Aug 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States forward Mason Plumlee (11) dunks against Puerto Rico during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: Friday Afternoon Commute Edition

Friday!!!!!!

Well, Boston Celtics fans, the moment you’ve been waiting for has almost arrived!  Well, maybe not THE moment.  Possibly the third, maybe fourth moment?  Aw, screw it!  Let’s just see the Tweet!

FIBA World Cup fever – do you have it?  At least a low-grade one?!?  Get your preview of Team USA’s quest to prove some naysayers wrong, as well as head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s continuing evolution as a coach as he hopes to lead this team to gold yet again.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t follow international basketball very closely.  Hell, I mistakenly declared that Stephen Curry would not start for Team USA in the first edition of my player profile on him!  So I sure found these FIBA World Cup Power Rankings useful – maybe you will, too.

One thing I do know about the upcoming World Cup: if the USA doesn’t win gold, there will be some players who will be forced to shoulder the blame, rightly or wrongly.  Take a look at the players who stand to experience the harshest fallout if Team USA gets upset.  

The guys over at Mass Live continue to predict the Boston Celtics’ 2014-2015 season.  Today, they examine the trade market for Rajon Rondo and wonder if it isn’t too try to swim in:

To make a long explanation much shorter, since we’ve written about this a lot this week, the market for Rondo is drier than a mouthful of Saltines, and that’s not a smart market in which a general manager should fish for a trade. Rondo might not re-sign with Boston, but barring a big spike in his on-court performance and in general interest in his services around the league, don’t expect him to be traded.

 The 2015 trade deadline cannot come fast enough, can it?
Finally, I leave you with this Instagram photo of Doc Rivers’ home office,  Think Celtics pride doesn’t mean something, non-believers?

Enjoy your Friday evening!

 

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