Good morning, Boston Celtics aficionados!
Too enthusiastic for the start of the work week? Sorry – that’s just how I roll.
I know all eyes are currently on LeBron James, Kevin Love, and the team that band-wagon riders will be cheering for this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers . . . but I have found myself way more fascinated with, and sympathetic to, the story of Andrew Wiggins. Here’s a good piece about why we should not be shedding tears for this year’s number one draft pick:
Don’t cry for Andrew Wiggins.
That’s the message delivered by the last two men who coached the No. 1 Draft pick. When the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shipped Wiggins — shunned by LeBron James since the day the King announced his return to Cleveland six weeks ago — to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love on Saturday, he joinedChris Webber (1993) as the only No. 1 picks since the NBA-ABA merger to be traded before ever playing a game for the team that drafted them.
A sad end to a long, strange summer for Wiggins? More like an eagerly anticipated beginning, says Rob Fulford, Wiggins’ high school coach at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. . .
I’m sure the kid will have a good career, but it still sucks to have your NBA career start out with you being a castaway.
You know the Love-to-Cleveland trade altered the balance of power in the NBA, so here is a set of Power Rankings that reflect the shift.
For those of you who are ESPN Insiders, the Mothership has been busy projecting the best players at each position for the 2014-2015 season. Check out their picks for the top ten centers this year, as well as the top ten power forwards.
Finally, here is some news for those of us who hope Rajon Rondo will remain with the Boston Celtics in ’14-15 and beyond:
The Boston Globe reports that the Celtics are not making trading Rajon Rondo a priority, in the latest of the nearly tri-daily updates on whether Boston will trade the former All-Star point guard. Check back in a few hours when they will totally be talking to the Kings again. . .
Sounds like the “Will he or won’t he re-sign with the Boston Celtics?” questions will last long into next summer, folks! Wheeee!
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