Every once in a while, I link to a few articles from other writers around the internet. You know, I throw some dimes.
- Danny Ainge spoke about today’s workout with Cuttino Mobley, Adam Morrison, Trenton Hassell and Rashad McCants. Even though Ainge praised them, I’d eat a toilet full of feces if any of those four make the Celtics this season. “Those guys are all good NBA players,” Ainge said, apparently lying through his teeth. “McCants looked really good,” Ainge continued. “He shot the ball well, he competed at a high level. I’m really surprised that he’s not in the NBA right now. Same with Adam Morrision, making shots, making passes. The guys looked hungry, they looked fit.”
- Kelly Dwyer simply gets Antoine Walker. I second everything he writes about Employee Number Eight. “Think about it. He entered this league with the ability to turn into the pro game’s most versatile player. Handle for days, in spite of his size. A passable touch from long range, in spite of his size. A knack for the carom, in spite his perimeter-heavy ways. A good sense of when, and how, to dish; in spite of his look-at-me tendencies. The guy could have been great, so great, in every way a man can contribute at this level. Instead, he coasted.”
- With the C’s starting center position open, Paul Flannery wonders whether Jermaine O’Neal’s the man for the job: “On offense, O’Neal is a scoring threat from inside and out and as an added bonus, he also doesn’t turn the ball over very much. On defense, he is a solid rebounder who offers a shot-blocking presence. He’s not at Perkins level as an individual defender, but he’s a clear upgrade offensively. O’Neal also brings an understated element to a locker room that will be bursting with huge personalities. It’s impossible to tell how those dynamics will develop over the course of the season, but O’Neal is a well-respected pro who should fit seamlessly into the mix.” If I were Doc, I’d start Jermaine. Let Shaq get buckets with the second unit while Jermaine keeps the first unit defensive.
- Kurt Helin previews the Celtics season. He acknowledges that the Celtics are contenders, but writes that the regular season could be another long one. “There will come a time this season when the Celtics play .500 ball or below for 20 games or so. And we will all put our short memories on display. We will say they don’t look like contenders and this is different than last season, different than 2008. And Rivers will ignore everyone and work on getting guys rested and healthy for the playoffs. He knows if they are, they will be right there, knocking on the door of another banner for the crowded rafters.”
- NBA Fanhouse re-writes the Minnesota Timberwolves’ full-page advertisement. Pure comic gold.
- The best headline of the day: “Suddenly ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ takes on a new meaning.”