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Respect for tellers of truths

December 8, 2008

This corner of the net has a great deal of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for Jeff Van Gundy, as a person, a basketball coach and a NBA analyst.

“Hey, listen … that’s truth telling, right there … whether you like to hear the message or not. If Doc Rivers is always the one having to tell the truth, you will not be a championship team. Kevin Garnett risked being a truth-teller … maybe, at the expense of a friendship, right away,  I respect that about Kevin Garnett. I respect it about Paul Pierce.”
Jeff Van Gundy

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Amen, bro. 🙂

Player Leadership defined, in the NBA

November 21, 2008

Filed precisely under the category of … Not [really, truly] knowing what you’ve got [exactly] until it’s gone

A tremendous piece by Steve Aschburner, On the Man, the Mission, and the Meaning, of KG.

Garnett gone from the Wolves without a trace

[Randy] Foye, in overlapping with [Kevin] Garnett for one season here, says he learned plenty from the veteran. It goes beyond the seating protocol on the team’s charters that he mentions at first, or a pecking order of who eats first or last on those flights. It’s the sort of stuff that, if Foye preserves it and pays it forward, truly can be a Garnett legacy within the Wolves. Right now, though, the guard from Villanova mostly pines for it.my rookie year,” said Foye, who has sputtered in the season-plus since. “No matter what happened, if I made a mistake, I’d look at him and he’d go [Foye balls up a fist and pumps it], like ‘It’s all right. Keep your head up.’

“One thing I miss about him is, he just let me go. That’s why I was so successful

“It makes you feel better. It’d be like that for anyone in their work, if there was a legend who pumped you up. For a young player, that just boosted my confidence. Sometimes, in my rookie year, I felt like an All-Star out there because he let me do what I wanted and when I got it going, he let me go.”

In games, Foye said, it was like having your big brother there to hold your coat in a schoolyard fight. “There was a swagger,” he said. “KG would come out and hit a shot, and it was like, ‘Everybody, we’re in this together. I’m patrolling it, but everybody who’s got a white jersey on, we’re in it together.’ ”

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From Farragut Academy, in Chicago …

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It is going to be a bitter-sweet moment this evening, for one and all, at the Target Center.

THE MAN has come back to his birthplace, in the NBA … this time, Fully Certified.

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Worthwhile analysis of two NBA games

November 21, 2008

When Kelly Dwyer [BDL] gets the fat part of the bat on the ball … which is generally acknowledged to be the single most difficult action to do proficiently in all of team sports … there’s a good chance that said sphere is going yard.

Without an excessive reliance on hard & fast empirical statistics, i.e. either ‘new-age’ or ‘old school’, when he simply conveys what he sees happening on the floor, in a general sense, from each of the participants, and his arrows’ strikes are true … as they are in these two specific instances, concerning last night’s Celtics/Pistons & Suns/Lakers match-ups, respectively:

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Behind the box score, where the C’s don’t let up and Detroit does
Exhibit A
Coaching matters. Stern decisions have to be made, and a lot of that “buck stops here” nonsense actually helps. It helps drive away excuses, and it helps to make you cringe should you have to spit out “we’ll get ‘em next time” after the game. If it hurts to say that, you’re on the right track. If you’re shrugging your shoulders, then something is missing. And I don’t care that the season is 82 games.

So when you see the Piston reserves acting like pampered former All-Stars, or Detroit failing to close out on shooters, or stepping into open lanes in order to make sure that the open lanes cease to be open lanes, you have to wonder when the buck is ever going to be able to stop.

This isn’t to say that Detroit played the same poor way the entire night, far from it. They just did it long enough to lose handily again. That’s the difference between a pretty good team that occasionally plays great and … the Celtics. The Celtics are just about always there.

Exhibit B
Winter is the architect of the Lakers’ offense, and likely the strongest principle of his famed Triangle offense is the way players are supposed to penetrate the defense. With a pass (preferably, because that means there is an open player somewhere in the teeth of that defense), a drive, a shot, or a rebound.

The last two may not seem like the best moves overall, because shots over the top of the D and ugly offensive rebounds don’t seem to go hand-in-hand with the spacious and aesthetically-pleasing Triangle offense.

But these things are important, especially when the player creating the penetration is among those (like, say, the Laker youngsters that come off the bench) who might not be the most structurally-sound Triangle denizens. There’s a reason Derek Fisher starts, you know.

So there LO is, shooting the ball, or getting into the lane for a lefty runner or hook that might not fall. Not only is his per-game numbers way down from last year, but his per-minute numbers have taken a dive as well. Even with all those chances to pad his stats among the bench corps. And yet, he’s helping. So, so much. Don’t let them convince you that he isn’t.

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it’s a pleasure and a treat to read the man’s prose about the game, and how it works at this level of competition.

First-rate stuff, right there, by the one, the only KD.

Tough ‘talk’ … from a NBA coach’s perspective

November 14, 2008

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”Anonymous

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With the ‘taunting‘ that took place in the Raptors vs Celtics game, earlier this week, and the ‘skirmish‘ which then developed in the Rockets vs Suns ‘tussle’ … What qualifies as authentic Toughness, in the NBA today? … is a pertinent subject.

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Mitchell’s tough talk
“We want to be tougher from the standpoint of playing tougher defence, but I don’t get into that toughness thing,” Mitchell said. “The NBA has rules and no one is going to let you physically beat anyone up, and you can’t get into a guys face and trash talk or wave your finger in a guy’s face,” he added, clearly taking a shot at the crew that officiated the game in Boston on Monday and let Kevin Garnett do just that without being penalized.

“For me that stuff doesn’t mean anything,” Mitchell said. “For me toughness is executing. Going to set picks when you are supposed to set picks. Make hard cuts. Run the floor. Those types of things. Being mentally tough for me is when the game comes to a grind, being able to execute. That other stuff is more for the cameras. You really want to find out who is tough? Meet me behind the arena or in a back alley where it’s just you and I. Then you find out who is tough and who is fake tough because the camera is on.”

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Know that this space agrees 100% with the perspective of the Raptors’ head coach.

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Of particular interest, though, is the extent to which, the sentiments expressed by yours truly, sometimes, elsewhere in the blogosphere [in this case, yesterday] …

Sixers exact revenge as Wings waste Big 3 effort, Comment #119

… have a n almost magical way of preceding [by a day or two] echoing that which a real life NBA coach has to say on a specific matter.

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The good people at RaptorsRepublic.com are off to a fine start with their new venture.

This corner of the net would simply encourage all Raptors fans, everywhere around the globe and beyond, to drop by and participate freely in the lively exchange of thoughts and ideas which happens there daily, concerning the fortunes of this franchise.

Raptors’ CRUNCH TIME offense vs the Celtics [Nov 11]

November 12, 2008

Perusing the net today, it was interesting to see what others had to say about the Raptors’ choice of offensive options during the final 3 minutes of their terrific game versus the Celtics last night.

Feel free to drop a note into the ‘comments’ section of this entry, if you saw or read anything which covered this sort of material, elsewhere in the blogosphere during your travels today. 😉

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Coming the down the stretch [i.e. in the final 3:14 of the 4th Q] …

POSSESSION #1

O’Neal [TO] – Raps ran JK Down Screened for CB [R-Block]; CB Angle Pick for JC [R-Top Of The Key (TOTK)]; Garnett did not ’show’ & stayed with CB; Rondo went ‘over’ the Pick; JC turned the corner, drove for a layup; Pierce sagged off JK [R-Corner] to stop dribble penetration; JC kick to JK; Rondo rotated over from trailing JC to contest the open J3 by JK; JK shot fake, 1 dribble middle; Pierce recovered out; JK pass to JC [R-Short Corner]; Rondo & Perkins rotated to JC; JC middle pass to JO [in the lane]; Allen-R rotated in to check JO; Perkins recovered back to challenge JO’s shot attempt; JO should have shot the ball; JO passes back to JC, ball goes out of bounds; TO/O’Neal.

POSSESSION #2

O’Neal [Missed J2/BS] – Raps ran JK Down Screened for CB [R-Block]; CB Angle Pick for JC [R-TOTK]; Garnett ’showed’ vs JC; Rondo went ‘under’ the Pick; Rondo recovered out to JC; Garnett recovered back to CB; CB [TOTK] tried to back-cut vs Garnett, denied; JC passed to JK [R-Corner]; JO posted up [R-Block]; Perkins muscled JO off the block; JO forced out to 15 ft; JK post entry pass to JO; JK cleared through on the baseline; JO 1-V-1 on Perkins; Rondo sagged to the ballside elbow, into the lane, to deter JO from turning middle; JO should have passed out to JC [TOTK] for the open J3, the same one he hit late vs Milwaukee for the win; instead, JO turned to outside for his own turn-around jumpshot, which was blocked by Perkins; Loose ball recovered by Pierce.

POSSESSION #3

O’Neal [TO] – Sideline Out of Bounds. Raps inbound to JC [R-TOTK]; AP Down screened for CB [R-Block]; CB Angle Pick for JC; CB ’slips’ early to the TOTK; Garnett ’showed & recovered back to CB; Rondo went ‘over’; Pierce sagged off JK [L-FTL Extended (FTLX)] to deter the throwback pass to CB, while Garnett was still recovering; JC picked up his dribble, at the FTLX, in order to pass back to CB, who the play was originally called for; Garnett hard denied [full front] CB; JO posted up [off R-Elbow]; JC passed to JO; AP cleared out along the baseline; JO should have faced up and attacked Perkins off the bounce, 17 ft from the basket; JO passed out to JC; JO set Angle Pick for JC [R-TOTK]; Rondo got picked off by JO; JC turned the corner; Perkins ’switched’ to defend JC, and did so perfectly, without fouling, forcing JC to drive baseline under the basket; Allen-R sagged into the lane, then recovered out to defend AP; Pierce sunk into the lane, then recovered out to defend JK; Garnett had the discipline to never leave CB; Rondo had the discipline to never leave JO; JC read the play correctly and found JO with a high pass out, since he was covered by the smaller Rondo; JO caught the pass, then dribbled in the lane [which he should not have done; he should have gone straight-up for the shot attempt]; Rondo & Garnett attacked the dribble and stripped JO; TO/O’Neal.

POSSESSION #4

Calderon [Missed J2] – CB set Down Screen for JK [L-Elbow]; JK cleared out along the baseline; CB set Angle Pick for JC [L-Elbow]; Rondo was picked off; JC turned the corner; Perkins sagged off JO [R-Elbow] and rotated hard & fast to challenge JC; Garnett had the discipline to stay with CB and NOT help onto JC; JC made the correct read and took a pull-up Jumpshot, which was open; Perkins challenged the pull-up J; Missed J2/Calderon.

POSSESSION #5

Parker [Missed J3] – Sideline Out of Bounds. Inbound pass to AP [R-TOTK]. CB went to set a High Middle Pick for AP; AP rejected the Pick and, instead, attacked Pierce 1-V-1 off the bounce; AP took a J3; Pierce kept AP in front of him & contested the shot; Missed J3/Parker.

POSSESSION #6

Kapono [Missed J3] – JC [in transition] Dribble handoff Pick for JK [L-Corner]; Allen-R went ‘under’; JK [L-FTLX] took a J3, uncontested. Missed J3/Kapono.

POSSESSION #7

Parker [Made J3] – Baseline Out of Bounds. CB & JO set Elbow Screens for AP [L-Elbow]; AP curled around the 2 screens into the Right Corner; Perkins rotated to defend AP; JK cut to the Right FTLX; JO set a Down Screen for JC [inbounds passer]; AP passed out to KP; Allen-R jumped at JK to deter the open ‘catch & shoot’ J; JK shot faked and took 1 sribble to avoid Allen; Perkins & Pierce rotated to JK to prevent the open J; CB spaced out at the TOTK; JK passed to AP [R-Corner]; Perkins rotated out to contest the open J. AP took a J3. Made J3/Parker.

… in every instance Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh read the Celtics’ Defense correctly, and made the correct play, accordingly.

While it’s 100% accurate to say that Calderon missed 1 contested pull-up jumpshot … the other execution errors were made by Jermaine O’Neal [3], Anthony Parker [1] and Jason Kapono [1] …

and it is wholly inaccurate to suggest that what the Raptors did in this game was ‘freeze out’ their star player, i.e. Chris Bosh, coming the down stretch vs Kevin Garnett & Co.

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If you didn’t … know that:

1. Perhaps you got ripped off; and,
2. THE difference is in the details … when it comes to understanding fully,

How things work, possession by possession, in the NBA.’ 🙂

GAME REVIEW: Raptors at Celtics [Nov 10]

November 11, 2008

In the NBA, there are 3 distinct tiers of teams:

High End … Above .549 Win %
Middle … Between .450-.549 Win %
Low End … Below .450 Win %

One of the Key Performance Indicators [KPIs] which separates teams in the High End group from teams in the Middle group is how they tend to function [i.e. execute their ‘stuff’] during the final few minutes of a close game against a High End team.

High End teams consistently display the ability to stop their opponents from scoring during this specific phase of the game, and the ability to score the ball themselves at Crunch Time.

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FINAL SCORE: Raptors 87, CELTICS 94
Game Info

POSITIVES

 

pos

mp

fgm-a

3fgm-a

ftm-a

+/-

dr

or

tr

ast

pf

st

to

bs

ba

pts

J.Moon

F

16:25

2-5

1-4

0-0

+5

1

6

7

1

2

1

0

1

0

5

J.Graham

 

18:01

3-5

1-1

1-2

+3

1

4

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

8

K.Humphries

 

05:36

2-3

0-0

0-0

+5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

NEEDED AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

 

pos

mp

fgm-a

3fgm-a

ftm-a

+/-

dr

or

tr

ast

pf

st

to

bs

ba

pts

A.Bargnani

 

10:53

1-4

0-1

0-0

-9

0

0

0

0

4

0

1

0

0

2

* Despite scoring 23 Pts and recording 11 Rebs, in the last 3+ minutes of the 4th Quarter, Jermaine O’Neal committed 2 TO’s which cost the Raptors dearly and had his Turn-around Jump-shot blocked by Kendrick Perkins.

* Despite scoring 14 Pts and recording 6 Rebs, Jason Kapono allowed Paul Pierce to score 3 crucial FGs [6 Pts] during the final 3:14 of the 4th Quarter, cementing the victory for the Celtics, while going scoreless himself.

KEY POSSESSION OUTCOME[S]

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  3:14 Team Timeout:Regular
  3:14 Davis Substitution replaced by Perkins
  3:14 House Substitution replaced by Rondo
  3:02
[BOS 84-84]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS)
Assist: Rondo (3 AST)
O’Neal Turnover:Bad Pass (2 TO) 2:41  
  2:15 Rondo Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed
Kapono Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 2:14  
O’Neal Jump Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK) 1:50  
  1:49 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)
  1:38
[BOS 86-84]
Pierce Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (30 PTS)
Team Timeout:Regular 1:37  
O’Neal Turnover:Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 1:18  
  1:06
[BOS 88-84]
Pierce Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (32 PTS)
Calderon Jump Shot: Missed 0:52  
  0:51 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)
  0:34
[BOS 90-84]
Pierce Reverse Layup Shot: Made (34 PTS)
Team Timeout:Short 0:34  
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 0:30  
  0:29 Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)
Kapono Foul:Personal (4 PF) 0:24  
  0:24
[BOS 91-84]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS)
  0:24
[BOS 92-84]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS)
Kapono 3pt Shot: Missed 0:17  
Team Rebound 0:17  
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS)
Assist: Kapono (6 AST)
0:11
[TOR 87-92]
 
Bosh Foul:Personal (4 PF) 0:08  
  0:08
[BOS 93-87]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (35 PTS)
  0:08
[BOS 94-87]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (36 PTS)
Calderon 3pt Shot: Missed 0:02  
  0:01 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)
End of 4th Quarter

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* BOSTON scored on 6 of its final 7 meaningful possessions [3:14-0:08], four times by Pierce and twice by Allen-R

Allen-R [J3]
Rondo
Pierce [J2]
Pierce [J2]
Pierce [LU2]
Allen-R [1+1], and
Pierce [1+1]

* Toronto scored on 1 of its final 7 meaningfull possessions [3:14-0:08], by Parker

O’Neal [TO]
O’Neal [Missed J2/BS]
O’Neal [TO]
Calderon [Missed J2]
Parker [Missed J3]
Kapono [Missed J3], and
Parker [J3]

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Executing, successfully, under pressure, on a consistent basis … i.e. Offensively, Defensively & Rebounding wise … is a hallmark of a High End team, in the NBA; while failing to do is a tell-tale sign that an otherwise good squad still has a ways to go before reaching that same level of excellence.

When the Raptors make good use of Jamario Moon, Joey Graham and Kris Humphries, off the bench, they become a solid, up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference.

When they don’t, however … like what happened during the 2nd Half of yesterday’s match-up vs Boston … and instead get an unproductive performance [from the field] out of Andrea Bargnani [C], a less-than-stellar defensive line from Jason Kapono, and untimely poor play from Jermaine O’Neal, coming down the stretch of Big Games vs High End teams across the League,

the Raptors are going to struggle closing out games.

Right emphasis in the Magic Kingdom

October 27, 2008

Stan Van Gundy is a coach’s son, and a coach’s brother … who’s worked with and for Pat Riley [i.e. “No Rebounds; No Rings.“], in the NBA, for a number of years.

In this League, SVG is a solid head coach, who understands the contribution of Rebounding & Defense to a top notch team.

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Hudson a possible replacement for Mike Wilks at PG
Boston model for defense

There have been improvements this preseason, but the Magic’s defense is a work in progress now, according to Van Gundy.

And the reigning NBA champion Boston Celtics are to be his team’s model as it moves forward. The Celtics’ three chief offensive weapons might have gotten the headlines, but he wants his guys to emulate the mean green’s defensive attitude.

“That’s a great model for the rest of the players and teams in the league,” he said. “That’s eventually what’s going to get you over the top and get you through the tough moments.

“I don’t care how good you are offensively; you’re going to have nights when the ball won’t go in. Our guys have worked like they want to make a commitment to that; it’s just a matter of getting the job done.”

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While certain outfits over the years have found success in the regular season, by focusing their efforts at the Offensive end of the floor, exclusively, the eventual NBA Titleist is not a team which fits readily into this mold, on an annual basis.

It says here that … those expecting the Magic to slide back to the rest of the pack in the Eastern Conference this season, after the jump forward they took last season, will end up being sorely disappointed.

LOST – Maurice Evans, Keyon Dooling, Carlos Arroyo, Pat Garrity

ADDED – Mickael Pietrus, Anthony Johnson, Troy Hudson-?, Courtney Lee, Tony Battie

This team, as is, is gearing up for an extended run in the upper echelon of the East.

If the Magic sign a solid, veteran PG, like Troy Hudson, they will have a roster with both good High End Talent and QUALITY DEPTH … well-balanced between Rebounding, Defense & Offense … which is what’s needed in order to advance in the NBA Playoffs.

Paul Pierce … best defensive player in the NBA

October 7, 2008

Was just watching NBATV.com and saw a live Celtics’ practice with a series of informative interviews by different team personnel.

In his segment with Cedric Maxwell & Rick Kamla … Celtics’ GM, Danny Ainge, just made a statement which would, IMO, simply astound the vast majority of NBA aficionados who are active on the internet but … in reality … have NO CLUE WHATSOEVER re: the intricacies of the NBA game, when it comes to assessing correctly who can really play at what position effectively [and in what specific way] in the world’s best basketball league.

Here it is for you to consider for yourself:

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“According to some defensive stuff [i.e. internal Boston Celtics’ coaching staff statistics which are not available for public consumption] we keep track of … Paul Pierce was the best defensive player in the League last year.”Danny Ainge

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Now … if this corner was to ever suggest that Danny Ainge’s statement was, in fact, even remotely close to being ‘the Truth’ … it would incur the wrath of an assortment of rabid Raptors fans who get heated when they read what’s written by yours truly, from time to time, but who really don’t know what to look for when they’re watching a NBA game and assessing the skills of NBA players, Offensively, Defensively & in terms of Rebounding.

In general, the type of stats you’ll find on popular sites like 82games.com are a waste of time, when it comes to understanding properly how things work in the NBA.

Beast of the East … right now

September 15, 2008

In sharp contrast to many some observers in the hoops blogosphere …

[for example]

* Detroit being left behind as rest of East improves
* Summer Forecast: Which way is the East going?
NBA off-season rankings – v3.0
* NBA power rankings: Celtics no surprise as preseason No. 1

if these eyes had to make a projection, this second, on the eventual No. 1 team this season in the Eastern Conference … the pick would be the … Detroit Pistons.

Given the Celtics’ loss of James Posey [F/G] …

* Exchanging Michael Curry for Flip Saunders is going to have a gigantic, positive effect on the performance of this team
* Adding draft picks like Walter SharpeTrent Plaisted, Deron Washington 
* Exchanging Kwame Brown for Theo Ratliff
* Adding a very athletic Euro pro like Will Bynum

and, most importantly

* The continued maturation of Rodney ‘The Real Deal’ Stuckey [Yr-2], Arron Afflalo [Yr-2], Jason Maxiell [Yr-4], Amir Johnson [Yr-4] and Cheikh Samb [Yr-2] 
* While maintaining their overall roster stability … by retaining KEY players like Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace

has further ensconced Detroit at the top of their conference and cemented Joe Dumars’ place amongst the finest GM’s in the NBA today.

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Q1. Have the Pistons lost three [3] consecutive Eastern Conference Finals?
A1. Yes they have.

Q2. Do they have the horses, once again, to make it back to the NBA Finals?
A2. Yes they do.

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More importantly, though … no other NBA team has been able to re-tool their overall line-up … while continuing to perform at a very high level … and is better equipped, at this time, going forward from here … with a mix of talented veterans & youngsters, in position to ‘wheel & deal‘, if necessary.

Kudos to Joe D.!

The Man simply knows what he’s doing.

How the Warrior finally gets his ring

June 5, 2008

It has been a long time coming but … 12 years after being drafted No. 5 (Overall), in 1995, by the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Spirit of the Times dictates that this is the season this young man lays claim at last to what he’s been about his entire adult life …

Garnett after the battle. … winning an NBA championship.

Garnett sets the tone for Boston’s winning ways

After coming this far … from:

(1) Finishing 5th in the 2007 NBA Draft Lottery … and missing out on both Greg Oden & Kevin Durant
(2) Having the worst W-L record in the League last season (2006-2007)
(3) Experiencing the painful loss of their ‘eternal architect’, Arnold Jacob ‘Red’ Auerbach (Oct 28, 2006)
(3) Finishing 3rd in the 1997 NBA Draft Lottery … and missing out on Tim Duncan
(4) Experiencing the tragic death of Reggie Lewis (Captain, 1993)
(5) Experiencing the traumatic death of Len Bias (No. 2 Overall Selection, 1986)

there is no way that the Boston Celtics, with men like ‘The Big Ticket’, ‘The Truth’‘Jesus Shuttlesworth’, & Co., are going to be denied this season … not after amassing 66 Wins in the Regular Season, going to 7 games against the Atlanta Hawks (a young athletic team), going to 7 games against the Cleveland Cavaliers (led by the 2nd best player in the world), going to 6 games against the Detroit Pistons (a veteran team with the 2nd best W-L record in the entire League this season) … and, then, now reaching the NBA Finals against their franchise’s arch-nemesis, the Los Angeles Lakers.

This corner’s R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for Phil Jackson, The Triangle, Kobe & Co. is immeasurable … but 

these Boston Celtics:

* Have 3 proven scorers
* Have quality depth at each of the 5 positions
* Are an outstanding Defensive team
* Are an outstanding Rebounding team
* Are an Unselfish Offensive team
* Have the extra Home court game

and have been possessed with the spirit of Ubuntu! … since their training camp began their season.

There is no more powerful force in this world than …

an idea that’s time has finally come.

Bloodied, battered and bowed

but never, ever broken

as this is THE season of Celtic Pride restored.

Arnold would have been oh, so proud … of the ‘Men in Green.’