No news in the Herald or the Globe today. At least the Globe reported on Perk and Vanity's new arrival in their blog yesterday afternoon. Again, a big congrats to my favorite Celtic!
Celtics.com has a great piece on the behind the scenes happenings from yesterday's photo shoot of the new big 3. Some great pictures! My favorite is the one where they switch jerseys. If you missed my article below, here is the link to the gallery of photos again.
But in the case of Oden, the other key is that the relationship between height and career length changes once we get to the tallest players. The players who have the longest careers are 6-10 and 6-11, but career length starts to shorten again once we hit the 7-footers, and accelerates sharply downward as we deal with players who are taller.
The reason is injuries. Think of players like Arvydas Sabonis (7-3) and Rik Smits (7-4), who were good enough to play several more years if nagging injuries hadn't made it impossible to continue. In the present day, look at 7-6 Yao Ming, who is the league's most dominant post player but has missed 59 games the past two seasons.
We are in good shape with our center of the future being 6'10". Perk should have a nice long career.
Celtics 17 finds some positive answers when looking for some balance with this Celtics team. On Celtics 24/7 Fin dawgg takes a look at what is really important.
It seems like Larry Bird isn't doing all that well these days in Indy. One of his players was just arrested on drug charges and there are questions as to whether he is doing enough to improve the roster. Danny Ainge has suddenly risen above his other two contemporary GMs with a boost from one of them in the Garnett deal. Although, McHale got some good young players in the deal and his stock could rise in the next few years if they play as projected. Speaking of drug charges, it is nice to see that former Celtic, Justin Reed, had his drug charges dropped.
Fox Sports has the first of the articles on coaches on the hot seat. Isaiah, Flip Saunders, Mike Brown, Avery Johnson, George Karl and Mike Dunleavy join Doc on the list of coaches who should be on short leashes.
Danny Ainge presented Rivers with the most celebrated Big Three in Beantown since Bird-McHale-Parrish. All that Rivers has to do now is at least coach the Celtics into the Finals.
The roster still has some gaping holes at the point and in the middle, and the team's ultimate success will depend on how well Rajan Rondo and Kendrick Perkins can compliment Allen, Garnett, and Pierce. Aside from this necessity, and ignoring the possibility of injuries, there remains one overriding question: Can a mediocre coach direct and motivate his core trio of superior players? Rivers has one shot to get the job done.
Some good stats on the big 3 from Hoops Writers as they discuss the Omega 3 plan of the Celtics. Ira Winderman has more of his drivel as he ranks Rondo last in the East among PG's. He obviously hasn't watched many Celtics games and doesn't have a clue.
20 days till training camp. The majority of Celtics are in Boston and working on building some chemistry before training camp. It would be nice to get some reports out of these workouts. I bet Perk, KG and Powe are having some heated battles already in practice. It's going to be an exciting season!!