Every once in a while, I link to a few articles from other writers around the internet. You know, I throw some dimes.
- Antoine, oh Antoine. No NBA teams are interested in Antoine yet, reports David Aldridge. But Antoine’s keeping a good frame of mind through his bankruptcy battle. “The obvious, one, I’m living, so I’m not broke,” he said. “That’s not the case of being broke. Do I have $100 million? No, of course not. I’m going to lose a lot throughout this bankruptcy, so that’s not the case. But I think anybody that knows me personally knows I love the game, knows I love to play. If that’s not enough, me loving the game, and my dedication to the game is not enough, then I’m sorry for people who believe that. You can’t make everybody happy. All I can go is go out there and do that. It’s just like if I go work a 9-to-5 job. I still gotta provide for my family, myself. I’m going to have to do something. So why not do the thing I love to do, and that’s play basketball — which I feel like I’m very skilled at and I still have the ability to do at a high level.” After all the bad shots, immaturity and everything else, I still have a soft spot in my heart for Antoine Walker. He played the game with a passion that touched my heart.
- Slam Online’s Adam Sweeney describes Kevin Garnett’s game without once discussing a single basketball skill: “To be on the side of Kevin Garnett means you ride into battle with a fearless partner. He fears no opponent and your doubts only fuel his fire. That intensity flows through his defensive mentality, which changed the entire attitude of the Boston Celtics when he came to the organization. His trash talk is the stuff of legends, allowing him to get into his opponent’s head. Ask Dwight Howard about that. When KG steps onto the court, as soon as he ceremoniously presses his head against the goalpost, he is a man possessed. We dare you to get in his path.” But my favorite part of Sweeney’s story was this line, a line I agree with completely. “He was a winner long before he got his ring in Beantown.”
- Avery Bradley’s coach thinks he’s going to be a good one, and that working with Rajon Rondo will help. “I think it’s going to be great, and here’s why,” Peck explained. “One, he’s going to work. He’s going to do whatever he’s asked and told to get to where he wants to be. Two, he’s going to be willing and not reluctant to set aside his ego. … He’s very tuned in, learning, wanting to know, wanting to be taught, and get better. He’s a humble guy and he’s going to listen and he’s going to do what he’s told and expected. He’s going to work hard and his time will come.”
- Jermaine O’Neal discusses why the C’s ginormous frontcourt will work: “I think we’re all going to make each other better,’’ he said. “We all do something different than the other. We all respect what we bring to the court as players.’’
- In the same Aldridge article from above, he makes his power rankings. The Celtics finish 4th, behind the Lakers, Magic (?) and Heat.
- Shaq has never been surrounded by so many stars as he is in Boston. ”For once in my career, I won’t have to hold anybody’s hand and they won’t have to hold mine,” he said. “I’m surrounded by veterans. We had a great battle [last Thursday] at HealthPoint. It was something I never had before — three, four, really great players all in one pickup game. It was me, Kevin [Garnett], Marquis [Daniels] and the Turkish guy [Semih Erden] against Ray [Allen], Paul [Pierce], Jermaine [O'Neal] and Big Baby. Amazing. Really high intensity.” I wish we had tapes of the pickup games.
- Jeff Van Gundy thinks Delonte West could be an x-factor: “And I think the Celtics have made some really good moves — Jermaine O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, and Delonte West to me is a wildcard depending on his mindset, because he’s a very good player.”
- If the new rules had been used in the NBA Finals, there would have been ten times as many technical fouls.
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