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I had a hard time deciding on a name for this piece (also
considered The Right Stuff and Coaches on the Floor) but finally settled on
this one because of the rare “UU”—can you think of another word with a double
u? How about a word with three double
letters in a row? O.K., I’ve already
wandered adrift and I haven’t even gotten started. Reset, reset.
Yesterday I talked about playing the game the right way, The
Celtics Way. To do so players need to
“see” beyond the opponent right in front of them, see the game developing, see
what is about to happen. Whether it is
making a leading pass, looking off a defender, filling the lane on the fast
break, helping on defense or helping for the helper, anticipating the pass or
second pass, skipping down the options to the helper of the helper of the
helper’s man, making the move requires seeing the game and its flux in its
entirety. Other wise the pass, help, or
feint is a fraction of a second short and ineffectual.
Some players have been uncanny, almost prescient, in this
regard; and not coincidentally, I think, a disproportionate number of them have
been Celtics. Cousey, Magic, Bird, Bill
Bradley, Stockton, Rondo, Nash, Russell, Garnett, Duncan—these players all rose
above their peers; making passes suggesting eyesight from their ears; jumping
passing lanes as if they knew where the ball just had to go; turning open
layups into charges; and nuancing defenders out of position with a glance,
shoulder turn, or slight change of direction—often without the ball. It is no accident that a Celtics-type player has
a more cerebral approach to the game, or that many fine athletes just never
seem to get it during their stay (often short) in Boston.
To me it is not surprising that two of the promising young
players are coach’s sons.
Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk have already demonstrated that “sense of where you
are” (and where everybody else is, and where they are going). My list above is point-guard heavy, and this
makes perfect sense since they are the court generals—moving the troops into
position and pulling the trigger on initiating the play. The fact that Olynyk “outgrew” the position
of point guard, I believe, augers well for both his career and for greasing the
Celtics’ machine. Just as Garnett
engendered a new and higher level of ball movement and help defense, I think
these young guns combine with Rondo over the next few years to create an
atmosphere where not moving the ball quickly and calculatedly will be a
(scarcely tolerable) exception.
Of the returning players, none but Rondo seem to have that heightened
awareness of the game. I would lump them
into two categories—“get it” and “enough trouble just doing my thing.” Melo, Bass, and (in my opinion and in spite
of his “good passing”) Crawford fall in the second group. Lee, Bradley, and I think, Green are willing
participants but not fully cognizant of the big picture.
The Celtics mystique and The Celtics Way are alive and
well. The new coach’s teams at Butler showed a lot of
team basketball. Brad Stephens’ “process
oriented” approach meshes well with building a right-way implementation. This next incarnation of the Parquet Green has the foundations to get off
to a quick start. I think basketball purists
and long-time Boston
fans are in for a treat.[Discuss on CG Forums!]
BEST OF MAXIM
Robert Parrish was arguably the best center to ever slap on a Boston Celtics uniform.
Like many retired players, when things got squirrely with his former team, Parrish spoke up about the transitions that the Celtics are going through.
Parrish said that he is aware of the perception issue that exists about point guard Rajon Rondo.
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Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce says he might still be a Celtic if Rajon Rondo hadn’t torn his ACL. “It would be hard to contend,” Pierce told the Boston Herald yesterday at his camp at Basketball City in the shadow of the Garden. “I saw the vision. I saw all that. As a player, I’m selfish. I want what’s going to be good for
With the news that Sullinger is now pain free and cleared to practice now is probably a good time to get reacclimatized to what the power forward can bring to the Celtics. Fortunately we have a solid mix by TheCelticD (The creator of the Celtics New Core Four mix featured on Celtics Life recently) to illustrate his game for you. I don't know about you, but it feels like...
Boston – I’ll be the first to admit that, after the scuffle that took place between Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries on November 28 of last year, I couldn’t stand the sight of the 28 year old Minnesota product, and for a number of reasons. First of all, the fisticuff resulted in the ejection of Rondo – among others – stopping his historical streak of 37-games with 10 assists...
So I just stumbled across this and figured, hey, nothing else is going on, why not share it with the world?
Or at least the slice of the world that reads our site. This was the intro video I created for our CelticsLife Live show awhile back. Of course, I was thinking that we could play it before the show started on the broadcast, no such luck!
Maybe one day.
Anyway, here it is...
Rondo was seen on Monday working out in the Louisville football weight room. He is reportedly rehabbing his knee injury at UofL. Due to his injury, I’m sure he’s still unable to play basketball competitively, but he did meet with some of the current Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday. Chris Jones shared this picture on his Instagram account.
The Cardinal Connect
Rajon Rondo has...
Of the 15 man playoff roster taken into the 2008 Finals by
the Boston Celtics only Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen were above average NBA athletes. Now “average” NBA athlete is a pretty awesome
superlative; but think about it, this Championship team ran slower and jumped
lower than most of the teams they decimated in April, May, and June. So just how did they beat the snot out...
Adam Figman of SLAM Online interviewed Paul Pierce who spoke a lot about his transition to a new team and city, and a little bit about the Celtics:
SLAM: I imagine the return to Boston will be pretty emotional.
PP: Oh it’s definitely gonna be emotional. You spend almost half of your life in Boston, so a lot of emotions are gonna run deep, because of friends and the things you...
(Associated Press) If Boston Celtics fans were hoping to catch a glimpse of Paul Pierce in a Brooklyn Nets uniform during the preseason when the two teams duke it out on October 23, then they will be disappointed. Appearing on ESPN Radio in New York on Thursday, Pierce hinted that he will skip the preseason contest and wait until the Nets and Celtics meet each other in Beantown for...
Paul Pierce suggested yesterday that he won't be making the trip to Boston for the Nets-Celtics preseason game on October 23rd, and will instead wait for the regular season to make an emotional return to the TD Garden.
From ESPN Boston:
Former Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce hinted Thursday that he will attempt to avoid an exhibition matchup at TD Garden when the Brooklyn...
Pic by EK. Video below courtesy of the Boston Celtics.
Imagine if Larry Bird (33) and Kevin McHale (32) did not conclude their Hall of Fame careers with the Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics made an unprecedented move in the history of their franchise this summer – they traded active legendary players. When President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge pulled the trigger on a deal to send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry...
Paul Pierce doesn’t hold a grudge against Danny Ainge or the Boston Celtics ownership group in the wake of the trade that sent him to Brooklyn.
"I understand they're a business. At the end of the day it's not about Paul Pierce. The Boston Celtics have a business to run, and [they're] going to be around a lot longer than I'm going to be able to play," Pierce...
He may not like it but as the days pass it seems Paul Pierce is starting to get used to now being a Brooklyn Net. As a result he’s opening up a little bit more.
The former Celtics captain was a guest Thursday on The Michael Kay Show where he spoke about how his hatred for the Knicks has grown since the trade and that he thinks Nets-Knicks will be the best rivalry in sports next...
Of the Celtics’ two preseason games scheduled to take place at TD Garden, one of them is against the Brooklyn Nets. But fans with tickets to the Oct. 23 exhibition contest should not expect to see their beloved Paul Pierce back on the parquet floor for the first time since this summer’s blockbuster trade.
Pierce hinted in a radio interview on Thursday that he will skip the Nets’...