This is a really interesting season for the Boston Celtics. Fresh off an improbable – and for some fans, unforgivable – playoff run, the Celtics are looking at what might be a quicker-than-anticipated rebuild. Think of this Celtics team as a hurricane brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. They are at that early stage where the meteorologist tells us, “It’s trying to get its act together, and if it does, it could develop into a big storm.” Sometimes those become Category 5 monsters.
Boston guard Isaiah Thomas is a relatively-tiny 5-foot-9, while Houston small forward Trevor Ariza is 6-foot-8 and one of the league’s premier defenders. So if Ariza were to take the ball hard to the rim, you wouldn’t expect Thomas to reject him. But that’s exactly what happened in a recent Seattle Pro-Am game:Ariza, to his credit, had an appropriate emoji response about the incident when asked on Twitter:😂😂 https://t.co/M9W9TND8Zr — trevorariza (@TrevorAriza) August 29, 2015Thomas, a Pacific Northwest native, didn’t directly comment on
Expression through art work in the form of tattoos is a big thing for NBA players. In fact, more than half the players in the league represent themselves with ink in some way. Some keep it to a minimum like Stephen Curry, while others go all out the way J.R. Smith did. Most don’t appear to have much regret about getting decorated, but Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas would apparently take it back if he had the chance to: [Read
Are we about to see a much-improved version of Isaiah Thomas in the near future? The point guard, who may or may not start for the Boston Celtics next season, averaged 19 points and 5.4 assists in 21 games for the team after getting traded from the Phoenix Suns late in the season. He was a catalyst in helping Boston make a surprising push to make it to the playoffs with his aggressive approach. [Read more…]
Slowly but surely, the free agent market is starting to dry out with over 40 signings in the first three days of the free agency period. Further significant signings occurred on Friday with the biggest deal going down for DeAndre Jordan, who decided to bolt the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Dallas Mavericks for four years on an $80 million contract. Other significant and relevant deals included the following: Tobias Harris agreed to stay in Orlando for a four-year, $64 million
There is a reason why I always wait until the 82nd game of the season is in the books before deciding on my postseason awards choices. Three words: What’s the hurry? This is a lesson I learned way back in 1999 when I was covering a late regular-season game at the Alamodome during the lockout-shortened 50-game season. There were still three of four games left, and I was sitting alongside a veteran reporter from USA Today and asked him which way he
I write this column every year two days before the regular season ends, and I usually get right to the point. But this year I am going to start a little differently. So let me get one item off my chest and out of the way: Michele Roberts is way off base. The new executive director of the NBA Players Association tried to reinvent the wheel this week when it was reported that she is instituting the Players Choice Awards, which will
With the NCAA Tourament upon us, it seems like as good a time as any to remind everyone that there is a canyon between coaching in college and coaching in the NBA. There is more than a generation of evidence which clearly illustrates that any NBA team hiring a head coach directly from college is making a huge mistake. P.J. Carlesimo. Tim Floyd. Leonard Hamilton. Lon Kruger. Mike Montgomery. Jerry Tarkanian. Rick Pitino, who failed twice. Even John Calipari, who is