Archive for the ‘NBA Playoffs’ Category

Behold… The Mighty Remora Fish!!
June 15, 2007

Robert Horry is perhaps the most skilled player in all of NBA history…. at latching onto the coattails of superstars and winning championships.  He’s the remora fish of the NBA… he hooks onto the biggest, baddest NBA stars… and then he gets rings for it.

Hakeem Olojuwon gave him 2… Shaq and Kobe gave him 3… and now Tim Duncan gave him 2 more.  Spare me the “Big Shot Rob” crap.  NBA players with a modicum of skill are supposed to hit open jumpers, regardless of the time left on the clock.  Hey, congratulations Robert… for having the ability to stand on the wing while guys with 20 times your ability draw defenders away from you.  You’re the best… standing and waiting for the ball guy ever.  Sometimes, when I stand and wait for the bus, I pretend I’m Robert Horry.  And then when the bus gets everyone where we’re going… I take credit for it.

Headlines like this, or this, or this, just drive me up the damn wall.

There’s a lot of standing and waiting going on in Celtics land too (that’s a professional transition right there.  I hope you’re taking notes).  The C’s have identified about 8 players that they’d target with the 5th pick… if they made it… and now they’re starting to scout guys they’d take if they traded down in the draft. 

I know everyone here has been waiting for the resolution to this story… and finally… we know that the charges against Fabolous in connection with that Sebastian Telfair gold chain thing… have been dropped.  Will there ever be justice? 

I’d like to say that we here at RedsArmy… who ran Operation Oden for pretty much the entirety of Greg Oden’s college career… are an inspiration to Tim Duncan 2.0.  Now he’s following in our footsteps and blogging over at YardBarker.com.  I wonder if he knows about Operation Oden?  I gotta admit… that would be cool.

Other Stuff: 

Potential trade partner Indiana still has Jermaine O’Neal… and their deal with the Lakers might be falling apart.  |  The Blazers are intent on trading Zach Randolph  |  Why won’t Kevin Durant work out for the Sonics?  |  Gilbert Arenas says he’ll opt out of his deal to get a raise and more years on his deal… and its not an effort to test free agency  |  Grant Hill likes the look of the Raptors  |  Minnesota might not be done dealing

Another Kick In The Sack
June 15, 2007

Spurs Champions

So here we are again. 

The Spurs are champions.  Woo friggin’ hoo.

Tim Duncan has 4 rings.  He’s 4 for 4 in the Finals. 

He could have been a Celtic.  We did tank a season for him after all.  But it didn’t work out for us.  Now he’s got a 4th ring and we’re on our 4th rebuilding plan (or is it the 5th?  6th?). 

I know what you’re saying…

“Hey John… this sounds like you’re giving the finger to the people who were all about tanking this season so we could get Greg Oden.”

Yeah… it does, doesn’t it?

Break Out The Brooms
June 13, 2007

See ya LeBron. You and the Cavs had a nice run, but the Finals are over. If there’s one athlete on the planet who should walk into the G.M.’s office and demand help (i.e. quality players and a coach with a clue), it’s LeBron.

Enough about them, are you enjoying our creative response to the Sopranos finale? David Chase goes with a black screen for 7 seconds, so we fire off a blank white page for 36 hours! Take that. Actually our team of engineers (John) is still working feverishly (he packed up his speedo and left the Cape) on our technical difficulties.

As for the Celtics, there’s not much going on. Although Rashard Lewis’ name has surface in trade rumors for the 5th pick. Here’s some other workout stuff courtesy of our friends at WBZ.

Joakim Noah Talks After Workout

Danny Ainge On Wright and Noah

To Pick… Or Not To Pick
June 13, 2007


Danny Ainge as HamletTo pick or not to pick, that is the question.

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of continued youth and select fifth,

Or to take arms against inexperience by trading the selection for a veteran?

You know… I’m sure when Shakespeare wrote Hamlet he thought to himself “this can be paraphrased and bastardized wonderfully by morons throughout time… especially by dimwitted bloggers”

Regardless, Matty G ponders the question of whether to pick or not to pick today by running through just about every possibility for the Celtics.

Hey, remember when I said yesterday that the NBA Finals would be infinitely more disappointing than the Sopranos finale? Boy, was I wrong. What the F@#! was that?? Is Tony dead? Was there a terrorist attack? Is everyone alive? When does the movie come out? Honestly David Chase… I’m not smart enough to figure this out. It takes me half an hour to tie my shoes in the morning… and I do the whole bunny ears deal and everything. You need to spell it out for me a little more than that.

Another guy who is not very bright: Doc Rivers. Doc… man… I try to see things from your eyes (because so few people here do). But I don’t know why you’d say this in the Herald today:

“I don’t think you can just say we’re ready,” he said. “I’m realistic. If our guys are ready to win, we’ll win. If they’re not and they need another year, then we need another year. There’s no years on it. That’s such idiotic stuff. You just don’t know when it’s going to come together, or if it’s going to come together.”

Need another year? NEED ANOTHER YEAR?? Hey Doc… how about a little urgency here? I mean… I’m a fan… I’ve got my whole life to see how this Celtics thing works out. You don’t. If anyone can pull the wait and see card, it’s a fan… not the coach who is an early losing streak away from getting canned. I’m not saying I want to see some panic… but wouldn’t it be better to say “the young kids aren’t young anymore. These are now 3rd and 4th year players. Teams in this position aren’t learning anymore… they’re executing… and that’s where I expect us to be this year… executing.”

Is that so hard Doc? I’ll be happy to be your quote writer. I know you’re not a fire-and-brimstone kind of guy… but you can gently let your players know that they need to make a stride or two this season. Yeesh.


Other stuff:

The Shawn Marion to the Celtics rumors are picking up steam. Umm… I’ve been trying to start them since the night the C’s got pick #5. | More Marion rumors | Billups getting $13 Mil. per Year? | Florida spending $40 Mil on 2 coaches through 2013 | RBK Eurocamp Day 2

Don’t Watch The Finals Tonight
June 13, 2007

Here are 5 things smarter than the NBA waiting 3 days in between games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals (especially after waiting 5 days to start the Finals):

1. Making Lindsay Lohan the designated driver.

2. Bringing Mel Gibson to a Bar Mitzvah

3. Making fun of Chuck Liddell’s mom

4. Unprotected sex with Paris Hilton

5. Putting Isaiah Thomas in charge of anything

What ever happened to a weekend afternoon game? Why can’t the NBA… or any other major sport figure out that marketing to kids is the way to keep your brand alive.

Hey morons… why don’t you take a step back from your ledgers and realize one thing: Cigarettes kill people. We know they kill people. We’ve known it for a long time. Yet they still exist… and they still make tons of money. You know why? Because THEY MARKETED TO KIDS AND GOT THEM HOOKED YOUNG!!! These NBA Finals are only slightly less deadly than smokes… so David Stern and his crew had better get their act together and start playing these games earlier and with more frequency. There is NO reason a finals game should be played on a Sunday at 9 when it could have been played on Saturday at 6. You’re trying to get kids hooked on LeBron… make him play when they can watch him. In the meantime… I and the rest of the adults will be watching the Sopranos… which will be infinitely more interesting than anything that happens in the Finals… unless LeBron whacks someone with a baseball bat at halftime and Tim Duncan opens a strip club in the lodge section.

Other stuff:

Buried WAAAAY down in Peter May’s piece today is a trade scenario is which Shawn Marion becomes a Celtic (finally… someone is listening) | Mark Murphy: Calipari WILL return to the NBA (eventually), and Greg Oden misses Ohio State | Joakim Noah working oiut for C’s today | The Euros are on display in Italy at RBK Eurocamp | Glen “Big Baby” Davis to Knicks? | Arenas will opt out of his deal after this year

Spurs In 6
June 13, 2007

Bang… there’s an official predicition right off the bat. No teasing you… no games…. Boom. Spurs in 6. Hell… it was going to be Spurs in 5… but I gave the Cavs an extra game because of this dumb 2-3-2 format. Now that that is out of the way….

Corey Brewer and Al Thornton will be in town today to work out for the Celtics. RedsArmy.com is expected to have video and interviews from those guys sometime this evening… so be sure to come back later for that.

Local boy David Blatt apparently won’t be joining the Celtics after all.

tony allen's rehabAnd Celtics.com has a big article on Tony Allen’s rehab (photo from Celtics.com’s article)

I love that picture. It looks like something a parent uses to carry a baby around… which is about how careful Tony needs to be with that knee of his. Tony says it’s going well, and that he’ll be ready to join his teammates for training camp. I don’t know if you guys understand how amazing that would be. Then again… Shaun Livingston damn near tore his leg in half and he’s apparently playing in charity softball games.

From Draft Express: The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported yesterday that the Atlanta Hawks headed to Los Angeles to take in a workout featuring Yi Jianlian. We’ve learned that Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics was present for an identical one-on-none workout the day before.

And man am I glad this F’ing mess is over. Billy Donovan is, in fact, officially no longer with the Magic. Yesterday’s news conference turned into a whole lot of waiting for a statement to be released. And after all that, Stan Van Gundy told the Kings no…. and he’ll coach Orlando after all… and Miami will get a second round pick for it. His mustache is still a candidate in Sacramento.

Ready for rumors?

Don’t say I didn’t tell you that Seattle is about to get REALLY good. How about Chris Paul to the Sonics? | Blazers looking to trade up for Thornton | You won’t see a blockbuster trade with the Bulls unitl AFTER the trade. | Is Jordan killing the Bobcats by only hiring his friends?

LeBron James Is Good
June 13, 2007

Let’s flash back to game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James passes the ball to a wide open teammate who misses a game winning 3 pointer…. Cavs lose.

Game 2…LeBron James drives to the middle of the lane late in a tight game. He spins, seemingly gets fouled, misses the game tying shot…. Cavs lose.

Somewhere after game 2 but before game 3, LeBron James looks in the mirror and says “Screw the refs…. Screw my teammates… It’s time for Bron Bron to do his thing” (yes, he calls himself Bron Bron).

Where is all this going? After dominating games 3 and 4…. he flat out OWNED the Pistons in game 5. LeBron scored 48 points, including the 29 of the Cavs last 30 points. He was dunking over people. Going by people. Shooting over people. He even stopped to throw a bucket of water at someone…. except it was confetti.

Get the point? LeBron put on one of the all time greatest offensive playoff performances last night. If you’re a basketball fan, you’ve GOT to appreciate that.