As I figured, things are slowing down and links are getting fewer and fewer. I am looking forward to reports out of the Orlando camp starting tomorrow. Then, we will be getting reports of individual workouts. Here is what is going on today:
The Globe has a very interesting graphic that shows the difference getting a #1 pick can make for a team. Far and away, Duncan made the biggest difference among those reported, with David Robinson not far behind. A franchise player like Duncan only comes along once in a while and this year most feel that there are 2. In both cases, the Celtics got the short end of the stick in the lottery to get them. I had to chuckle over the fact that Olowokandi made the biggest negative difference with his team losing 8 more games after his arrival than they did the year before.
Celtics Blog has a piece that talks about the pressure that Oden and his agent are reportedly putting on Portland to get another top pick to bring in Conley as well. Atlanta is reported as a team who needs a PG and may take Conley with the 3rd pick and they would need to get some value to give up that pick.
ESPN is reporting that Kobe has made a demand that the Lakers bring West back with full authority or he wants to be traded. I am sorry, but I just don't like Kobe. Even if he demands to be traded, I don't want him in Boston. I really don't. He is a great talent but a pretty bad person in my book. I think it is a moot point though because the Lakers will give in to him before they will trade their franchise player away.
The Morning Sentinel and the Columbian are still talking about the lottery and the Celtics lack of luck therein. The Columbian continues the ridiculous theme that the Celtics lost out in the lottery because of tanking. I wish they would give it a rest. The only way that is true is if Stern rigged the lottery and was teaching the teams a lesson. With Stern's tyranical leanings, I can see where this may be true, but the Celtics tanked all of 2 games and beyond that, they played hard and tried to win. We can't help it if we had a lot of injuries and our coach is one of the worst in the league.
Fan Nation pulls a quote from the LA Times that questions whether Pierce will now demand a trade since we lost out on the top 2 prizes in the draft. He has made his feelings known that he wants more veterans and if Danny doesn't find a trade that won't take too much of our young talent, will Pierce want to leave? It is a good question. [Discuss this topic on the Celtics Green Forums!]