First this morning, here is a picture from CalderCup on RealGM boards. I love this picture. These guys are having fun. Pierce has this permanent smile on his face these days. It is going to be a fun season for Celtics fans also.
Hoopsworld takes a look at the development of the Celtics and the Bulls and how they have come to a fork in the road in that developement. Jessica Camerato and Joel Brigham debate the issue. In the meantime, a Chicago blog sees the Bulls blowing over the Celtics. Methinks that he is overrating the Bulls a bit. Their young players were ahead of ours but now that we have Garnett, Allen and Pierce leading the way, no way are they the better team.
Tewkbury Advocate has a great article on Bill Russell. Well worth the read. I loved this part:
Russell said he put the fact that he was on a team above all else, claiming that he has “always been a member of a team above all else.”
“I’ve often said when I left the Celtics’ locker room, I couldn’t go to heaven because life was so great,” he said. “You have to bond [with your teammates]. I don’t think a week goes by that I don’t talk to one of my teammates and I retired in 1969.”
Our very own Q checks in from vacation to weigh in on the Celtics blessings of good luck. It has been a long time since we could talk about good luck and the Celtics in the same sentence. It sure feels good. Basketbawful sees Red's ghost behind the curse being lifted from the Celtics. It did all start with the season that was dedicated to Red in which things seemed to go horribly bad with all the injuries and the 18 game losing streak and all. But without all that, we wouldn't be where we are today. Maybe Red is somehow pulling the strings to bring back Celtics Pride. I like the thought of Red watching over the team. I know he would be smiling right now since he said more than once that Danny Ainge was the man for the job in Boston and that he had faith in him to do it. Danny had often sought out Red for advice and maybe a little of the patriarch's wisdom rubbed off. It's a good thing.
Only 17 days until training camp begins. Hearing from Rondo how the team is bonding and doing things together off the court along with practicing on the court and building chemistry already has me almost giddy. KG has been in Boston working out with the team and his energy and excitement for this season is going to rub off on the whole team. These sure are exciting times.