I've got just a few things I'd like to clear up. But the whole Doc and rookies thing. I just can't take it anymore. Over and over again I have to hear from people that Doc doesn't play rookies. That they want to see assorted rookies play. And they talk about how much better life would be if only rookies were given opportunity to play. And we just need to stop it. Rookies do get to play. But only the ones that can defend. And only the ones that can be as consistent as the vets ahead of them on the depth chart. The rooks from the 07-08 campaign were not defenders. The team went out and got veterans for the playoff run and with exception to Cassel (and yeah, okay, Eddie House), all of them were good defenders. So can we all please stop blaming Doc for the fact that Walker couldn't defend his way out of a paper bag. It was not Doc's fault. Not even a little. The new rooks will get their chance, with a full off season and more practice time during the season. We'll see them. We probably won't see them a lot, because the Cletics are going to be pretty good. Which brings me to the next thing.
Tke a long look at the teams that play rookies for large numbers of minutes. They are usually like the teams that have a bunch of offensive rebounds and by that I mean they lose a lot. Rookies need to develop. I agree. That's what practice is for. And games against the Raptors . . . .
The free agent discussion is always so difficult because there are so many unknowns. I'm stoked at the idea of Terry being a Celtic, I think he's going to fit right in. All the Mayo fans, you realize that he lost his starting job to Tony Allen right? I loved Tony while he was a Celtic, truthfully I did. But how are we going to say that Mayo is an upgrade over Ray Allen if he isn't over Tony Allen? I'm hoping that Ray will be back with the same kind of fury that only a real fan can muster. I'd love to see Pietrus back, I will never forget those two offensive rebounds. I've got high hopes for what Jeff Green might be able to do. And next to no optimism that the C's will be able to bring in a free agent Center. Everyone that is tooting the Kaman horn, seriously, the moment has passed. Our MLE is gone. He's not coming here. Ditto on Illyasova. Why are we so obsessed with middling level caucasian bigs anyway? Dwight Howard doesn't want Boston. To which I say, fine, you're too friendly anyway. You're like the opposite of Perk with your big smile and your offensive ability. We didn't want you, we don't like you, and you don't have any friends. But if you change your mind I still think you'd look really good in green. But all I really want for this offseason is Ray.
Oh Ray. I honestly don't see him signing with Miami. Lets say his problem with staying a Celtic is minutes. Okay, in Miami he's going to be behind Wade. Wade plays more minutes at the 2 spot than Bradley will. So if it's minutes he wants, he's still going to get more of them in Boston. Let's say he wants another title shot. Like say the one that he would have had this year if the referees hadn't sucked at their jobs. Or say the shot that Boston is going to have next year with him. Let's say it's a money thing. Well, Boston has offered the most. Let's say it's a family thing, he would move his family again? I mean don't get me wrong, Miami's weather is probably a lot better than Boston's. But Miami fans don't chant "Lets go Celtics" in the final minutes of a blowout loss of a playoff game (yes I know they'd be chanting let's go Heat, but it would have felt unclean for me to type that). So what I'm saying is, I really hope Ray is gonna choose Boston. When I look at all the factors it seems like Boston is the obvious choice. But I'm so scared that he'll choose someone else.
The thing is, Paul Pierce is still wearing green. KG is ready to go another 10 rounds with anyone stupid enough to try. Rondo has found a mid range jumper. Bradley will be back. Doc is still coaching. Jason Terry is coming to town. And Danny isn't done. Not by a long shot. I'm glad I'm a Celtics fan, otherwise I'd be afraid. Ready or not, here they come.