“I thought we were going to get at least No. 2,” he said. “But when it went down like that, I just said, ‘All right, let’s go.’ ” Perkins seems determined to prove the C’s already have a good big man - himself. “Going through the season, it was frustrating for us to keep hearing about how guys who were in college were going to come in and change our team,” he said. “Guys can be good college players, but that’s not on the same level as the NBA. I mean, you take the best college guys right now and put them into an NBA workout, and certain guys will look OK. But I don’t think, except for a few guys, that most of them are ready. Perkins might be speaking out of frustration, but he is determined to back it up.
I just love Perk. He works harder than just about any player on the team except Powe and I truly expect a break out year from him this season. There is also another article on Rondo and his desire to be a leader this season.
There’s no question the Celts need Rondo to take a giant step forward in his development in his second season if the club is to play anything more than a cameo role in the Eastern Conference playoffs. And he seems to grasp that fact of Green life. “I definitely feel a lot more comfortable with my role,” Rondo said. “During the end of the season, I started getting a lot more playing time, and my confidence grew as a player. I just want to go out there and build on that.
In the same article, Gomes tells us not to count Telfair out this season.
Speaking of point guards, Ryan Gomes checked in to say Celtics Nation shouldn’t write off Sebastian Telfair [stats]. Gomes worked out with Telfair in Las Vegas (the latter stayed behind to work on his conditioning and his game) and came back with a strong endorsement. “I think people might be surprised by (Telfair) this year,” Gomes said. “I thought he did very well out there. A lot of people say in the summertime you’re more loose and you just go out there and play, but (he) was working hard. “He just seems more confident now. He seems very level-headed. It was a tough situation that he went through right after the season, and I think personally, from what I’ve seen, he’s done with all the outside world of basketball. . . . He’s staying out there the whole summer so he can just focus on basketball. That should tell people something.”
In the Globe, Peter May discusses Jefferson's contract extension and the fact that it may be better for both sides to hold off on it for awhile. He also discusses the Sonics/Suns trade, the USA team hopes, Garnett, Marion and more. In the Metro West Daily, Scott Souza is still waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Or you can accept that a team pushing the luxury tax threshold that has already made a significant upgrade this summer will have a very hard time making another one, particularly as a contract extension looms for its brightest young talent in Al Jefferson. It could come out of the blue on a hazy August day, or as recent history has shown (see: Allen Iverson, Carlos Boozer last summer) it may be a lot of talk that never adds up to anything at all. Just remember that there's a long way to go to be holding your breath until September.
Fox Sports mentions Big Baby at the photo shoot wearing a Larry Bird jersey and a Santa hat. Can you guess which Celtic is going to be a favorite of the media this season? Along those lines, The Dallas Morning News is bemoaning the fact that the Mavs didn't take Big Baby.
Thanks to Red's Army for pointing out this article on Ray Allen receiving a role model award. He is a definitely going to add some class to the Celtics this season.
A member of the All-Star Advisory Council for the Jr. NBA and the Jr. WNBA youth basketball support program, Allen was named The Sporting News' "Good Guy" in 2000 and 2001. He was named honorary captain for UConn's All-Century Team and was the NBA spokesman for the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Allen initiated the Ray of Hope Foundation, which assists charities in several communities. Middlesex Chamber of Commerce President Larry McHugh said, "We are excited to have Ray Allen as speaker. He's a great person to look up to for his support of the Ray of Hope Foundation."
NBA.com has a good article on the USA team. ESPN.com reports on the DLeague all star team's loss in China.
In closing, Jeff over on Celtics Blog posted this to the forum:
so I got a mysterious email from someone claiming that someone claimed to have a source saying that the KG for Al Jefferson deal was getting done and includes 2 first rounders and a "host of others" I can't put ANY stock into this rumor, and it is 3rd party anyway, but I thought it was important to tell you folks to keep your ears open
Nowhere on the web will you see the split personality I mention in today's article than in this thread that follows Jeff's post. I am personnally on the don't trade Al Jefferson side of this discussion. Not even for KG. I have seen us trade future all stars away for a quick fix too many times to want to see it again. I can look ahead to 3 years from now. The Celtics made it to the ECF but didn't win a championship. KG leaves the team. Al is a perennial All Star and we all lament his loss as we do Chauncey Billups now. And the Celtics are back to square 1 and building through the draft only to trade those players away before they reach their peak.
65 Days till Training Camp and the rumors are coming hot and heavy.