May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Greg Oden (right) holds up the conference championship trophy after game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: May 31, 2014

I’m going slightly mad . . . I’m going slightly mad . . . .

All right, Boston Celtics fans: I’ve had enough.  Of the Miami Heat winning, that is.  Can’t ANYONE in this league beat these guys?  It’s getting kind of embarrassing for the Eastern Conference, allowing this team to make it to the NBA Finals four years in a row.

Y’all better draft wisely.

Enough about that for now – let’s take a look around the wonderful world wide web!

How do you about advanced stats analysis?  Personally, I’m on the fence – but it would appear that Rajon Rondo is all-in, based on the fact that he has hired someone to track his stats for him:

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is known for being one of the NBA’s most mercurial, intellectually curious stars, an information sponge who seems purpose-built for a post-career coaching run.

His dedication to the numbers is so steadfast, in fact, that he’s actually paying someone to do the crunching for him—albeit without the Celtics knowing about it.

According to Scott Cacciola of the New York Times, Rondo is one in a growing cadre of NBA notables who have elicited the help of 30-year-old Justin Zormelo, a Georgetown University graduate fast becoming the face of a bourgeoning industry.

Hey – there’s a place for advanced statistical analysis in the game of professional basketball.  As long as Rondo is using it in conjunction with the feedback he gets from his coaching staff, I say, go for it!

Kevin Love has received a lot of focus from those of us in the blog-o-sphere lately, but there is another big-name player who could be up for grabs this summer: the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, who can opt out of the final year of his contract.  ‘Melo has been pretty vocal about doing exactly that – but hold your horses, fans of the Rondo-to-‘Melo dreams: Phil Jackson isn’t ready to let go of his star just yet:

Phil Jackson lost out on his preferred coach, but he’s working hard on keeping his star player.

The New York Knicks president said Friday he has talked to Carmelo Anthony about postponing free agency, and the All-Star forward responded that he’ll think about it.

”I told him it might be a good idea to hang in here and see what it’s like for a year, and go out the next year,” Jackson said.

Many Celtics fans are hoping that Danny Ainge makes Love and Anthony the second coming of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.  Ambitious, but almost certainly not realistic.

And speaking of Kevin Love, I leave you with these Tweets about his current vacation – speculation, arise!

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