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. Red’s Army unearthed a sobering piece by J.A. Adande about how the Celtics should blow up the current roster. To which I say, “Yup, it’s gonna have to be done.” BUT they still might have one last shot.
As disappointing as this season has been, it hasn’t been so bad they’re going to take down the 2008 banner. The strategy was worth it. I wish more teams would go all-in for a shot at a championship. But they need to get this over with as quickly as possible because there won’t be any gallant last stand. They don’t have the same ferocious defense or unmistakable camaraderie. Now there are reports that coach Doc Rivers is ready to leave. Rivers called it “old news.” He called it “a non-issue, for me, right now.” He didn’t call it “untrue.” He should move on. Everyone who can should. Call in the crew that handled the old Boston Garden demolition and let them take this roster apart. The painful part is that Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace still have two years remaining on their contracts, worth almost half the salary cap between them. This won’t be enjoyable to watch. Hopefully, there’s as little programming as possible.
2. SB Nation picked Rasheed Wallace, of all players in the NBA, to be the most valuable.
Nothing about what we are seeing now should be considered a surprise. Just looking at his body of work, and in particular the last year or so in Detroit, we should all have known what to expect from Rasheed Wallace (too many 3′s, talented but doesn’t make best use of those talents). So most Celtics fans went into this with eyes wide open.
With that said, his talent and past success was also seen as an opportunity. We hoped that he would be re-energized by the chance to play alongside other veteran stars with a chance at a title. We hoped that he would see the opportunity to finish off his career on an high note and make one final push for the title. Even if we got nothing from him in the last 2 years of his contract, if he worked out well this year, it would all be worth it.
None of that has happened thus far. In fact, there’s a perception (be it fair or not) that the opposite happened. Instead of the team infecting him with a winning attitude, he may have infected the team with a lackadaisical attitude. That’s not really fair to pin on any one person but it explains the angst directed at ‘Sheed.
Of course all will be forgiven if he really can “flip the switch” in the playoffs and justify the Celtics “CTC (cutting the check)” for him. But if he doesn’t, all he’ll be hearing is “ball don’t lie” from the Garden faithful.
3. Jeff Clark writes why people should root for the Celtics in the playoffs.
Root for Paul Pierce to take his place among the greats of Celtic past. Root for Ray Allen to convince the Celtics to let him retire in Boston and break Reggie Miller’s three-point record there. Root for Kevin Garnett to win the title again so he can try to top his “anything’s possiblllllllllllllllllllle” howl with something even more over the top. Root for the Celtics so the new stars can see that defense still does win championships.
A new dawn is ready to break for the NBA. This offseason could usher in some seismic shifts to the balance of power. But before that happens, lets put a cap on this era by watching the old guard go out on top.
4. Celtics Hub reminds us all that if there’s one thing Rasheed Wallace is good for, it’s bricking jumpers.
5. Ball Don’t Lie points out that some people, toddlers even, really love Dwyane Wade. Mayeb those damn toddlers should read Jeff Clark’s piece. For the next couple weeks or so, I say “Eff Dwyane Wade.”