Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for dropping by. We're in Waltham for Celtics practice and we'll tackle your questions for a bit (with a note that we might have to jump out if the curtains open and access begins early).
PIETRUS?? ANY HOPE?? If we land Pietrus, we might hoist it, eh?
Hope? Sure. Just gotta hope he 1) clears waivers and 2) is willing to play on the cheap. As for hoisting it, I hope you're talking about 3-pointers, and not Larry O'Brien trophies. He helps, no doubt, but not the difference for this team.
Bonjour Chris, after hearing France's beloved Mikael Pietrus has been waived by the Suns, and his interest in joining the Celtics, is this signing basically a done deal? And what type of impact do you think he will have? Merci boku.
I wouldn't say a done deal, but it certainly makes sense for both sides. Let's see how the next 24 hours play out. As for his potential impact, the Celtics are in need of bench offense and he could fill that role nicely. I don't buy that he's the defensive stopper some make him out to be, but he's long and athletic, so it can't hurt to have that on the wing (especially given the circumstances with Jeff Green and Paul Pierce battling a heel injury early on).
Chris my main man!! Pietrus, Posey, or Redd, who is most likely to be wearing that beautiful Celtic Green?
Pietrus would be most likely, in my mind, though Redd is a real intriguing option to me. I think the C's need more help at the 2 than they do on the wing (even with Pierce injured). I think Redd could really carve out a role here and his friendship with Ray Allen could help ease the transition. Just wonder if other teams might be willing to pay more (which could also happen with Pietrus). As for Posey, just not sure there's much left in the tank.
Why did the Celtics not have interest in Delonte West?
Injury bug and a bit of baggage. Let's be honest here, Delonte was a good solider last year, but he couldn't stay on the court. Celtics needed a consistent backup point guard and Dooling has proven more reliable. Being an elder statesmen, he's also able to push Rondo a bit more. I think it's a perfect fit. Once they got Dooling, the need for West was diminished.
Am I truly a valuable asset for this team?
Sasha! Here's the thing. You have potential, we've seen it at times in Cleveland. You just need some confidence. You're good emergency depth on this team, but just haven't seen anything that inspires tremendous confidence thus far.
I am SOOOOOOO hyped for the season. Like full on KG-Hype mode. Can't wait for tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow? Pats-Dolphins. I'm messing with you. Christmas will be fun. But buckle up, lots of games over the next five months. Going to be a wild ride.
When do you think the Celtics should move on from the Big Three era?
This should be the last rodeo (at least for keeping all three). There wasn't much chance of moving any of these guys this season, so they did the best they could trying to supplement that core. Beyond Allen or Garnett coming back on the super cheap next year, don't see much of a reason to delay the overhaul this summer.
Any word on Pierce's injury?
Got up shots yesterday, but wasn't scheduled to practice until tomorrow (would be surprised if he's out there today). If he can get through the light workout tomorrow and gets medical clearance, it wouldn't surprise me for him to gut it out on Sunday. Just not sure he'll be able to get through all three games (in four nights) to start the season.
Do you think Pierce is going to play? And do you think the Celtics more concerned about his heel than they're letting on?
Yes, I do think he plays. He loves that MSG stage. And Christmas Day? Forget about it. Make all the wheelchair jokes you want (Lakers fans), I'd be stunned (and concerned) if he missed the game. I do think the fact that he missed just about all of camp is troublesome. But not Shaq-level troublesome.
Do you think Pietrus is a good fit?
I keep saying it, but beggars can't be choosers. C's could use some wing help given the loss of Jeff Green. Over the summer I thought it wasn't a great target, but if you can get him here on the minimum, you leap at it. He can help, but still don't think he pushes this team over the top.
Hey Chris, if the Celtics get Pietrus where do you see him in the rotation? After 'Quis or before and what kind of minutes he will get in your oppinion.
I think he'd be the top swingman option with 'Quis shuffling down and playing a little bit of 2 (the C's need a top backup there, too, and neither Bradley nor Moore has snatched that job yet). The one other thing I like about Pietrus, he gives the bench a much-needed 3-point threat.
whatslwith Steimsan? Is he the real deal?
I was baffled for a minute, but I think you mean Stiemsma. Close enough. He's got potential, just don't expect much. He's a rung below Semih Erden at this point, but potential to blossom. He plays good defense and blocks shots, but he's limited offensively (decent elbow jumper). He's young and healthy -- that's all the Celtics need at center.
Just kidding everyone, it's me, Vince Wilfork! Guess I didn't pass...
Andre Carter just went down. Can you play D-line in Foxborough? Listen, Sweetney was the nicest guy and I think he understands his situation. He's working hard to get himself into better shape and you can still see the talent. If he can ever get on the right track, he could find an NBA job.
Should people actually be getting a bit excited about me?
I think your location says it all. This is a great situation for you. Come in, work hard, stay healthy, and if you show the ability to improve, things will work out just fine.
Are we going to use Dooling to back up both rondo and ray, or will Bradley get decent bench minutes for backing up rondo? can pavlovic play pg? Who's backup PG at this point?
Remember, Rondo plays 40+ minutes some nights, so you don't need Dooling to handle the ball too much. I think he's your top backup point guard when Rondo goes out, and he gives you a veteran presence at the 2 when you need it. I think Bradley (and maybe even Moore) will get opportunities because the Celtics need to develop their young talent. But Dooling is a more reliable option in big moments.
With everyone in the media ignoring the celtics and focusing on the bulls and heat, could we possibly see an upset in the playoffs for the celtics? And possibly that trip to the finals?
Upset? Sure, I suppose we'd call the Celtics topping the Bulls or Heat an upset. But just not sure it's going to happen. But maybe floating a bit below the radar could help this team out. Unfortunately, the goal remains Banner 18 and anything less is a failure for this team, so there's only one acceptable outcome.
what do you think about the ones that say boston is done, they even put indiana in higher seed.
It's still startling to me to see someone like David West choose Indiana over Boston (for comparable money). I don't buy the notion that Boston can't win, but it certainly speaks to a larger idea that players around the league see other situations as better opportunities to win. The Heat can get a Shane Battier to come, but the C's are left crossing their fingers on Mickael Pietrus and a potentially bad knee.
Odds of getting past the first round ... 5 to 1 ???
No, first round should be fairly easy (unless there's some sort of regular-season disaster and Boston plummets to a 7th or 8th seed). After that, gets a little bit dicey.
Is the best "plan" for the Celtics to just get into the playoffs making sure everyone is well rested and healthy, even if it means that their regular season isn't quite up to their usual standards.
See, I've given this some thought. Part of me wonders if the Celtics should tank for the 7th or 8th seed. Crazy? Consider this: At least then you could get yourself as healthy and fresh as possible and give your best shot against one of the East's top dogs. Otherwise, even the first round will be no slam dunk for Boston (even if the Knicks were merely a speed bump last year). If Miami stomps an 8th seed and the C's are left in a dog-fight with Philly or Indy in the first round, what's their chances -- on the road -- in Round 2 against Chicago or Miami. Just one idea.
Do you think Moore has outplayed Bradley during camp and preseason? Why's Bradley not playing as well as his draft position?
It's tough. Bradley has been fantastic on defense (more times than not) and you see the potential there, but Moore is more skilled offensively (which is something the Celtics desperately need). If you could combo them into one player, it'd be ideal. Ultimately, I think Danny Ainge said it best that Bradley just needs minutes and, with that, he'll likely blossom.Gotta give him a chance. The bench (or Maine) does him little good.
you say this is the last rodeo for the big three..couldnt they follow other Celtics greats and move to the bench next year for less money? it would be a good way to keep them all in green.
Sure, if KG or Ray wants to come back at the minimum next year, sign 'em up. If they want, say, $10 million and will prevent the team from pursuing a younger player, thanks but not thanks.
Just like last year, we will end your playoff run in Boston. Sorry KG and Ray you're getting old and slow
Woah, woah, woah, LeBron. Chicago could end Boston's season, too, you know.<br><br>All joking aside, I think the Celtics still match up very well with Miami (better than most teams). A healthy Boston team could give them headaches, so the Heat probably are hoping they don't cross paths until late in the playoffs.
How much do you think JaJuan Johnson contributes this year?
Preseason showed he's gonna need some time before Doc is comfortable playing him in large chunks. I think he's athletic enough to get floor time, but not sure we should expect too much (especially given the log jam at the 4).
Will I make my free throws when the pressure is on in big games this year?
Just get to the line and don't worry about your percentage. I thought your biggest detriment last year was not going at the rim because you might have been worried about missing at the stripe. Be aggressive, get more free throw attempts, and that percentage will rise on its own).
I know it's far fetched, but if KG and J O'Neal can somehow find the fountain of youth, I think the Celtics could make a run. JO looked like he had a bit of jump in his step in the preseason!
No doubt. But that's what we've been reduced to this season, a bunch of "ifs" and "i know it's far fetcheds." I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer here, but I just think the Celtics -- as currently constituted and assuming good health for their rivals -- need a lot to go right to be a true contender.
Better odds: Celtics winning 50 games, or Ray Allen eating a large pepperoni pizza tonight?
I think we both know the answer to that one. Now, 40 games or Ray tackling a veggie calzone, that's a tough one.
after helping your boy Reiss cover BB, isn't Rivers a much better interview? He's always very candid, even if he and and Danny are good at giving false hope for injuries
Of course. We're spoiled by Doc. In fact, I think he reveals too much at times (or does a poor job trying to conceal at others). But I think that's just an acknowledgment that there's little secrets in the NBA. You watch enough games, you know what teams are going to do. At the end of the day, it comes down to players making plays. Football you can mask overwhelming deficiencies (you've seen the Patriots defense, no?)
Boston great sport town, how do you rank the popularity of the 4 sports teams? Bruins, Red Sox , Patriots, Celtics.
Sox, Patriots, Bruins, Celtics. The harsh reality right now given the success of the Bruins the past two years. Sox will always be king; Patriots are close behind. Say this, though, I love love love Celtics fans. Super passionate and loyal. That's why it never feels like the C's are fourth in town.
Are you as nerdy in real life as you look and sound?
Yes. Can't even defend myself there. It's my thing.
Why the heck did I re-sign here for 5 years if nothing in the way of real talent is coming to this team any time soon?
Hang in there, Doc. You might actually be the biggest draw for this team right now. With P-Jax off walking poodles and hiking Yosemite this year, you're the league's elite coach. I think you can help turn that tide and get players to Boston. Unfortunately, that might not happen until the roster is overhauled and guys think this team is headed in the right direction again. Or if you can figure out a way to make the average December temperature here 75 degrees, that would be huge, too.
Chris, huge C's fan. My question is not C's realted, its obvious that LeBron uses his head band to cover his receeding hairline, I saw photos of him the other day and the band was half way up his head. What are the league regulations on wearing a yarmulke, that is about his only viable option left to cover up his baldness
Isn't LeBron acknowledging this now? I feel like he's made cracks about his own hairline.
chris - lets not discredit one thing here - the celtics got MUCH more athletic this year...they can run and they can play defense - and honestly there is no real inside threat to the celts in the east - outside of Howard (and we beat them handily - let howard go off, stop everyone else)...i think their inceased athleticism and better bench (i know not great) is really gonna suprise people - dont sleep on bass (baby but above the rim) and Chris wilcox who is a feriocious rebounder.
All fair points, but let's see how it plays out. I agree that Bass has great potential, though he's a step down defensively. I'm not sold on Wilcox as a rebounder, but he's athletic enough to play some 5 and get away with it. He's never been on a winning team and I want to see what the brings out of him. And a lot of people are sleeping on Dooling, who might be the most important offseason acquisition. Again, Rondo's never had a true veteran backup to push him. I'm still worried that, beyond Bass and Wilcox in transition, where does the offense come from with the second unit. 'Quis is inconsistent offensively (as the preseason showed) and the Celtics desperately need consistency from the bench.
I know everyone has a burning question, who is Tom Lakin? Is he the Mike Rodak of Celtics blog? In football question, do you think Dan Orlovsky got a million dollars from Peyton yesterday?
Tommy's helping us out on the C's coverage while I split some time between hoops and football. A great luxury to have around. As for Orlovsky -- yes, Manning probably just bankrolled the greatest Christmas ever. That was a fun game to watch. Kid showed some nice poise at times against a consistent rush (and Texans helped him with penalties).
gilbert brown was suposed to be the next wesly mathews, i had great hopes for him, what happened in camp? didn't worth a shot?
Clearly the Celtics liked him, having been in contact with him from the moment the draft ended. Ultimately, a victim of numbers. Sasha's return kinda spelled his demise. Just not sure his defense was as good as advertised (hard to judge from two preseason games) and he never quite separated himself from the camp pack. I'm sure C's will keep an eye on him.
So hyped I lost track of days. My bad!
It's cool, I'm right there with you. A football game on Saturday, the holiday on Sunday -- it's all very confusing. Between now and the new year I'll be lucky to know what day it is.
Chris, Happy Holidays! A lot of people are doubting this team right now. Are low expectations and flying under the radar good for this team?
Like I said, it can't hurt to not have the bull's-eye on them. That being said, the players won't be satisfied unless they win it all (and the fans, too). So not sure it takes any of the real pressure off. Not like everyone around here will celebrate making the Eastern Conference Finals, even if that would truly be an accomplishment for this team.
but chris - isnt it fair to say that in one game when healthy and realtively fresh - the celtics can play with anyone?? if Doc can pace these boys (and he is excellent at that) and they get in as a 4 or 5 but a rested/healthy 4 or 5 they proved they can win on the road...i think if they stay healthy this team can win.
Absolutely. At full health and with Rondo at peak performance, this team can run with anybody. Can they do that without the benefit of home court in the postseason? In a seven-game series? That's tough obstacles. I'm absolutely not ruling them out. Hey, I was the (only ESPN) guy that voted for them to win it all last year. Health didn't help them there, either.
Are you as baffled as I am with the consistent Rondo rumors? I can possibly understand the CP3 talk, but that's it. While Rondo is a headcase, he's also your best player and really good. Just doesn't make sense giving a top 3 point guard in the NBA. (and yes, he's that good. Outside of shooting, he's better than every point guard in every facet of the game).
The rumors don't surprise me. He's really your only true trade asset. Ainge has gotta explore his value and what's being offered. That said, I do think any real chance of him being traded passed once New Orleans passed on Boston's initial talks. (And, let's remember, if Jeff Green had been in that deal, it probably would have eventually been voided anyhow). Crazy to think how that would have played out.
Sunny and 70 here in LA :)
Some people like low 40's and drizzle. Hey, at least it ain't snow.
6th man of the year front runner is Brandon Bass, right. I mean Baby could have been up there if he would have shed weight and showed some real effort. Bass is Baby light in a good way right?
Incredibly similar players; Bass better on the offensive side; Baby on defense. I like how Bass can play above the rim, but his lack of rebounding is somewhat troublesome given that athleticism.
Alright, practice just opened to the media. Thanks for dropping by. Happy holidays everybody!