The Celtics are tied for (preseason) first place! Their first game was a blowout victory! We've got youth, we've got experience, we've got a wiz kid head coach, and we've got more picks than we know what to do with! Things couldn't be better right now! I'm using way too many exclamation points and I don't care!
Oh sure, I could bore you all with "reasonable expectations" and "realistic projections" blah blah blah. BOOOORRRRIIIINNNNNGGGG!!!
For one day, one glorious day, I'm checking my brain at the door and basking in the warming sun of blissful ignorance. In fact, I might strap on some wax wings and fly to the sun. What could possibly go wrong?
Before last night's game even started Rajon Rondo was out on the court with a teeny-tiny little wrap on his left hand and he was sinking 3 pointers left and right. Watch out world, Rajon can shoot now! MVP, MVP, MVP!!!
Jeff Green didn't play last night but he's getting dive-on-the-floor lessons from Gerald Wallace now. That means all out effort plays and all world athleticism baby.
Did you see former number 2 pick Evan Turner slice up the Sixers stingy defense last night? That kid has "steal" written all over him and he's gonna make the Sixers and Pacers kick themselves for giving up on him too soon.
Speaking of steals, Marcus Smart is going to get a lot of them this year. He and Avery Bradley are going to go whole quarters without letting opposing point guards get across half court.
Meanwhile, James Young's range begins where he enters the gym. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he hit a shot this year WHILE checking in at the scorers table.
Did you blink? Because I think Marcus Thornton just hit another dagger 3 just now.
We can't let the little guys have all the fun. How about those big guys? Jared Sullinger went on the Jared from Subway diet and is ready to leap tall Lego buildings in a single bound. He's already got the instincts and skills, now he'll have the energy to keep going (and a developing 3 pointer to boot).
Kelly Olynyk slammed through the rookie wall last year and has picked up where he left off. He's a big man with guard skills and will give us the stretch 4 that Danny has been looking for since forever.
Speaking of which, Brandon Bass is still a great do-what-it-takes-to-win glue big man, and he's adding a corner 3 to his arsenal.
Don't sleep on Zzzzzzzzeller either folks. Tyler Zeller is a 7 footer that can run the floor and mix it up with the best of them. I can't wait to see him set a pick for Rondo, roll to the hoop, and slam it home.
Joel Anthony has Championship experience and Vitor Faverani has another shot at being a diamond in the rough center. Shoot, we might have even found a steal in Dwight Powell.
I mean, how can you not be excited about this team? Let the doubters doubt, let the haters hate. This team is going to shock the world like the Suns did last year and in the weaker East there's even higher upside. Then after the season we're going to have boatloads of picks and cap space and Rondo is going to go out recruiting.
Then ...well, everything will be even MORE awesome!!! Get excited! Enjoy this feeling...
...while it lasts.