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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 ……………………

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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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I’ll Say It Again ’cause You Can Jump Over The Moon It Doesn’t Make You A Team Player …………..


 

 

I’ll   Say  It    Again  ‘cause  You  Can  Jump  Over  The  Moon  It  Doesn’t  Make  You   A Team Player …………..

 

Last  night  just  in  case  anyone  missed  it  the  New  York  Knicks (24-35)  all  but   gave  away   a  game  to  the  Miami  Heat (31-27).   And  we  all   know  what  the  Knicks  are  actually  waiting   for   don’t  we  ?    The   chance  to  become   a  part  of the   LeBron  James  free agent sweepstakes.    Well  if  it’s  not   becoming   how   apparent   this  woeful    New  York  Knicks’  teams   really  is.   Then    there’s   no  reason  to  let   you  in  last   night.     Suffice   to  say   if  you  let  Dwyane  Wade   go  off   on you  then   you  deserve   what   you   get   and a   damn   whole   lot   more. 

 

 

Dwyane  Wade  of the  Miami  Heat  drives  the  lane   against  the  Knicks'   Jared  Jeffries  during  the  game  played   last  night.  picture  appears  courtesy  of nbae getty images/ Victor  Baldizon...............
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat drives the lane against the Knicks' Jared Jeffries . picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Victor Baldizon ...............'

  

And   if there’s   anything  that   we can  all   agree   on  then  it’s   that   the  New  York  Knicks  aren’t  all  that  good  nor  are  they   likely   to  be   in   the  near   future.    I  don’t    care  what  anyone   says    but   if  the   team  isn’t  prepared  to  complement    James    with   an   arsenal  of   players    comparative  to  his   skill  level.  Then   how  in  God’s   name  can  they   expect to    compete   with  anyone   in  the  Eastern  Conference ,  much  less  the   rest   of  the  NBA.

 

 

Jermaine  O'Neal  of  the  Miami  Heat   dunks  the  ball  against   New York  as  Jared Jeffries  of  the  Knicks  looks  on.  picture appears  courtesy of  nbae /getty images/ Victor Baldizon  .............
Jermaine O'Neal of the Miami Heat dunks the ball in his team's victory over the New York Knicks. Also in picture is Jared Jeffries of the New York Knicks. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Victor Baldizon ...........

 

 

And  as  we   let  this  all   foment   and   try    to  analyze   what   it  is   that   makes  the  Knicks   so   terrible.    It’s   becoming   patently    obvious   that   when  you’ve   got  an   ill   disciplined   team  whose   only   apparent   wish  is  to  play  offense.   One   can  only   understand   why  if  any   the  relative   progress   made   under  coach  Mike D’Antoni  has   been   minimal   at  best.   And   to   top   last   night’s   events   it   doesn’t   bode   well   for   the   league   when   someone  within  the  game’s   hierarchy   chooses  to   alienate   one  of   its  and  the  game’s   top   stars.    In   all    but   reprimanding   Wade   by   the  banning  of  his   wearing   a   band-aid   underneath   his   left   eye.   They  all   but   told   Wade  that   they   intend  to  now  make  the  league   something   more   akin  to   its   counterpart  within  the  NFL  …………”  a  No Fun  League “  .    Well   Commissioner David  Stern  and  his   autocratic   ways   do  tend  to   rile   the   rancor   of  many  of  its   players   one  way  or  another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In  the   victory  last  night   by   the  Heat   120-115   over  New  York. It  has   all   but  cemented   that  the  two   teams   may   well  be    going  in    opposite   directions.  The  Heat  would   love  to  make  the  NBA  playoffs   and  it appears  likely   that  they’re   likely  to  make  it.  As   for   the  Knicks   any  aspirations  that  they   might   have   may   have  been   sealed   with  the   ineptitude   that   they’ve   shown  as  a   team  with  its   overall   lack  of   cohesion   of   the   court.   It   would    appear   that   whatever   communicative   skills  that    Mike D’Antoni   possesses   seems  to  be   falling   on  deaf  ears when  it   comes to  this    Knicks’   roster.  But  then   again  being   communicative  and   teaching     players   how   to  play   defense   was   never   one   of   D’Antoni’s   strongest    points   to  begin   with.    It   clearly   wasn’t   the   case  when   he  was  coaching   the   Phoenix  Suns   in   his   previous   stop  as  an  NBA coach.   Now   come  full   circle   the   teams  aren’t   that  much   different    in  terms   of   their  play   on court.   The   up-tempo  offense    is    still   there   but    beyond   that    there    doesn’t   seem  to  be   much   there    that’d    would    heighten  one’s   interest   in   the  Knicks .   Unless   you’ve   shown  the   utmost   devotion    to  the  team  the   way   that    film maker  Spike   Lee   has  over   the  years.

 

 

Chris Duhon  of  the  New York Knicks  tries to evade the  defensive play  of  the  Heat's  Dwyane  Wade  picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/Lyne  Sladky ...............
Chris Duhon of the New York Knicks pushes the ball upcourt and at the same time tries to elude the defensive presence of the Heat's Dwyane Wade . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Lyne Sladky ...............

 

 

 

Lee’s   devotion  to  the  franchise     borders   on  the   type   fan  worship   and   devotion   shown   by   Jack   Nicholson  to   the   Los  Angeles   Lakers.  And  when   that   sort   of   devotion  is   being   shown     by  show   businesses’   top   stars   to   the   sport.  It   can  only   mean  that   they’ve    got  a  great   deal  of   time  of  their   hands. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  New  York  Knicks   for  their    part   have  got  to  be   in  some ways   happy  with  the  play   of  Nate  Robinson.  He   may   well   be  the  lone   reason  to  watch   this   team   at  any   time.    Looking  down  at  the   roster  of  the   team  and  there’s  absolutely   nothing   there    that   would    have   you  believe  that  this   team  is   capable  of  competing    with  amongst  the  elite  of  the   NBA.   It’s  clear  to  see   why   the     LeBron  James’  overkill  as  to  his   final   destination   in   2010   has  become  so  much  of  the  lore   as  it   now  stands.   If   nothing   else   it  gives  the   fans   there   in  New  York   something  to  wish  for.  Well  that  along   with  perhaps  the  New  York  Yankees  winning  the  World  Series   or    even  Alex  Rodriguez  showing  up  in the  postseason  for  just  once  in  his   career.     But  then  again    isn’t   Alex   liable  to  blame  his   woes   upon   that  of   his  cousin  and   the   effects  of  the   boli  ?   Where’s   Papi  Chulo   when  you  need   him  most  ?     Well   Alex   much    like  your  New  York   counterparts   within  the  NBA  it’s   time  to   put    up   or   shut   up   once  and   for  all.

 

 

Jermaine  O'Neal  of  the  Miami Heat  has to be  restrained  by   teammate  Udonis  Haslem  having  got  into  an  altercation  with  Larry  Hughes  of the  New York  Knicks   during the  game.    picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/Lyne  Sladky ............
Jermaine O'Neal of the Miami Heat has to be restrained by teammate Udonis Haslem having gotten into an altercation with Larry Hughes of the New York Knicks during the game played at the American Airlines Arena in Miami , Florida. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Lyne Sladky .....................

 

 

And  as  of   now   with  this   loss   one  can  say  that  it’s   time   for  the  New  York  Knicks   and  their   hierarchy  to   look   at   what  it  is   they’re   now  striving  to  achieve. They’ve   struggled    in  almost    every   facet  of  the  game.  And   in  spite  of   everything  that     Donnie  Walsh  and    coach   Mike  D’Antoni   are   hoping   to   elicit    from  this   roster.  It   just   doesn’t   seem  to   be   equating    in  the   form  of   results   on  the   court.    The  fact  of the   matter   is   Wade’s   performance     last   night   basically  showed   us   all  the   monumental    challenges   that  this   team   faces   if  it’s   to   contend   with  the  elite    teams    within   the   Eastern   Conference   and  the   rest  of   the  NBA.    He   torched   the   Knicks    for     46  points   and  it   could   well  have    been   a  hell  of   a  whole  lot  more   were   he  able  to  apply   himself  more.

 

 

 

 

 

The  New  York   Knicks   for   their   part   merely     played   that  of  a    supporting   cast   as   the   Wade   and   his    teammates  waylaid    them  and  any  aspiration  that   they  had  on the   night.   It’s  at   times   like   these  we’ve    got  to  be   thankful   that     New  York  City  is   viewed  as  the   city  that  never  sleeps.  With   so    much   happening   around  this    vast  metropolis  .  It’s    good   to  know   that   there   are    avenues   where   can  one   spend  their   money   and   actually    obtain   something   or   real   value   in  return   that’s   tangible.   Spending  it  on  watching   the  New  York  Knicks   has  to   be  about  as  welcoming    as   having  a   root   canal.