The Celtics have gotten rid of their morning walkthrough, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Here are a few Celtics links, and maybe even an NBA link or two, to help wake you up and get you focused for the day.
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “‘Rasheed’s I.Q. for the game is off the charts. I’m talking about both ends of the floor,’ said Woodson, a former assistant in Detroit when the Pistons won an NBA title in 2004. ‘You guys see the blowups, but from a basketball standpoint . . . there’s no better power forward in the league, I think. He can post it, he can shoot it, he passes, rebounds . . . there’s nothing he can’t do.’ But the qualities Woodson speaks of are not on display with the kind of consistency that one would expect from a player with that kind of talent. ‘He’s in a perfect situation [in Boston],’ said Washington coach Flip Saunders, who coached Wallace for three seasons in Detroit. ‘You don’t have to count on him. The difference in Detroit, we had to count on him in the post and those type of things. In Boston, you got Garnett and you got those people. If he goes in and he’s playing well, it’s fine. If he’s not, then you can go with somebody else.’ Said a Western Conference scout recently: ‘He’s the oddest player. You got a league where all these guys come in wanting to be ‘the man,’ but don’t have the talent. And here you have Rasheed who has the talent, but doesn’t want to be ‘the man.’ That’s why the situation in Boston is perfect for him. He can still be Rasheed, bringing it every now and then, and not have to worry about a lot of pressure. It’s a great fit.’”
Frank Dell’Apa, Boston Globe – “Ainge said the Celtics attempted to work out a trade for Hudson, whose nonguaranteed contract was worth $167,782. The deadline for contracts to be guaranteed was 6 p.m. Wednesday. ‘He was not getting an opportunity,’ Ainge said. ‘The majority of the backup point guard minutes have gone to Eddie House the last three years. Even when we brought in Sam Cassell, Eddie was still getting the majority of minutes. And last year, when we brought in [Stephon] Marbury, Eddie got the majority of the minutes, especially in the playoffs. Lester hasn’t gotten a chance to play. We were making an effort up to the deadline to make a deal and try to find Lester a home so he could continue to be paid. That’s why he went with us [to Miami]. I was talking to him and his agent, and he was aware of what we were doing and of the possibilities that existed, and we were trying to do all we could up to the deadline.’”
Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald – “But in terms of a job opening, beyond perhaps that for a faith healer, there is nothing posted on the board in the lunch room. ‘Right now I don’t see any needs,’ Ainge said as he boarded a flight on a scouting trip out West yesterday. ‘I mean, I feel like there’s always a need if you can get a better player than who you have, but there’s nothing with us that’s a glaring weakness. There’s not one specific need that we’re looking to fill. I just feel like we need to get healthy. If we’re healthy, then in some ways we may have too many players. There will be some tough decisions that will have to get made on minutes when we have everyone back. But things can always happen, so I think it’s important for us that we have this flexibility with our roster. I mean, there’s a good chance we don’t sign anybody, but it helps to have the ability to do it if something happens and you need to.”
Jessica Camerato, WEEI – “Picking the passer: After running through the play in practice, Rivers knew Pierce was the right man for the role. ‘We ran it once, might have been last year or two years ago, and it didn’t work. It worked to the point that Rondo was open and we threw the pass off mark. It actually went into overtime. We work on that play occasionally, like once every 10 practices. Paul is the only guy that can make the pass. Every time we use someone else it’s a bad pass. But it was good that all those guys were there. The good thing with Paul, because he is such a threat as a player, they rarely put a big on him. A lot of time, like what we did in Golden State where we put the two bigs on the ball, teams don’t want to do that just in case there is enough time for Paul to come back and get the ball. They usually put his guy on him and that’s why we use him.’”
Jeff Clark, CelticsBlog – “Now if you really want to slam on the panic button, consider the fact that this year’s version of KG’s absence is starting to feel a little like last year where the timetable keeps changing. There’s always a chance that he might not be back this year. There’s even a small chance that we’ve already seen the last of KG and we just don’t know it yet. (shudder)”