“We had a problem. You know what I mean. He’s gone. And we couldn’t do nothing about it.”
James Posey has signed a four-year deal with the New Orleans Hornets worth $25 million. That’s big time money for a guy who plays 15-20 minutes per night. We loved you Po-Z and wanted you to stay, but not at that money.
“It was a really tough decision for him,” Bartelstein said. “Boston was an incredible experience for him every way you look at it. If he was going to leave Boston, he wanted to make sure it was for a team that would compete for championship immediately and the Hornets certainly are in that world.”
We liked James and we wanted him back,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said. “He got a good deal in New Orleans. We were unwilling to go four years.”
Before everyone starts going all crazy, let’s take a hard look at Posey’s stats in the playoffs: 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. He did a helluva job on the defensive end and hit some huge 3s, but the Celtics can repeat without the Mongoose.
My favorite Posey moments:
-His 3-point dagger with 1 minute left in Game 4 of the Finals which capped the greatest playoff comeback ever.
-The steal on Tayshaun Prince with some 2 minutes left in Game 6 of the ECF. It sealed the game and the series.
On second thought…