The Boston Celtics will likely make their final cut after tonight’s game. (Boston Herald)
As it stands, Von Wafer appears to be in the lead for the Celtics’ last roster spot. Rivers said the team will probably make a cut after tonight’s preseason finale against New Jersey.
“(Wafer’s) been more aggressive offensively,” Rivers said. “He still has to buy in defensively and into our culture, and I think he’ll do that. He’s getting better.”
Besides an awful spell of the shooting shanks to begin training camp, everything went just right for Wafer this preseason. He wasn’t playing a lot, then — BAM! – Delonte West got hurt and playing time opened up. Stephane Lasme was playing his way onto the team, then — BAM! — Lasme couldn’t travel to Canada because of visa issues and Wafer played his best game as a Celtic. Even before the preseason,West’s 10-game suspension made Wafer less expendable than he would have been.
To recap, Wafer is benifitting from a) injuries to teammates, b) odd visa issues that rarely (ever?) happen in the NBA, and c) the time Delonte West played cops and robbers more than a year ago. If somebody ever wrote a book titled “Strange Ways to Make an NBA Team,” Wafer would be featured at least a few dozen times.
Unless he doesn’t make the team. Then the book should be titled “How to Blow a Shot at Making an NBA Team Despite Everything Falling into Place.”