21 days until training camp and I can't wait. There is a lot of speculation going on as to whether Danny will make another move before the season. We definitely could use a back up point guard. There has been talk that many teams are holding off on point guard signings until Iverson signs. There are rumors that Danny is still interested in Iverson, who has said that he would consider coming off the bench for a team. On Monday, Iverson met with the Grizzlies, who are reportedly offering 3.5 million for one year. The max the Celtics can offer is the vet minimum. AI doesn't strike me as the type of player would would sign for less for a chance to back up a younger PG off the bench. I just don't think his ego will let him.
With Tyronn Lue turning down the Greek offer, there is much speculation that he may be on the Celtics' radar. If Danny can't make a trade for a PG, I wouldn't mind having Lue for a backup. I think he would fit in great with this team. I have seen several fans mention how they would love to see Stephen Jackson in green since he wants a trade. I don't see Jackson coming to Boston though because he is set to earn $7.65 million this season and has 4 years left on his contract worth over $35 million. I don't see Danny going for that.
I think I may have a new favorite Celtic since Danny let another of my favorites, Leon Powe, walk. I have been really impressed with Shelden Williams' tweets on Twitter. He tweets about family and working out and seems to be really down to earth and loves his wife and baby. I love hearing about the baby and what she is doing. He takes the time to try to answer all tweets sent to him and that is impressive. He just arrived in Boston today to look for a place and start working out with the team. There is a great article in the LA Times about his wife Candace, who is great basketball player in her own right for the WNBA Sparks. If you get a chance, read this article about Candace and how she balances basketball and family. I'll definitely be pulling for Shelden this season and am hoping he will be even more impressive on the court as he has been off of it. Here's a picture of Candace and baby Lailaa.
And here are Shelden and Lailaa enjoying one of Candace's games.
ESPN is at it again, counting out the Celtics for this upcoming season. Nineteen of heir "experts" (and I use the term "experts" very loosely") pick the Lakers to repeat this season. Eighteen "experts" pick the Cavs to win it all. Eight "experts" pick the Spurs and only five pick the Celtics. Remind you of their "expert" picks before the 2008 finals?
Only one in ten picked the Celtics and we all know how that one came out. So, I take comfort in the fact that the ESPN "experts" aren't picking the Celtics to win this season. Being the underdog takes a lot of pressure off the team. The Lakers will be playing with a target on their backs as the front runner, just as the Celtics did last year. The Celtics, with all their talent can embrace the role of underdog and sneak up on everyone as the 2010 champions. I can't wait for the season to begin.... 21 days till training camp and exactly one month until the first preseason game. Anyone else getting excited?
I'm not sure what Danny is thinking right now. Lue makes the most sense of anyone. Arroyo wouldn't be my choice. But then Danny usually has a surprise or two up his sleeve. He is saying that he likes the team as is and maybe he means it.