Von Wafer, I just want to say thanks for last night. Thanks for (finally) hitting a shot, and then hitting a few more. Thanks for maintaining control on (most of) your dervishes to the hoop, and for kicking out a few times to open shooters. You’re a better passer than I realized back when you played for Houston, so I suppose I should thank you for that too.
Thanks for reminding us that you’re far more talented than Stephane Lasme. That you at your best beats Lasme at his best any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. Thanks for showing us your ability to put your right hand in an oven and come out smoking hot. Thanks for doing what you are most known for, scoring buckets. Thanks for not doing the other thing you’re most known for, clashing with coaches. Thanks for not being hesitant on the court. Thanks for not being passive.
Thanks for realizing that Doc Rivers isn’t on your case because he hates you, but because he sees your potential.
“It’s just to make me better,” you told the Boston Globe. “I think everybody here cares about me, so I’ve just got to take it in stride and just use it. Not use it as them being against me, but use it as them trying to help me.”
Maybe the Celtics still have time to mold a team player out of you after all.
After the game, Doc cautioned that you still have work to do. Maybe he was just trying to keep your head small after your nice performance, but more likely you’re having serious trouble picking things up.
“He’s gotta be alert and ready,” Doc told reporters. “His defense, he’s gotta learn our schemes. He’s been through a whole camp now. We can’t wait much longer.”
“I keep telling him [to play at] Celtics speed, and he’s playing at Von speed,” Doc continued. But then he added, “He’s getting it. He’s improving. He’s going to get it.”
You looked a lot closer to getting it last night than you had before, Von. As Doc said, last night was good for you. You needed it.
So thanks. I needed it too.