Yeah yeah yeah, Boston Celtics fans!
It’s Friday! Whoo-hoo! The end of the work week! What we’ve all been waiting for – freedom!
Sorry – got a little carried away there. It’s been a long school year, and summer cannot come fast enough!
Could it be? Could there be a happy ending out in Los Angeles? According to reports that surfaced last night, it appears the Clippers may be just a few days away from being sold:
Shelly Sterling reached an agreement Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion in what would be a record deal if approved by the NBA, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.
This would be excellent news for everyone involved in the Clippers’ organization – but there is a catch: Donald Sterling himself would have to approve the final agreement as a 50 percent owner, something his attorney insists Sterling will not do:
“Sterling is not selling the team,” said his attorney, Bobby Samini. “That’s his position. He’s not going to sell.”
There’s more going on out in the Western Conference than the Sterling saga, by the way – perhaps you have noticed they have played five games in the Western Conference Finals already? And that every game has seen the home team, by a lot? Feel free to get your recap and video highlights from last night over at NBA.com, and then check out today’s Daily Dime which points out that the San Antonio Spurs really didn’t have to make any major changes to resume their winning ways:
After changing the starting lineup, then mixing and matching players at a rate bordering on desperation, Gregg Popovich found the most success with a very familiar group: Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Kawhi Leonard.
It’s the combination that played 192 minutes this season, a number surpassed only by the usual starting five of Duncan, Parker, Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter. And it was the lineup on the court in the second quarter when the Spurs took control of Game 5, grabbing a double-digit lead that wound up staying that way for all but 18 seconds of the second half, ballooning to as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter.
I’ll wrap things up by looking at Croatian Big man Dario Saric, who apparently has his eyes on playing for either the Boston Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers:
Dario Saric is ready to make the NBA jump…so long as it’s with the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics.
The sweet-shooting, high-scoring Croatian big man is projected as one of the top picks in this year’s draft. Cherished for his versatility on both ends of the floor, he offers a skill set that should translate into the stretch forward-heavy Association.
Potential has never been the issue with Saric. Availability has. He has become a “Draft at Your Own Risk” prospect, because it’s unclear whether he’ll journey stateside right away.
Problem is, he may want the Celtics, but do the Celtics want him? Feel free to leave your opinions on Saric below! Thanks for the read, and stay tuned as I turn my attention to another potential solution to the gaping hole the Celtics currently have at the center position.