The perfect way to end the Old Year: Danny Ainge addresses the Sheed possibility. (ESPN, via WEEI)
“I don’t know, I know that he’s been in our locker room a few of times this year and he’s been to a couple of practices,” said Ainge. “I know the guys are teasing him about that — about coming back. He’s said that he doesn’t want to come back.
“I’m not sure there’s room for Rasheed, unless we just have a whole bunch of injuries. Right now our center position, we have three healthy centers, we have a fourth one that’s not too far away in [Kendrick Perkins]. Right now, I’m more concerned about our backcourt with Delonte [West] and Rajon down, and Nate [Robinson] not quite 100 percent. Again, with [heightened minutes for Ray Allen and Paul Pierce], we need Avery [Bradley] and Von [Wafer] and Luke [Harangody] to step up and contribute.”
Pressed on if the injury to Garnett was more severe, would he put more consideration into Wallace, Ainge noted, “I don’t see him at the same position as KG.”
Ainge is completely right.
Let’s forget for a second how bad Sheed was last season. Let’s forget all the ill-advised (and bricked) three-pointers, the piss-poor defensive rotations, and the inexcusable lack of rebounding. Let’s forget his penchant for technical fouls, his lazy attitude, and the fact that I’m still 75% convinced that Sheed’s laissez-faire mentality led to last year’s half-assed regular season effort. Let’s forget all that. Just wipe it all out of your brains.
Still, Sheed wouldn’t fit on the Celtics. They already have four capable centers (yes, I’m counting Semih Erden and Jermaine O’Neals zombie), and Sheed can’t possibly play power forward. He’s far too slow. So even if KG misses more time than we expect, Sheed can’t help replace him.
Even if the Celtics would want him to. Which, after the debacle that was last year, I would hope they wouldn’t.
Eroded skills don’t lie.