Ray Allen is playing golf today in the Deutsche Bank ProAm. He posted this amazing picture of two legends in their sports on Twitter.
I am liking Shelden Williams more and more from reading his Tweets. Most of them are about family life with Candace and their baby, who he calls lil momma. He is now packing for his move to Boston. He attends all of Candace's games with their baby and Candace plans to be at all of Shelden's games to return the favor. It will get a little dicey for her on opening night when her brother will be playing for the Cavs against her husband playing on the Celtics. Seems like a really great guy who loves his family and who is ready to make an impression on Boston fans on the court.
The Celtics have signed Marquis Daniels finally. Danny couldn't find a third team to take on Tony Allen's 2.5 million dollar contract, even though it is expiring. He may have more luck closer to the trade deadline. I have been less impressed by Quisy's tweets that contain mostly street slang. But, if he can contribute on the floor, who cares what his tweets are like. He will be wearing #7 for the Celtics which was most recently vacated by Mikki Moore, who signed with the Warriors this week. There will be a press conference tomorrow (Friday 9/4) to introduce him. He did turn down more money elsewhere to come to Boston for a chance to win a ring. He will be motivated to win for that reason and that is a good thing.
The Celtics now have a very deep bench. The starting five of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins continues to be one of the best in the league. And add to that a deep bench with the additions of Rasheed Wallace, Marquis Daniels, and Sheldon Williams and the return of Big Baby, Eddie House, Tony Allen, and Brian Scalabrine, along with the development of Bill Walker and JR Giddens. All we need now is a veteran back up PG and I don't see anyone who is as strong from 1-15.
From EuroLeague Basketball comes this tidbit for those anxious for news of last year's second round pick:
Another team to watch is Turkey, which has found the right chemistry with a battery of young, talented big men used to playing together. Fenerbahce Ulker centers Semih Erden, Omer Asik and Oguz Savas are ready to prove their value with head coach Bogdan Tanjevic knowing everything about them. Ersan Ilyasova will see most minutes at power forward alongside Turkey’s superstar swingman Hedo Turkoglu. Playmakers Kerem Tunceri and Ender Arslan of Efes Pilsen are ready to share the point guard duties, while Tanjevic has a lot of options at the wings. Tanjevic can play big with Ilyasova and Turkoglu outside or opt for elite defensive players like Sinan Guler or Omer Onan, full of intensity at both ends. Turkey could become the most pleasant surprise at EuroBasket 2009 with two nightmare mismatches like Turkoglu and Ilyasova - an added value for a very competitive team.
The Celtics still have the rights to Semih Erden who continues to improve his game playing for the Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker. He may end up being one of Danny's shrewd moves when he is ready to make the jump to the NBA.
There are discussions on how many wins the Celtics will have this season on both CelticsBlog and Celtics Hub. I think 57 wins is very conservative. I mean, without KG for the last half of the season and with Mikki Moore as a back up center, they won 62 games last season. I have to believe that this team with the additions of Sheed, Daniels and Williams will be as good as the 2008 champion team, if not better. I'm going with another 66 win season because I think they will at least be as good as the 2008 team. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.