Celtics.com has an article on Rondo today and the fact that he welcomes the challenge of leading this team.
"When I'm out there playing with them, we're all basketball players. I don't look at how many All-Star (appearances) they have or how long they've been in the league. If they're in the wrong direction I'm going to speak up and direct them, whether it's Paul Pierce or an incoming rookie like Gabe Pruitt," Rondo said. "I'm just going to have to be more of a leader. Even though those guys have been in the league so long, I'm still going to have to direct them and tell them where to go."
If Rondo can become the leader he talks about becoming and if his hard work this summer gives him a decent jumper, we could be in for a very fun season. Celtics Blog takes a look at the "other starters."
Rivals.com has an article that discusses the fact that the dreaded ACL tear is no longer a career ender. They use Leon Powe as an example of a player who came back better after the ACL injury.
Once we know it's an ACL tear, we can be fairly confident that in 4-6 months you'll be doing what you want," Purdue trainer Jeff Stein said. "In two years, you'll be doing it just as good, if not better than before. This is not a career-ending injury. It's just a bump in the road." Powe might be the best example of that. Powe suffered a second ACL tear (his first came in high school) after a freshman season in which he led the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.5 rpg). After sitting out all of 2004-05, he came back to average a double-double, 20.5 ppg and 10.1 rpg.
We can also hope that Tony Allen will be one of those examples also and next season we will be talking about how he came back even better.
Speaking of Tony Allen, NECN has an interview with Tony and Big Baby. Go to this website and then go to the links to other videos at the bottom and look for "Rookie Glen Davis & Tony Allen have high hopes for Celtics" about 2/3 of the way down the list. Tony says he is about 65% right now but should be back 100% by November. Big Baby is going to keep the locker room loose, that is for sure. He and Pollard are going to be the class clowns.
Team USA wins big over Venezuela in the opener. Time Warner is looking to acquire NBA-TV. Flea sees an evil Celtics conspiracy against the Lakers. But isn't that the way it should be? When the Celtics fans cheered for Kobe in the Garden, I felt sick to my stomach. NO Celtics fan should EVER cheer for the Lakers no matter what. Celtics Pride has slipped but hopefully it is back again.
Seems like a lot of people want to come to Boston now. First it was Reuben Patterson wanting to come to Boston. Now, it is Sarunas Jasikevicius who wants in Boston. Whilc Patterson may come cheap, Sarunas has a 4 million dollar contract in Golden State. Since we need a PG more than we need another small forward, picking up Patterson doesn't make much sense. It also doesn't make sense to bring in a guy who is registered as a sex offender following an attempted rape, has an assault conviction for beating up a guy who scratched his car, and a domestic abuse chage for beating his wife. But, getting back to Sarunas, if they waive him, and he clears waivers, we may get him cheaper. Or if they buy him out we may get him cheaper. But as of right now, he makes too much for him to make sense for the Celtics.
40 days till training camp. We still have needs and Danny is taking his time to fill them. We are still waiting on Reggie to decide and still haven't signed our 2nd round picks. The Boston media is still very lax in covering the Celtics. I would love to get more from Tony's rehab or reports on the players working out in Boston now. There are lots of things they could report on. Let's hope they get with it soon. Celtics fans want to know....