Well, another day without any news in the Boston media. I know the team is working out. They are all in Boston and there has to be something they could report on. I mean, it is only 2 weeks till training camp begins. Shouldn't there be some news or even opinions from the writers? But all we get is associated press articles on other teams.
Even the blogs are a little slow today. But Celtics 17 asks if KG will fare better with the Celtics than he did in Minnesota. It is obvious that the difference in his situation there and here is supporting cast. He has never had players of the caliber of Pierce and Allen playing along side him. Sure there are questions at the point and center positions (not in my mind, but in some) and there is a question of the bench. But I still think the Celtics have a great shot at winning it all with this cast if they stay healthy. That is the key because if any of the major pieces go down with an injury for a long period, we could struggle yet again.
Speaking of injuries, Hoopshype reports that Oden's injury has trashed the morale in Portland. I can imagine all of the thoughts going back to Walton and Bowie of the long time Blazer fans. I also think how easily this could have happened in Boston. But for some weighted ping pong balls by David Stern, we could have had the first pick and heard that our franchise player would be out for the year with a knee injury. It definitely would have deflated the Celtics faithful after all this franchise has been through for the past 21 years. I truly feel for the Blazer fans.
In article very similar to one I wrote here on LOY's Place, Sports in Boston considers the Danny Ainge conundrum. The bottom line is, Danny had a 5 year plan where he would gather young talent and trade chips and then use them to bring in established talent. I'd say that his mission has been accomplished.
Yardbarker wonders why all of the great college players seem to do poorly in the NBA. It does seem that you can't equate greatness in college with success in the NBA. Also, you can't equate draft order with NBA success. We can look at Kandi who was the #1 pick and Arenas who was drafted in the second round as examples to prove this. The draft is a crap shoot and you never know which players are going to excel and which would fizzle under the NBA microscope. College and the NBA are two totally different animals.
Sideline Stories details boys behaving badly as many feel that cheating is bad, but losing is worse.
Red Auerbach was legendary for getting the edge any way he could. In the 1970s, the late, great, Boston Celtics general manager Red Auerbach was legendary for shutting off the heat and hot water in the Boston Garden locker rooms of visiting teams during the frigid Boston winters.
And, during the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals, the Philadelphia 76ers allowed CBS to turn a camera inside their timeout huddles. So, the Celtics, knowing this type of intel was invaluable, sent a bellboy into their locker room before every timeout to watch the TV, in order to know what their opponents were planning. He would then run out and alert the team.
Basketbawful followed our lead about commercialism and posted this classic on their site. I missed this on YouTube or definitely would have included it. Great commercial!
The Heat have signed Charlie Bell to an offer sheet for 18.3 million over 5 years. Now we wait to see if the Bucks match it. Being that Bell hates Milwaukee so much, I think it is in their best interest not to match it and let him go. If they try to keep him, he is going to end up being a cancer in the locker room and that can really devastate a team. The NBA has reinstated Joey Crawford from his suspension. I still haven't seen any sweeping reforms in the way Stern deals with the refs and criticism against him. If he lets them have absolute authority with no way for teams, players, or coaches to challenge them, he is still setting the NBA up for a fall.
Finally, our look at the Knicks circus. Newsday says that this trial has revealed a Garden of Evil. The NY Daily News piece is priceless. Somehow, Isaiah can explain how it is ok for blacks to call women bitches but not for white people to do it. And he does it with a straight face. Priceless.
Just 14 days till training camp begins. Just 18 days till our first game. Anyone as excited as I am? Hopefully the Boston media will wake up between now and then.