Once in a while, someone else’s article catches my eye. Sometimes, it’s because the article is so spot-on I wish I’d written it myself. Other times, it’s because the article enlightens me with something I never knew. Still other times, it’s because I disagree with whatever’s written. No matter what the reason, I dish it off to another writer to make his/her point. You know, throwing some dimes.
- Jessica Camerato writes that Kevin Garnett’s rest is NOT strategic:
“No, no, this is because of a freak accident,” Rivers said after practice on Friday. “Kevin is as frustrated as anybody that he hyperextended his knee on a play that happened twice in two different games, which is literally impossible…Both times he was jumping off you’re feet and someone kicks you and kicks the back of your leg, for that to happen once is almost impossible. For that to happen twice is just bad luck. And it just did. He’s laughing like how can that happen twice? I said, well it happened in this game and in that game. That’s how.”
Rivers said rest is imperative for this kind of injury, regardless of who the player is. But given Garnett’s history with injuries, the team has to be extra cautious.
- With Rajon Rondo down, ESPNBoston’s Chris Forsberg talked to J.R. Giddens about the first potential start of his career:
While both Rivers (without naming the player) and Giddens admitted that decision is subject to change, it appears the 2008 first-round draft pick (30th overall) with just 69 total minutes of career action, will be thrust into the starting role with Boston playing without three starters in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Giddens, who jokingly prayed that Rivers wouldn’t change his mind. “I’ve been working hard –working and working — I have to go out and get it done now. Me getting this chance, it’s probably the biggest chance in my NBA career. I don’t even know to describe it in words.”
You’ve got to be happy for J.R. From the shell-shocked rookie he was last year, he’s really come a long way in the span of only one season. It seems like he’s a hard-worker who’s been trying his best to improve his attitude, preparation, and team play. If he finally gets his shot, I hope he comes through in a big way… for both J.R. and for the Celtics.
- Zach Lowe from Celtics Hub: “Perk needs to choose accountability now, when he’s young and his habits are malleable, instead of martyrdom and the belief that the league is out to get him.”
- Matt Moore of NBA Fanhouse makes an Eastern Conference time capsule for New Year’s day.
- NESN’s John Beattie (who happens to be from my very small hometown) runs down the C’s top ten defining moments of the decade.
- Doc Rivers wants to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution… but he doesn’t want to challenge Charles Barkley to a weight-loss contest:
“I talked to Barkley, but we can’t have a contest,” said Rivers. “That wouldn’t be fair. He could lose a lot more than me.”