he finishes around the hoop with jump-hooks, giving him the opportunity to finish plays above the rim in almost every way imaginable, and with either hand. We’re more certain than ever now that teams will be making a grave mistake if they decide to pass on him outside of the top few picks in the draft.
5 more days till the lottery. 5 days of hope. At least for the next 5 days there is a chance that the Celtics will pick first. I have sat through so many lotteries with this same hope only to have it dashed. Please, please let this be the year that our luck changes. Repeat after me: We WILL get the first pick!