Hope you are doing well up in the North Pole, getting ready for the big day. Send my regards to your lovely wife, the elves, Rudy, and the rest.
Just writing to let you know that I've been very good this year. I didn't root for tanking, I've been patient with the rebuilding process, and I didn't openly mock Michael Jordan for turning down 30 draft picks only to pick the wrong guy in the draft. Oops, maybe I just did.
Anyway, I'm hoping that you'll read my Christmas wish below. A lot of these things can't be fit under the tree and I know you aren't a magic genie so there's only so much you can do, but whatever you can do would be appreciated.
- A few more wins for the Celtics - This seems pretty straightforward and obvious, but it really does boil down to the fact that I'm happier when the Celtics are winning. A few upcoming games against the Lakers and Nets should help. SHOULD. Which brings me to...
- A lot of losses for the Nets. I don't wish ill will on anyone. I won't be rooting for injuries or any such thing. I will, however, in the spirit of competition, root for every single game to be a loss for the Nets. I think a trade where they send out Brook Lopez and Thad Young for someone else's draft picks and unproven young players would do nicely. In fact, they should send those guys to the Pelicans!
- Lots of wins for the Pelicans would be great. They already have their superstar, and I wish him well. I just don't want to see them lose more games than the Nets so all of a sudden I'm a Pelicans fan as well.
- I guess I could ask for a mini-win streak from the Sixers but I'm not sure it would do much good. Perhaps a panic trade that cashes in some of their assets for a few extra wins this year without making them all that great in the long run. But enough about other teams, let's get back to the Celtics...
- An All Star game for Isaiah Thomas. He deserves it and I think he'd get a big kick out of it. I would enjoy watching him on that stage and seeing the Celtics represented again would be wonderful.
- An All Star game for Avery Bradley. This one seems like more of a stretch but you never know. He could be an injury replacement or something along those lines. He's just had a quietly wonderful year on both ends of the court this year and I hope he gets some national love for it at some point.
- Healthy knees (and general health) for Marcus Smart - We really need to see this guy stay healthy to see what kind of impact he'll be for us going forward. He plays with such reckless abandon that bumps and bruises are going to happen. I just hope that in the future his missed time will be measured in days, not months.
- Evan Turner's jumper. He seems to have lost his jumper, would you mind getting him a new one? James Young too. In fact, while you are at it, how about getting a better jump shot for everyone on the team. Except maybe R.J. Hunter. I know his numbers aren't great right now, but that thing is a thing of beauty and I've got a strong feeling it is going to on the mark for years to come.
- On court GPS for Jared Sullinger. Wearable technology is all the rage these days, so I'd like Sully to wear a device that directs him to the painted area whenever he wanders off course. Feel free to make it a nagging voice that he'll follow "just to make it stop."
- Hypnosis treatment for Kelly Olynyk. When he catches the ball beyond the arch and has enough room to shoot, I need him to visualize success. In those situations he needs to have J.R. Smith level confidence so he'll just take the shot instead of doing that silly wide open head pump thing that he does.
- Lots of garbage time due to blowout wins. I'd like to see Terry Rozier, James Young, and even Jordan Mickey grab some stress free NBA minutes because the Celtics are up by so much that Gino is dancing during timeouts. That'd be great.
- A 10 year contract extension for Brad Stevens. Enough said.
When it all boils down to it though, I'd settle for just on present wrapped up and placed under my tree. Another go-to scorer for the Celtics. I don't know what that guy would look like. Be it a veteran we trade for or a young guy that makes "the leap" or a lucky lottery ball bounce. We need another consistent scorer to carry the load on offense for years to come. Oh, and a rim protector would be nice too, but I don't want to sound too greedy.