Every once in a while, I link to a few articles from other writers around the internet. You know, I throw some dimes.
- Today would have been Red Auerbach’s 93rd birthday. In Red’s biography on ESPN, Lisa Hilton wrote, “Red Auerbach’s coaching philosophy was simple: Only one statistic mattered. At the end of the game, he wanted the number next to his team to be greater than that next to his opponent. The individual players weren’t the ones who made the difference. It was the team as a whole. Just being a member of a winning team was part of the Auerbach mystique.” Today’s Celtics are simply carrying on the Auerbach mystique. Smoke a stogie for us, Red.
- Jack Ramsay says Larry Bird was the best player he ever coached against. That’s what’s up.
- Paul Flannery discusses the Ray Allen re-signing. Can he put off the aging process for two years?
- Danny Ainge on Semih Erden’s performance in the FIBA World Championships: “Semih’s a player,” said Ainge. “He plays hard, he plays with energy. He definitely made a handful of nice passes.” I’m getting more excited for the Semih Erden era by the day. Even if he’s still the fourth-string center.
- Celtics Hub’s Zach Lowe wonders how the Celtics would handle the Heat if Lebron James plays point guard. My take? Get down on their knees and pray.
- Doc Rivers interviews with Kentucky Wildcat student TV. The interview is mostly bland, but one quote I loved was about Rajon Rondo: “He just keeps getting better.” He does, and for the rest of the league that’s a scary thought. How good will Rondo be next season?
- Ken Berg previews the Celtics. His player to watch? Kevin Garnett. “ During the Celtics’ surprising run to the NBA Finals, KG finally started to move around better and was able to log substantial minutes without any obvious consequences. Will Garnett ever get back the explosiveness that he possessed before his knees started breaking down? No way. But if he can lose the limp and get some of his lateral mobility back – which he showed glimpses of during the Finals – his impact on the Celtics’ success cannot be overstated.”
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