Finally some Celtics news in the Boston papers. Most of it is hopeful for a top 2 pick but skeptical because of our history. This waiting sure is tough.
The Herald discusses the Celtics lottery hopes and Tommy tells us that he is not taking lucky charms with him, just himself. McHale speaks out on the Mellencamp comments that spurred talk of drug use by McHale and Bird. According to McHale the only thing smoked was cigars and cigarettes. Eva Longoria sets the record straight that she and Tony Parker are still doing the matress mambo despite all the talk otherwise.
The Globe discusses the lottery system and the fact that there never fails to be some surprises and some controversy surrounding it. Pat Williams response to having won the lottery 4 times is priceless.
Orlando, the winningest team in draft lottery history, goes to extremes when it comes to planning for the big night. (Wink, wink.) "Here's the secret," said Williams. "It comes down to the Ping-Pong balls. When you live in Orlando, you can do this -- start up a Ping-Pong ball farm out on Disney property. Every night, Tinkerbell goes over and sprinkles pixie dust over the farm. We raise these magical Ping-Pong balls. Now, there's a heritage, a history of winning Ping-Pong balls."
Jackie MacMullin discusses Bill Russell's fantasy camp. Russell hopes to lean heavily on history and will have many of the NBA's legends including Larry Bird, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, and Clyde Drexler to serve as coaches for the camp. All this for just over $15,000 per adult. She also discusses some of the hardships that Russell faced because of the color barrier in his playing days.
Peter May has a rather rambling column that starts off discussing Larry Brown and his desire to coach again. He may end up with one of the many teams searching for a new coach (unfortunately, the Celtics aren't one of them). Next he discusses the rule that calls for the suspension of players leaving the bench during altercations. He points out that the endorsements following one of the top two picks is reason enough to want them. Carlisle is doing a lot of TV these days and hasn't decided on coaching this season again and more.
In the MetroWest Daily News, Scott Souza takes a look at the Celtics lottery chances. While Tommy admits that he doesn't feel particularly lucky, he is hoping to be the bridge from past glory to future glory by bringing home the top prize. Scott then tells us what superstitions others in the organization are going to enact for the draft.
The Enterprise points out something that no Celtics fan needs to be reminded of. We haven't exactly had good luck in previous trips to the lottery. It looks even worse when they put it down on paper like that. Let's hope that our luck has finally come around. We are certainly due.
Tufts Daily has an upbeat piece pointing out that the Boston teams, including the Celtics are headed for good times ahead. I certainly see good things ahead for the Celtics whether we get pick 1 or pick 5. I don't believe that there are only 2 picks who are going to be good in this draft. I also don't believe that we are as bad as our record last season indicates.
Only 2 days now until the lottery. I can only imagine what Tommy is feeling right now. This guy bleeds green more than anyone on this earth. I hope more than anything that we get a top 2 pick for Tommy's sake. I know it will hurt him if we don't. While we all know that Tommy actually has nothing to do with how the ping pong balls come up, it would be a fitting part of his legend for him to represent the team when they get the number 1 pick.