Joel Embiid: Future Celtic?

April 11, 2014 at 11:23pm in Celtics, Featured, Opinion
Joel Embiid (Cooper Neill/Getty Images Sport)

The Boston Celtics have had a season to forget in 2013-14. With four games remaining, the Celts own a 24-55 record, which is good for fourth worst in the NBA. The Celts did receive the potentially good news on Wednesday, April 9 that Kansas Jayhawks freshman star Joel Embiid officially declared for the NBA draft. It was rumored that Embiid was contemplating a return to Kansas for his sophomore season. With those rumors now to put to rest, should the Celtics be interested in the services of Embiid with the Draft approaching?

Embiid is a true seven footer with not only an NBA body, but also great athleticism and length. There have been college basketball and ESPN analysts who have compared Embiid to the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon. Embiid is projected to be a top three pick in June’s draft, and on many mock drafts is the number one overall pick. The Celtics right now are projected to have the fourth selection, but if they land the top pick or have a chance to draft Embiid at any point in the top five, should they?

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Brandon Spike, Former New England Patriot

Two games that the Patriots now have circled on their calendars are the games against the Buffalo Bills. Former Patriot linebacker, Brandon Spikes, had a few things to say about his old team on Twitter.

First he Tweeted, “Great games on the schedule for 2014, but it’s going to be like Christmas to had the #Patriots #PatriotsNation a L…twice! #BILLSMAFIA.”

He added…

“it’s like icing on my cake to hand the #Patriots two big L’s this year. #Justwatch.”

Then he Tweeted but then deleted “4 years a slave,” comparing his four years with the Patriots organization to slavery. Continue reading Brandon Spikes Says Time with Patriots ’4 years a slave’ »

Dennis Seidenberg injured (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff).

Seidenberg Eyeing Playoff Return

Great news out of Boston earlier this week as Claude Julien confirmed that Dennis Seidenberg skated on Tuesday for the first time since December 27. He suffered an ACL and MCL injury against Ottowa and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the season.

It was a stunning blow to the Bruins “D” corps, who were tried and tested to fill the gap he left. The bottom line was this: they weren’t going to be able to get a defenseman at the trade deadline who can do what he does night in and night out for that cap hit. Instead, Julien stressed that the group as a whole would have to step up in his absence, and it’s worked out nicely. Johnny Boychuk has especially taken a bigger role with 44 gone and his great play hasn’t gone unnoticed by B’s fans. Continue reading Dennis Seidenberg Skates; Adam McQuaid Finished as a Bruin? »

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Patrice Bergeron (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

All season long, there has been a lot of dialogue and discourse about how the Western Conference is a lot stronger than the East. Analysts heralded that the teams in the West were better, the game was faster, and the stats guys backed it up.

As it stands now, seven of the top ten teams in the standings are from the West, and five of the bottom six teams are from the East. This makes the West, statistically speaking, much deeper and more competitive. Indeed, most NHL experts will tell you that they favor a team from the West to win it all, such as the Ducks or the Blues.

Fret not, Bruins fans. I’ve been digging up some research and reading reports, and I’m here to tell you right now that not only should you not fear the West, you shouldn’t fear any team in hockey. I”m going to take a systematic look at the six powerhouse teams in the West and tell you why the Black and Gold could and indeed should beat them.

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Calvin Pryor brings a physicality the Pats D sorely needs, thecardinalconnect.com

Trying to guess who the New England Patriots will take in the draft is about as easy as trying to guess the winning Power Ball numbers. Ok, ok, you’d have a better chance with Power Ball, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to try and get inside the mind of Bill Belichick.

While the Patriots have a handful of needs to fill with the draft one position that is flying under the radar is strong safety. This is why University of Louisville safety Calvin Pryor makes sense as the Patriots first pick (29th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft. Classic Belichick. When everyone says go right, he turns left. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Calvin Pryor, S, University of Louisville »

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With the NFL Draft only a few weeks away and a lot of prospects on the board, one player to consider drafting is running back Andre Williams. Former Boston College running back Andre Williams has a candidate for the Heisman Trophy award this past fall. A senior at BC, Williams led the nation in yards with 2,177 yards along with 18 touchdowns with 355 carries this year. His senior year was by far his best year, including a game when had a career-high five touchdowns for BC with a 48-27 win over Army.

At the NFL combine, Williams said he is aware that he has to work on his pass protection in the backfield, as well as coming out of the back field as a receiver. He doesn’t  need to worry about his running ability, after he finished with 3,739 yards and 28 touchdowns with 704 carries. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Andre Williams RB, Boston College »

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Khris Davis (Winslow Townson/AP Photo)

Anticlimactic Opener

I understand that it’s only 7 games into the season, but something is already missing. Where’s the magic? After an ending like last year, how could this season for the Red Sox start off so slow? First off, the Sox lost their season opener to the Baltimore Orioles, but it was a well-pitched affair on both sides. The Red Sox had the hits, they just couldn’t seem to link enough of them together to make something happen. The Sox did go on to win their next two games in Baltimore, until last night, those were the only wins they had.

Rough Weekend

Next, Opening Day rolled around, and don’t get me wrong, the opening ceremony was spectacular, but the Sox did drop the opener to the Milwaukee Brewers. Continue reading Did the Red Sox Burn Out Their Clutch? »

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