For the past few seasons now, everyone has known the Boston Celtics were old and needed to start getting younger. But for some reason, they decided to get older yesterday by signing the legendary Shaquille O’Neal.
“I am honored to be joining the Celtics,” Shaq said in a statement issued by the club. “I have played against Paul, Ray, Kevin, Rajon, and Jermaine for many years and it will be great to be able to call them my teammates. I cannot wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship.”
I understand why Shaw wants to play for the Celtics, they’re a great team and he’ll have another chance to catch Kobe for Championships, but why do they want him? He’s too old and too much of a distraction to be worth a roster spot. Bad move by Doc Rivers who’s obviously desperate for another ring.
Doc Rivers gave the Boston Celtics’ fans a reason to cheer on Wednesday when he decided he will return for at least another season at the teams head coach.
“A lot of soul-searching with the family,” Rivers said. ‘You’ve got to.’ I just think she wanted me out of the house more than anything.
“My kids all said, ‘You’re a coach. That’s what you are. And you’re a parent, and we appreciate both.’ And so that made it easier.”
The Celtics are so old and washed up that I highly doubt they can compete for another title, but now that Rivers has decided to return their chances have increased greatly. He is undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the league.
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is currently trying to figure out if he wants to continue to coach or if he wants to take a few years off to spend some time with his family. Here’s what he had to say regarding the situation recently.
“I’m not going to say which way I’m leaning, and I am one way, but I can look you in the eye and tell you I have not made a decision,” Rivers said. “We’ve only had one small conversation and we’re going to do that in the next week or so.”
“The only reason you stay is the love for the guys you coach, and the organization — [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge], and all those guys you work for. You know if you do leave, you’re not going to get that back. You can get a coaching job back, no doubt about that, but I don’t think you can ever get the situation that I have here in Boston. So that will be difficult to leave, but the other side of it is so strong as well with family. It’s going to be an interesting decision, and I don’t know what is yet.”
The Celtics are an old team and have likely made it to the NBA Finals for the last time in a long time. They have some serious rebuilding to do which will take multiple years. It will be very understandable if Rivers wants to take a few years off from coaching and come back to the game when he feels refreshed.
The Boston Celtics led for most of Thursday’s epic game 7, but when it came down to the closing minutes, they choked away their chance at a title and let the Los Angeles Lakers make a comeback to win, 83-79.
“We were scratching and clawing, trying to do everything we could to try to pull this out,” Ray Allen said. “We had an opportunity to win, but it just didn’t go our way down the stretch. I don’t think we ran out of steam. Lady Luck just didn’t bounce in our corner. … There were a lot of tears, a lot of tears.”
Technically the game wasn’t pretty to watch. Offensively both teams played like crap, but bother teams were beat up physically at the end. Including Lakers coach Phil Jackson who was immediately asked about his future.
“I’ve got to take a deep breath. I’ve got to take some time to think about this,” Jackson said. “This was great. I’ll wait to make that decision in a week.”
As for that rapist Kobe Bryant, he was pretty happy to win another title.
“This one is by far the sweetest, because it’s them,” Bryant said. “This was the hardest one by far. I wanted it so bad, and sometimes when you want it so bad, it slips away from you. My guys picked me up.”
Congratulations Los Angeles! You definitely didn’t deserve to win with the way you played, but at the end of the day the scoreboard doesn’t lie.
The odds of the Boston Celtics taking game 7 against the Lakers in Los Angeles were low to begin with, but now they barely have a chance at all when they learned center Kendrick Perkins will have to sit out after suffering two torn ligaments in his right knee.
“Physically, I’m in pain,” Perkins said. “I hurt my knee pretty badly. I’m out for tomorrow. There’s nothing I could do about it. It’s a torn MCL and torn PCL, so I gotta watch from the sideline.”
Coach Doc Rivers tried to remain confident for the sake of his team, but he’s not fooling me.
“Listen, we’re going to do whatever it takes to win,” Rivers said. “Scalabrine can spread the floor for us. He can do things for us. There’s a lot of options for us. They may not look like there’s a lot, but there’s more than you’d think in some of the rotations or lineups that we can create, that we may have to create. We’re going to work on some of those today.”
If the Celtics somehow pull off the upset and win game 7, I will believe anything is possible. There’s no way Boston leaves Los Angeles on Thursday night as NBA Champs.
The Boston Celtics may be on the verge of beating the Los Angeles Lakers yet again in the NBA finals after they held on to win game 5 and take a 3-2 series lead.
“It was our biggest game of the year,” Paul Pierce said. “We’re in a good spot. We have two games in L.A.; now we have to get one.”
The Celtics completely shut down the Lakers for most of the game, but at the end of the fourth quarter they allowed the Los Angeles to get back in the game and make some Boston fans nervous. But they were able to hold on and win, 92-86.
Game Six in on Tuesday and Doc Rivers knows Kobe Bryant will be determined to win.
“He’s the best shot-maker in the game. There’s probably better athletes and all that, but there’s no better shot-maker than Kobe Bryant,” Rivers said. “You’ve just got to live with it and play through it.”
Sorry Kobe, but you’re not good enough to carry your entire team. If you don’t get some help on Tuesday night, you have no chance at winning.
The Boston Celtics have managed to tie their series with the Los Angeles Lakers after a great performance by Big Baby who helped them win on Thursday night, 96-89.
After the game, Big Baby said it was his willpower that made the difference, and then he compared himself to legends.
Just will, that’s all it is,” he said. “This is what legends are made of, this is where you grasp the moment. … Just play in the moment.”
You did good, but don’t get carried away Big Baby! Don’t ever compare yourself to the legends of basketball. You’re no where near being great, but you did come through big for your team tonight. Keep doing that and maybe the Celtics have a chance at winning it all.
Derek Fisher led the Los Angles Lakers to a 91-84 over the Boston Celtics in game three of the NBA Finals, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
“Derek Fisher was the difference in the game,” Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s just a gutty, gritty player and he gutted the game out for them. I thought Kobe was struggling a little bit, and Fisher — he basically took the game over. … I don’t know what he had in the fourth quarter … but most of them were down the stretch.”
Way too many people forget about how great of a clutch player Derek Fisher has been throughout the years. He always steps up in the big games and usually becomes a difference maker. Game three was no different.
“I think as you grow in this game and you put in the work that’s required to still be around 14 years later, you start to recognize that being in this moment, on this stage, it’s not a given. It’s not something that happens every season,” Fisher said. “Five or 10 years from now, when I’m long gone, I would have hated to feel like I didn’t just do everything I could have to help my team. Things have worked out well, and we have two more wins to get to really put a nice cap on it.”
Derek Fisher may be one of the most underrated players in NBA history. He’s a stud come playoff time.