We are seeing some good things out of the Summer League. Rondo showed last night that he can score when needed. Powe is showing that he can play. And the team is playing defense. Let's hope that this is just the start and things will get even better in the regular season. The Herald and Celtics Blog both give recaps of last night's game over China. You can watch it today on FSN at noon easter time or on NBA TV at 4 eastern time if you missed it.
The Herald discusses Rondo's improved shooting and work ethic along with Big Baby's fascination with his image in a Celtics jersey. The Globe tells us that Brandon Wallace is in a position to fit in with the Celtics. The options for free agents are narrowing with Darko going to Memphis, Wallace staying in Charlotte, Lewis going to Orlando, Billups staying in Detroit, Fisher is signing in LA, and Hill signing in Phoenix. There are still a few options out there. Mike Gorman mentioned that the Celtics were in talks about Camby and just about every other free agent on the market. He also mentioned that talks about a trade for Garnett are still on going. I'm with Mike when he says that he hopes that Jefferson is off the table in any talks going on. Mike said that the Celtics are still interested but without the 5th pick and Al, what can we offer them that they would consider enough for Garnett? Along those lines, Danny has been spending a lot of time with McHale these days. They were sitting together at last night's game and they have been golfing together as well. And Red's Army is disturbed over Kevin's physique these days.
Powe, who took Monday's loss particularly hard considering it was an exhibition against mostly players who will never suit up in a real NBA game, said before last night's game that he got the point. Then he got plenty of points, scoring 12 on 5-for-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds in the first half of last night's game. "I still have to think team-first out here," he said. "Doc has told me that he wants me to play a lot for him next season, so I just have to keep playing tough. "On offense, he said that I am going to score a couple of points out there," he concluded, "But we have Paul here, and Ray, and Al down low. There aren't going to be too many touches coming my way. I understand that and I am trying to do whatever I can to fit in with the team we have."
I like the fact that Doc is planning on playing Powe a lot this season, but last season he said that he planned to give Leon a lot more minutes and then proceeded to cut his minutes back. I really like Powe and feel with some experience he can be a very good player. I would much rather have Powe out there than Scal.
The Boston Dirt Dogs take a look at a day in the life of Danny Ainge. Tough job, but somebody has to do it. NBA Glue takes a look at Pruitt and what he can offer the Celtics. So far I am encouraged by what I have seen in Summer League. Danny could pull off a deal at any time as he is in talks about virtually every player available. It wouldn't surprise me if he goes for Camby. But then again, nothing Danny does surprises me any more. He has become a master of the unexpected moves. I just hope he has learned from past experience and doesn't give up too much to bring another veteran to the team. Garnett would be nice, but not at the expense of our future.