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NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced, Illustrate Flawed Selection Process

By on January 25, 2015 at 7:25pm

Last Thursday, the NBA announced the starters for this year’s NBA All-Star game, as per the popular vote of the fans.  While the majority of this year’s selections seem fair, two of the most polarizing of choices, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, are members of big-market yet borderline-abysmal teams.

Social media and members of the NBA family alike, have voiced disapproval at the selection process, pointing primarily to the appointment of Kobe Bryant’s role as a starter, despite his civilian-level shooting percentage of 37%.  While Kobe Bryant has since torn his rotator cuff and is likely out for the remainder of the season, the point still stands; the current process is a popularity vote that has little to do with each player’s current production in the NBA.

Perhaps most outspoken of the voting processes’ opponents is Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban.  Cuban sees the overall lack in interest from fans to voting as perhaps the biggest reason for its flaws. Continue reading NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced, Illustrate Flawed Selection Process »

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Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers can't help marveling at how Ainge's disappearing act that made Austin Rivers magically appear in Los Angeles on the Clippers, among other trade tricks. (ESPN)

And then there was one.

That’s how many players Danny Ainge will have kept in spite of all his flurry of in-season trades. (With plenty left to come, I’m sure.) One player out of five trades, including four in one week.

Just call him Danny the Magician. He makes newly acquired Celtics just…disappear.

Continue reading Danny the Magician: Ainge Making Celtics Disappear in Flurry of Trades »

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Jameer Nelson, Channing Frye

There was little doubt, after the Celtics sent Jeff Green to Memphis in a three-team trade on Monday, that Danny Ainge was far from done making deals. What we did not see coming was the trade he pulled off on Tuesday night, shipping little-used point guard Jameer Nelson to Denver in exchange for one-time Celtic fan favorite Nate Robinson.

The deal is also notable because it’s a straight PG-for-PG exchange, featuring no draft picks, which Ainge has been stockpiling at a record rate in recent times. Nelson arrived last month from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo trade, and it looked briefly like he may take over the starting spot, but he fell out of the rotation after just six games in which he averaged 4.8 points, 5.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Continue reading Welcome Back, Donkey: Nate Robinson Returns to Boston »

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First Rajon Rondo, then Jeff Green. What's Danny Ainge going to do next to get the Celtics back on track for contention? (NESN)

If you’re a Celtics fan watching tonight’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, you really do have to hope the grass is greener on the other side (and I’m not just talking about Memphis).

Danny Ainge continued his collector’s obsession with future assets, shipping Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future first rounder, the corpse of Tayshaun Prince, and whatever Doc Rivers wants to pay to coach his son.

As a result, the home crowd at TD Garden gets the pleasure of watching the starting law firm, I mean lineup of Turner, Bradley, Crowder, Sully, and Zeller.

Continue reading Grass is Greener in Memphis, But What About for the Celtics? »

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Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard just before coming to blows during a game on January 12, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kevin Garnett has never been a shy person, with the Celtics or otherwise. That shows itself from time to time, and during Monday’s game between Brooklyn and Houston, he and Dwight Howard got into quite the altercation. 4:07 into the game, Garnett was called for a loose-ball foul against Howard. Howard then gave Garnett a small slap to the chest, which got him a ball to the arm and a slight headbutt. Garnett got another shove back for his troubles before a crowd of players, refs and coaches were finally able to separate them.

They each got an offsetting technical, though Garnett was also given a second and ejected. It remains to be seen what the NBA will do to either part for the altercation. Perhaps the top two entry slots in the upcoming Royal Rumble?
Continue reading VIDEO: Former Celtic Kevin Garnett Gets in Fight With Dwight Howard During Game »

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Jeff Green (Boston.com)

On Monday, Danny Ainge officially took the next step in his rebuilding plan for the Celtics, completing a three-team deal with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans. In the trade, Boston’s leading scorer, Jeff Green, went to Memphis, with the C’s receiving veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince and a future first-round pick from the Grizzlies and point guard Austin Rivers from the Pelicans.

The trade of Green, who has averaged 17.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in his seventh NBA season, comes as no surprise, especially after Ainge finally put years of rumors to rest by shipping Rajon Rondo to Dallas. It leaves Jared Sullinger as the Celtics’ new top scorer with just 13.4 ppg and Jae Crowder as the starter at small forward for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Celtics Officially Send Green to Memphis in Three-Team Trade »

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Brandan Wright (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe)

In what will apparently be the prelude to the trade of Jeff Green to Memphis, the Celtics on Friday shipped power forward Brandan Wright to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a future conditional first-round draft pick and a trade exception. The pick originally belonged to the Timberwolves, and will probably end up becoming two second-rounders.

Wright was acquired from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo trade, and initially it appeared as if he may have been the most intriguing of the pieces the Celtics received in that deal. However, the eighth pick in the 2007 Draft wasn’t able to break into the crowded frontcourt rotation and ended up averaging just 10.8 minutes in eight games in green, recording 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.

The Celtics are in Indiana to take on the Pacers on Friday night without Green in the lineup. Stay tuned for updates on that impending deal.

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