Danny’s Disappointment.

June 24, 2016 at 2:33pm in Boston, Celtics, Top Story
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Celtic fans everywhere went into last nights NBA Draft with very high expectations.  Throughout the day all we heard was proposed trades for multiple players, players like Jimmy Butler, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Gordon Hayward.  As Celtics fans we had a reason to be hopeful.  Finally, after nearly 3 years The Celtics get to cash in on these covenant Nets picks.  The idea on everyone’s mind was to trade the pick, get a bona fide all star and hope it lures Kevin Durant to Boston.

Then the first 2 picks went off the board and the moment was finally here.  Celtics fans everywhere were expecting Adam Silver to go to the podium and announce a trade.  Then as he stepped up to the podium he said “And with the number 3 pick The Boston Celtics select Jaylen Brown From The University Of California”.  Just like that Celtic fans everywhere were deflated (sorry I know that’s a touchy word around New England).  All this hope has been shot down, and from the reaction of Celtic fans they were not happy.  It was good to see Boston fans boo, Celtic fans don’t do that often and it really seemed like Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck looked uncomfortable when he was booed off the stage.  Which by the way I don’t think has ever happened before.

Personally, I like Jaylen Brown as a player.  He’s versatile, athletic, and can defend other team’s best player.  The problem is The Celtics have multiple guys on the roster with these same skills.  Brown has to improve his shooting, last season he only shot .294% from the three point line.  Jaylen Brown could be an impact player for The Celtics, and it could be this season.  We won’t know if this was the right pick until two to three years from now.  After the Celtics didn’t make a splash with pick number 3, I felt they were going to draft and stash.  The Celtic’s didn’t want to be tied up with guaranteed contracts and not be able to do something in free agency, and the only way to draft guys and not have to pay them was to stash them overseas.

The Celtics and more importantly Wyc Grousbeck have really created this monster.  This monster being us Celtics fans that want to win now and are tired of always waiting for next year’s draft.  We all know Danny is really trying to bring a superstar into Boston, but until that happens don’t promise us fireworks and then leave us with an unlit firecracker.

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LeBron James: A performance for the ages

After the Cavs were blown off the floor in game four, I along with the rest of the country had pronounced them dead. I had begun to write LeBron’s eulogy, complete with a bevy of excuses and narcissistic one-liners that he would have loved. I popped “The Godfather” in the DVD player and was prepared to watch it six times in succession as a tribute to LBJ’s willpower and mental fortitude. I even sent flowers to LeBron’s mom and step-dad, Delonte West.

The series was all but over. You could see it in the body language of every Cavs player. They were ready to throw in the towel and fire up the old LeBron excuse train. But then, the King finally lived up to his name. Kyrie got the party started with a tremendous individual performance in game five, and LeBron finally woke up and remembered that he is the single most unguardable player in the history of basketball.

No one, not even Air Jordan himself, has ever had a performance quite like King James had in these finals. I mean the guy led both teams in points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks for the series for christ’s sake.

He carried the Cavs and the city of Cleveland to their first title in 52 years, and he did it against a team that was destined to be one of, if not thee greatest team of all-time. Of course, the epic comeback would not have been possible without one of the biggest collapses in the history of modern athletics. The Warriors were completely out of sync down the stretch last night, hoisting up horrible shots and hoping that Steph or Klay (The Trash Bros) would bail them out with a late prayer. Their third best player in Draymond Green outplayed both Steph and Klay for most of the series, and that can’t be the case if you want to beat a player of Bron Bron’s caliber on the big stage.

As much as I hate to say it, if LeBron cracked under pressure like Steph did in this series, the media would be absolutely DESTROYING him right now. That’s the price you pay when you build yourself up as one of the biggest front runners of all-time. When you lose, the blame falls squarely on your broad, freakishly muscular shoulders. But when you win, and dominate the way that LeBron did in this series, then all of the praise and credit if yours and yours alone.

Whatever narrative you want to write about LeBron and his career is now open for debate. The comparisons between he and Jordan that seemed all but dead just a few short months ago are now back on the table. That’s how impressive LBJ’s finals were.

So where does LeBron go from here? He did what he set out to do and won a championship for his city, and he did so as the best player on the floor by  wide, wide margin. Why stay? Cleveland is a dump to begin with and I’ve got to imagine that it’s burned to the ground after last night’s celebrations. Whatever he does, his legacy is now set in stone.

I hate you LeBron James, and I always will. Your pompous, self-absorbed demeanor will never allow me to truly respect your greatness. But finally, I can say without sarcasm, that I truly, truly respect you.

PS- Someone check on J.R. Smith. Like right now.

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There has been a lot of talk about two players The Celtics could target during the offseason.  Those two players are Harrison Barnes and Kevin Love.  Their is a great possibility that one if not both of these two could end up in Boston, and it feels like there is mixed emotions regarding these two players.

Kevin Love

Kevin Love is having one of the worst Finals ever, and it looks much worse since he is making nearly 20 million dollars this season.  Love is averaging 7 points a game and has shot .369 in this seasons finals, and besides game 1 when he grabbed 13 rebounds he has been pretty much invisible on the glass.  Oh, he also sat out that game because of a “concussion” which I think was an excuse for Tyronn Lue to sit him down.  Love is not a tough basketball player and comes up small in big games.  With this being said I would still be open to the fact of him in Boston.  Given it’s the right deal and The Celtics don’t have to give up much then go get him.  If you bring Love into Boston he instantly becomes the best player on the team.

Harrison Barnes 

Being a Duke fan it pains me to say this, but I do like Harrison Barnes as a player.  Barnes is only averaging 9 points in the finals.  He is only shooting .361 from the field.  However I’d be willing to bet he plays well tonight, he seems to play well when his team needs him the most.  Yes I know, Barnes has shot 2 for 22 in the last 2 games, but as any basketball player knows it only takes seeing a couple to go in to get in a rhythm.  I compare Barnes to a James Harden type player, when you took Harden out of OKC he thrived, I think the same can be done with Barnes.  Would love to see him in Boston, however DO NOT give him a max deal.

 

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Top 10: NBA Nicknames

June 17, 2016 at 4:38pm in Featured, NBA, Opinion, Top Story
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With LeBron (King James) and Kyrie (Uncle Drew) pushing Steph and Klay (The Splash Bros) to a game 7 last night, I wanted to get into some of my favorite NBA nicknames of all-time. This list isn’t necessarily a list compiled of the greatest players, but rather ones who’s nicknames fit them like a glove. Here we go.

10.) Kevin Garnett- “The Big Ticket”

Back in 1995 when Kevin Garnett broke into the league, Minnesota wasn’t exactly the most sought out destination to take in an NBA game. In fact, before KG arrived, the Timberwolves had never won more than 29 games in a season. Garnett quickly helped to change the fortunes of the franchise, thus earning the “Big Ticket” nickname in the process. The young, skinny phenom was the biggest ticket in town, and he was the ONLY reason to come out to a Timberwolves game 90’s.

9.) Kobe Bryant- “The Black Mamba”

Only Kobe could give himself his own nickname and actually have it stick. The black mamba is the second largest venomous snake in the world and it is also the fastest. In his prime, Kobe exemplified all the qualities of this deadly reptile. He was cerebral, fast, and could strike at any moment.

8.) Allen Iverson- “The Answer”

When AI first came into the league in ’96, he surprisingly donned only one tattoo. The tattoo was a bulldog with the words “The Answer” etched above it. The number one pick was exactly the answer that basketball fans of a different breed were looking for. He didn’t conform to the cookie-cutter image that most players were forced to portray in the mid-90’s, and people either loved him or hated him for it. AI wore baggy clothes, spoke his mind, and constantly walked the line between edgy and insane. He truly was “The Answer” for the city of Philadelphia, as he helped to turn the team into a contender and eventually led them to an NBA finals appearance in 2001.

7.) Dominique Wilkins- “The Human Highlight Film”

Dominique will go down as one of greatest dunkers to ever lace them up, so this nickname fits him to a T. Anytime he stepped foot on a court, you knew that Dominique was going to do something special. He had a way of making a dunk look effortless and violent all in one amazing, jaw-dropping package. “The Human Highlight Film” provided us with a reel of dunks and athletic plays that we will be watching for years and years to come.

6.) Paul Pierce- “The Truth”

I may be showing my bias here, but Paul Pierce and “The Truth” nickname just does it for me. I grew up watching Pierce carry the Celtics on his back through the late 90’s and 2000’s until KG and Ray finally arrived to help take the load off. He actually earned the nickname from none other than Shaquille O’Neal after torching the Lakers for 42 points on 13-19 shooting. As Shaq famously said “My name is Shaquille O’Neal and Paul Pierce is the motherfucking truth. Quote me on that and don’t take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn’t know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is The Truth”.

5.) Pete Maravich- “Pistol Pete”

Pistol Pete was Steph Curry before Steph Curry. His handle was untouchable, his court vision was unparalleled, and he could shoot the lights out from anywhere on the court. If the three point line existed during Pistol Pete’s era, we would remember him as the greatest shot maker in the history of the game. When he got going in transition, it was as if he had been shot out of a pistol.

4.) Karl Malone- “The Mailman”

Karl Malone was know as “The Mailman” because he always delivered (except for championships) for his team. He was a rebounding machine, and he and John Stockton were virtually unstoppable in the pick and roll. Growing up I knew two things: The real mailman was going to bring me my SI for Kids every month, and the Karl Malone mailman was going for 20 and 10 every time he stepped on the court.

3.) Julius Erving- “Dr. J”

Julius Erving was one of the smoothest athletes in the history of sports. Everything about his game seemed so effortless. From his ability to glide down the court it what seemed like three giant steps, to his unreal leaping talent that helped him to glide through the air and throw down some of the most legendary dunks in NBA history. He was known as “The Doctor” because his dismantling of opponents was like an operation. He’d put you under, and before you know it, you’d wake up and it’s all over.

2.) Earvin Johnson- “Magic Johnson”

Earvin Johnson was simply…magic. Never before had we seen a ‘6″8 point guard who could do literally everything on a basketball court. His height, vision, passing prowess, and basketball IQ helped make him one of the greatest players in NBA history. Much like an audience at a magic show, fans oohed and awed at Magic’s unreal talents as he led the Showtime Lakers to five championships.

1.) Glen Davis- “Big Baby”

The reason why Big Baby comes in at number one on this list is because his nickname has become his actual identity. He looks like a big baby, he whines and cries like a big baby, and his play at times is reminiscent of an infant who doesn’t quite have fully developed motor skills. I remember watching KG berate Big Baby on the bench and bringing him to tears when they both played for the C’s. Big Baby couldn’t hold back his tears, and in that moment, he was no longer Glen Davis. He was now Big Baby.

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Isaiah Thomas Should Be A Olympian

June 12, 2016 at 1:47pm in Boston, Celtics
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Isaiah Thomas turned into an all star this season, he carried The Celtics to 48 wins and was the best player for them in the playoffs.  Thomas is unguardable on most nights and has bolted his way to being a top 20 player in the NBA.  He is one of the best finishers around the basket (especially for his size), however it’s the size of his heart that separates him from other players.  Isaiah Thomas should at least get an invite to the Olympic team.

Isaiah has only been in Boston for more than a year.  Since then he has played his best basketball of his career.  Last season he averaged 22.2 points per game, averaged 6.2 assists per game, and shot nearly 50 percent from the floor.  Isaiah averaged more points per game than Kyrie Irving, and Chris Paul, tho many people will overlook the points per game stat, Isaiah got the best in the head to head match against Paul and Irving.  Isaiah also averaged two more wins above replacement than Irving did.  Personally I would take Isaiah over these two point guards any day, Isaiah plays better than both of these players in “crunch time”.

With Curry and now Paul passing on the upcoming olympics Isaiah should get a shot.  The international game would be perfect for Isaiah, shorter 3 point line, more of uptempo play style, plus Isaiah would be able to play with some of the other greats in the NBA today.

Coach K make the right decision and give the little guy a shot.

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Will The Celtics Land Durant?

June 2, 2016 at 9:28pm in Celtics, Featured
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One of the biggest question marks for the NBA off-season is where is superstar Kevin Durant going? There have been rumors of many teams that Durant may have interest in joining including the Celtics, Warriors, Heat, Lakers, Magic, Trail Blazers, Spurs, Mavericks, and possibly returning to the Thunder.

There have also been rumors of Durant’s agent sending a list to the Celtics of players that Kevin wants if he’s going to come to Boston. We don’t know if this is true but I wouldn’t doubt it. Durant has come so close to the NBA Finals too many times. If he wants to leave the Thunder he needs to know that the players on his new team are legit and will give him a chance to win a championship. We do know that Durant wants a “Big 3” type deal with a new team if he decides to leave the Thunder. If he came to Boston he would already have point guard Isaiah Thomas who is starting to look like a superstar in this league. If the Celtics want their chance at landing Durant in Boston they need to acquire another dominant player.

Other Possible Players for the Celtics

  • Al Horford
    • Dominant big man who can space the floor
    • Can do a little bit of everything
  • Jimmy Butler
    • Gifted athletically
    • Very good scorer to the basket
    • Outstanding defensive player
  • Hassan Whiteside
    • One of the best defensive centers in the NBA
    • Very good rebounder (averaged 11.8 REB per game last season)
  • Buddy Hield
    • Good three point shooter
    • Hasn’t established himself yet but could be threat right away in the NBA

The list goes on.

Who knows what’s going to happen but from what we’re hearing, the Celtics seem like they are completely serious about landing some big name players. However many people don’t see it as a realistic possibility for Durant to come play for Boston. I also bet many people never thought Pierce, Garnett, and Allen would be a thing but look what happened. The trade deadline is about as month away so there could be some big news for Boston this month.

Also I don’t know how many people saw this but on May 31st at 1:15 AM, Isaiah Thomas tweeted a number 35 with a four leaf clover emoji next to it, but he shortly deleted the tweet after. You can take it however you want but this only made me more confident that Isaiah is luring Durant to come play for Boston.

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Steph and the Warriors down the Thunder, advancing to the NBA finals.

What a series. I don’t think anyone, including the Warriors, thought that OKC would put up this kind of a fight against the defending world champs. Up three games to one, the Thunder were in the driver’s seat. Russell Westbrook couldn’t be stopped and was looking like the best player on the court. Kevin Durant was playing sound, efficient basketball on both ends of the floor, and the supporting cast, particularly Steven Adams, seemed to be making all the little plays that make the difference in a tight series.

But then, Steph Curry happened. Klay Thompson woke up from his coma and dropped 19 in the fourth quarter to force game seven. When you get a great team like the Warriors on their heels, you have to go for the jugular. Can’t let Steph and Klay hang around long enough to get hot. The role players, including Anderson Varejao, who apparently still plays basketball, and others did their part down the stretch. Oracle was LIT. Steph was crossing anyone who dared to guard him and making it look more effortless than ever. When I think about Steph Curry twenty years from now, this is the game I’ll remember. The way he, the Thunder, and everyone watching knew the ball was going in the second he came off of the screen.

I’ve got to be honest, I was starting to grow tired of all the Golden State love. ESPN constantly shoving them down our throats and social media losing their minds every time Steph hits a three. But the Warriors are just too much fun. One of the all-time great teams in sports and last night showed just what kind of resolve they really have. Can’t wait to watch them take down King James once again in the finals. I enjoy watching LeBron James lose just as much as I enjoy watching my teams win. If that’s wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

PS- Hey KD, you know who doesn’t play in the Western Conference with the big bad Warriors and Spurs? The Celtics. Just saying…

 

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