Sunday, December 18, 2011
Boston Celtics (2011-12)
Bob Ryan, who has covered the Celtics in the Boston Globe for an eternity, wrote an interesting article recently on this year’s team. It can be found here. Ryan indicated that the “window” is still open for the current version of the Big 3. (However, I must point out that this was written prior to the announcement that Jeff Green would miss the season because of heart surgery. Green, who was obtained in the Kendrick Perkins trade last season had been expected to play a key role for this season’s team).
There have been a few changes from last year’s team: in my opinion Brandon Bass is an upgrade from “Big Baby” Davis; Chris Wilcox will add some hustle off the bench; Keyon Dooling can fill Delonte West’s role adequately. Two keys will be: Jermaine O’Neal’s health and Marquis Daniels’ play off the bench. However, everyone is a year older and I doubt that the two rookies from Purdue, Johnson and Moore, will provide much in the way of support this year. So, who knows how well they will do; I doubt that “Banner #18” will be hung from the rafters after this year, however.
I did watch the first game of the abbreviated preseason against Toronto. It was an adequate performance…all things considered – shortened training camp, first game, new players, no Paul Pierce.