If you’re a Celtics fan, you will not at all mind reading what Stephen A. Smith had to say about the Boston Celtics. (WEEI)
On whether the Celtics’ team play should be taught in Little League:
I don’t think there’s any question. Look at everything that we’re talking about this team. When you look at the Boston Celtics, they’re just exceptional, and they’re exceptional in all facets. You look at LeBron James, did you see how humble he was last night. You look at him from a couple of days earlier, the arrogance oozing out of his mouth was unbelievable, I guess everyone is spoiled, when you only have three bad games in seven years, blah, blah. That wasn’t the LeBron James talking last night. It’s an entirely different ball game right now.
The Boston Celtics are capable of humbling you in that fashion. They just don’t have any weaknesses as far as I’m concerned when they’re on their game. They are a collection of guys that are capable of getting it done. Some are stars, some are not, but its rarely that you see Doc Rivers put anybody out on the floor that can’t get the job done.
On whether the Celtics can keep their run going:
Well [Doc Rivers] was wide awake at 1:30 a.m. last night because I was driving back from Boston when he and I spoke, he was wide awake, just anxious to get ready to go. He knows what a formidable foe Orlando is. Not just because of their all-around talent but because they’ve got exceptional coaching in Stan Van Gundy, this guy can coach, there’s no question about that. But I will tell you this, I’ll go as far as to say this much, Orlando is the favorite, but anybody worth their soul wants Boston to win this series, so Boston can go up against LA again.
LA is not the team they were two years ago, LA believes they’re better. Plus they are the reigning defending world champions, and last year Kevin Garnett was not healthy. In a sense it’s the gods looking out for you, and giving you exactly what you wanted. It’s destiny standing there waiting for you, for a team with a healthy Garnett, because he looks healthier now than he did in the regular season, to make way to go up against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Its back to old time. I think anybody worth their soul is rooting for the Boston Celtics to go up against the Lost Angeles Lakers to see who’s really worthy of being a world champion. I’m rooting for the Boston Celtics. [...]
They reminded you of why they were the world champions two years ago, they reminded you as to why they felt as if Kevin Garnett had been healthy last year, they would be two-time reiging defending world champions. They believe that the Los Angeles Lakers have a title that belongs to them. We understood why last night when they closed the deal. Their defense was absolutely exceptional, Doc Rivers did a splendid job in coaching this team, he flat-out outcoached Mike Brown. He had Tony Allen and Ray Allen on LeBron James, and made sure that everybody slid over, so LeBron James could not really penetrate the teeth of anybody’s defense.
On the Celtics and the city of Cleveland:
You’ve got a guy in LeBron James that’s going to be the biggest free agent, probably in sports history, and the Boston Celtics may very very well be responsible for ruining an entire city in the United States of America, and that is Cleveland, Ohio, and the state of Ohio, because the residual effects of this defeat of the Cleveland Cavaliers will resonate far beyond last night and far beyond just beating a Cleveland Cavaliers team in these particular playoffs.
This kind of resounding defeat ultimately in my opinion will be the straw that broke the camel’s back, the thing that ultimately sends LeBron James packing his bags in Cleveland and moving on to a franchise he believes legitimately has a chance of winning a world championship some day.
I don’t really like Stephen A. Smith. Quite Frankly, I think he’s loud and obnoxious. But I sure do like what he said about the C’s.