A good Sunday morning to all of you Boston Celtics fans out there!
First of all, I want to thank you guys: the site is having its best month since I came onboard as editor, and no one appreciates that more than I do! I am working to better myself and the site in order to make it one of the most informative and interesting sources of all-things Boston Celtics on the web, so thanks, and don’t ever hesitate to email me at [email protected] We would love to hear from you!
Here’s an interesting article I found over at Sporting News about the evolution of the 2-guard position. Considering how many guards the Boston Celtics have on their roster, it certainly strikes me as being pertinent!
Consider the first 15 days of shooting guard Derek Anderson’s career with the Cavaliers, after he was Cleveland’s first-round pick out of Kentucky, back in 1997. His first defensive assignment came against Clyde Drexler of the Rockets. Next up was a bit of a break (Vinny Del Negro of the Spurs), followed by Reggie Miller, Ron Mercer (who averaged 15.3 points that year), Steve Smith, Michael Jordan, Sam Cassell and Jordan again.
That’s four games against Hall of Famers, and six against guys who were or would become All-Stars. And we’re talking about two weeks, basically.
The article goes on to explain why the shooting guard as we used to know it is all but dead today. I’ll let you decide whether that is for better, or worse.
Right or wrong, some players gain notoriety over incidents that don’t necessarily define what kid of player they actually are – for example, Lance Stephenson, who would prefer not to be define by his ear-blowing of LeBron James in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals. No matter how times I type “ear-blowing of LeBron James,” it just doesn’t sound clean.
As a fan of hockey and the NHL, I enjoy the concept of special outdoor games (of course, as usual, the business side of the sport is overdoing it). Such games break up the monotony of the season, even if they are really just regular season games played in a different venue. Should the NBA consider some sort of special, mid-season event . . . such as a tournament?!?
Fresh off a frenzied free agency period and an exciting Summer League opener between Andrew Wiggins‘ Cavaliers and Jabari Parker‘s Bucksthat drew monster television ratings and generated significant social media activity, commissioner Adam Silver told reporters this week that the league is investigating new ways to fill out its calendar. No wonder, if the NBA can continue drawing headlines through late-July, why not look to spice up some lulls elsewhere?
Silver, who addressed a host of topics following a Board of Governors meeting, said the NBA is weighing a possible end-of-season show to acknowledge its award recipients (MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, etc.). Of greater interest to many was the concept of a mid-season tournament, which has been the subject of some discussion in the past . . . .
For those of you who don’ fully understand the importance of LeBron James around the NBA, check out this visualization that shows you the effect that his free agency actually had around the league. Impressive.
Finally, here’s a sneak peek at a new alternate jersey logo that the Boston Celtics will roll out next season. Yes, news IS that slow today!!