The big news is that the Celtics have signed Big Baby to a contract. Danny has liked to sign his rookies to a 3 year contract using a portion of the MLE, similar to the one that Pruitt signed. But since the MLE was used up signing Posey, House and the 3rd year of Pruitt's contract, Davis's contract is only 2 years.
Jeff shows some love for Al Jefferson over on Celtics Blog. I have to agree with him - I will always be an Al Jefferson fan. As fans, we watched Al, Gerald, Delonte, and Ryan growing up and becoming players and they will always have a spot in my heart, no matter where they play. I think we especially love Al because of his tough years due to injury and then he blossomed. I will always love Delonte also because he always played so hard and was just such a tough competitor. I plan to watch our kids as much as possible this season. It may be my imagination, but I always think that Al's smile always looks a little sad. I wish we could have kept him. I know that this season is going to be exciting and having Garnett will be incredible, but I will always think about what might have been if the kids had all stayed together and blossomed. We could have had something special then too.
There are several sites doing player profiles now and they are all a little different so worth checking them out. I plan to start running some player profiles this week here on LOY's Place as well. Today, CelticsNews has a profile of Ray Allen. Talking T-Wolves has a profile of Gerald Green (Like I said, I still love these kids and will be following their careers.) Talking T-Wolves also reports that the rumor is that Big Al is close to signing an extension with the Wolves.
There are a couple of articles on the USA team. ESPN is comparing this edition to the Dream Team. 20 Second Time Out looks at the reasons for the past failures by USA teams. Doug Christie is looking to come back to the NBA. Could the Celtics be one of the teams making him an offer? I don't think so because if we were, he would have grabbed it right away. 4 have been indicted in the Antoine Walker robbery. Sonics Insider looks at their PG position. They profile Delonte West and also raise the possibility that Gary Payton may end his career in Seattle.
27 Days till training camp. The players should all be in Boston by Monday. It seems that the players are almost as excited about this season as the fans are. I have been amazed at the lack of coverage from the Boston media though. They put out a story here and there like throwing a bone to a dog, but haven't really been very good at covering the team. I am excited about Marc Spears coming because even though he isn't in Boston yet, he has had some of the best stuff yet. We are all anxiously awaiting news on how Tony is doing and how the players who have been working out all off season here in Boston are doing. Hopefully when everyone is here we will start getting some regular reports.