Introduction

Just like the Celtics, Hardwood Houdini is back!

But before digging into the nitty gritty and giving my first assessment of the 2010-11 Boston Celtics, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Ethan Landy. I’m 22 years old and a graduate of Tufts University. Born and raised on the North Shore, I didn’t exactly travel too far for college. But with any possible drawbacks that could present, it did allow me to continue to follow my Celtics with ease.

And I have done just that, through the good and the bad. From my first visit to the Garden when Shawn Kemp, GP, and the Seattle Sonics brought their reign of terror and demolished the C’s (1994, I believe), to the disastrous failure to get Tim Duncan in 1997 (featuring a truly inspired coaching job by M.L. Carr), the “glory” years of Jim O’Brien, Ricky D and Big Al, and into the era of the new Big Three and Green 17, I’ve been an ardent Celtics supporter.

In that time frame, I’ve developed a general love of basketball and the NBA in general. When I got to college, I took an active role in the school newspaper’s sports section, which led to an internship with WEEI.com. And while I love writing about the Red Sox as much as the next New Englander, basketball has always been my passion. So when I saw Hardwood Houdini needed new writers, I put my name in the race.

And here I am. But in order for this site to develop the way I want it to, I need to get Celtics fans behind it. So all I’m asking for is as much interaction as possible. Email, Twitter, comments—all of these are not only welcome but encouraged. I have some of my own ideas of what I envision for this site—from in-game discussions to weekly Q&A sessions—but I’m open to any and all suggestions. As for what I have planned, I think you will like what you see.

So that is a short intro. Now let’s get the ball rolling and assess the preseason opener against the Sixers.

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