It's been awhile since I was able to do a Fiddlin' and Diddlin' post. So much going on. Seems like there aren't enough hours in the day. YAY Sports has been won over by Rajon Rondo and apparently, so has Europe. But then, what's not to like. He is a hard worker and a nice kid. As I said in my article a few days ago, the Celtics are in good hands. The Globe continues the Boston media's articles on Perk. You just have to love this kid.
"I'm not worried about it," Perkins said. "I always say I just want to lose myself within the team. If we go win it all and I average 2 points, we all still get rewarded. If I average 2 points and we win it all, I will have nothing to complain about."
The Herald sees an older, better, and wiser team this season with the swap of youth for veterans over the off season. Celtics.com has a video of the post game press conference from the Wolves game. Red's Army once again proves to be the master of Photoshop. It is worth it just to see the picture with their No Place Like Home article.
The Enterprise gives us a look at Pruitt and Davis as they settle in on an unexpectedly veteran team.
Glen Davis had arrived for an informal workout session with his new teammates when he spotted one of the most famous players in the NBA. “I look up, look around the corner, see this tall guy and I'm like, 'That's KG',” said Davis, recalling his first encounter with Kevin Garnett. “I was like a kid, 'Oh my God. Oh my God.' “Then I'm like, 'Settle down. That's your teammate now.' But I'm still like a kid every time I'm around him. I used to watch those Gatorade commercials with him. I'm like a kid in the candy store.”
If nothing else, Big Baby is going to be an interesting interview. Reveal Manchester shares some randomnsess in the UK. CBS Sportsline talks about how different KG looks in Celtics green, especially to former teammates. Boston Daily talks about the genius that is Big Baby. While no one will replace Delonte West's personality on this team with his naming shots, wire hanger interview and his Valentine's Day post, Big Baby certainly will help to fill in the void.
The Sporting News has a couple of articles on Al Jefferson. In one, McHale sizes up Big Al and in the other, it discusses the big shoes Al is going to have to fill in Minnesota. I still haven't given up getting Al back again. He really loves Boston. Maybe he won't sign an extension with the Wolves and will come back as a free agent. Stranger things have happened.
In my article today, I mentioned how not many people agreed with me about Perk's potential at first. But, I have always had one ally in my defense of Kendrick Perkins and that is the crack staff over at Perk is a Beast. They share a few things about the game, especially Perk's role in the win. Scott Souza sends us postcards from Fitchburg in his Courtside View today. Scott continues to cover the Celtics as well as anyone in the media. Got Garnett talks about the hustlers on the team. That is one thing that stood out to me in the first two games as well. I have seen KG, Pierce and RA diving for loose balls and generally doing the dirty work on the court. What team can't succeed when their superstars are willing to do those kinds of things. Even when on the bench, KG is the first one up yelling encouragement to his teammates in the game. I know that at first I was upset about the trade as I didn't want to give up Big Al, but seeing the intensity of Kevin Garnett makes me know that Danny did the right thing. This guy is for real.
Sorry I didn't get these posted yesterday, but I was going all day long. Here are the links to the Southwest Divison Blog previews. Thanks again to Jeff for organizing this and keeping it rolling.