Well, I guess the honeymoon is over. After the KG trade, there were so many links I could hardly get them all and it was taking 4 hours or more to get them all. Today there was nothing in any of the Boston papers this morning about the Celtics. Thank goodness for the blogs. I also plan to continue to follow Big Al and the former Celtics because I still think of them as Celtics and I want to watch their careers to see what we have given up because until they develop or fail to, we can't really judge this trade.
NBA.com has posted the schedule for the preseason in Europe. According to what is posted, the Celtics have only 2 games: October 6 against the Raptors in Rome and October 10 against the Timberwolves in London. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that that one is sold out. The TV schedule indicates that the training camp October 1-5 is going to be televised. I imagine that the games will be as well. But it is puzzling that we only have 2 games. Is that all of the preseason? We usually have at least 6 games in the preseason. It will put us at a disadvantage going into the regular season if we only play 2 preseason games since we will be searching for chemistry and putting an entire new cast of players together. Hopefully we will play a few more when we get back from Europe.
Green Bandwagon has the 5 Stages of Rondo Fandom. I love it, although I have been on the Rondo bandwagon since the first time I saw him play. Here is step 5... I love the part about the car and I get giddy every time I hear the commercial: Experience Giddyupidness....
Acceptance - Rajon Rondo is the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics. And yes he cannot shoot. I admit it. Rondo cannot shoot. Thank you John Hollinger, Kelly Dwyer, Marc Stein, Ric Bucher, Bill Simmons and everybody else who has made that point. I got it. At the same time how many people actually watched Rondo play during his rookie season? Last time I checked the C's did not play on national television once. And the by the time Rondo got consistent burn people had written off Boston, for good reason. Did I imagine Rondo's penchant for steals and ability to stuff a stat sheet? Granted he is not Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Tony Parker or even Sam Cassell. But he's also not Tyron Lue, Smush Parker or what has become of Jason Williams. Maybe Rondo is not as good as Celtics fans think but he is also not as bad as some people believe.
Bonus Point - Rondo has his own freaking car. Although I like to think KIA did not consult him on the whole rainbow motif.
Only 10 Things does some numbers crunching to prove that Rondo's shooting isn't as bad as it is made out to be. TwinCities.com has an interview with Al Jefferson. I love Big Al and really wish he could have stayed with the Celtics. I still have the feeling that we are going to regret trading him away.
Dennis and Callahan have been locked out on WEEI because of contract issues. This could be good or bad depending on whether you really like them or not. From what I have read, the sentiment is about half and half. On SI.com, Chris Mannix answers his mail and there are a lot of questions about the Celtics.
The Celtics are still waiting on Reggie Miller's decision about joining the team. He is reportedly working out twice a day as he tries to decide if he can handle the rigors of the NBA season. Seacoast Online suggests that the Celtics don't need his veteran presence while Clutch 3 feels that if he comes back, it will be in a big way.
50 days until training camp. Things have slowed down since the Garnett trade and not much else is happening at the moment. When Reggie makes his decision or if Danny makes the move he REALLY needs to make and signs a veteran back up point guard, then there may be another spike in media coverage. Until then, thank goodness for the abundance of Celtics blogs [Discuss this topic on the Celtics Green Forums!]
Celtics vs Timberwolves game in London was sold out at least month before the blockbuster trade. Thanks god that I've got tickets for Celtics vs Raptors match!