Monday, September 1, 2014

The latest of the evolution, that has become Rondo's career in Boston



Rondo's one of the best point guards in the NBA. That's a statement that's said about Rondo often. It's a true statement, but when most talk about Rondo. It's usually about trading him, or a rumor about him, and how big of a head case he is. His great gift is often buried in the back yard because of the rumors surrounding him. I wish we could talk more about Rondo the player, and the leader that he's become. Along with the growth that he's shown in the past years. Instead of the good stuff, were given the daily regiment of rumors.




Some blogs could care two bleeps about Rondo. They've decided along time ago that he's not the answer. They want to be little GM's, and they want to talk about Rondo's value all day. Instead they should be talking about how dumb it is to let Rondo go. This latest rumor from Jackie Mac, a legendary Boston journalist. Has me a bit curious of what's going on. I will say this. Danny Ainge has a great relationship with some reporters. Maybe this is a political move by the president of the Celtics. I don't want to jump the gun on that thought, but why not question it in some fashion.

Who can we believe out there? Nobody really, and we just need to accept it I suppose. Nothing has changed when it comes to Rondo and Boston. He's on the block always, and now for the first time a report suggests that Rondo wants out..

CSNNE

Multiple league sources have repeatedly said that Rondo wants to start the season in Boston and see where things go from there. A similar sentiment has trickled out of Celtics camp, as well.

Rondo is hopeful that the team Danny Ainge is assembling around him is better than most anticipate, that they can be this season's feel-good story not only in the East but throughout the NBA.
Multiple league and team sources agree the most likely scenario has Rondo beginning the season in Boston. Then, depending on how the team does, both sides will mutually agree to either ride it out or part ways sooner rather than later.

If you don't think this hurts Boston. It does, and when a star player wants to leave. That doesn't bold well for how things are being ran.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

According to Jackie MacMullan "Rondo wants out"



That's a source that your going doing to listen to. Rondo wants out? Probably after being tosses around in trade talk since 2009. Loyalty doesn't exist for General Managers, and for some owners these days. So why should players be loyal? This is the first report that I recall that proclaims that Rondo wants traded, or to leave Boston. Maybe this is the start of the end.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Player Profile: Brandon Bass, the steady one for the Celtics




Okay guys, it's been pretty boring, and I've been pretty lazy on the blog for the past month or so. With the season approaching I feel it's time to fine tune things, and why not start by profiling the roster. I want to go player by player, and so I start with Brandon Bass.

Brandon Bass is one of those guys who goes out there every night giving 100%. He works hard because he's not blessed with the greatest basketball body. He's got the height, the build, but the length wasn't given to him. Because the lack of arm length, Bass needs to work that much harder to get the job done on a nightly basis. Bass is now 29, and for the past 3 years in Boston he's played a key role for Boston. In his first year he replaced Big Baby, and he showed that he was an upgrade. Baby did have some solid intangibles during Boston's 2010 run, and during the 2011 season when Boston faced issues up front with injuries to Shaq,JO, and the trade of Perk.

Bass' first season in Boston was perfection when it comes to role players doing what they need to do. In year two? Brandon's scoring dipped down to 8 points a game from 12 a night the year before. In the 2013-14 season, Bass improved his scoring, by averaging 11 point a game. After Brandon's standout year in 2011-12 with Boston. His game has been steady overall, and that's great coming from a role player.

But the issue is that Boston has used Bass as their prime big man in many areas. Bass is not a starting power forward in the NBA, but that's what he's been doing with Boston. He's a great bench player, and in a rebuilding phase. Bass may prove to be more valuable in a trade. If the Celtics were contending Bass would be a great asset. But, with Bass at 29 years young. He's peaked, and we won't see him becoming an All-Star any time soon. The good news is that Bass is in Boston on a solid contract. He's owed a little over $6 million this season, and it's the last year of the deal.

Brandon's career numbers are below. He's a steady role player, and maybe he'll have his best season yet?




Bass is 29, and he'll turn 30 towards the playoffs. So, with that being said, and with this being Brandon's last year on his deal. I think it's possible that he plays at a high level. This will be his last chance for a decent deal. So we may see the best from Bass. I like Bass, and who wouldn't? He does the best with what he has, and honestly I feel a bit upset with the guy. I always think back to game seven against Miami in 2012. He helped Boston set the tone in the first half in game seven, but in the second half the Celtics needed him, but like the rest of the guys he failed to show up when the game mattered.

I see Boston dealing Bass, he is an expiring deal. I also think Bass isn't a building block for this team.. I do hope we keep the guy, because if Boston turns this thing around. Bass is a guy that will fight along with you.

Cowens and Havlicek: Fire and Water


When people rank all time great Celtics, the first two positions on the list are easy to figure:  Bill Russell and Larry Bird.  These guys were unquestioned in their era as top players in the league, as unrivaled leaders on multi-championship teams, and  they remain unquestioned today as candidates for tops alltime at their positions.  They are gold standard players for both the Celtics and the league.

That's where consensus ends.   Many people seem to put Havlicek next on the list.  That's understandable.   Hondo was a key player in two championship eras.  He was one of the greatest all-around players in the history of the game.  He rules, or once ruled, most Celtics' all-time statistics lists.  Cousy is sometimes rated third on alltime Celtics greats lists.   He was the cornerstone player in  the rise of the Celtics, and he redefined his position, combining flash with passion to spellbind opponents, driving the famous Celtics' fast break, and  helping make the assist a glory statistic in basketball lore.  Paul Pierce often shows up in this third spot too. He was possibly the greatest scorer in Celtics history, and he helped restore Celtics Pride, when it seemed to be dead and buried.

My choice for third greatest alltime Celtic seems to be such an 'outsider' choice that no one else, to my knowledge, even considers it:  Dave Cowens.  In fact,  to me, Cowens is the obvious choice.  Yet for most Celtics fans and commenters, he barely ever makes it onto top five all-time Celtics player lists, and sometimes barely makes it onto top ten lists.  I suppose Bill Simmons is partly to blame for Cowens being underestimated, having pointed to Cowens as one of the few NBA greats who got MVP awards and plainly did not deserve them.  Being dissed by Simmons this way is a distinction on par with becoming famous for being dunked on.  After all a person who gets dunked on is presumably a tenacious defender who pursues a play without fear of being embarrassed.  Still looks bad, though, when you get dunked on.  Similarly, being singled out (nearly) as one of the few players who got an MVP award you didn't deserve (according to Bill Simmons anyway) means you must have had a great season, at worst, to even be in the MVP running, but it still looks bad.

The Seventies Celtics are, generally speaking,  a woefully underappreciated team.  A recent CelticsLife article discusses this at length...
In the fabled history of the Boston Celtics, buried between the long-term dominance of the Russell/Cousy/Jones 11-title era from 1957-69, and the opulent Bird/McHale/Parish epoch of the 1980's lie the frequently forgotten great Celtic teams of 1971-76.  Partly because those Boston squads won "only" two league crowns, they have been banished to the back pages of the Celtic championship tapestry that hung up 16 banners over an unprecedented 30-year span from 1957-86.  Thus by comparison their two titles - despite the fact that most other franchises would consider two crowns in three years, let alone over a decade, a major success and a golden era - come across as somehow underwhelming.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, the same article perpetuates the notion that the seventies Celtics were John Havlicek's team...

Taking on the personality of their quiet, self-deprecating superstar John Havlicek, the ironman bridge from the Russell era nearly all the way to the Bird epoch, the 1971-76 Celtics won consistently big in an understated, workmanlike fashion that does not lend itself easily to hype and rehashed heroics. 

 In a way, the seventies Celtics compare best with the Big Three Celtics, because instead of having one dominant great player, you had two players whose importance to the team was nearly equal.   What Cowens and Havlicek were to the Celtics of the seventies, KG and Pierce were to the Big Three Celtics.  Cowens and KG, both big men, were two of the most fiery competitors in the history of the game.  Pierce and Havlicek, by contrast, were two of the coolest competitors in the history of the game.  These two great teams had at their heart an almost mystical marriage of fire and water.  Comparisons can be taken further too.  As players who became coaches, Heinsohn and Doc Rivers are good analogues.  JoJo White and Ray Allen compare well too, as sharpshooting guards who were steady and quiet, workmanlike but smooth.   Still, no one player was the unquestioned leader and best player on those teams the way Bill Russell and Larry Bird were for their respective teams.

Fire and water.  The magical combination of these elements drove the Seventies and Big Three Celtics teams.  This too had an effect on how Havlicek and Cowens came to be percieved, I think, in terms of relative importance.  Cowens often fouled out of iconic games, forcing Havlicek to step up in a big way, something no one did better than Hondo.  For the Seventies Celtics, cool Havlicek threw superstar numbers on the board, without at doubt.  25 - 7 - 7 compares well with Lebron today.  Fiery Cowens, on the other hand, gave you 20 - 16 - 5.  Those are equally superstar numbers.  Think Dwight Howard today, perhaps.  Unfortunately,  Cowens is seen these days, it seems, as having been almost a relic, a holdover from the  NBA's primitive days,  a bruiser.  This is so ludicrous, though, and sad.  For sure, Cowens was a very tough player, a kind of wild man, who played a very physical game, and by the end of his career, pushing people around probably was the biggest part of his game.  That's why he retired.  By the late seventies, repeated injuries to his feet had deprived Cowens of much of his agility and jumping ability.  But when he came into the league, Cowens was a terrific athlete, and his game was built as much around his agility, speed and jumping ability as  his strength.

Far from being a relic, Cowens was a forerunner, who helped redefine Big Man play.  He helped pioneer the kind of versatile play that we expect from bigs today.  Critics probably underrate Cowens because he didn't dominate the center position during an era when centers were expected to dominate, but they are missing the point.  Cowen's didn't look to dominate.  He was ahead of the curve.  His strength was versatility, and he showed this on both ends of the court.  He could bang bodies with the biggest centers in the game, and he could also chase the quickest guards around the court.   Remember watching KG chasing a guard off a pick?  Cowens did that.  He refused to believe that there was anybody on the court - from Tiny Archibald to Kareem Abdul Jabbar - that he couldn't check.  Of course, this approach meant that Cowens, like KG, had to be very intelligent and aware, a real student of the game.  He had to know when to stay home and when to stray.  His defense on the opposing center was the pillar of the team's defense, but the way he attacked opposing backcourts was its edge.

On offense too the key to Cowens' game was versatility.  He had an array of low post moves that  allowed him to torment opposing centers with his quickness.  Cowens' baseline spin remains one of the most effective low-post moves I've seen.  He'd use his power to force the opposing center to plant, and then he'd use his quickness advantage to spin to the baseline for an easy layup.  Next time down he might fake the spin and go the opposite way for a little mid-lane hook.  The Celtics' offense was built around fast break basketball, sparked by Cowen's fierce rebounding and excellent outlet passing, but they did have a halfcourt offense, and that was built around Big Red's post game.  Unlike most centers, though, Cowens didn't just hang around the basket.  He would often trail the fast break, looking to set up at the top of the circle and deliberately drawing the opposing Center out from the basket.   This, in turn, helped unleash Havlicek's slashing and passing game.  Another wrinkle was for Cowens to come out from the low post to an extended elbow position, where he could shoot, or drive, or look to  pass.  You could say he was a point center, at times.

On both ends of the floor, and in between too, Cowens was at the center of nearly everything the Celtics did.  It's no surprise that Cowens went into coaching and had some success with it for a while.  He had a keen understanding of the game of basketball, and a passion for what KG calls the "craft" of basketball.  Cowens was the heart and the soul of the seventies Celtics and he finished out his career by building a bridge to the Bird era.  Had the Ainge Express been around, that would not have been allowed, of course.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jeff Green donates $1 million to his former school Georgetown



It's always great to see players donating, or the more fortunate people donating money to causes. Jeff Green opened his wallet big time for his former school.

ESPN Boston

While celebrating his 28th birthday on Thursday, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green announced he'll make a $1 million donation to the Georgetown athletic department for the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center.

"I'm very fortunate to be in a position to give back to the University and to the program that has done so much for me," Green said in a release from the school. "The environment created by Coach [John] Thompson III and his staff helped shape me both academically and athletically. Georgetown and Georgetown basketball is at my core and is part of who I am."

Celtics experts discuss if the Celtics will trade Rondo this season



Over at ESPN Boston for the past few weeks they've polled the popular C's bloggers in themed posts. In one of the recent articles they've discussed the big question. Will the Celtics trade Rondo. Only one of the bloggers said Boston would trade Rondo. Cory Prescott of CLNS Radio said yes, and he had this to say.

ESPN Boston

Cory Prescott, CLNS Radio (Yes)

I have flip-flopped on this topic since the beginning of last season. If Kevin Love had landed in Boston this offseason, there is no doubt in my mind that Rondo would have been signed to a long-term deal. Now that Love is in Cleveland and Rondo is left without a true superstar to run with, Ainge will be forced to either sign Rondo long term, deal him for even more future assets, or perhaps trade for some established size up front. Ainge won’t hesitate to create even more flexibility for a team with a lot of future cap space and a boatload of draft picks. With $30 million set to come off the books as the roster presently stands, Ainge will have the ability to rebuild this team on the fly.

Another CLNS writer had this to say, and I thought it was the best response on why the Celtics shouldn't trade Rondo.


Jared Weiss, CLNS Radio (No)

Whatever criticisms one may have of Rondo, the reality is that he is an All-Star and one of the players the rest of the league covets. He may have shortcomings, but there are very few stars in this league that don’t. There is no point in trying to get scrap parts for a guy that can run an offense better than almost anyone in basketball. He has shown the ability to improve in any area that he wants. He has shown the ability to take over games when he wants. The next step for him is to take over a winning franchise. It can be done in Boston, but there will be plenty of other cities in the summer begging him to do it there. The Celtics hold several advantages in free agency next summer (Most importantly, the best insight on what Rondo is thinking). Unless Ainge can get a commitment from another premier talent, there doesn’t seem to be much of a point to letting one go.

Jared pretty much said what I've been saying for years. Rondo is a premier talent, so why let him go? The question now is if Rondo wants to stay. I believe he wants to remain with Boston.

Kobe Bryant looking at Paul Pierce for inspiration



I can remember Paul Pierce saying on two occasions that he was the best in the world. The first was when he led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2002, and after the Celtics won the title in 2008. Paul Pierce was easily a top 10 player at one time. The great thing about Pierce is that he's stayed consistent through the years, and he's out lasted many of his peers.. Now Kobe is looking up to Paul Pierce for inspiration at the age of 36.


CSNNE

Chris Ballard’s brilliant profile of Bryant at Sports Illustrated (and related pieces) is the gift that keeps on giving with great anecdotes thrown in, including how long-time Laker Kobe is studying long-time Celtic Pierce and how his game changed. (Hat tip James Herbert Eye on Basketball.)

In preparing for this season, Bryant told friends that the player he is analyzing, as an example of adjusting your game as you get older, is fellow 36-year-old Paul Pierce. This is part of his goal to become “more efficient” on the court.

Said Bryant, “I’m going to max [my last two years] out too, to do whatever I can. Leave no stone unturned, no water left in the sponge.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Minnesota owner attacks Kevin Love



I would take Love in a second, but to be fair. His defense has been questionable for years. He's a top 3 rebounder. He's one of the best at his position, if nor the best power forward. But his defense has known to be weak, and his former team called him out. I agree with Love, he should focus on his players.

ESPN

New Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has a message for Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor: Quit worrying about me and focus on your team instead.

Love, appearing on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" on Wednesday morning, responded to comments made by Taylor, who said Tuesday that the All-Star forward may get exposed for his play on the defensive end and may wind up being the scapegoat if the new-look Cavs struggle.

"I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love told "Mike & Mike." "For Glen to say that, I just think that he should be focusing on the players that he just received. I mean, he has two of the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts: Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He has another guy who can really play in Thaddeus Young.

"I think he got a lot for me. So I'd be focusing even more on that. More than anything, I'm just excited to start my time in Cleveland, get to work with my new teammates, and start with this new family here."

Love said Tuesday that he felt he had a good relationship with Taylor during his six seasons with the Timberwolves.

Doc Rivers signs extension through 2019 with Clippers



Doc Rivers will be running the show in LA for 5 more years. Some believe Doc is the second best coach in the game,and I won't say he isn't. Doc knows how to get teams engaged, and he brings out the best in teams. That's why so many of us were hurt by his departure. Oddly enough my feelings for Doc have slightly changed. His kind words for Rondo, and the friendship that's still there between the two is nice to hear.


CSNNE

In what was the most tumultuous time in the Los Angeles Clippers history, Doc Rivers was a steady, unwavering presence of strength.

But the Clippers hired him to coach and assemble a title-contending roster, something Rivers will get a chance to do for many years to come after the franchise announced on Tuesday that Rivers has been given a contract extension through the 2019 season that's reportedly worth more than $50 million.

“This is an important day for this organization,” new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court. Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Goodman Takes on Rondo


Rondo has been the recipient and star of a mostly positive media push lately.  Basically, I think that this is because Danny is concerned to keep Rondo's trade value up while selling season tickets, that it has precious little to do with any commitment the team has made to Rondo.  At best their only commitment is that they aren't in a hurry to trade him.  I'd respect Danny more if the team WAS in a hurry.  Trading Rondo mid-season will likely torpedo yet another year of his prime, while making it more difficult for Rondo to latch on solidly to another team.

At least one good thing has come out of the Rondo media blitz:  Celtics Blog finally cornered one of the most prominent Rondo Haters and pressed Jeff Goodman to make some attempt to explain and back up his views.   I'd like to see someone confront Bob Ryan this way, as he seems to be the prime culprit.  I'm sure the result would be similar.  The best Goodman can say for himself is that Rondo isn't invited to slumber parties around the league so he must be a bad guy that you can't build a team around.  He also complains that Rondo plays lousy defense (he's on the money there and Rondo fans will admit as much - I don't know how Rondo still  has a rep as a good defender) and that he makes the flashy pass rather than the simple one.  That last one strikes me as nuts.  When Rondo unleashes the flash, it's usually a marvelous play, and when you study the play, it generally seems to be the best way to make the play.

I talk to a good amount of players in the NBA - and have known a ton of them since they were in high school, when I first began covering them. They tell me things off the record. Many of them trust me because I have watched them in AAU, in college and now in the NBA. Many are not enamored with Rondo. Sure, there are some who clearly like him (i.e. Kendrick Perkins) and others who say positive things about him (K.G. Pierce, etc.). I'm not counting DeMarcus Cousins, because it's actually worse for Rondo that Sacramento's big man came out and said he thinks he's the best point guard in the league. Cousins is a complete knucklehead and just about everyone in the league knows it. Many of the opinions I have heard come from players throughout the league who either do not have much of a relationship with Rondo - or have heard negative things about him through other players. The problem is word gets around, and his reputation isn't exactly stellar with his peers. The landscape of the league has changed - as was evident when LeBron partnered up with D-Wade and Chris Bosh. These guys talk to one another, hang out together and text constantly. Rondo does not have that relationship with many players in the league - and that hurts him. One instance I will give you is that when he tried out for the Olympic team a few years back, he didn't exactly make a positive impression and the staff basically sent him home. There are, of course, differing accounts of what happened - but my sources told me that the coaches wanted him gone.

Goodman raises the issue of Rondo's supposedly bad leadership.  But different people lead in different ways, and sometimes it takes a while for a player to figure out how they lead, and a lot can depend on context too.  How has it helped Rondo's leadership efforts to be constantly in the shadow of the Ainge Express?  To see the players he does bond with traded away, one after another?   Some players are like the popular kids in high school.  Smart seems to be one of those.  He's got a magical smile and a lot of energy;  you could almost say he's Magic Johnson to Rondo's Larry Bird.

It sounds like the overall group think about Rondo now is that Danny wants to see how Rondo plays this season in order to decide whether to keep Rondo or not.  So this  season is to be a kind of audition for Rondo.  I find that bizarre.  The guy has to essentially audition for the leadership role of a team he's been basically leading for about five years?  Ridiculous.

Meanwhile, touring  in China to support his shoe line, Rondo is continuing to maintain a very professional demeanor...
“They make me feel old,” the point guard said {of the Celtics new draftees}. “I’m very excited to play with them. They have a lot of energy. James Young is a great shooter, and what Marcus Smart is known for is his defense, so we’re going to need that energy from the young guys. I look forward to playing with those guys.”
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“(Smart) will play a lot of minutes, but starting at a rookie age at the guard position is probably impossible, or one of the toughest things to do,” Rondo said. “Only a certain number of guards have done it in the past, especially playing at that high level. But he’ll be ready. He’ll come in ready. He seems pretty humble, and we’ll get to work.”

Rondo's attitude has been pretty amazing this summer.  According to reports he has been putting in a summer of hard work on his body and his game, and he has stuck to the high ground when it comes to commenting on the team situation.  For a guy who has been put into a no-win situation, he has been handling things with aplomb.  He may turn it into a win-win situation yet.

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An interesting take on the 'ice bucket challenge' can be found here ...
Total administration costs, as seen in the pie chart above, were just under $2 million. “Other salaries and wages” (Part IX line 7) were $3.6 million, with another half million dollars in “pension plans” and “employee benefits.” Expenses for non-employee labor were about $4 million, and “travel expenses” exceeded $1.3 million.
So total costs for labor to run the association was around $12.5 million, from revenues received totaling $24 million.
Over 50% of what the ALS Association receives appears to support salaries of people working for the Association, based on these tax returns.
I'm not saying that the ALS Association isn't a good cause.  Maybe it is.  But we are often naive when we are told something is a 'good cause'.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Trading Rondo isn't a priority for the Celtics



Rondo is a player you can build around, and he's a proven star that knows how to deliver. Plus I don't think we've seen the best from him. Danny has a star, and to squander that would be down right negligent on Ainge's part.


CSNNE


Not only is Rondo’s value at an all-time low after he played just 30 games last season as he made his way back from a knee injury, but he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer, which means there’s little incentive to give up anything of value when he can simply be signed outright at the conclusion of the upcoming season.

The Celtics are aware of this, of course, so even though the team is in a rebuilding situation, it appears ready to ride out at least the first half of the year with its four-time All-Star in place on the roster.

From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

While the Celtics are trying to figure out ways to clear roster space before training camp, moving Rondo is not a high priority. First off, Rondo will be a free agent next summer and fully intends on taking the LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony tour of teams and extending the negotiation process deep into next summer. It is highly unlikely Rondo would sign an extension this season with an interested team, especially the Sacramento Kings. Second, the Celtics don’t feel pressed to deal Rondo because they are still trying to determine if he’s part of the future and they are intrigued to see him in action a full 18 months following ACL surgery.

I feel confident in my view about Rondo. The Celtics don't need a mega star "Big 3" to win another banner. They need one, and a roster that works well with Rondo and the other star player. That other star player doesn't even need to be a top 5-10 player in the NBA right now. A winning formula can go a long way when you have the right players in place. With the star.. Rondo is that star player. People have forgotten about Rondo, and that's okay. He will show them up. That's who Rondo is, and he's a player that doesn't back down to anyone.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Rethinking the Celtics rebuild, closer than we think to contending?





I know the title is a bit off. The Celtics are not that close to contending I suppose. But, it could be closer than we think. For those who read this blog. You know that we believe in Rondo, and that won't change from my point of view. So, I would like to get a few points out there from this article. The first thing that I would like to talk about is the idea that the Celtics need a "Big 3" to reach contention. I think "Big 3" trios vary around the NBA. Let me give you a few examples.

Depending on how you feel on Rondo, or believe in him for that matter. Rondo is easily a top 5 point guard, and can be the best in the game at times. At this point he's been tossed aside. I won't rant about that right now, but I want to explain the " Big 3" theory or idea for that matter.

When many of us think about "Big 3" trios. We think of mega star talent like the Miami Heat, and now the reformed Cleveland Cavaliers. What are some other Big 3 trios out there. The Spurs? The Bulls? The Thunder? The Spurs have three good players, and the Bulls had, and the Thunder have a solid trio. When I say the Bulls "Had" a Big 3. They had a Big 3 when they had Deng, Rose, and Noah as a trio. With Deng in Miami now. The Bulls are now a duo. Tony Parker, Duncan, and Manu are smart, and they get it done that way. Their physical gifts have dropped off, and the mega star status doesn't follow them around.

Deng, was an All-Star, and Noah is an All-Star, but are they Rose level stars? No, and that's the idea behind this post in some ways. The experts consider the Bulls contenders every season, and even without Rose experts thought the Bulls had a chance. With the Bulls they have one mega star, and they "Had" two semi stars. So, what If Rondo is that mega star, and what if Ainge adds two quality players, who could be All-Stars. Things can come down to how the league is, or style of play. The big factor is Rondo as well. If he can take the next step like I think he can.

Than Boston could build around him without the "Big 3" model. Look at the Western Conference. Most of the teams have a duo, and a third option who can play close to that All-Star level that's needed. I think fans believe the Celtics need to form a superstar mega team again. In fact, they just need to build around Rondo putting the right players in place who can play. The Celtics need one more All-Star, and with that Ainge needs to bring in players who play well with Rondo. This is all possible. The Celtics have nice young talent, and assets to form a solid team around Rondo.

Another thing is this. We haven't even seen Rondo for a full season without the old "Big 3". This year could open a lot of eyes. I think a lot of teams in the Western Conference show that you can have one or two big stars and succeed. You just need surround them with good players with intangibles. To wrap things up. The Celtics need to build a quality roster around there one star Rondo. Many of the best trio's are not dominant. But they're smart.. Just build a smart team, and things will fall into place.


I just think the all or nothing thought process about having a "Big 3" is out of control. A nice duo with quality players surrounding that duo is even better. We've seen a team like the Mavs from 2011, and a team like the Pistons from 2004. With many others in NBA lore like the Rockets in the 90's reaching great heights with one star, or less, like the Pistons case. The Pistons were well balanced. That worked, and it can again. So, I believe in winning without a "Big 3".. Do you?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Does Avery Bradley have a realistic view for the coming season?



It's normal to go into a season with some confidence. But, the Celtics haven't made big moves to feel like they can make the playoffs with ease. I think having Rondo back to start will put the Celtics in a good spot. But this team needs to remain healthy, and they need to hit an extra gear. That extra gear is Jeff Green scoring 2-3 more points a game, and Bradley playing over 70 games. Along with scoring 15-17 a night. So, if some that happens. Then perhaps the playoffs are possible.

ESPN Boston

"I can’t even [put it into words], you guys just have to see," said Bradley. "A lot of people might say that, 'We can’t be this, we can’t be that.' I feel like with the coach that we have, we can be anything that we want to be. We just have to listen to [Brad Stevens] and buy into what he’s trying to do, his plan for us. I feel like we have a chance to make the playoffs and make a lot of noise this year if we listen to Brad."

It's been awhile (feels like months) since I've really talked about the Celtics. I've posted small articles, and a somewhat big articles here and there. This summer has been silent on many fronts. At least in the Celtics camp. So many questions going into the season, and really after the season when Rondo becomes a free agent. I'm tired of writing about nothing right now. Let's get to the games soon! I'm not a trade machine kind of writer. Sorry guys.

Rondo, and Danny Ainge team up with Ice Bucket Challenge



Well, that's a sight for sore eyes. Rondo, and Danny teaming up for the Ice Bucket Challenge. They nailed Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck pretty good. Maybe the trio talked about a contract?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Danny Ainge get's ice dumped on his head



The ice bucket challenge is everywhere. The latest to take the challenge is Danny Ainge. At first I thought Ainge was that guy with 20 kids on TLC. But his grandchildren-assisted with the pouring of the ice.