Just one week until training camp starts and I am as anxious as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. I can't wait for this season to get underway. I have great expectations for this team. It's going to be a fun year!
I expect Perk and Rondo to be even better this season than last season. I expect KG to be fully healthy and even more motivated than ever. I expect Paul and Ray to be in great shape ans also more motivated than ever. They tasted defeat last season and didn't like it. They want to get that winning feeling back.
As for the bench, I think we have one of the deepest and most talented benches in the league. Sheed, Quisy and The Landlord are all going to fit in seamlessly and will up their games this season because of the influence of the veterans around them. Big Baby is going to continue where he left off and so is Eddie House. TA may or may not ever find his game. Bill Walker will get a chance to play and will make the most of it. Scal will be Scal. TA may or may not ever find his game and if he doesn't I expect him to be trade fodder at the deadline. Danny will sign a veteran PG and then all the pieces will come together to bring home Banner 18. I absolutely can't wait.
Elsewhere around the league, Pau Gasol led Spain to a Euro championship. Let's hope that he wears himself out after playing all off season and won't have much left by the playoffs. Another Laker is in the news as Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are getting married next week. They have been dating for just a month and are already tying the knot. I imagine that the divorce will be right around playoff time.
I really feel bad for Delonte. I don't think he is a bad kid. I think he has some emotional problems and I know that bipolar disorder can be really rough to deal with if you don't get it regulated. I imagine that at least he will get a suspension and fine and at most, he can do jail time. I hope he can get his life and his career back on track.
Former 2 time Celtic, Antoine Walker, has said that he will be trying to find a team to land with. Chris Mannix reported on Twitter that Walker is talking to 4 teams and will be in a camp on a non guaranteed deal. While he was a good soldier for the Celtics when he was with them, I really don't want him back in Boston. That 15th slot needs to be for a PG and not a volume shooter who has seen his best days behind him.
I still remember Toine urging Pierce to leave Boston if he ever wanted to win a title. Glad that Pierce didn't listen to him. Speaking of Pierce, there is a really good article on him on Slam Online. Well worth the read. Here is just the beginning of it:
You can see some of them every time Paul Pierce steps on the court. The next time the camera focuses in on his back, look just above the top trim of his jersey.
You’ll see two diagonal marks. They’re noticeable, but far from massive or extravagant. In fact, you’d probably think nothing of them if you didn’t know the story behind them.
But there is a story, one that could have been tragic and disheartening. It’s a story that puts to rest the sometimes perceived invincibility of professional athletes. To those who know about the story, the scars are a reminder of how the basketball world almost lost a star before his potential blossomed.
In honor of Red Auerbach's birthday on 9/21, here is the classic Red on Roundball on Intimidation. I'd love to see Red with Perk talking about intimidation.
Just one week until training camp. Anyone else as excited as I am?