The Morning Walkthrough is a set of links to Boston Celtics articles throughout the internet, designed to get your day started the right way.
Nate Robinson, Twitter – “Team softball game at Fenway park @RajonRondo hit 3 home runs.”
Shaq, Twitter – “And the winners are [us]. 32 to 25 I only hit two homers, sorry pujols, next up the harvard row team n rowing.”
Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald – “Danny Ainge had a rather rough summer – and, for that, Celtics fans should be thankful. The general manager tried to get away and take a break, but there were always moves to be made, players to be locked up. And because Ainge didn’t get much chance to decompress, the Celtics are well outfitted for winter. They were looking a bit thin early in the offseason, but with the return of Marquis Daniels and the addition of Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal and Delonte West to go with Nate Robinson and Glen Davis (and the signing of 2008 draft pick Semih Erden), the Celts are looking like the deepest team in the NBA. ‘It’s key,’ coach Doc Rivers said. ‘Our bench is going to be huge for us. It’s going to be the key, in my opinion, for the regular season. And that’s what’s going to have us be able to be ready for the playoffs. Look at it this way: If the bench doesn’t come through, it’ll be tough, because that means the starters will have to play more minutes. And that’s not something we want. I think it’s the key to our season. We’ve added quality depth, but they’ve got to play. It’s good to have it on paper.’”
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – “It was Robinson who surveyed the characters in the Celtics locker room, saw the perfect cast, and declared, ‘We should have our own reality show.’ All the elements are there. Comedy. Drama. Suspense. The cast is all lined up, too. To a reality show T. There’s the prankster, Robinson, the 5-foot-9-inch slam dunk champion who also has a black belt in the art of practical jokes. There’s Shaquille O’Neal, the guy with too much personality to fit in one room. The 7-1, 325-pound icon is a pitchman for everything, from Double Stuf Oreos on up (and he gets points for already having his own reality show). There’s the full-time hooper, part-time rapper, Marquis Daniels, the way-too-quiet house member. There’s Glen Davis, the youngster still trying to find his way in the world. When he’s not doing the Dougie, you can find him on Ustream, dancing shirtless and eating chocolate cereal out of what looks big enough to be a salad bowl. Of course, if the show gets picked up for another season, there’s a chance that Davis (in his contract year) might not return. Count Turkish center Semih Erden and it’s a foreign film. Count Delonte West, who signed with the Celtics this summer after a season plagued by legal trouble, and it’s a redemption story. ‘The Real World — Waltham.’ The show would land somewhere between actual reality TV and a Dave Chappelle sketch.”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “If it seems like the Celtics are making a more concerted effort to cut to the basket so far, Rivers believes it’s due to the emergence of a post game that was dormant for much of last season. ‘We have more post guys, that’s the reason you’re seeing more slashing,’ said Rivers. ‘You’re seeing the ball in the post and guys are making great cuts. That’s big for us. We have post guys and floor spacing with shooters, so there should be a lot of cuts to the basket. The best thing, actually, has been the passing to the cutters.’ … Rivers said he thinks those opportunities will open up even more as Garnett gets comfortable in the post. ‘Right now, he still doesn’t [have the post game],’ Rivers said of Garnett, who has been demanding the ball in the post more during practice. ‘He’ll get it. Shaq has it, and he’s doing a great job. We still want to get Paul [Pierce] down there more because you can see he has his legs back for us.’”
Tom Halzack, CelticsBlog – “Q: You played with Shaq last year. There’s been a lot of talk about his inability to guard the pick and roll. Perhaps too much considering the Cavs points allowed per possession were almost identical with or without Shaq on the floor. So somehow the Cavs compensated for that and Shaq brings other things to the table. What is your reaction to that, regarding Shaq and defense? [Delonte West said,] ‘It’s all about perception, you know. It’s the power of the pen. Whoever decides they want to write about what they see for the night that’s what the fans are given. They are given that perspective…And like you said, he does a lot of things and you understand…you know how to incorporate what he does into your defensive schemes. It’s working pretty good for us here in Boston so far. And it worked for us in Cleveland.’ Is he in a little better shape this year? ‘He’s in great shape. He was in great shape last year. It’s all about who you are playing that night and you have to understand it’s also the (specific) opponents you are playing. They have schemes that they want to do.’ Using Delonte’s perspective it is smart in more ways than one to obtain Shaq for the Celtics. ‘The only person that was on the Boston team that was really able to breakdown our defense was Rajon. For instance, we played Boston in the playoffs last year and the only person that was on the Boston team that was really able to breakdown our defense was Rajon and he’s the best point guard in the world right now. I don’t think nobody can stop him right now. You can see, he was driving around everybody. He’ll drive around the whole team so…you can’t look at that and say that Shaq can’t guard the pick and roll. If we weren’t seeing Boston, it wasn’t a problem. ‘”
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