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.
1. NESN’s John Beattie gives a hilarious suggestion to help Rajon Rondo win the HORSE competition. (He also brings up the “mean streets” of Longmeadow’s Bliss Park, which is where I honed my game as a child.)
But you know how it is, Rajon: Winners find ways to win. And I know how you can dominate defending champ Kevin Durant and rookie Omri Casspi in Saturday night’s H-O-R-S-E game.
Your edge is simple: Bust out those roller skates.
2. Real GM’s Elrod Enchilada thinks the Celtics have no choice but to trade Ray Allen.
The idea, as far as we could see, was to have a rolling adjustment to a team built around the emerging brilliant talent that is Rajon Rondo, one that would remain in legitimate contention for at least another year or two. At that point the team would drop it huge contracts and have plenty of cap space to sign up free agents to rebuild around Rondo and Perk.
Well so much for that plan. Now that it is clear that the team is not going to win the 2010 NBA title, the idea of just playing out the string for two or three more years makes no sense.
3. The Herald’s Gerry Callahan agrees with Enchilada: Ray must go.
The problem is that no one – not Ainge, not Doc Rivers, not Wyc or Steve or Tommy Heinsohn – can look at this Celtics team and say it is capable of winning an NBA title. As Ochocinco would say, “Child, please.” They are 9-12 since Christmas Day and have blown double-digit leads in nine of those losses.
We say again: Nine times in the last 45 days the Celtics have had a lead of 10 points or more – and lost. That is the very definition of a dysfunctional team. So trading Allen and his expiring contract would screw things up? Is that possible at this point?
4. Red’s Army put together a list of Tommy Heinsohn’s top ten quotes. My favorite is number ten, because I can remember him saying it about Milt Palacio.