Lots of talk about coaching vacancies and who they are filling them with. It gets depressing knowing that the Celtics will have their same coach back again next season. The Globe leads with an article on VanGundy taking his time to decide on his future. The Seattle Times reports that former Celtic Sam Vincent is interviewing with the Sonics for their coaching job. He seems to be in demand. AHN tells us that Billy Donovan turned down $5 million in Memphis but that he is open to listening to other offers.
According to the Boston Globe, Pierce won't be participating on the USA team this season. He lobbied so hard to make the team and then his elbow and injuries derailed his efforts. Pierce is following the wishes of Ainge:
Last month, Celtics basketball boss Danny Ainge said he hoped Pierce would not play for USA Basketball. "I'd like to see him make a 100 percent commitment to the Boston Celtics," said Ainge, who felt that Pierce, who missed 35 games this season because of injuries, needed the summer to work on his rehabilitation.
The story goes on to speculate that the Celtics may still have a presence on the USA team if they manage to land Durant or Oden, who have been invited to the USA camp.
Beneath the Uncle Nellie veneer, there is an old, aloof Celtic who believes you cannot possibly know more about the game than him.
There is the aging veteran who once drank a former teammate under the table, until the kid was ill equipped to take Nelson's starting job during his last Celtics training camp. Steve Kuberski could slog, but not like Nellie. "First of all, I liked beer," Nelson said, remembering the story. "And, well, I could probably drink more than the rookies could."
While coaching the Knicks for an abbreviated 59 games in 1995-96, Nelson told me a story involving John Starks. He said a fan approached the former Knicks guard after a game and asked him to sign a pennant for his brother. "His name is Marc. Marc with a 'C.' "
When the fan got the pennant returned, Nelson said, it read, "To Cark." Marc with a "C," get it?
Nellie delighted in telling that story, prefacing it with, "This is how stupid John Starks is." He wanted Starks traded and was prepared to give up any information that might lead to that end.
His success with the Warriors has proved what a difference a coach can make from the comraderie of a team to the play on the court. On the other hand, Doc hasn't shown us anything in Boston. Is it wrong to be jealous?
The Washington Times discusses the lack of big stars in the playoffs. In it they take a shot at the Celtics:
The following failed to make the cut: Elton Brand, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Pau Gasol and Jermaine O'Neal. In Pierce's defense, he was bound and gagged on the bench in accordance with the Celtics enhancing their lottery prospects. The Celtics tanking another one is a long way from Havlicek or Bird stealing the ball.
As bad a coach as Doc is, how could they tell that we were tanking? FSN.com has 3 good videos in their Draft 07 coverage. Tommy gives a draft preview and points out the fact that we have twice as much chance of not getting a top 2 pick as we do of getting one. He doesn't want to be the one remembered for not bringing home the top pick for the Celtics. He urges everyone to grab their shamrocks the night of the lottery. (see list of good luck charms in the article below) Tommy also has a video with a bit of Lottery History and there is an an interview with Paul Pierce.
Finally, the Sports Tribune discusses Durant's discussions for a shoe deal. It is interesting that Durant is expected to reap a $6 million to $7 million deal while Oden, even if they first pick will get only $50,000 because big men don't sell shoes. Doesn't seem fair. The old offense sells shoes and defense wins games argument.
Thirteen days until the lottery. Loy's place will be having an all day party in "The Box" chatroom on lottery day. Be sure to join us!