Sources say it wasn't Kobe trying to get Rondo's ear, but rather the other way around. (Bleacher Report/Getty Images)

The following is the latest in our SoB Satire series. Much of the following isn’t real or confirmed to be true, but we totally wish it was.

According to sources, it wasn’t “just two a–holes having breakfast” when Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant met for breakfast on Thursday morning, contrary to earlier reports.

The two players did engage in some light recruiting. But it wasn’t to see whether Rondo would consider signing with the Lakers. In reality, it was  the Celtics point guard recruiting the Lakers star over a side of bacon.

Continue reading SoB Satire: Sources Say Rondo Was Recruiting Kobe at Breakfast »

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Look up from your laptop, dude: Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo are getting breakfast behind you! (@baxterholmes)

Normally a Friday night game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics would be a marquee matchup of longtime rivals and storied franchises that dominates the headlines.

But with both franchises stuck in NBA limbo (or purgatory, depending on your point of view), instead the talk of the town is about a Thursday morning breakfast between Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.

Talk about a veritable breakfast of champions!

Continue reading Breakfast of Champions: Kobe and Rondo Share Side of Bacon Before Lakers-Celtics »

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One day after blowing a 23-point road lead in Atlanta and extending their current losing streak to five games, the Celtics have finally received some good news. Marcus Smart is expected to come back from his 10-game injury absence on Wednesday at home against the Detroit Pistons. The Celtics have compiled an unimpressive 2-8 record during Smart’s absence, but his return hopefully will help alleviate some of their woes.

C’s head coach Brad Stevens called out his team about not being tough enough when faced with adversity. In an article by ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg, Stevens was quoted as saying, “When it comes easy, we’ve been good. When it gets tough, we haven’t. … Simple formula.” Continue reading Marcus Smart Expected to Return on Wednesday »

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The Celtics could easily be a .500 team right now if a few more late shots had fallen in. Projections from various media sources predicted the C’s to be somewhere in the league’s bottom five at the end of this year. Bearing that in mind, while also considering just how tough their schedule has been so far, the team’s 4-8 record does not appear so terrible and the Celtics should be thankful for that.

Boston ranks in the bottom five in defensive efficiency and bottom three in points allowed per game. While their mediocre defense can be partially attributed to their lightning-quick pace, which ranks second in the league, what has really hurt them has been their execution in late-game situations. So does head coach Brad Stevens deserve more criticism for this weakness? Continue reading Don’t Blame Brad Stevens for Celtics’ Late-Game Woes »

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The Boston Celtics have been a very competitive and entertaining club through their first 10 games of the 2014-15 NBA season. The C’s have beaten a perennial Eastern Conference power in the Chicago Bulls, and nearly beat the championship favorite Cleveland Cavaliers. It is safe to say that this young club has been exciting to watch, and one player that has open the eyes of many Celtics faithful is 23-year old center Kelly Olynyk.

Last year, Olynyk seemed uncomfortable and out of place on the floor, averaging 8.7 points per game, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists, but has made major strides this year, boosting his numbers to 12.4 points, 5.9 boards and 1.8 dimes thus far. Olynyk has already recorded two double-doubles this year, compared to just three in 70 games last season. Continue reading Kelly Olynyk Showing Improvement in Second Year »

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Nobody in the NBA wants to be the first team to lose to the 76ers. Thankfully, the Celtics did not become that team on Wednesday night. However, the Celtics can still accomplish this feat when the  two teams face each other again December 15th, and with the way Philly is currently playing, I would not be surprised if the hapless 76ers do not win a game before then.

Say what you want about the ethics of tanking, but its impressive to see how devoted to the philosophy 76ers GM Sam Hinkie is and how little effort he exerts in disguising his efforts. While Hinkie has not explicitly stated that his team is tanking (there would likely be a fine for such candor), the talent he is putting on the floor is clearly not designed to win games this season. Continue reading Celtics Defeat Winless 76ers, Avoid Embarrassment »

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After Rajon Rondo went 0-for-2 from the free throw line at one point eary in the game, I though to myself, “the games this year have been so close, poor free throw shooting will likely decide this one.” Sure enough, down four with 2.6 seconds on the clock, Rondo was shooting three free throws after Alex Len fouled him. If Rondo could just make two and miss the third, the Celtics could potentially tie the game seeing as they had one timeout left with enough time to execute a catch-and-shoot. Rondo, who went 2-for-10 from the stripe last night, missed all three, bringing the Celtics down to a 3-6 record.

With two fast-paced offensive teams squaring up, it was no surprise to see the both teams’ final scores exceed 100 points. The common problem these two teams share are their weak defenses. With the Suns missing their defensive anchor in P. J. Tucker and the Celtics simply missing a defensive anchor, both teams scored at will. Thus, it was the turnovers and free throws that decided the game. In this case, the Suns were victorious in a game where they beat the Celtics just as much as the Celtics beat themselves. Continue reading Free Throw Shooting the Difference as Suns Edge Celtics in Nail-Biter »

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