Whew. Now that we don't have to hold our breath anymore worrying about Rondo injuring himself overseas....
After taking most of the summer off, it is time for me to rejoin the land of
Let’s start with the reloaded Celtics.
No. Let’s go before even that.
The Celtics recent history reads:
That is pretty heady stuff for a
Welcome to the big time. And, make no doubt, it has been fun. Excellent basketball, unique, strong personalities wandering in (and out), nationally televised games, and deep playoff runs.
Jermaine O’Neal chooses the cold confines of New England to play with this Big Three Plus One instead of joining the newly formed Big Three on the
If you don’t love rooting for them, you absolutely love hating them. Adding Rasheed gave them an overdose of verbalocity with the refs last season. Shaq and Jermaine will save most of their comments for the opposing
For reasons that are only partially understood, this
Along the way they spanked 2
pretenders contenders and returned from a 2-1 deficit to lead the Lakers 3-2 before coughing up Perkins, the advantage, and the title.
That three year run has and continues to produce major excitement for Celtic fans who are watching a small cadre of top stars entering ‘none too gently’ a time in their careers where there is more road in the rear view mirror than ahead of them. And they are bound by a young star on the rise who exudes that same incredible confidence and mental toughness.
- An emerging Glen Davis, a unique player with unique talent in a contract year, where expectations will be higher.
- The quiet man, Marquis Daniels, hoping to make a louder impact as he seeks redemption for an off year marred by yet another injury.
- The might mite, 5’9" Nate Robinson, an explosive scorer whose expectations will be higher as he starts the season with the
teamand will know the plays and his teammates better.
- Von Wafer also seeking
NBAredemption as the new three point shooter and more.
- Avery Bradley defensive minded, hard driving 1st rounder. Will he be the first 1st rounder to make an impact since Rondo in 2006?
- Luke Harangody, summer league star looking to prove that wasn’t a fluke
- The mystery 15th roster spot probably won’t be the 15th man on the depth chart – but who will that be?
The Celtics’ marketing catch phrase starting last season was ‘Reloaded’. Maybe it should have been Rondo Rising, Garnett Healing and Wallace Waiting. But who knew then?
It will be interesting to see how this season plays out.
Reloaded might be more apropos this season. At least it is Reloaded –Part 2. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that both Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal would be donning Celtic green this season. Okay. So we’re getting some high mileage players. They are definitely not from the ‘Certified’ section of
It is a Celtic response to deal with the length of L.A. and the seriousness of the injury to Kendrick Perkins. Rebounding, shot blocking and clogging the middle just got better. How much will they miss Perkin’s pick and roll and
The basic structure of this
It is an all star cast held over for at least one more run. Stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo are joined by former stars now playing supporting roles in Jermaine O’Neal and Shaq. And they will look for strong support from the ensemble cast of Glen Davis, Nate Robinson, and Marquis Daniels.
Can a rookie climb into that group?
Who will fill the missing piece of swing defender?
Will Shaq really accept a lesser role?
This isn’t ‘Gary Payton coming’ to help a middling
They are guaranteed to entertain, will deliver dynamic performances and will be among those teams nominated for best of the year. But they are out for only one thing, to win the NBAs’ version of Best Picture of the Year, the
Like always, that will require another strong performance by the starters, but this time it will require some outstanding performances from the bench players to bring it home.
Assuming a healthy year for the
It is possible that they will be the Greatest Show on Earth. What they want to be is the Greatest