The hoopla is dying down over the lottery and I imagine that for awhile until we get closer to the draft the articles will continue to slow down. Thank goodness for the blogs who keep things going even when the Boston papers don't.
Today, the Herald has one article and that really is more on the Bobcats than the Celtics. Ex-Celtic Sam Vincent has been hired as the Bobcats' coach. Michael
Jordan remembers looking to the Celtics [team stats] bench during his 63-point game in the 1986 playoffs and seeing rookie Sam Vincent cheering on his extraordinary performance.
I am amazed that Vincent was still a Celtic after that. Back then, Celtics and fans didn't cheer on the enemy, unlike the recent Kobe debacle at the Garden.
The Globe has a gallery of the Celtics mistakes over the years beginning with the hiring of Rick Pitino and ML's tank job. There have been bad draft picks including Montross, Brown, Moiso, and Forte. There have been players we passed on such as McGrady, Finley and Nash. There have been players traded away before they reached their potential including Billups and Johnson. There have been bad signings such as Baker, Dickau, and Scalabrine and giving Blount the big contract. There have been bad trades including Walker for Raef, Ricky for Wally, and giving away the 7th pick for Telfair. It gets rather depressing looking over the comedy of errors that has been the Celtics over the past 20 years.
Draft Express has a mention of Rondo and Ray working out with Jerry Powell of Basketball Results in New York. Also working out there is Jared Jordan, who is the supject of an article on SI.com where they make the point that he can be the next Steve Nash.
RealGM discusses the Suns' need to reload and change their team. It seems that Marion and Diaw may be available in trades. Maybe Danny can swing a trade where he doesn't have to give up too much to get one of those guys. They signed Marcus Banks to a big contract and traded Rondo, so anything is possible.
On CelticsStuff Live, JB has a good article that asks what the 5th pick is worth. Trades aren't all that easy to make in this day and age and if Danny can't do better than a broken down veteran or a 3rd string point guard, he really needs to keep the pick and continue with rebuilding through the draft and if Pierce doesn't like it, well, he can go somewhere else and bring us more young talent back.
I have waited 21 years for the Celtics to become a contender again and I don't want to rush into something and give up a player who will be a perennial all star for someone who is headed down hill or who will just set us back. There are players that we can take with the 5th pick who are going to be all stars. I don't want to trade it away for a player with a couple of good years left. I don't want to break up the core of players we have. I may be in the minority but I like the team we have and feel that if we add a good player from the draft we will be better off than trying to make a trade. Danny is good at drafting but has been terrible in trades. I don't want a quick fix that will give us a window of a couple of years to be good. I would rather stick with our luck in the draft. Several of our young players are going to step up this season and I believe even without a trade we will surprise people and continue to do so for many, many years to come. [Discuss this topic on the Celtics Green Forums!]