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Yeah… Win Now
June 30, 2007

Danny AingeI don’t know what’s wrong with people.  Honestly.  I’m starting to think that these writers are being fed lead paint chips in the break room.  What’s setting me off now?  Mark Murphy’s piece in today’s Herald.

in trading away the fifth pick in a very deep draft last night – along with Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak (who filled the double ankle surgery matching requirement) – the Celtics just shortened their window.    Any shorter and they’ll bruise their fingers when the gap closes.

Do you have a problem with the Celtics winning now?  Because I don’t.   This is Danny’s 5th year of running the team.  How much longer are we going to give him?  Yes Danny… WIN NOW!   My favorite part of this all is the revisionist history.  Two months ago, the Celtics were too young, it was taking too long, we had too many players and they were mostly overvalued by Danny and the C’s.  Now we trade one of those young kids and a draft pick for Ray and we’re an “old team” that “suddenly needs to win now”. 

Here’s most important thing:  I did not hear anyone in March, after seeing all these guys in the NCAA tourney, say “wow… if we don’t get Oden or Durant… I’d be happy with Corey Brewer, Jeff Green, Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Brandan Wright or Al Thornton.”  No… everyone was writing and saying that it was Oden… Durant… or trade the pick.  What happened here?  Were people swayed by the workouts?  If that’s the case, then you’d better not EVER write about how a GM got duped by a “workout wonder.” 

So yeah… Danny needs to win now.  Because I’m sick of waiting.  He’s lucky he’s even getting a 5 year plan.  And let me tell you one thing: 1986 was a LOOONG time ago. 

Here’s some negative reaction to the Allen deal from John Hollinger and Bill Simmonsbut Ian Thomsen likes it

Also today (and I’ll make it quick this time): Theo Ratliff is more than just a name on a big contract.  He’s a person…. who hopes to play basketball:

“Theo can still help us. He and Perk together could really help us under the basket. Theo has been working extremely hard. He believes that he can be healthy, and I think this is going to be an important year for him, because he has a chance to earn a new contract.”

Well… that would be a nice surprise.  Shira Springer says Danny isn’t done dealing… because we can’t be a huge player in the free agent market.  And uh… what’s up with Sebastian Telfair?

Breaking News: The Sun Will Rise
June 28, 2007

greg oden and some chickPortland shocked the world stated the obvious when they told ESPN’s Rich Bucher:

Greg Oden‘s camp has been notified by the Portland Trail Blazers that they will take him with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.

It goes on with the usual tripe about how hard the decision was… but I came to the same decision… and I spend my days parked in front of a computer screen while my arteries audibly harden.  Can’t have been that hard. 

Want some fun reading?  Chad Ford and Bill Simmons take turns making lottery picks and trashing each other in this unique take on a mock draft

Bill Simmons Gets It
June 20, 2007

I’m not one to always agree with what Bill Simmons writes… but he gets it in this case.

He’s doing his VP of Common Sense thing again… and he pretty much nails it with the the Celtics and what they should do with the 5th pick:

If you’re the Suns and you can win the 2008 title, you make a run at Kevin Garnett. If you’re the Celtics and have Paul Pierce, a painfully young supporting cast and a coach with a career winning percentage of .467, you don’t. Of course, this is the NBA, so the Suns are backing off and the Celtics are pursuing KG with a package that includes Al Jefferson, the No. 5 pick, Gerald Green, Wally Szczerbiak’s contract and/or Theo Ratliff’s expiring deal (for KG and possibly one more contract). It’s hard to blame them for considering the deal because, for the first time in five years, the Celtics would be relevant again. You can sell tickets with a Pierce-Garnett combo, make a few more TNT appearances, maybe even get Barkley and the “PTI” guys talking about you. After what happened in the 2007 playoffs, it’s not unrealistic to think that Pierce, KG and 10 drunks from Sullivan’s Tap could win the East next spring.

Then the common sense starts kicking in.

They’d be sacrificing every non-Pierce trading asset for superior defense at the 4-spot and a slight points/rebounding upgrade. They’d also be losing the league’s best young low-post scorer (Jefferson) for a mercurial clubhouse guy who peaked three years ago and hasn’t made the playoffs since. Seriously, would you rather pay Jefferson $4 million combined for the next two seasons, take Corey Brewer fifth (someone who could guard LeBron, Wade, Arenas and Kobe for the next 10 years), use Ratliff’s contract to pursue one more veteran (someone like Andrei Kirilenko, for instance) and build a real basketball team? Or would you rather pay Kevin Garnett $46 million over the next two seasons, flank him with Pierce and nobody else, then hope both guys somehow stay healthy for the next three years? When Kobe and Shaq won three straight titles as a two-man team, they had the likes of Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, Glen Rice, Brian Shaw, Ron Harper and Phil Jackson to help them. Do you see anyone like that on Boston’s roster from the coach on down?

Overpaying for KG looks like a classic Sonny Corleone move, a panic trade specifically pushed by people worried about their jobs, a short-term fix that gets OK’d once the owner becomes sufficiently excited about owning an NBA team that has Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce on it. So what if it’s 2007 and not 2003? We have KG and Pierce! Anytime the reason for a sports trade is, “We need to roll the dice, I’m tired of treading water, I want to be relevant again,” it’s almost like watching somebody lose for a few hours at a $25 blackjack table, then become frustrated and start betting $100 a hand. Well, you know what happens to those people? They lose. They run out of money. They slink away. And after a few seconds, somebody else sits in their seat. Which is exactly what’s going to happen here.

Anyway, I’m against the KG trade, if only for this reason: If I were running Minnesota, I’d grab Jefferson, Green and the No. 5 for KG in a cocaine heartbeat. It’s a no-brainer for them, especially when the sucky contract they’d take back (Szczerbiak) happens to be one of the most popular athletes in the history of the franchise. I want the Celtics to be on the other side of a no-brainer for once. Call me idealistic. Fortunately, as a basketball buddy pointed out last night, “You’re forgetting one thing: Why the hell would KJ want to play in Boston?” Excellent point. He’ll squash this deal in two seconds.

The VP’s verdict: Take Brewer, keep Jefferson and actively pursue Kirilenko. I’d also consider trading down three spots (for the No. 8 and No. 22) if Charlotte wants Yi and Brewer would definitely be there at No. 8.

I’d say that’s pretty good.  Of course… I’d be OK with trading the 5th pick if it meant achieving a similar effect.