The Globe has a long article that touches on a lot of things but it leads off with Danny's once again saying that he is happy with our PG rotation right now and, in spite of Hudson's agent pushing for the Celtics to sign him, Danny has said thanks but no thanks.
Well, Ainge doesn't want Hudson - or anyone else right now - as a point guard. He said he is committed to Rajon Rondo as his starter (no surprise there) and that he is just as committed to a group of players as Rondo backups. Those players all happen to be on the Boston roster: Ray Allen, Tony Allen, and Gabe Pruitt. The two Allens are hardly your prototypical point guards, while Pruitt is a rookie. "I'm very confident in all of their abilities," Ainge said.
It is puzzling that Danny isn't looking to bring in another PG. But, maybe he has his eyes on someone who isn't available yet and so he is happy for the time being and will wait until the player he wants is there for the taking (after everyone else has signed the PG's who are available now). Or, maybe he knows something we don't about House or Pruitt. Time will tell.
But, secondly, he does need to get his (uh, butt) in better shape. Michael Jordan never wore down. Kobe Bryant doesn't get tired. LeBron James didn't show any sign of fatigue as he shot down the Pistons last season. Dwyane Wade fell down 547 times and got up 548 against the Mavericks a couple of years back. Paul Pierce isn't as good as any of those guys, not that anybody suggests he is. But he is the icon of what suddenly is the "it" franchise in the NBA. The Celtics are going to be the hot pick to win the East and get sacrificed in The Finals, and Pierce -- although Garnett obviously is a bigger star -- is going to be in a harsher spotlight than he's ever dealt with before. He dang well better get himself into the best shape of his life. That is, after all, what champions do.
Pierce was obviously out of shape last season and had put on a lot of weight. Reports are that Pierce is going to try to get back to his college playing weight for this season. Hopefully he is working on his conditioning as well as his weight loss. I know one thing for sure, he will have to go a long way to work as hard as Perk has on his conditioning. Powe is doing youth basketball camps inbetween getting ready for the season.I love this kid! I really hope Doc gives him a chance this season.
MetroWest Daily has an article that tells us that we can't call the Celtics owners cheap anymore as they have opened their wallets to bring in the big players this off season.
Celtics managing partner Stephen Pagliuca sat in front of video cameras and flashing bulbs on Monday, listening to newly signed forward James Posey utter the words that seemed incomprehensible just a few months ago. Yeah, Posey said "championship" when talking about the Celtics, and that was still startling enough to those who watched the team stagger through back-to-back lottery seasons. But the sentiment seemed to go deeper than that. Posey chose to come to the Celtics, chose to come to cold and supposedly uninviting Boston, reportedly over at least two other teams - the Heat and Nets - that have their own designs on a title run this season
. It is rather amazing that in just a couple months the Celtics have gone from the doormat of the NBA and a laughing stock for the most part to a contender and a favorite to win it all. It all seems too good to be true. My only concern is the PG position but if Danny isn't concerned with it, I guess maybe I shouldn't be either.
The Globe reports that the USA team has secured a berth in the Beijing Olympics with their win over Puerto Rico in the semi-finals. And now they face Argentina in the finals. I can't see them relaxing now that they have made it to the Olympics. They are in it to win it and to send a message to everyone else. CommaPause feels that the 07 USA team is the best since the original Dream Team. And ESPN gives the USA team a grade of A-minus.
On a sad note, ESPN is reporting that a body has been found that is presumed to be that of Jameer Nelson's father. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Nelson family at this time.