As a native of the great state of Maine I was excited to hear about a NBA developmental league team hitting the Portland area. Before we had the Portland Seadogs (Boston Red Sox minor league double AA team) and Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres minor league hockey team) but basketball is my sport and I wanted a team close to home. As talks went on about the team I soon learned that the team was going to be an affiliate of my beloved Boston Celtics. The fact that we could see some Celtics players at times, even if they are bench warmers, excited me.
Today the Boston Celtics announced that second year forward Bill Walker will be assigned to the Maine Red Claws. Walker is a second year player out of Kansas State who exhibits a electrifying style of play. When in a game he can win the crowd over with high flying dunks and athletic plays. This is very good news for the Red Claws organization as it should boost ticket sales and give the crowd a high caliber basketball player to watch. If Walker stays on the team for a long period of time I know I will soon be getting tickets to a game.
As far as from a Celtics standpoint, I also see this as a smart move. Walker is recently coming off a nagging injury that sidelined him for the preseason and the start of the regular season. So far this year he has played in one game, this was against Utah, where he totaled two minutes of playing time. Getting Walker back into the flow of a game is very important to continuing his development, sitting on the bench at the TD Garden does not help him with this. Going to Portland and being able to play a large quanity of minutes will help him repolish his game back to where it was during his time at Kansas State.
I wish all the best for Bill and hope one day he will be a great asset to the Celtics. After all we all know the talent and athleticism is there, we just need him to stay healthy and build back some confidence in his game.