Friday, June 27, 2014

C’s go Smart & Young in Last Night’s NBA Draft

Brooklyn – It was a night most Celtics fans were waiting and hoping to see fireworks. Most wanted a repeat of the NBA Draft from seven years ago, where the basketball world would change for the better in Boston. Instead Danny Ainge elected to keep this year’s draft picks. In the end a point guard was selected at number six by the name of Marcus Smart and a swingman was chosen as the 17th pick by the name of James Young.

After Joel Embiid was selected at number three by the Philadelphia 76ers (a player I thought would fall out of the top five, due to his recent injury), and Orlando went with Aaron Gordon, Utah decided to add to their backcourt by going with Dante Exum (the player from ‘down under’). The best available draft choice arguably at number six, was Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State. Yes he is a 6’3 point guard who can score (16 PPG/4.5 APG/ 6 RPG/2.9 SPG), but is he a starter or a backup?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Celtics Draft 2014 : #6 Pick, Will Danny Take a Chance on Embiib?

A year long rebuilding process has led us to here, the 2014 NBA Draft.  The Boston Celtics possess the 6th and the 17th pick in the tonight’s draft, and the speculation on possible outcomes are endless.

Danny Ainge will have a decision to make regard his top first round pick on multiple fronts. He could use the pick, the highest the Celtics have had since 2007, and draft what seems like is a sure fire NBA starter. The 2014 draft is deep, it is projected that the bust potential in the first couple picks is extremely low. Yet Danny is an outside the box thinker, as we know, and there is swirling contemplation about the acquisition of Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, and dare I say LeBron James.

Celtics, Ainge needs a third team involved in order to trade for Kevin Love

It's draft day folks, the day we've waited for with hopes of seeing fireworks from Danny Ainge and the Celtics one week before the fourth of July.

There isn't a move that would shine brighter than seeing Kevin Love traded to Boston today but it's not that easy. First round picks and young talent isn't what Minnesota wants. So I put on my President of Basketball Operations hat, went to ESPN's trade machine and tried to put together a trade that may possibly entice Minnesota, as if I can somehow make a difference.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 Draft Rumors: Celtics reportedly reached out to Cleveland about No. 1 pick

The Celtics are trying to move up in the draft and have reportedly inquired with Cleveland about acquiring the number one pick in this year's draft, according to CSNNE. 

A. Sherrod Blakely has reported that a league source told him that the Cavs have been listening to a number of offers from teams ever since Joel Embiid's foot injury. CSNNE reported that "no deal is imminent" but that a Celtics offer is one of many that Cleveland has been listening to.

Friday, June 20, 2014

According to Rondo: ‘Numbers Never Lie’

It’s been quite the offseason for Celtics captain Rajon Rondo, as he was seen on the Green Monster during a Sunday afternoon Red Sox game. He officially met arguably the best power forward in the NBA, Kevin Love on the same day at Fenway. Then he gave us his prediction of the Finals on Good Morning America, picking the San Antonio Spurs in seven (good choice). Now you can add an appearance on a highly rated sports program on a world famous network, to his already busy summer.

Rondo continued to audition for his broadcasting career in television yesterday, when he co-hosted ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie with Jemele Hill. He discussed many NBA topics including if LeBron should remain in Miami, will Carmelo Anthony bolt to Chicago, or could he fit with the Celtics? The point guard was asked about meeting Love and on his plans on remaining in Boston beyond next summer when he becomes a free agent.

Rondo hints at Celtics landing Anthony, Love

Rajon Rondo wants the Celtics to be contenders next season and believes that Danny Ainge can make that happen this summer.

Rondo was a guest host on ESPN's Numbers Never Lie with Jemele Hill yesterday and shared his opinions about Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and the possibility of the Celtics being relevant next season.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Podcast: NBA Finals Game 3 Recap

Joel & Josue recap Tuesday night's historic Spurs 111-92 win over the Heat at the American Airlines Arena, to take a 2-1 lead in the Finals. They discuss what went wrong for Miami, and what San Antonio did right. Plus Game 4 predictions.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Minnesota Showing No ‘Love’ To Kevin

The owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Glenn Taylor said Kevin Love will not be traded. He immediately began searching for a head coach after Rick Adelman suddenly retired from the sidelines. Then his General Manager, Flip Saunders, decided to hire himself to fill that vacancy.

Now apparently the team’s most important player is currently available to all suitors.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Can LeBron Take The ‘Heat’ Past The Spurs?

In the NBA Finals who ever wins game one, history has shown us that nearly 70-percent of the time they go on to win the championship. The San Antonio Spurs plan to add to that statistic after beating the Miami Heat 110-95 on Thursday night at the AT&T Center.

It wasn’t ideal playing conditions as the arena reached upwards of 90-degrees, due to an A/C failure throughout the building.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What The Celtics Should Do For 'Love'

With a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals set to take place 24 hours from now, it seems like ‘Love’ is in the air for Celtics Fans. No, it has little to do with the Spurs per say, and it definitely has nothing to do with the hated Heat. It's all about Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love, who happened to be in Boston this past weekend to “check out the city and see what it’s like.”

It may have been a simple short vacation for some, but for most it seemed more like a business trip, with good intentions for the 25-year-old all-star. One could say it may result in a potential deal for the Celtics to acquire the forward in the upcoming weeks. With the C’s having the sixth and 17th pick in the draft, 19-days from now (June 26th), and the fact that Love has made us aware he is very much open to playing in Beantown, how does Danny get this done?

For starters if Kevin were to remain in Minnesota, he has made it clear he plans to opt-out of his current deal, which means he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2015. Flip Saunders could see his best player walk out the door with nothing in return. The Celtics clearly have the best assets (draft picks and young talent) to offer in a possible deal than any other suitors in the league, including the likes of the Lakers, Warriors, Bulls or the Suns. So what would Ainge give in return that would be considered ‘enough’ to make this official?