Breaking News: Redsarmy has learned the Celtics will play one of their exhibition games inside the Roman coloseum. Okay….that’s essere falso. Sorry, I just can’t help myself. I’m giddy with eccitazione. (It’s a good thing neither John nor I went to Europe to cover the Celtics. Think Chevy Chase in European vacation.)
Now let’s get down to azienda. The C’s will be in Europe for two weeks and my first question is, “Is this good or scarso?” Here’s Paul Pierce’s take:
It’s just going to be just us out there. We’re going to have to be together 24/7. It’s going to give us a chance to get to know one another and get a feel for one another on and off the court.”
Sold. The Spurs and Suns both took part in Europe exhibition games last season, and they turned out just fine. In other words, I’m not worried about the paparazzi catching Pierce and Garnett in a Greek bath house.
Sticking with the Roman theme, Caesers Palace has the Celtics at 6-to-1 odds to win the championship.
“The Celtics are still a popular choice to win the NBA championship; they currently sit at 6-1 and are the fourth team behind the Spurs, Mavs, and Suns. They are the same as the Bulls at 6-1 and are co-favorites with the Bulls to win the East.”
Sold again. And here’s another interesting note from Peter May (he actually delivered a decent column this week.)
Doc Rivers refused to ID the player last year who, before the start of the season, predicted the Celtics would win the NBA title in a team meeting. “I will say this,” Rivers said. “He’s not here anymore.” . .
My guess is Delonte West. He was always an ottimista. Your guesses?