On June 23rd, 2011, Brian Robb and I stood around a high top bar table in Tommy Doyle’s in Kendall Square. Before us lay one of the biggest mounds of buffalo chicken wings I had ever endeavor to make disappear. These 25 cent flappers- one of the few indulgences afforded to the participants of our [...]
There are a number of contextually-appropriate ways to craft this post. One would be to forgo words entirely, and represent Chris Wilcox’s entire season with a series of videos. That would involve one part of this: For every eight parts of this: Tweet
Here’s a sweeping general statement involving super specific statistics that may or may not mean anything: In the 1423 minutes Rajon Rondo played this season, the Boston Celtics were outscored by 1.3 points per 100 possessions. When he sat (including all contests after he tore his ACL), Boston was better than their opponents by 1.8 [...]
Avery Bradley has been a standout defender for the past couple seasons…in the regular season anyway. Now he has a trophy to prove it. The NBA announced this afternoon that the third-year guard has been elected by coaches around the league to the second-team all-NBA defensive team for the first time in his career. Bradley [...]
The first domino to fall this offseason is Paul Pierce’s contract. Until Danny Ainge figures out what he’s doing there, little else matters. As we wait for this decision, we also must face the rest of the offseason, which means it is also rumor season. With that time of year, comes plenty of information floating [...]
In his third year in the league, in which promising players often make brash leaps from benchwarmer to starter, from starter to star, Avery Bradley took a big step back. But his regression might be deceptive. When he returned to the Celtics’ lineup on January the 2nd after two in-season months recovering from offseason shoulder [...]
The soon to be called “the Terrence Williams Saga That Wasn’t” just got a bit more detailed. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Williams was arrested in Kent Washington after he allegedly threatened the mother of his ten year old child with a gun during a paternal visitation exchange. While there is no doubt in my mind that Williams actually threatened the mother of his child with a gun (say at the very least he had it tucked into his belt and he lifted his shirt revealing it), Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald has some information regarding his side of the story:
According to court Williams admitted pulling gun. Said he felt threatened when confronted by his son’s mother and her boyfriend….
Keeping in mind that Williams is 6’6″ and a cut up 220 pounds, the first thought that went through my head was, “how big is this boyfriend and how’s his handle?’ I don’t want to get into a whole gun control debate considering none of that conversation cuts to the core of the biggest societal problem facing the readers of this blog (who becomes the C’s crunch-time scorer if Paul Pierce leaves???!!!), but in the interest of full-disclosure, I stopped thinking guns were awesome when I stopped seeing every fallen stick/branch/pierce of bark as a potential firearm. With that in mind, I can’t for the life of me think of a situation where I would be in a parking lot talking with two people I know and feel the need to pull a gun. Also in the interest of full disclosure, I do not have a ten-year old son* but if I did, I can’t imagine imbedding that kind of memory in his psyche. It’s not like this is likely to be brought up around the Thanksgiving Dinner table while blissfully reminiscing. “Hey Dad, remember when you pulled a gun on my mom? That was fun. Oh, can you pass the stuffing?”
Terrence Williams was on the verge of coming back to the Boston Celtics next season after being one of the few bright spots of the Celtics’ postseason. Now, that journey is just an afterthought.
According to a report from the Kent Reporter, a newspaper in Williams’ home state of Washington, the point guard was arrested yesterday following a domestic dispute.
At about 1:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to meet the victim who resides in the downtown Kent area.
The victim reported that the father of her 10-year-old son in common, identified as NBA basketball player Terrence D. Williams, arrived to her home for a scheduled visitation exchange of their son. She said during the exchange in the parking lot area an argument ensued. The victim reported that during the argument Williams brandished a firearm and made threats.
Williams left the area prior to police arrival, but was later located and taken into custody.
As we await Kevin Garnett’s decision about whether or not he will play a 7th season with the Boston Celtics, an important physical limitation has been avoided for the big man. After laboring through the last couple months of the season with a foot/ankle injury, which caused him to miss much of the regular season, surgery for Garnett appeared imminient in the offseason on the ailment.
Now according to a report from Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald, Garnett will able to heal the bone spurs with the aid of rest and recuperation:
The Celtics still don’t know whether Kevin Garnett will be playing basketball next season, but if he does, the veteran is obviously hoping offseason rest will solve the left foot and ankle problems that dogged him for a part of this past season.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge reports that Garnett will not go under the knife to deal with bone spurs and other issues.
“I think there was some question whether he was going to have surgery on his foot,” said Ainge. “but the last I heard, which was a few days ago, is that he won’t need surgery.” Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday was a good day in Boston. We found out Doc Rivers would definitely be coming back as a head coach, the Bruins won in overtime, and the Sox had a big comeback as well.
As the first big decision of the Celtics offseason came in though, a brighter light begins to shine down now on Danny Ainge and the rest of the decisions he has to make this offseason, as well as the chain effects they may cause. Yesterday, Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald caught up with Ainge in Chicago at the NBA Draft Combine, who gave him some candid thoughts on the future of both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Ainge comparing this summer to last summer: “Last summer we had a lot of different scenarios that we could have gone into,” Ainge said yesterday as he watched the NBA pre-draft combine. “Once KG came back, there was only one scenario. It took all the A-through-Z scenarios and took it down to one quick decision.
“I don’t think this year is quite that simple, because I think that we have to do more regardless. With Paul or KG or without them based on their decisions, we have to do more. So I just don’t think it’s going to be as simple as bringing our team back.”
The first of the many dominoes of the Celtics offseason has fallen. For Celtics fans, this will be a good start.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reported today from the NBA’s Draft Combine in Chicago that Danny Ainge confirmed to him that the long-time C’s head coach will be returning to the bench next season.
Rivers did not join his cohorts at the NBA Draft Combine because of a strained hamstring suffered playing tennis last Sunday, but Ainge said Rivers is on board with the team’s retooling efforts and will be back.
“Yeah (he’ll be back), Doc and I are talking about our team next year,” Ainge said. “(No suspense) from my perspective. We’ve got a great coach. We’ve got a coach everybody would love to have and he’s got three years left on his contract and I think Doc likes Boston, too.Coaches get tired, though. It’s a hard job.
“You guys are the only one (who made it an issue).”
C’s fans out there can be a collective sigh of relief, although beat reporter in town throws a bit of cold water on Washburn’s report. Read the rest of this entry »