While we were all wondering about the holdup on signing Big Baby, the Herald today gives us some insights into it. Apparently, Danny wanted to add the third year team option as he did with Pruitt and as he has done with our other 2nd round picks. But Big Baby wanted a 2 year contract and with Posey taking up the rest of the MLE, it became a non issue and Big Baby signed a 2 year contract. This seems to be a good sign that Big Baby has a lot of confidence in his game as he expects to be playing so well by the end of year 2 that he will be worth a bigger contract then. The Herald also has an announcement that individual tickets will go on sale on Friday 9/21. From the Business section, we get the information that Boston missed out on the 2009 and 2010 All Star game they were hoping to get.
Celtics Blog has part 2 of the interview with Bill Russell. This is a great read and well worth taking the time to check it out. Also, Jeff is tired of writing about a bunch of things. Very happy to see that defense isn't one of them. I agree that there are a lot of things that are getting way too much attention, Rondo's shooting, or lack of it, tops the list.
I know, I know, Rajon Rondo can’t shoot. At least he was smart enough to try fewer than 30 threes in his rookie season as he made about 20 percent of them. And, no, despite what they say, Ray Allen is no point guard. He handled the ball some, especially when he arrived in Seattle. But he usually makes plays for himself. No shame there. He’s a scorer. And Tony Allen averages about as many assists as Eddy Curry. And the depth is spelled S-c-a-l-a-b-r-i-n-e. But this is going to work in Boston. It’s going to work because of Kevin Garnett.
Kevin Garnett is a freak of nature. He is so ridiculously athletic and ripped it is amazing. Seriously…there isn't another athlete in any sport that is such an impressive physical specimen. He looks like a whole different species when compared to other players.
Speaking of "pretty" jump shot…Ray Allen also gets voted in the top 10 "sexiest male athletes" lists that come out each year in various magazines. The guy is in incredible shape and seriously has an amazing jump shot. The only reason he doesn't score as much as Kobe Bryant is that he doesn't take as many shots.
If you want a laugh, this video of the Celtics Dancers on a British soccer show should do it. I'm not sure if this is good or bad for the Celtics reputation.
5. Instructional Time Outs for Gerald Green - While the rest of the team was going over Xs and Os on a whiteboard, one player was receiving special one-on-one attention from the coach. On several occasions Doc Rivers could be found on the court with Gerald Green, going over the ins and outs of the game, pointing to the mistakes Green made on the floor. This season, Rivers can stay on the sidelines as there'll be no need to cram a Defense 101 study session into a 20-second timeout.
Finally, the Houston Chronicle has an article on the 1966 Texas Western basketball team that is being inducted into Hall of Fame. One of the best movies I have watched lately is Beyond the Glory, which is the story of Coach Haskins and how he put this team together and how they fought bigotry to make history and win the championship. Excellent movie and a great story.
25 days until training camp. I just love reading articles like the one above on what good shape KG and RA are in. These two guys are excited to finally be playing on a team with some help and they are going to work very hard to be sure to take advantage of it. This team is going to be very exciting to watch and I can't wait till the season starts.