You know, I don't normally like Charlie Rosen's articles, especially when he talks about the Celtics. He's arrogant, overly critical, and condescending in a "I'm a former coach so I'm better than you" sort of way. And I usually disagree with his take on the Celtics. So either I'm too much of an oversensitive homer (a real possibility, I admit) or he's probably blowing smoke again. However, I must say, I do enjoy watching him rip an opponent to shreds.
Here's his take on the Cavs. My favorite part:
Zydrunas Ilgauskas couldn't guard his own lunch, was no longer a consistent threat in the low post and had devolved into a modern-day equivalent of Mel Counts. Anderson Varejao was both foul- and flop-prone and consistently tried to do things that he was incapable of doing — like hitting jump shots. Ben Wallace was old and in the way. Wally Szczerbiak was a jump-shooting statue. Daniel Gibson and Sasha Pavlovic were 3-point specialists who could do little else.
Only Delonte West had the toughness, the offensive versatility and the defensive chops to enhance LBJ's game.
I promise I'll get back to the Celtics now. I just couldn't resist one last swipe at the Cavs.
Update: Bob Ryan piles on as well, pointing out that just three teams managed to win 66 games and fail to win a championship (the list includes the 72-73 Celtics).