Aug 8, 2014; Springfield, MA, USA; Past and present Hall of Famers on stage during the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: HOF 2014 Edition

Welcome to the weekend, Boston Celtics fans!

Congratulate yourself: you survived yet another work week!  No small feat.

The Basketball Hall of Fame accepted a new batch of inductees last night, including Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond.  Above all else, his year’s class proved that there is more to being a successful baller than simply winning championships:

Maybe the message to be taken from the careers of players like Richmond and Mourning, who also won only one title, with the Heat in 2006, is that a valuable, satisfying, Hall of Fame career can be had without a multitude of championship rings. Every player wants to win, of course, and they should. But, we have seen so many instances in recent years of players working the angles, strategizing about ways to form super teams in order to line up the best chance at a championship. It’s worth remembering that in the end, NBA titles aren’t the only measure of greatness, and they aren’t the only places for players to find gratification.

Sounds like Nolan Richardson, the legendary coach responsible for 40 minutes of hell at the University of Arkansas, gave the speech of the night last night.  Click here if you want to enjoy the full speech; otherwise, enjoy this clip in which Richardson discusses his introduction to Boston Celtics’ legend Larry Bird (sorry – it was the best clip I could find):

Yesterday, I shared a video that discussed a possible dynasty in Cleveland.  For those of you who scoff at that notion due to the fact that LeBron James only signed a two-year contract with the Cavaliers, relax: in his first “official” public appearance since announcing his return home, King James promised that he was never going to go through free agency again, EVER.  Mark those words, everyone!

Rajon Rondo update!  The Boston Celtics point guard participated in the #icebucketchallenge to raise awareness for ALS, and then challenged some of his younger teammates to join in as well, check out these videos from Rondo’s Instagram account:

Last but not least: the Boston Celtics have added some new players to the roster this season, and while there’s no way to really predict what each player will wind up contributing, that never stops Bleacher Report from trying!


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