Archive for February, 2009

Obama’s A Cool Dude
February 28, 2009

Forget your politics for a minute. Take a look at that picture from last night’s Wizards-Bulls game.  That’s just cool.  And to top it off… he bought that kid next to him cotton candy.

Nice to see a President enjoying the game from a seat and enjoying a beer like a normal human being.

(via Mr. Irrelevant)

After the jump…more evidence of the President acting like a normal guy (i.e. checking out hot cheerleaders).

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Rondo Upset With Maxwell?
February 28, 2009

Courtesy the Celtics blog on boston.com:

A bizarre incident between Rajon Rondo and Celtics radio broadcaster Cedric Maxwell. Rondo had some harsh words for Maxwell as he headed into the showers, and the point guard did not appear to be joking. Definitely some tension in the room.

Maybe Max told Rondo to get in the kitchen and make him some bacon and eggs. Quack, quack, quack!!!

Stephon’s Interviews
February 28, 2009

This is like our 3,000th straight post about Marbury… but what else are we gonna talk about right now?

Here are a couple of his interviews from yesterday.  Postgame, pre-game, and his introductory press conference.

The Marbury Phenomenon
February 28, 2009

I need a shrink. Someone please tell me why I love Stephon Marbury on this team. Why I am willing to overlook all his negatives? I’m not alone that’s for sure. Did you see the standing ovation the Garden crowd gave him last night?

When Steph (we’re buddies now) took the floor, my eyes were focused on him. I wanted to follow his every move, to see if he would play defense, fight through picks, help teammates, etc. Like I stated last night, he played a damn good game for a guy who hadn’t played regular season basketball in 13 months. He had a great sequence in the 4th quarter.

Allen and Marbury combined to stretch the lead to 13 points after Marbury replaced Paul Pierce 15 seconds into the quarter. Marbury found Allen for a 20-footer with 11:06 to go, then hit a 16-footer, found Allen for a 3-pointer, scored on a lefthanded layup, and banked in a shot off a Moore rebound for a 92-79 lead with 8:23 remaining.

But my favorite play came in the 1st 2nd quarter – the no look bounce pass to a slashing Leon Powe. That’s what Marbury can do for this second unit. Create a ton of easy shots. And when all else fails, he can create his own shot.

But what about the bad? Here are some excerpts from Marbury’s Wikipedia profile (it’s the best my research team could do on short notice):

Towards the end of the 2005-2006 season, the Knicks’ poor performance combined with Marbury’s public spats with his coach led to a severe decline in Marbury’s popularity, with Frank Isola and Michael O’Keefe of the New York Daily News stating that Marbury is “the most reviled athlete in New York.”

The start of the 2007-08 season found the Knicks again floundering and Marbury again involved in a public feud, this time with Knicks coach and president Isiah Thomas. The pivotal incident involved Marbury leaving the team after learning that Thomas planned to remove him from the starting lineup. There were reports that Marbury and Thomas actually came to blows on the team plane, and that Marbury threatened to blackmail Thomas for taking him out of the starting lineup—both in the presence of Knick teammates.

And let’s not forget that during Isiah’s sexual harassment trial, the married Marbury testified about having sex with an intern in the back of his truck.

For some reason (maybe it’s the short window this team has to win more titles), I’m willing to overlook all that crap. Apparently so is Danny, Doc and Wyc. Are we going to see the “bad” Stephon? I really doubt it because he’s only going to be here a few months. Or is he?

Asked about if he wanted to play in Boston next season, Marbury said, “If they want me, I’ll be here.”

Today’s Links: Globe – Star Power | Bob Ryan – He Fit Right In | Marbury Learns the Celtics Pregame Ritual | Updates on Pierce’s Thumb, KG’s Knee, Tony Allen and Scal | Herald – Celtics Keep Winning Pace | Marbury Punches In | NY Post – Marbury’s Talking Delayed Buyout| Cavs Slam Spurs | Nuggets Beat Lakers |

Exactly What We Need
February 27, 2009

The Celtics gutted out a 104-99 win over the Pacers that was anything but pretty.

Stephon Marbury (13 min, 8 pts, 4-6 FG, 2 assists, 3 TO) played a damn good game. He is such a smooth offensive player. Not a bad performance for a guy who hasn’t played a regular season game in 13 months.

Ray Allen (30 pts, 6-10 3FG) carried the offensive burden.

Glen Davis (18 pts) and Leon Powe (14 pts, 6 reb) both had solid games. Big Baby had a couple of big baskets down the stretch to keep Indiana from creeping back.

It’s tough to fault Rajon Rondo when he dishes out 17 assists, but he passed up too many open 12 footers. Way too many.

Box Score | Recap

For anyone who cares, the Celtics are paying Marbury more than we thought:

Stephon Marbury will earn $1.2 million from the Boston Celtics over the remainder of the NBA season, ESPN.com learned Friday.

A source with knowledge of league finances told ESPN.com that Boston used $1.2 million of the $2.4 million it had remaining from the midlevel salary exception. Marbury’s salary will not be prorated, meaning he will earn $52,174 for each of Boston’s remaining 23 regular season games.

More pics from the game….after the jump.

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Home Sweet Home
February 27, 2009

25-35 @ 46-13
Friday, February 27, 2009
7:30 pm ET
TD BankNorth Garden (Boston, MA)

There’s no place like home.

After a spread out, six-game west coast road trip in which the Celtics finished 3-3, the illustrious men in green have finally returned home to play in front of their fans for the first time since February 8.

This isn’t quite the same team we saw the last time they laced ’em up at the TD BankNorth Garden. The C’s have returned home with a couple of new faces. Sam Cassell and Patrick O’Bryant have moved on to different organizations, and Danny Ainge has replaced them with a pair of veterans to help fill out Doc’s rotation.

The first addition is that of seven-foot energy guy Mikki Moore, who made his Celtic debut in Wednesday night’s road loss to the Clippers. His first impression was a relatively positive one, as he set multiple screens and displayed constant activity, as well as his beautiful mid-range set shot. Moore might not be P.J. Brown, but for between eight and 15 minutes per contest, he can help this team.

Now onto the big addition that everybody is buzzing about, Stephon Marbury. The long-lasting soap opera with the Knicks has finally come to a close, and as of 10:00 am this morning, the two-time All-Star cleared waivers and became an official free agent. From there, he completed a physical, signed his veteran’s minimum contract, and giddily joined his new teammates in Waltham.

Marbury will attend the team practice at roughly 5:00 pm ET tonight, and will subsequently discuss his new surroundings with the Boston media about 45 minutes later. With that in mind, along with the fact that Gabe Pruitt will be serving the first night of his two-game suspension, it is expected that Marbury will be dressed and ready to go tonight vs. Indiana.

Let the Stephon Marbury era begin. We have a new Employee #8 in town.

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Danny Granger (25.0)
RPG: Troy Murphy (11.7)
APG: T.J. Ford (5.1)
SPG: Marquis Daniels (1.1)
BPG: Danny Granger (1.5)

Projected Starters
G G F F C

Team Leaders
PPG: Paul Pierce (20.1)
RPG: Kevin Garnett (8.8)
APG: Rajon Rondo (8.4)
SPG: Rajon Rondo (2.0)
BPG: Kendrick Perkins (1.7)

Key Matchup

Injury Report
Danny Granger (torn tendon in right foot – out)
Mike Dunleavy Jr. (sore right knee – out)
Kevin Garnett (posterior muscle strain – out)
Tony Allen (recovering from thumb surgery – out)
Brian Scalabrine (strained neck – out)
Gabe Pruitt (serving suspension – out)

Keys to Victory

  • Ball Control
  • Timely Closeouts
  • Home Cookin’

Pruitt Suspended
February 27, 2009

Via Yahoo! Sports:

Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt was suspended two games for conduct detrimental to the team on Friday, one day after being arrested for suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles.

“I recognize that my behavior was inappropriate and accept the consequences of my action as determined by the Celtics,” Pruitt said in a statement released by the team.

Doc has to play Marbury tonight. There’s no one else.

Editor’s Rant: Why do I have to read Celtics press releases on other sites?

To quote Ron Burgundy – “I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal. People know me.  I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany”

It’s Official…
February 27, 2009

… Marbury has signed with the Celtics

The two-time All-Star is now undergoing a physical and is expected to attend a closed practice at TD Banknorth Garden at 5 p.m. before tonight’s game against Indiana.

It remains uncertain if Marbury will be in uniform tonight, but given that the Celtics have just 11 players in uniform, it’s possible that they may need him to suit up in case of an emergency situation.

— UPDATE

According to the Celtics, Marbury will wear #8.  I’m betting he thinks it’s like taking two 3’s… flipping one around… and then putting them together.

5 Stages Of Stephon Marbury
February 27, 2009

This Stephon Marbury story has been going on forever.  Now that he’s cleared waivers, he’s going to sign his name on the dotted line, and officialy join the Celtics.  We’re starting to see a lot of reaction to the signing.

1. Denial

“What?  Marbury?  C’mon… not only do we not want that guy… we don’t even need him.”

This started back at the beginning of the season, when it was clear that Stephon Marbury was clearly on his way out of New York.  In November, his name was first floated out there… a notion Chuck dismissed with this:

Here’s what a lot of people still don’t get: the Celtics don’t need a backup point guard. Eddie House works. Having the 2nd unit offense run through Paul Pierce or Ray Allen works. What doesn’t work is a crazed, tattoo-on-the-head, me first guy named Stephon Marbury.

2. Anger

“The Celtics are actually interested in this guy?  That’s it, I’m keying my objections into Danny Ainge’s car!”

The first inkling of the Celtics interest in Steph was back in December… a report that elicited a post from me called Oh My Dear God No… which ended with me saying

I can’t handle Stephon in a Celtics jersey.  I can’t handle Stephon celebrating in our locker room.  I can’t.  I just can’t.

3. Bargaining

“It’s pretty clear Eddie House is better at the 2… so there’s got to be a non-Marbury option out there, right?”

Aside from wondering aloud why Sam Cassell was just sitting there… or whether Gabe Pruitt should get a shot.  We dropped other names…. even Fred Jones,

4. Depression

“Oh my God… this might be happening.  That’s it… we’re toast”

Just cruising through the comments after the story broke.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Mizzle – February 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Let’s just hope this works out… personally I don’t trust Marbury.

ThatGuyOverTheOcean – February 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm

this is like settling for a pabst from the fridge and mr. skin after a failed saturday night at a bar. it might get the job done, but it’s not exactly what you were hoping for.

scalsnutrisystemplan – February 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Not a fan of this move at all….. but who the hell am I to second guess Danny Ainge.

Tim (FD) – February 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Those are just a few… from a few of our regulars.

5. Acceptance

“He’s here, let’s embrace it, and hope he can help us defend the title.”

Summed up in the post earlier this week titled “Might As Well Embrace It”

So it looks like Stephon Marbury is joining the Celtics… whether some fans like it or not.  And like Chuck with Barack Obama… you’ve got no choice but to embrace it now and hope he succeeds (you heard me, Rush… you fat, blowhard, vicodin addict).

We’re not alone in accepting it.  Hardwood Houdini is in full acceptance mode today.  Celtics Stuff Live has accepted it too…. and they brought up a good point:

The beauty of what Danny Ainge did last week in trading away Sam Cassell is that the Kings subsequently waived the former Celtics point guard and preserved the ability for the Celtics to re-sign Cassell after March 20th. What that means is that even if Marbury flames out and shows up to games acting like rapper extrordinaire Joaquin Phoenix, the team can cut Stephon’s ass and re-sign a former all star and three time NBA champion point guard  that practiced with the Celtics all year long

So here we are.  In the final stage of the Marbury saga.  And if any of you aren’t at “acceptance” yet… don’ t worry… you will be.  He’ll do something good in that C’s uniform, you’ll get up out of your seat, and you’ll think to yourself “ok… I can deal with this.”  It’s just a matter of time.

“Tastefully Done”
February 27, 2009

Now that these guys are gonna be reunited, it’s a good time to pull out the classic ESPN the Magazine commercial.