Every once in a while, I link to a few articles from other writers around the internet. You know, I throw some dimes.
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1. Semih Erden might not play tomorrow night – Erden’s shoulder has been acting up and could require him to sit out tomorrow night’s season opener. Doc Rivers told ESPN Boston, “He may play, he may not. His shoulder is going to take some time.”
In other news, there’s a game tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. Doc Rivers calls Marquis Daniels key to winning – I don’t know what to think about this. On one hand, Daniels is an x-factor. If he plays like he’s capable of and stays healthy, he transforms from last year’s scrub into a valuable, multi-faceted player. That would certainly make the Celtics a lot better. On the other hand — call me crazy — I have a problem with saying an injury-prone, inconsistent 9th or 10th man is the key to winning. Aren’t Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett more important to the Celtics’ chances? Aren’t they?
3. Terrific Shaq piece – Steve Bulpett wrote a nice piece about The Green Mile, describing Shaq’s adoration with history and desire just to fit in. The money quote? “This year I just wanted to come to a place where I could win,” said Shaq. “(Expletive) the money. I’ve got a whole lot of money. I just wanted to come somewhere I could win.”
4. Underrated aspect of losing Perk – The Celtics can’t run all their plays anymore. Because none of the team’s three centers played in Boston last season, the playbook is limited. Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe, “This year he calls a play that we’ve just put in and they still can’t run it because one guy doesn’t know it. It messes up the whole group. Having your starting unit intact is huge, especially in training camp. When you’re teaching the rest of the guys stuff, you’ve got a group that can show everybody else exactly how it’s run. But we’ll get it.”
5. Shaq mentors Delonte West – One day after an unnamed Celtic told Alex Kennedy, “It’s obvious when [West] hasn’t taken his medicine,” Shaq told the Boston Globe, “I know [West] won’t get out of line because it’s like five or six guys that he truly respects here.’’ Shaq continued, “I don’t think he respected anybody but me on that team last year. So I was able to talk to him.”
No respect for Lebron, huh?
6. Pau Gasol most afraid of Celtics – Gasol was quoted by a Spanish newspaper as saying (HoopsHype translation), “I find Boston a little bit more scary than Miami.” My Babel Fish translator tells me why Gasol isn’t afraid of the Heat: “Man, respect yes gives by the quality of the players, but nothing else. They have very good equipment and we go to see what so develops throughout the year and how they work, that is also a little incognito, but simultaneously is going to be an incentive tuna for Liga and the fan.”
Alrighty then. Whatever you say, Babel Fish. The Heat have very good equipment and an enormous incentive tuna.
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