The big news is that Greg Oden will miss his rookie season due to knee surgery as reported in the Herald and all over the net. I remember before the draft there were some questions about his health with the bulging disc in the back, the wrist, and even then there were some problems with his knees. It could be that what we all thought was bad luck when we lost the #1 pick may actually been a blessing in disguise? Jessica Camerato looks back on Al Jefferson's thoughts on Oden and wonders if he saw something no one else did. Jeff on CelticsBlog discusses the butterfly effect of "what ifs". It would have been devastating to the Celtics after all they have been through to lose their #1 pick for the season. And there are a lot of people comparing Oden to Sam Bowie and Walton already. SI.com assessses the impact of Oden's injury including how the Celtics should feel about it.
How must the Boston Celtics feel about this? It's a fair question because the Celtics looked like the big loser at the lottery when they drew the No. 5 pick after hoping to land the rights to Oden thanks to the second-worst record in the league. But now the Celtics look like the big winner of that lottery. Instead of investing in a young player like Oden or Durant, their disappointment with the lottery forced them to jump-start their recovery with trades for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Today, more than ever, it looks as if losing that lottery was the best thing that could have happened for Boston.
I'm back in Boston now...and I've officially met everyone on the team. These guys are coo. I didn't know what to expect at first because these are All-Stars that I'm playing with, but everyone is really coo and down to earth. We all have been chillin with each other and our team chemistry seems to be great. We got together a few nights this week over Paul's house and played spades, and today we all went golfing. Practices have been going well! I'm really looking forward to the season now! The preseason starts in a few weeks...until then, I will just be practicing everyday. I'll holla!
I love it that the team is building chemistry both on and off the court. I'm with Rondo and really looking forward to this season.
The Boston Celtics franchise is anything but mediocre. The franchise flame has been re-ignited and we need someone to lead us out of the doldrums. Can we really settle for mediocrity? When I looked up antonyms for mediocre, the words above par, atypical, exceptional, extraordinary, unusual were highlighted. These words describe the Boston Celtics… not Doc Rivers. So, can a mediocre coach direct and motivate his core trio of superior players?
I have wondered if Doc can actually lead this team to a championship. I am willing to give him the chance to show us he can, but hopefully if we don't get out to a good start, Wyc and company will be quick to make a change before it is too late. The Globe had an article yesterday that said that Doc is seeking advice from some of the successful coaches in the league as to how to handle 3 stars on a team. Hopefully he will be willing to listen to advice and to assess his performance and will be a better coach because of it. I like Doc and am pulling for him, but I love the Celtics more and if he can't do the job we need someone who can.
Speaking of Doc Rivers, NBA.com has a transcript of a conference call with him. A couple of things stood out to me in this article. One is how Garnett is going to affect the attitude of the team.
Even this morning he walked in and one guy was just sitting here and he busted in the locker room and he's just so energetic he said 'hey guys let's go, it's another great day'. You're looking at guys like Gabe Pruitt and Glen Davis looking at a guy like this who has had so much success with that type of spirit. There's no way they can walk in acting tired or say 'hey man we worked hard yesterday' because Kevin just keeps moving forward and I think that's a good thing.
The other is that Doc has a lot of confidence in Rondo and he has seen a lot of progress from our young point guard this summer.
Point guards are important in our league there's no doubt about that. You win with them, it's tough to win without them. Having said that I really am proud and love to watch what Rajon has done over the summer. His progression is going to be key to our success and I think he'll be up to the test I really do. He's really put in a lot of time and so I think he'll be ready.
Scott Souza talks about the amazing turn of events for the Celtics in his Courtside View blog. From the disappointment of losing the #1 pick to what we have now has been an amazing roller coaster ride for Celtics fans. He makes a good point about what would have been if we had kept the 5th pick:
You can just imagine the reaction from the blogger and message board crowd the first time Doc Rivers was asked about Jianlian and his reponse was: “We probably won’t know for a couple of years.” Close your eyes and you can actually hear him saying it too. Kinda makes you shudder, huh?
but starting with the Allen trade and then the Garnett trade and now the news that Oden is out for the season, it seems that maybe the Celtics fortunes have changed for the good.
Speaking of Jasikevicius, the Boston Celtics are actively speaking to the Warriors in hopes of landing the seldom used Pg. Boston has offered Glen "Big Baby" Davis and/or Leon Powe but the Warriors have been reluctant thus far. Stay Tuned
I don't know how true this is because Saras makes 4 million a year and we would have to trade a lot more than Big Baby and Powe to match his salary. Scalabrine, Powe and Davis works in trade checker but that is giving up way too much for a back up PG and it thins our already thin front court. We could get better PGs to use as a back up for much less so I don't get it.
18 days until training camp starts. With the recent articles about Garnett and his leadership and energy and with Rondo's report on how the team already has great chemistry, I am getting more and more excited for this season to begin. Just a heads up on something to look forward to the Celtics preseason game against the Timberwolves will be televised live on Wednesday October 10 at 2:30 pm on ESPN2.