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Celtics Finally Give Rivers More Green

In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I’ll take a look at the Celtics signing of Doc Rivers, the availability of tickets this year for the C’s, the new NBATV schedule, and a magazine naming the Hornets as the favorites to win it all.

1. Doc Rivers earned a new contract extension to coach the Boston Celtics through the 2010-2011 season, and will raise his annual salary from $5 million to $5.5 million.

  • Rivers did more than earn his contract extension…and he did it all in one season. He had one winning season in his first three, and then turned in a 66-16 season in 2007-08 with a nice NBA Title to go with it. Congrats, Doc!
  • SoB’s Sean made a good point regarding Doc. Despite Doc’s success, he still seems to fly under the radar in terms of the best coaches in the NBA:

Despite the amazing season, Doc still had his critics. Nearly all the credit for the Celtics’ new and improved defense was given to Defensive Player of the Year Garnett and assistant coach Tom Thibodeau.

2. Can you believe it? We’re already nearing the beginning of Celtics season.

  • And with Celtics season on the way, that means there’s a new hottest ticket in town. Tickets to see the C’s for the 2008-2009 season will go on sale to the public on Friday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m.
  • According to the Globe’s Gary Dzen, “by joining the team’s new Club Green fan club (memberships start at $39), fans will be eligible to purchase tickets during a special presale period earlier that week. “

3. The Celtics will be featured on NBA TV seven times this upcoming season, giving the defending NBA champs some nice national exposure.

  • One year can change everything. Just one year ago, the C’s were reeling from a 24-58 record, but excited for a new season that including two new prize acquisitions (Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen). Now, they’re the talk of the NBA and will be featured in many national games, including 7 on NBA TV.
  • Despite being featured on NBA TV, I bet the Celts will still be available on Comcast SportsNet for those individuals that do not have the cable station.

4. So, you would think that the defending NBA Champs would be considered favorites to repeat? Or maybe the Los Angeles Lakers. Nope…how about the Hornets?

  • According to Athlon Magazine, they have dubbed the New Orleans Hornets as the future NBA Champions for the 2008-09 season.
  • I see why they chose the Hornets. The champs lost their best bench player (James Posey) to New Orleans…so the choice makes sense in that regard. But…do the Hornets have enough to get by the Lakers and Spurs again? You could say that the Spurs are on the decline…but the Lakers aren’t going anywhere yet. They’ll still be one of the top teams out West, along with the Jazz.

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