Big Al Tears ACL
February 9, 2009

He’s out indefinitely.

Al Jefferson, the Timberwolves’ best player, will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament. He suffered the injury Sunday night in New Orleans near the end of the Wolves’ 101-97 loss to the Hornets.

This really does make me sad.  Big Al is not just talented, but he seems to be one of the genuine nice guys in the NBA.  I hope he comes back quickly.

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No KG, No Worries
February 1, 2009

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Ok…I got worried when the T-Wolves cut a 20+ Celtics lead down to 6 late in the fourth. But Superman would not be denied on this day. Check out the Truth’s line:

41 min, 36 pts, 13-24 FG, 8 reb, 6 assists, 1 blk

Al Jefferson played out of his mind in this game: 34 pts, 15-21 FG, 11 reb, 4 blks

KG missed this game with the flu:

“He’s sick. He’s really bad. His fever’s really high,” Rivers said. “He’s not playing today. He’s probably not playing Tuesday. For him to be out of any game, especially today, he’s got to be pretty sick.”

Box Score | Recap

Feel the Heat…after the jump.

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No Word On Perk
February 1, 2009

First, let me start by thanking the fine people at Tanqueray for the splitting headache I have this morning.  Damn you Tony Sinclair… you make drinking look so cool.  But there’s nothing cool about getting thrown out of an Applebee’s.  To be fair, that kid in the high chair started it.

Hopefully this fog clears in time for the game at noon.  Still no word on Kendrick Perkins and any potential punishment for the love tap he gave Jason Maxiell.  The Celtics are going to need him today because the TWolves are suddenly no joke.  Al Jefferson is on fire.  Look at his game log.  34 and 13 against the Lakers…. 24 and 6, 23 and 10, 39 and 9…. just keep going.  He’s having a ridiculous year.  I don’t get how he’s not an All Star.

We’ll do another live blog today.  Come back here at noon for the link.

Herald:  Fun run for McHale and crewAllen is a star in their eyesNBA gives liquor a shot |  Globe:  Set to dance with WolvesStill reaching for the stars |  Souza:  Bench coming through for C’s |  Camerato:  Making the case for Rondo and AllenFormer C’s are more than trade bait |  T&G:  Armand Hill the brains behind the offense |  Star Tribune:  Catching up with Tom Thibodeau | Video:  Bynum’s knee injury

Why Kevin McHale Is A Bad GM
December 18, 2008

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

I’m on record:  I hate that Kevin McHale is now a joke in the NBA.  But when he does things like blame bloggers for the spate of coach firings, it’s kinda easy to see why.

“I think you’re going to see more and more shorter term stuff in our league,” he said. “Just because the access now, there’s so much media availability and everything else. There’s just so many bloggers; everybody’s got an opinion. There’s all kinds of stuff going on. Sometimes that starts forming the opinion of people in front offices, too, and owner. It’s been kind of a crazy year so far.”

If Kevin McHale lets morons like me influence his opinion on who will stay and who will go, then he needs to be banned from every front office forever.  If I’m an owner, and I’m hear McHale say bloggers start forming the opinion of people in front offices… then I’m not even calling him for an interview.

Being a GM means you tune all that crap out.  You don’t listen to the fans and their overreactions.  You don’t read the columnists who will often take bombastic approaches just to sell papers or drive ratings.  As a GM, you evaluate your coach and your talent based on everything you see… and everything fans and columnists don’t get to see.  If you’re letting the bloggers and writers influence your opinion… then you’re a horrible GM.  And if your owner is the one reading that stuff… you need to have the sack, and intelligence, to explain to him that the fans and writers are wrong… and here’s why.

You’ll see a backlash today on the web as bloggers defend themselves… but the bigger issue is the tacit admission that general managers, perhaps McHale in particular, are influence by what we write.

Ugh, it kills me to write this stuff about such a pure Celtic.  Just kills me.

By the way:  What do all 6 fired head coaches have in common with Doc Rivers?  They all have the same agent… and Doc is the only head coaching client that agent has left that still has a team.

And there’s a special shipping deal TODAY AND TOMORROW ONLY at the Red’s Army store.  Buy something today or tomorrow… and your standard shipping will be upgraded to 2-day shipping for free.  This way, you procrastinators can still get something in time for Christmas.

Baron Davis Might Be A Total Idiot
December 8, 2008

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Baron Davis has made about $80 million over his career so far.  He’ll make another $62 million or so over the 5 year contract he signed with the Clippers.

So why on earth would a man who will have earned at least $142 million over his career… do something like purposely get fat (fatter?) to make $250,000 from Jenny Craig?

The Clippers’ Baron Davis is getting paid $250,000 for endorsing a weight-reduction drink. The Clippers privately say that the weight Davis gained to do the endorsement accounted for his slow start. Having signed him to a five-year deal with $62.5 million guaranteed, you can see how they’re not very thrilled by that.

Is Davis a moron?  Is he a complete a-hole?  To purposely get fat for that little money… it’s mind boggling.

(Via Slam Online)

It’s official:  Minnesota has fired Randy Wittman and replaced him with Kevin McHale.  This is actually a demotion for Kevin… because he’s stepping down from his vice president of basketball operations job.  Tick tock, Kevin… tick tock.

I Don’t Want To Remember Kevin This Way
December 8, 2008

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I’m begging someone to please make it stop.

I loved Kevin McHale.  He was awesome.  I mimicked his post moves in high school.  But as an executive………. ugh.

Now comes word that the Timberwolves are about to fire Randy Wittman… and make Kevin takeover as head coach.  And I just can’t take it anymore.  I don’t want to see Kevin fail anymore.  Please… someone… make it stop.

I prefer to remember him this way.

That Was Easy
November 21, 2008

The Celtics made up for a hideous first half by absolutely dominating the T-Wolves in the 3rd quarter. Did anyone really think this game was in danger?

And how can you not feel bad for Al Jefferson? Not only is he stuck in Minnesota, but he has to play with Sebastian Telfair every night.

Box Score | Recap

Some game photos, after the jump.

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“That Guy” Is At It Again
October 26, 2008

I gave up on Bill Simmons last year when he tossed his Boston brethren aside and vehemently proclaimed the Lakers were unbeatable. 

I haven’t read a column since… but others have.  The good folks at Perk Is A Beast found this gem in his fantasy hoops preview:

Rajon Rondo
Anything less than a 12-5-7 with 49 percent FG shooting and two-plus steals per game would be disappointing. By the way, after spending $21 million on a Doc Rivers extension and making Tom Thibodeau one of the league’s richest assistants, the Celtics still had to bring Sam Cassell back because Cassell and Ray Allen are the only two people who can get through to Rondo. I thought that was funny.

Follow the link for a very appropriate reaction.  I will agree with PIAB:  I think Simmons is full of it on this one… but they already said it as well as can be said.

This town has 4 major television media outlets, 2 major newspapers, and a bazillion blogs with people who not only scour the web for information, but who have been to games and practices… and NOT ONCE have we heard a shred of anything that even hints at Rondo being that type of player.  You don’t see hints of it on the court.  You don’t see hints of it on the bench.  You don’t see hints of it anywhere.  Probably because it’s not true. 

Moving on… the blogger NBA previews continue.  Here are the Northwest and Southeast Previews:

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Denver Nuggets

Jeremy: Pickaxe and Roll

Nick Sclafani: The Nugg Doctor

Minnesota Timberwolves

Derek Hanson & Staff: TWolves Blog

Andrew Thell: Empty the Bench

wyn: Canis Hoopus

Oklahoma City

xphoenix87: BallerBlogger

Zorgon: Blue Blitz

Royce: The Thunderworld  

Portland Trail Blazers

Mookie: …a stern warning

Benjamin Golliver: Blazers Edge

Coup and SJ: Rip City Project

Utah Jazz

UtesFan89: The Utah Jazz

Basketball John: SLC Dunk

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Atlanta Hawks
Matt McHale: Basketbawful
Hoopinion: Peachtree Hoops

Charlotte Bobcats
BrettL: Queen City Hoops 
Ziggy: BobcatsPlanet

Miami Heat
Darren Heitner: SportsAgentBlog.com
Gregory Broome: The Peninsula is Mightier

Orlando Magic
Ben: Third Quarter Collapse

Washington Wizards
Rashad: Hoops Addict
HoopsAvenue: HoopsAvenue
Mike Prada: Bullets Forever
Truth: Truth About It Dot Net

Also see links to all the previews at CelticsBlog.com

Antoine On The Move Again… Oh Yeah… Other Big Names…. Blockbuster Deal… Blah Blah Blah
June 27, 2008

In what is sure to go down in history as “The Antoine Walker Trade”… Minnesota and Memphis have swapped 8 players in a blockbuster deal that also involves relatively unknown guys named Mayo and Love:

Two league sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves have reached an agreement in principle with the Memphis Grizzlies that will send the draft rights to Mayo, Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker and Greg Buckner to the Grizzlies in return for the draft rights to Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins.

I actually think Minnesota looks better this year.  Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Corey Brewer, Ryan Gomes.  That’s not a bad squad.  It’s not necessarily a playoff squad… but it’s not top 3 pick territory either.

The Grizz have a ton of guard right now.  They’ll be moving at least one over the summer.

And then there’s Antoine.  Oh ‘Toine… you’ve gone from All Star to journeyman in such a short amount of time.  I only hope your obscene amounts of cash can help comfort you as your career limps to an end.

Who Really Tanked?
March 19, 2008

Does anyone find it odd that one year later, we’re still talking about tanking in Boston?

After Minnesota’s owner accused Kevin Garnett of tanking… Johnny Ludden of Yahoo Sports says someone in Minnesota DID tank it… and it was owner Glen Taylor

if there’s anyone who submarined the Timberwolves, it was Taylor himself. He cost Minnesota three first-round draft picks for signing Joe Smith to an illegal contract. Taylor also has continued to employ GM Kevin McHale even though only once did he put together a team Garnett was capable of lifting out of the first round.

Really, the best quote out of all this comes from Sam Cassell:

“Ask anyone in this organization if Kevin tanks anything,” said Cassell, who played with Garnett in Minnesota. “Games? Practices? I wish he did tank a couple of practices.”

Hardwood Paroxysm asks why everyone babies Kevin Garnett.  I get where he’s going with it… but I think this notion of tanking is universally dismissed.  Now… if Sam Cassell didn’t hit that big shot against San Antonio and the Celtics lost… and someone wanted to pull out the “KG doesn’t want to take the big shot” discussion… then his defenders (of which I would have been one) could be accused of overlooking some things and “babying” him.  But this comes down to a player with a history of never taking a minute off… versus the owner of a perennial loser with a history of bad decisions.