Once again, nothing in the Boston papers about the Celtics. With only 4 days until the lottery it seems as though they should be posting articles about past heartbreak and successes or something.
The Grizzlies have been doing a good job with articles on their club in the Commercial Appeal. In today's piece they discuss their hit or miss history in the draft. They mention the trade that sent Banks and Perk to the Celtics for Jones and Bell. Although Banks didn't work out as planned, Perk is developing into a very good player for us and I believe that he will get even better this coming season. In reading through their draft history, they haven't done well at all in the draft. But then again, the Celtics could have an article very similar if the Boston writers wanted to take the time to write about the Celtics.
The Star Tribune reports that the Timberwolves will send Randy Foye to the lottery to represent the team. Foye admits to not having very good luck but hopes that will change here. He is also gathering good luck charms to take with him. Again, we could maybe hear some of how Tommy is preparing, how he feels about representing the team, if he is taking any good luck charms etc. That is, if the Boston papers were covering the Celtics.
Abunassar says that despite their near-star status in the college basketball world, Noah and Brewer are working relentlessly. "They're winners and this is the next challenge," he says. "They want to beat everyone at this, too."
Chad Ford seems impressed with both players:
I think Noah will show in workouts that he's more skilled than NBA GMs think he is. His relentlessness in his workouts will impress. He has a magnetic personality. Even his grunting and shouting have a positive psychological effect; if all the other guys on the floor were working as hard as Noah, he would just sound like he's doing more.
From my conversations with NBA GMs and from what I saw with my own eyes on Monday, I think Brewer could go as high as the No. 3 or No. 4 pick in the draft. How often do you find a 6-foot-9 guy with the wingspan of a 7-footer who can play lock-down defense at the 2 or the 3, shoot the basketball and slash to the basket? Brewer has a chance to be a totally unique player at his position
. Chads other article is on Yi Jianlian and projects him to be the biggest wild card in the draft. Chad was impressed with Yi and feels that the Celtics are one of the teams that he will fit well on.
I spent two days watching Yi work out in Los Angeles and walked away convinced that he's the third-best prospect (see the Top 100), ranking immediately behind Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.
The Celtics are another team that could give Yi a long look if they don't win one of the two top positions in the draft. Al Jefferson proved that he could play center in the pros last season. He and Yi would make a formidable pair in the frontcourt.
Red's Army is having fun with photoshop. There are a lot of good ones but my favorites are Powe and Perk as the tag team "Hustle and Muscle," and Doc and Danny in I'm with stupid shirts. Priceless.
Who knows, maybe this disgustingly shocking effort by the Sporting News to sell copies of their unreadable dreck will backfire and actually allow Celtics fans to move on and clear away the bad karma evident when Russ Granik pulled out the Celtics logo out of the #3 card in the 1997 Draft Lottery.
Only 4 days to go until the Lottery. I have a feeling that these are going to be the longest 4 days in history. The picture of Duncan in a Celtics uniform is kind of like rubbing salt in the wounds and taking me back to 10 years ago when I was waiting on pins and needles just like now. We had the best chance of landing the first pick then and we have the second best chance of landing the first pick now. My hopes were dashed back then but as Greg Popovich said if there is any fairness in this world, we will win the lottery this time around.