Featured Story

Westbrook to Boston?

By on July 13, 2016 at 7:40pm

According to Howard Beck of bleacherreport.com, the Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to trade point guard Russell Westbrook and the Boston Celtics are, “the most likely destination,” for him to land.

The Celtics recently lost out on the Kevin Durant sweepstakes when he opted to sign with the Golden State Warriors on July 4th, but now it looks like Danny Ainge is trying to acquire the other superstar player from OKC and bring him in to the current crop of C’s players, including newly signed big man Al Horford.

Oklahoma City obviously lost a huge part of their team when Durant left town and with only one year remaining on his contract, Thunder management must figure they should ship Westbrook off now and get something for him, instead of letting him enter free agency next summer where he could potentially leave for nothing.

The C’s are in prime position to deal for Westbrook because of the plethora of valuable trade-chips they have including young players like Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart, any of the six selections from this years draft, and most notably, the remaining Brooklyn Nets picks that project to be high lottery selections once again.

Adding Westbrook to this Celtics squad would make them the runaway favorites as the one team that could challenge the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, as well as an instantly more exciting team due to Westbrook’s electric, sometimes over-the-top, style of play.

One thing to keep in mind is since this will be Westbrook’s contract year, there is no guarantee he will resign next summer when his deal expires. This could affect the value of a potential trade for Westbrook in which Ainge uses this as leverage so he doesn’t have to give up as much to get him.

No matter what may happen these next few weeks, the Celtics are clearly showing they aren’t messing around this offseason and are serious about winning a title within the next few years. Although Westbrook might not put them over the top, they’ll be much closer to glory than most and will be one fun team to watch next season.

Tags: , , , ,

Reaction to the Kevin Durant signing.

July 7, 2016 at 11:22am in Celtics, NBA

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Kevin Durant has signed with the Golden State Warriors. After being up 3-1 in the Western Conference finals, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder collapsed and lost the series to the Warriors. Now Kevin Durant is simply joining the team that he couldn’t beat. Over the last few days he has been taking a lot of criticism about his decision to join a team that won 73 games last year and has been to the NBA finals back to back years. I think he deserves the criticism he’s getting because I feel like he’s taking the easy path to winning a ring. Where’s the competitiveness, where’s the fight to want to come back next year and beat these players that just beat you. Many people have said; “If you can’t beat them, join em. It definitely feels that way now days where these players are joining each other and forming these super teams. The Warriors now have four players that are in the top 15 players in the NBA as of now. Most teams are lucky to have one player on their roster in the top 15.

Oklahoma City fans are very angry about Durant leaving and they have a right to be. The Thunder are the only professional sports team that they have in OKC. They love the Thunder and they had even more love for Kevin Durant. Thunder fans were stunned by his decision, not only because they thought he was loyal to the Thunder but also because it took less money to play for Golden State. Why not be the star of the city, have a great chance to win, and make more money?

As a Celtics fan, I was getting really excited of the idea that he might come to Boston.  The Celtics just signed Al Horford to a max deal, who is good friends with Durant.  The Celtics would be serious contenders if they added Durant to a team with Horford and Isiah Thomas.  The Celtics even sent the great Tom Brady to the meeting with Durant.  Unfortunately, the Celtics weren’t able to persuade him to the team.

Many people feel like only two teams can win the championship next year; Golden State or Cleveland.The same teams that played in the finals the previous two seasons. I love basketball but it sucks knowing that your team won’t have a chance against these superstar teams. I feel like more of a balance would make basketball more interesting and a better product. For now it looks like we will be seeing Golden State vs. Cleveland come next June.


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.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Top 10: NBA Nicknames

June 17, 2016 at 4:38pm in Featured, NBA, Opinion, Top Story
top 10

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.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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…


Tags: , , , , , ,


The rumor mill was churning at the trade deadline last Thursday but the Celtics refrained from having any part of the action. Initial speculation focused on Al Horford and Jeff Teague but as the deadline approached another blockbuster deal developed. Unfortunately for Celtics fans the front office kept the details confidential.

During a recent appearance on WEEI’s OM&F, Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge confirmed that a deal was “very close” to transpiring until the other team backed out in the final moments. The target of this deal, Ainge revealed, was the Sixers’ 20 year old center Jahlil Okafor.

Unfortunately Ainge did not divulge and the exact specifics of the deal remain a mystery. It is safe to presume the deal involved the Nets’ highly coveted first round selection in the upcoming draft and possibly David Lee’s contract, but the details of the agreement remain subject to speculation. In any case this revelation from Ainge is a very interesting development for eager Celtics fans.

Okafor is raw low-post presence with the opportunity at greatness and stardom. Renown among local sports fans for his involvement in a bar fight in Boston after their game against the Celtics at the start of the season, the 20 year old rookie has plenty of time to mature and develop. This will need to happen both on and off the basketball court. On the court he has, statistically, been quite impressive in his rookie campaign despite the deplorable Sixers’ record. In 48 appearances so far this year the Duke product has averaged 17.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in his 30.2 minutes per game.

The idea of Jahlil Okafor on this young roster is unexpected yet captivating. Imagine adding his presence to the Celtics’ front court? It would add a dimension to the offense that this team lacks. As a go-to scorer and quality rebounder in the paint, the only concerns about Okafor emerge on defensive side of the basketball. He has always been such a physical superior among his peers that his lack of technique and awareness were never at risk of exploitation. Now that he has finally reached the NBA these aspects of his game need polish, but if he puts in the hard work both are skills that can develop and improve.

As Celtics fans let’s hope the Sixers’ don’t fully default on their interest in a deal involving Okafor. There is a lot left to be determined between now and the NBA draft, and even more rime before the start of the next season; this trade could still materialize. In the mean time we should cross our fingers and trust in Ainge’s ability to entice the Sixers because Okafor is a generational talent who could address an important void in the Celtics roster.

Tags: , , ,


With the NBA trade deadline a mere three weeks away the hot stove is heating up, and rumors from Chad Mannix have linked the Celtics and Hawks in trade conversation regarding Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Although the Celtics have been involved in many rumors they have yet to make a deal. This particular option, if completed for both players, would put the Celtics on a win-now path with championship aspiration in the near future.

The positive attributes of Horford are renown around the NBA. He is proven winner, has averaged 14.3 points and 9 rebounds over his career, and would fill the vacancy at the center position that I covered here last month. This is not a knock on Amir Johnson, I love the way he plays, but Al Horford is a big improvement. He is 29 years old, is a presence on the glass, and can get a bucket in post when his team needs it. He is exactly what the Celtics are lacking. The negative aspect of a trade involving Horford is his contract. This is the final year of his current deal and he is expecting to get a significant salary in free agency this summer. If the Celtics were to pull the trigger on a deal for Horford, Ainge would either have the upmost confidence in the team’s ability to sign him to a contract extension or be sending a message loud and clear that the goal is to win this year.

Teague is an electric athlete and has shown the ability to both score the basketball and run an offense at the NBA level. The Wake Forest product, now 27 years old, has averaged 11.8 points and 5.1 assists per game over his career, and his current contract is worth $8 million per year for both this season and next. Not a bad deal for a really good point guard. The only problem with his addition to the roster is that he would join an already crowded back court. The guard position does not feel like a pressing need for the Celtics at this point, which makes this rumor puzzling unless the front office plans to completely reconstruct this lineup mid season.

Danny Ainge has shown the guts and willingness to make this type of deal and go all-in for a championship, but has shown patience with player development and ‘trusting the process’ with young guys. Is the goal to win a championship this year? If so, then this trade will certainly move the team toward that goal. Also, is the front office that confident in their ability to sign Horford to a contract extension after this season? Another essential consideration when weighing this deal. If not, then a one year window of return is not an optimal return. It all remains to be seen and or now Celtics fans can only wait anxiously. Ainge is a diligent general manager and will surely consider every and any possible option before making a decision. In the meantime, we should continue to foster the hope of a DeMarcus Cousins-Isaiah Thomas reunion in a green and white uniform.


Tags: , , ,