It is blasphemous and nonsensical, but even as a Celtics fan I can't help myself from rooting for Lebron James in this year's NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Hello, my name is Nick, and I am a Celtics fan rooting for Lebron James in the 2015 NBA Finals.

If there were an AA meeting for fans of other non-Warriors teams who find themselves uncontrollably pulling for the Lebrons, I would be the first person introducing myself.

As a Celtics fan – one who watched his team get unceremoniously swept out of the first round by an earlier iteration of this Cleveland Cavaliers team – I can’t explain why I find myself cheering for Lebron. It is blasphemy. It is heresy. It is wrong.

But I am addicted, and I simply cannot help myself. Continue reading Hello, My Name is Nick, and I am a Celtics Fan Rooting for Lebron James »

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DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

I have already stated that I am not sure is DeMarcus Cousins would fit in Boston but I would still take the risk depending on the package Sacramento is looking for. There are a number of things general manager Danny Ainge could do to get Cousins or some other star, given the cap situation and the number of tradable pieces on the books. Quite possibly the best, and least talked about of these assets is the two large trade exceptions Boston has from Tayshaun Prince and Rajon Rondo. These could be huge in a scenario where Ainge goes all in for next season. If he decides to simply use all cap room, trade exceptions, trades and draft picks between now and next year’s trade deadline, there are endless possibilities — one of which is figuring out a way to bring the Kings big man to Boston.

Cousins is on a great contract, through 2017-18, plays well on both ends of the court (when he wants to) and is possibly the most frightening low post threat in the league. That all sounds great but that last part is what worries me. In an increasingly perimeter oriented league, maybe a guy who plays almost exclusively inside isn’t worth as much as one that can stretch the floor. So there are two questions that need to be answered: Is DeMarcus Cousins worth trading for? And if so, how do you do it? Continue reading Using Trade Exceptions and Bringing Boogie to Boston »

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What can Danny Ainge do to bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy back to Boston? (Mike Segar/Reuters)

In the 21st century, Boston is a city that has become accustom to winning. Since 2000, its major sports teams (Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins) have combined to win nine championships. The Celtics though, despite being the one of the two most accomplished and winningest NBA teams in history, have only contributed one. On top of this, after losing three future Hall of Famers over the course of two years, it seemed like the team was going to be closer to the lottery than the Finals for the foreseeable future.

It seems to me though, that a Championship contender is not that far off. With a great coach in Brad Stevens, a top general manager in Danny Ainge, a young, cheap backcourt locked up for the next three years and loads of cap space coming, this is a team that could be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy sooner than most would think. I am going to take a look at the current roster, free agents and the upcoming draft to determine the likelihood that this team could contend in a weak Eastern Conference next season. Continue reading How to Build the Next Celtics Dynasty »

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Game changer on both ends of the floor
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The Future Looks Bright

Coming off of an unexpected playoff appearance, the Celtics look like a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference. Danny Ainge has put together a promising mix of young prospects and proven NBA players that seems to thrive under the tutelage of Brad Stevens. This group of guys has bought in to Stevens’ system and seem to take pride in getting stops on the defensive end. This is an encouraging development for Celtics fans who’ve had legitimate concerns about the team since the end of the Big Three era, and the Rondo trade should have finally consummated these tensions about the direction of the team. Ainge seems to have settled on his core group and now needs to build around those guys. With free agency looming, it’s time to start thinking about potential targets. Continue reading Realistic Impact Free Agent Targets for the Celtics »

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Who will the select Celtics select in the 2015 NBA draft?

The 2015 NBA draft is fast approaching, with the lottery the focus of the conversation, the Celtics are looking to scratch up some talent to go with the youthful squad already in place. Everyone knows the Celtics have multiple picks, that they have, in a sense, ‘blown it up’ and are rebuilding, but how many picks do they have and where do they fall? The boys in green have the numbers 16, 28, 33, and 45 picks. The C’s had no ping pong balls in the draft lottery because, unlike the New York Knicks who tanked to get the fourth pick, and the Philadelphia 76ers who are just plain bad and landed the third pick in the draft, they played with pride and gave our great Boston sports fans something to cheer about.

The C’s squeaked into the playoffs as a seven seed to face the, now finals-bound, Cleveland Cavaliers. Continue reading NBA Draft 2015: Who Do the Celtics Have Their Sights Set On? »

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While Paul Pierce can always pick up his $5.5 million player-option with the Washington Wizards, the growing consensus among league insiders suggests he’ll opt out this off season and sign elsewhere.  Whether or not this next season is Pierce’s last is anyone’s guess, and despite his still-impactful presence on the court, the 10x All-Star is now 37 years old and certainly seeking out his final stop in his decorated career.

Additional commentary among league insiders have suggested that ‘returning home’ will be the dominating factor is Pierce’s decision.  While this sounds ambiguous and may inspire false optimism, as this could be interpreted as Pierce wishing to return to his adopted home of Boston, TNT’s David Aldridge reports that many people around Pierce believe that he is going to the Los Angeles Clippers. Continue reading Regarding Paul Pierce’s (Potentially) Impending Free Agency »

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Kobe Bryant (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

One of the greatest NBA players in history, Kobe Bryant, has finally decided to retire… after next season.

“He has indicated to me that this is it,” Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Continue reading Kobe Bryant Retirement Happens After Next Season »

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