“I’m Callin’ Your Ass ‘Dwight'”
October 3, 2008

The headline is the best line from the new Addidas Commercial called “The Run”.  It’s just a few guys…. you  know… KG, Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady…. and more… getting together to run some ball. 

Some of it is canned, commercial stuff.  Some of it is funny.  The KG/Dwight Howard stuff is the best.

So I openly campaign for sneakers… and Addidas sends me a commercial about sneakers.  We’re getting close.  I can feel the swag coming my way. 

Hey… maybe you can make a commercial about bloggers playing ball in your shoes?  Or, more specifically, getting winded after 3 trips up the floor and then blowing out an ACL in your sneakers.  But we could make sure the sneaker is visible after I’m loaded onto the ambulance


Tony Allen Ready To Move On
July 27, 2008

We’re looking for every sign we can get that Tony Allen is turning some kind of corner and can be the player we think he can be.  Here’s one.

He said it starts with ditching the cumbersome knee brace once and for all.

“I took it off because I ain’t wanting to wear it anymore,” he declared. “I was feeling strong just doing one-on-one drills, even just shooting drills and cutting drills. I felt I was mastering that. That’s what made me take it off.”

I ain’t wanting you to wear that thing either.  There’s a further glimpse, also, into the psychosis of Tony Allen… and Doc Rivers trying to break through that and get him to play with confidence.

“Doc was trying to push me all year,” said the newly re-signed Allen this week. “He was saying to me: ‘TA, your knee is not hurt! Quit saying your knee (expletive) hurt!”

We’re analyzing Tony a lot here now… because we need him.  I was fine with him never coming back, but now we need him… so we need to figure out if his head will be right. 

Buried at the bottom of Mark Spears’ notes today is this:

An NBA source said the Celtics remain interested in free agent forward Darius Miles, who hasn’t played the last two seasons because of a knee injury.

Is Darius Miles really going to play for the Celtics?  I’ve said no in the past… but maybe Danny is trying to pull a Belichick/Pioli and trot out talented reclamation projects that will give you a year or two of cheap production because the rest of the team is stable enough to control him.  It’s very Dog Whisperer:  Introduce the screwed up dog in to the stable pack… and 2 minutes later the dog is fetching newspapers and slippers. 

As for the competition, it looks like Josh Smith could be leaving Atlanta via sign-and-trade with some “Western Conference Power”… and maybe the Pistons.  I think the Pistons should make a run at Carmelo Anthony.  They could probably get him for less when think about how Denver is giving players away.  Sasha Vujacic’s threat to go to Europe earned him a few extra million to stay with the Lakers.  Ryan Gomes is staying in Minnesota.  And James Posey likes what he sees in New Orleans.

And Oklahoma City is apparently considering the following nicknames: Barons, Bison, Energy, Marshalls, Thunder and Wind.  Oh… please be the last one.  I can’t wait for their first blowout loss, followed by the headline: “Celtics Break Wind”.  And if you didn’t think the fix was in to move that team out of Seattle before… you might after reading this.

They Lied To Us
April 26, 2008

josh smithThe Boston Celtics told us what we wanted to hear.  During Friday’s practice, they said they saw every team up 2-0 on Thursday go out and lose Thursday night to go down 2-1…. and they didn’t want to be that team.  They talked about the importance of game 3. 

And it was all a bunch of lies.  They were reading from the media handbook.  They didn’t really come out with any fire.  They didn’t come out with a killer instinct.  They were out-hustled and out-played the whole night.  The vaunted Celtics D gave up 102 points on 47% shooting.  They were outgunned from beyond the arc… 55.6% to 35%. 

The good thing is… its the Hawks… and this is the point of the series where the Celtics realize they’re bleeding their own blood.  They SHOULD use it against the Hawks Monday night.  That trash talk at the end of the game from Al Horford directed at Paul Pierce could be a problem for the Hawks too. 

KG did his best to carry the C’s on offense (32 pts. 10 rebs.)  Rajon Rondo wasn’t the Rondo we were creaming over during the first few games… and Mike Bibby managed 8 assists with only 2 turnovers.

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