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Chances Are It Won’t Work Out …………… But Then Again Who Knows ?


Chances Are It Won’t Work Out …………… But Then Again Who Knows ?

The one thing that has perplexed me since the trade deadline has been the play of the Boston Celtics and the decision made by the Boston Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge in the trading of Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson . Now inasmuch as we’re told that this was done to benefit the overall strength of the Celtics’ roster I think in large part that the trade has been to the detriment of the Celtics that has provided a slump in their fortunes where they’re now the third ranked team within the Eastern Conference sitting behind the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat .

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Though the Boston Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers has stated that this trade was a necessity to give the team depth in strength I do believe that the decision wasn’t a prudent one and it has if anything made the team all the more vulnerable and susceptible in their chances of making it deep into the playoffs much less winning the conference finals or the NBA title itself. The Celitics’ Big Three of Ray Allen , Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in addition to point guard Rajon Rondo have been playing at a level not identifiable with a team that many thought if anything would be viewed as a serious contender for the conference championship as well as the NBA championship. Instead this team has struggled and the fact that Troy Murphy an addition to the Celtics’ roster was seen as an upgrade has me wondering what it is that Ainge was trying to do ! If anything the general manager of this storied franchise must feel that the front office and the ownership of Wyc Grousbeck and his partners who can’t be entirely happy with the current situation but as long as there’s a chance that the team can be thought of as a contender then they may well be satisfied with their predicament.

In the offseason after the playoffs has reached its culmination I do believe that several decisions will have to be made as to the personnel of this team in light of the age of the team’s “Big Three” of Allen , Garnett and Pierce , never mind the roaming mercenary on the team Shaquille O’Neal whose career of late has been one where he’s merely moved for the sake of the money , rather than what he says…… ‘ is the pursuit of a fifth NBA ring , having won four as well as multiple Finals’ MVP’s . O’Neal is no longer the once dominant center within the league and if anything his productivity has slumped over the past few years . Rivers may well feel that his playing a mere twenty to twenty five minutes a game will suffice in the Celtics’ quest for another title.

Last season’s quest where we saw the Celtics fall to the Lost Angeles Lakers </a. in the NBA Finals was one where the team having outplayed the Lakers throughout much of the series they’d would fall apart in game seven where we’d see Ron Artest perhaps play the game of his life and where eventual Finals’ MVP Kobe Bryant would show us why he’s amongst the game’s most accomplished players and has long been considered one of the best players in the game when it matters most , on the NBA’s grandest stage. If that wasn’t enough to show the Celtics and their fans why it is that they can’t afford to be complacent then the 2010 Finals was definitely indicative of that.

This season for the Celtics hasn’t been without controversy for the team with Kevin Garnett leading the way with his flare up with the Pistons’ Charlie Villaneuva in the aftermath of which Garnett would try to negate the response of the press with a rather trite statement concerning remarks made about cancer victims. Garnett has always been something of a lightning rod in terms of his on the court demeanor and often at times his apparent willingness to do whatever it takes to win even if there’s a question as to his sportsmanship.

As an offense the Celtics have struggled and though they’re often viewed as a defensive force it has been here where their struggles have actually manifested itself and much to the dismay of their fans and Rivers’ coaching staff . I’ve no doubt will make the playoffs but I’m not so sure that as of now that they can be viewed as the presumptive favorites to win the conference finals ! As good as the team has been throughout much of the season the loss of Kendrick Perkins may well be too much to bear for this team. You cannot simply alter the chemistry on a team thinking that you can make it better by bringing in players that in terms of their contributions simply have shown that they’ve no real heart. Ainge for his part has been reticent to address the reasons as to the team’s falloff prior to the trade and what it has meant overall.

If the Celtics are to actually make their presence felt over the remainder the regular season and in the postseason , then as of now , they will have to show a great deal more determination . And in terms of leadership then Garnett , Pierce , Allen but Rajon Rondo in particular will have to lead by example if there’s to be any chance of this team simply being in with a remote chance of winning the NBA title . Failure by the quartet to show some form of consistency in terms of their play then you might as well count this team out because they’ve become a mere shadow of what many believed they were capable of achieving .

The Eastern Conference has often been thought of as a conference where the quality of play has been somewhat lacking in quality of its play but if anything with a litany stars now within the conference there’s the feeling that they’re now capable of staying in touch with their counterparts in the Western Conference . Now it comes to the point where we’re going to have to ask the questions as to whether or not the hype created with the Miami Heat ….. will they be good enough to win it all ? Can Derrick Rose assume the mantel of Michael Jordan and lead the Chicago Bulls to unprecedented heights not seen since the Bulls were in their heyday under Jordan in winning six titles during a ten year span. Boston for its part will be looking to add to the legacy of Red Auerbach and Bill Russell the two names synonymous , most associated with success and what the Celtics have been about over the course of their history.

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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the Celtics’ present plight and where do you see them in terms of their chances winning an NBA title ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on the Boston Celtics and that of the conference and the NBA postseason as a whole ?

Alan aka tophatal ……………………

http://tophatal.wordpress.com/

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(1) Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves center Darko Milicic (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Minneapolis. Pierce had a team-high 23 points as the Celtics won 85-82 . AP Photo/ Mark Goodson …..

(2) Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jonny Flynn (10) looks to pass around Boston Celtics guard Carlos Arroyo (45) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Minneapolis. AP Photo/Paul Battaglia ……….

(3) Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) goes for the loose ball along with teammate Paul Pierce (34) and Minnesota Timberwolves center Anthony Tolliver during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Minneapolis. AP Photo/Paul Battaglia ….

(4) LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 19: Shaquille O’Neal of the Boston Celtics with girlfriend Nicole ‘Hoopz’ Alexander sit courtside as they attend NBA All-Star Saturday night presented by State Farm at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images …….

(5) Wyc Grousbeck (right) is seen here with Red Auerbach at the team’s headquarters discussing the Celtics’ team . Auerbach who died last season built the Celtics’ dynasty into one of the NBA’s most beloved and successful franchises . Grousbeck is now the senior managing partner in the Boston Celtics’ ownership group . Paul Myers / Celtic Archives / copyrighted material @ all rights reserved …..

(6) Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge (L), managing partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck (C) and guard Ray Allen celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball championship in Boston June 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar ……………..

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6 thoughts on “Chances Are It Won’t Work Out …………… But Then Again Who Knows ?

  1. As we’ve discussed in the past, I don’t understand the reasoning behind the trade.

    Here’s the only two things I can surmise from the deal, neither of which really make all that much sense considering an NBA title is on the line:

    a) the Celtics knew they weren’t going to be able to re-sign Perk for what he was going to demand in the off-season

    b) the Celtics knew Perk’s knee still wasn’t 100%

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Ainge needs to come down of that pedestal because he’s not in the same class as Russell when even it approaches being a player much less an being executive and it’s the same way with Bird and the Pacers as well !

      And you want to hear the absurdity of this all Jermaine O’Neal is on this Celtics’ roster and he’s not contributed a god-damn thing to the team and he’s spent more time on their injury list than Perkins did ! Not only that O’Neal is making more money than Perkins . So you tell me what the hell is going on there within the Celtics’ front office ? I do know this Doc Rivers as well as several of the veterans on the team weren’t happy that Perk’ was traded albeit that they haven’t made public statements on the matter . And pray do tell what the hell is Carlos Arroyo doin’ on that team ? If he’s meant to be a backup to Rondo then does that mean that Joan Rivers would be considered a suitable understudy for Gisele Bundchen ?

      Joan Rivers ………………. or Gisele Bundchen ? Take your pick ?

      Gisele Bundchen

      Bird hasn’t done a thing with the Pacers or than make ’em look average at best ! The only worthwhile player on the roster is Danny Granger and I can see him leaving that hell-hole when his contract is up !

      tophatal ……………….

  2. I’ll take Joanie, cause older wimmin appreciate what little I have to offer….
    No comment on trade because I don’t follow roundball that much

    1. al clements

      Oh yeah please ! Truth be known it’s been said you’re packin’ more than enough to satisfy the most discriminating of females young or old . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Uncle al clements’ private massage therapist ………. Bree Olson one of Sheen’s goddesses

      But then you could go for the three for ? Joan Collins , Rivers and former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter . Take your pick or better yet why not do all three ?

      In terms of the trade you trade away a player (Perkins) who’s more productive than a player (Jermaine O’Neal) who’s earning more and hasn’t contributed a damn thing to the Celtics at all this season .
      GM Danny Ainge may well have puffed way too much on that wacky baccy !

  3. I think the trade hurt them especially since they don’t really have any solid backup plans behind Perk with the O’Neill’s nursing injuries all the time. The Bulls seem like they are the flavor of the month, but we’ll see how the seeding ends up. If Boston has to play the 76ers in the first round, they might get all they can handle!

    1. chappy

      I can well understand that Ainge wanted depth in numbers on the roster ! But hell you don’t trade away a player like Perkins when you’ve an ailing Shaq , Jermaine O’Neal who on his best day is about as much use as a busted condom !

      ‘Hi my name is Troy Murphy and I’ll be paid in excess of $12 million this year to play for the Boston Celtics ‘.

      You can’t convince me that Troy Murphy adds something to this team unless he’s bringing a couple of female escorts to entertain his teammates on a night out or at a bachelor party !

      If they play the Sixers and with Doug Collins’ experience as a coach and someone who has coaching experience in the playoffs then I’d say that the Celtics can’t be viewed as overwhelming favorites in that particular match-up !

      tophatal ………………

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