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Connelly’s Top Ten: Danny Ainge Does it Again!

Danny Ainge (Photo by Rich Obrey/NBAE via Getty Images)

1. Celtics Draft – Love it:

* Sullinger is a great pick – number one he is a proven scorer / number two a low post presence / number three you could motivate him to make the teams that skipped over him pay (Ainge should hand him a schedule with the teams that skipped him circled)
* Fab Melo – a raw talent with good size who has attitude problem but worthy of a flyer – his selection guarantees that the Celtics sign Kevin Garnett to watch over him and mentor him
* I bet Melo and Kris Joseph will have some fun stories for the locker room on their assistant coach and his family
* Go sign Steve Nash:
* Starters: Rondo, Bradley, Pierce, Garnett, Melo
* Bench: Nash, Green, Sullinger, Sean Williams, Big white guy

2. Ortiz Rants:

July 30, 2009 – Test positive for drugs and then takes five days to figure out he didn’t take them
March 16, 2010 – “I have nothing to prove”
April 7, 2010 – Obscenity laced tirade three games into season after slow spring training
August 5, 2011 – Crashes into Francona meeting mad about an RBI ruling
May 22, 2012 – “I don’t get respect”
June 21, 2012 – Mad at Boston and media “starting to become the sh*t hole it used to be”

3. Red Sox in June:

* Hitting – Best hitter Scott Posednik .364 / Ortiz 9 HR
* Pitching – Franlin Morales 24 K to 1 BB / Beckett, Aceves and Dice K combined to be 0-6 /

4. Worst Celtics first round picks 15 and below, back to 1960:

* 2001 – Kendrick Brown #11
* 1978 – Freeman Williams #8
* 1971 – Clarence Glover #10
* 1965 – Ollie Johnson #8
* 1963 – Bill Green #8

5. Curt Schilling:

I wonder if Curt Schilling and Lenny Dykstra (filing bankruptcy this week) sat around the 1995 Phillies locker room and chatted about Carnegie, Rockerfeller and Perot (also on that team Heathcliff Slocumb, Jeff Juden).

6. Trout vs. Harper projections for rookie year:

  • Trout – 17 HR / 68 RBI / 45 SB / .345 avg
  • Harper – 18 HR / 48 RBI / 18 SB / .282 avg

7. Amazing Stats:

If Omar Vizquel gets in the Hall of Fame, then the Red Sox should spearhead a campaign for Dwight Evans:

  • Omar Vizquel – 11 Gold Gloves / 3 All Star games / .272 average / 80 HR / 946 RBI
  • Dwight Evans – 8 Gold Gloves / 3 All Star games / .272 average / 385 HR / 1,384 RBI

8. Old School:

After drafting Len Bias, Reggie Lewis and Brian Shaw – The Celtics went Mormon in the 1989 draft:

* In 1989 draft Celtics took Michael Smith with the 13th pick in the draft
* Behind him: 14. Tim Hardaway 16. Dana Barros 17. Shawn Kemp / 18. BJ Armstrong / 26. Vlade Divac / 28. Sherman Douglas / 36. Clifford Robinson

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Best Animated side kicks:

* Barney Rubble
* Yosemite Sam
* Mr. Whoopee
* Mr. Burns

10. Randomocity:

* It was inevitable with all those necklaces that Buchholz would have problems with the neck/throat area
* The Carl Everett of soccer Mario Balotelli scored two huge goals in the semi’s to send Italy to Sunday’s final against Spain. Look for Spain in 3-1 win
* With the state of Crosby’s head I’m sure the Penguins insured the $100mm contract they just gave him
* I can’t believe the Celtics drafted the pilot who landed that plane safely in the Hudson River
* No sweat for Youk in Chicago

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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2 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Danny Ainge Does it Again!”

  1. Hate to be annoying, but it’s “Rockefeller” with only one r.

    Posted by Aryeh Rosenfield | June 29, 2012, 2:32 pm
  2. Re: Next season’s roster, I’m not sure the Cs want to give up on Bass, but you might be right they can’t afford him. I hope he’s back.
    For sure I don’t see Melo starting, though. Averaged fewer than six points and eight boards for ‘Cuse. Gonna take a while.

    Posted by vermontk | June 30, 2012, 10:23 am

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