Both the Globe and the Herald cover Phil Jackson's induction into the hall of fame but no Celtics news. Very sad. All of the players should be in town by now and there are things going on with the team and all we get is Phil Jackson.
While Cousy said that he had not seen enough of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the last two years to talk about their games specifically, he did say that even with the infusion of offense the team’s playoff fate will come down to its ability to defend.
“Defensively is where, I think, we are going to have to stabilize,” he judged. “We got rid of all of the slow guys. Now we have, not as much young guys, but quick guys. If the other Allen (Tony Allen) gets back healthy, he’s a defensive stopper. The other kid they got (James) Posey is a defensive stopper. That’s where they have to start. They have to create defensive integrity because up to now we have been just matching baskets. I was glad to see they hired this guy the other day (assistant coach Tom Thibodeau) who is supposed to be a defensive guy. That’s what they need.
“If they were listening to me,” he concluded. “It will be up-tempo. Even with this team, I don’t think they will beat a lot of teams in a halfcourt game alone. But that’s what Doc gets paid the big bucks for.”
Let's hope they were listening to Cousy because we need to be a running team. Also he is right on that this team's success will come down to defense. He also made the point that it is much harder to rebuild today with 30 teams than it was when Red was calling the shots with 8-12 teams. We have very few true centers and very few true points in this league. I believe that the Celtics have both in Perk and Rondo and these two are going to prove it this season.
Celtics 17 discusses teamwork as a key to success for this team. I have been talking about this for some time and did an article on the Importance of Chemistry a while back. The success of this team will come down to teamwork and chemistry along with defense.
Taking it to the Rack looks at 5 burning questions as the season approaches including the Celtics point guard position. Fox Sports looks at 5 Celtics games that no one wants to see. TWolves Blog looks at some fun stats on Al Jefferson. I know he is no longer a Celtic, but I still love Big Al and in my heart, Al, Gerald, Delonte and Ryan will always be Celtics so I am going to follow them on their new teams.
SI.com reports that Phil Jackson is now on Kobe's side. I just love seeing the Lakers squirm and having problems. My two favorite teams will always be the Celtics and whoever is playing the Lakers. I still have nightmares about the Celtics fans actually cheering for Kobe.
Our own Q has an article on his blog on the importance of picking up James Posey. Satch Sanders is being honored for a lifetime of excellence. Painted Area has an article on how Russia's defense stifled Greece. David Blatt has made defensive powerhouses whereever he has gone. I still wish we could have gottne him for the Celtics but I also have big hopes for Tom Thibodeau, who is also known for his defensive teams.
Hoopshype takes a look back at the famous Dominique/Bird duel. Payton mulls over his NBA Future.
24 days till training camp and the whole team should be in Boston this week. I can't wait to hear how everyone is in great shape and they are all quickly developing chemistry. That is, if the Boston papers actually report on the Celtics.