Doc Rivers admitted Shaq is a potential target, and said not to be surprised by any big man the Celtics go after. As if we didn’t already know, Doc: Setting up a meeting with Kwame Brown kind of clued us in to the desperation. (Boston Globe)
“Nothing is out of the question, we need a big,’’ Rivers said. “Shaq, everybody is in play. No doubt. We haven’t done anything yet, but I think everybody’s in play. I will wait [on talking about O’Neal]. If the day comes that we sign him, then I will make more comments.’’
It’s really too bad Vitaly Potapenko just accepted an assistant coaching position.
Doc then spoke about what the C’s see in Kwame. (CSNNE)
While many see Brown as one of the biggest busts in NBA history, Rivers is convinced that the 28-year-old still has plenty to offer a championship-caliber team like the Celtics.
“Size. He’s got size and potential,” Rivers said. “He hasn’t realized that yet. But it’s there. We want to see if we can get it out of him.” [...]
While many have focused on what Brown has not been able to accomplish during his NBA career, Rivers believes the things that Brown has proven he can do well in the NBA – defend – would allow him to fit in.
“We know who we are,” Rivers said. “We’re not disguising that. Big offensive numbers, yeah, that would be great. But we use that as a disguise so we can defend you. That’s what he would be.”
If the C’s are really looking for a big guy who can defend, why not throw the vet’s minimum at Kurt Thomas? He may be old (like, really, really old) but at least he’s not a train wreck offensively.
And does Kwame really have potential? He’s been in the league for nine years. At some point, you’ve just got to call a spade a spade – it just is what it is.