Not good. Not good at all.
I’ve been at the Hoophall Classic covering some unbelievable high school players all day, so, yeah, I’ll let Doc’s threat stand as the recap for now.
Can’t wait to watch on my DVR!
Jared Sullinger is the most mature 20-year old basketball player on earth; the Celtics bench is suddenly approaching its promise; Courtney Lee showed more signs of continuing to dig his way out of an early-season slump (though he did have a few head-scratching turnovers while running the point); Rajon Rondo now has fewer than 10 assists in eight of his last 12 games (by my count, at least); Paul Pierce remains a talented scorer; KG’s omniscient contributions go without saying; Avery Bradley made James Harden work for everything he got; and a bad second-half stretch was completely overcome by a response that could only be compared to the Jamaicans owning the Swiss at the bar in Cool Runnings.
I see pride, I see power, I see a bunch of bad-ass mothers who don’t take no crap off nobody.
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Because of the holiday season, it’s been three weeks since King of the Court aired. In Celtics nation, sadly, this is not the season to be jolly.
The Celtics have lost four straight by an average of 19.75 points. Their defense has fallen apart, they can’t string together scores, and, for goodness sake, they’re starting Jason Collins.
Join co-hosts Ty Ray and Jay King to rant about the state of the Celtics. And while you’re running to your telephones and computers, beware of doorways. Those things are dangerous, especially if you’re 7-feet tall.
There’s a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term.
Yet it’s believed that the Maloofs just aren’t ready yet to entertain the idea of parting with the mercurial center before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, not even after Cousins got suspended for turning on perhaps his biggest non-Maloof supporter in the organization by arguing so heatedly last weekend with Kings coach Keith Smart.
Stay tuned, though. Cousins told USA Today’s Sam Amick earlier this week that he won’t be pushing for a trade, but Cousins’ new agent — Dan Fegan — has a contentious history with Petrie after the Kings passed on Ricky Rubio to select Tyreke Evans in the 2009 draft. Trade speculation involving Cousins, now that Steve Nash has returned to calm the Trade Pau hysteria in Lakerland for the moment, is bound to be new favorite sport in 2013 in the slice of the Twitterverse devoted to the NBA.
Front-office sources say that Boston and Detroit, just to name two teams, have let it be known that they are highly interested if and when Cousins does become available. Rest assured there will be more.
I have to admit, it’s not the world’s most surprising news that the size-starved Celtics (or anyone else, for that matter) are interested in the 6-foot-11, 270-pound, 22-year old averaging 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, even if he shoots an abominable (for a big man) 41.2 percent and has more suspensions under his belt than the kid who used to smoke weed in plain view of teachers in the back of class at my high school.
I’m in favor of most potential trades for Cousins that don’t include Avery Bradley. Once Bradley starts being included, my thoughts turn to, “Mehhhh” and “Well, just how crazy is he?”
For Christmas, at least, the Celtics played well. Jared Sullinger solidified himself as my hero, Rajon Rondo continued to show more aggression as a scorer, Gerald Wallace may or may not have wanted to brawl, Deron Williams (and Joe Johnson) used to be a lot better, and I don’t know if I said this before, but Sullinger’s my hero.
I would write more, but I’m going to see Les Miserables with the family. Plus, I still have tears in my eyes from watching It’s A Wonderful Life last night, a King brothers tradition. Which reminds me: Avery Bradley’s kind of like George Bailey right now, getting to see what the Celtics are like without him (and the results, for the most part, despite today’s nice win, haven’t been pretty).
Bradley’s set for a January 2 return. Merry Christmas, everyone. Hee-haw.