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The Brad Stevens Era Begins Tonight – Boston Celtics 2013-2014 Preview

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The 2013-2014 Boston Celtics look a little different than in years past. There is no Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce or Jason Terry who were all traded to the Brooklyn Nets. There is no Doc Rivers roaming the sidelines, he is in LA coaching the Clippers. There is no Ray Allen because he left last year in free agency and won the NBA Championship with the Miami Heat. I can’t even say that there is Rajon Rondo because the talk out there is he could be back from his ACL tear anywhere from Thanksgiving to Christmas and rumor has it that if the Celtics are struggling Rondo may not come back at all. So what do the Celtics have?

How quick can Rondo come back? The season may depend on him.

How quick can Rondo come back? The season may depend on him.

New Coach

The Celtics hired ex-Butler head coach Brad Stevens to replace Doc Rivers.

“Stevens, 36, joins the Celtics after coaching Butler University where he boasted a 166-49 record, four league regular season championships, three league tournament titles and six trips to postseason tournament play. He has the top two single season win totals in Butler and Horizon League history, and he became the only coach in school history to lead a team to the NCAA Division I national championship game which he did twice. Stevens owns two Horizon League Coach of the Year awards and has rewritten the NCAA record book for Best Coaching Starts by Wins. During the 2012-13 season, he moved into the top spot on the six-year list with 165 victories. He captured the five-year record (139), moving ahead of Everett Case of North Carolina State (1947-51) in 2011-12, and he owns the three-year (89) and four-year (117) records. He is second on the two-year list with 56 wins.” Boston Celtics Website

This is Stevens first year coaching in the NBA, we all remember what happened the last time the Celtics took a well known college coach they brought in Rick Pitino and we all know what happened there. Can Stevens coaching style translate to the NBA game? We’ll figure that out quickly.

Roster

The roster¬†of the Celtics is not intimidating by any means. There are a lot of non-NBA talent on this team and that is going to show early on this season. The Rajon Rondo injury loom large on how this season goes. I can see the Celtics trading off Rondo or others to start the rebuilding process. The incoming draft class is extraordinary and it could be wise for the Celtics to take advantage of a down year. Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace play the same position and probably shouldn’t be on the floor together. Brandon Bass always plays hard, but is over matched because of his size. To be honest the entire team is small and will get over powered on many nights. The only way this team has a chance is by playing strong defense. Avery Bradley is back so he helps in that situation, but Garnett is not there to defend the rim anymore. A bright spot for the Celtics is Kelly Olynyk. Some people have compared him to a raw Dirk Nowitzki, although I think that is probably a stretch the good news is he is going to get every chance to prove that he is.

Rookie of the Year Candidate Kelly Olynyk

Rookie of the Year Candidate Kelly Olynyk

Prediction

Vegas has the Celtics over/under line at 28 wins. I think they get over, but only to 32-50 and miss the playoffs. The Eastern Conference is going to be tough. Derrick Rose is back, the Nets stocked up, the Detriot Pistons are better and the Washington Wizards made a trade for Marcin Gortat that makes them a playoff contender. I hope I am wrong on this, but brace yourselves Celtics fans it could be a tough winter!

BRING ON THE RAPTORS!!!!!

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Shaquille O’Neal is Now Part Owner of the Sacramento Kings

You heard that right, Shaq is now a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings.

Read the story HERE

The craziest part of this story is the fact that Shaq kept Kings from winning the NBA Championship for years and now he is going to be helping them win the NBA Championship.

Kobe and Shaq took to the Kings while with the Lakers

Kobe and Shaq took to the Kings while with the Lakers

Allen Iverson Set to Retire!

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Allen Iverson was one of those players that you either hated or you loved. He had point guard size, but was mostly a shooter and boy did he shoot a lot. One thing about AI is he gave 100% every game he played and that is the reason his career ended a few years earlier than it should of. Iverson would take it hard to the hoop no matter who was protecting the rim. At 6’0″ and 165 lbs he was pound for pound one of the best players in NBA history.

There is no doubt in my mind that Iverson is a Hall of Famer and I know that people will disagree with that and that is there prerogative, but you won’t change my mind.

So Allen Iverson thank you for your career and giving players your size a hope to make it to the NBA!

Check out some of Iverson’s best plays!

If that doesn’t get you who could forget THIS?

 

New Orleans Pelicans New Uniforms…Hate or Love?

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Have you seen the new uniforms of the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA? Gross!

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It’s so bad that Anthony Davis doesn’t even want to look up. I’m ok with the color scheme, but being in New Orleans I expected the uniforms to match the city, you know crazy and out of control! I saw a Tweet that was on point, saying that they are an NBA team and the uniforms shouldn’t look like they were made while playing NBA2K13 on the PS3.

What do you think? Hot or Not?

Where Do My Sports Alliances Come From?

Sports fans are crazy! We love our teams, no matter what their records are they are the best team in their respective league! We buy expensive hats, jerseys and game tickets. You see on television how crazy fans are, throwing squid on the ice in Detroit, the Black Hole and Cheeseheads come to mind. Where does this love for our teams come from? How is it formed?

I have no statistics to back this up, but I would be willing to bet most people like their teams because of two main reasons

1. Geographical Region

2. Family

With that being said, my personal sports following has taken many different shapes over time and there are a few different reasons, but here is the story on how I got to where I am today!

I get asked all the time why my following is all over the place. NFL = Green Bay Packers MLB = Atlanta Braves NHL = Boston Bruins NBA = Boston Celtics

So how did I get here?

Family and Geographical Region had something to do with it, but not what you would think. When I started following sports my mom and dad were still together, we lived in Massachusetts and my dad followed all the local teams (Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins). I did not get along with my father so I did not want to like his teams! Therefore, I started making decisions for myself around the age of 10. Let’s take it league by league;

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Tecmo Super Bowl was a big influence into the Packers!

Tecmo Super Bowl was a big influence into the Packers!

The year was 1990-91, Tecmo Super Bowl was the most popular Nintendo game out there! I remember owning a San Francisco 49ers gold jacket and so didn’t everyone else, I said I don’t want to be like everyone else and like the 49ers or the Dallas Cowboys or the L.A. Raiders. Once I played Tecmo Super Bowl I loved the color of the Packers jerseys and then I fell in love with Sterling Sharpe, finally I did a little research on the Packers and realized that this was the team I wanted to follow and for almost 25 years I have been one of the biggest supporters out there, going to Lambeau Field twice to support my team and watching them win two Super Bowls (one over the hated Patriots) and lose one.

 

 

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My favorite Reggie Miller moment!

My favorite Reggie Miller moment!

What can I say, I am cocky! So when I was making a decision on who to follow for basketball I loved the player that Reggie Miller was! Three point shooter and cocky as all hell. Needless to say I started following the Indiana Pacers during the 90s and early 2000s, but once Miller retired I lost some love for the Pacers because they just weren’t the same team. I also lost some love for the NBA during this time, the league got boring and just looked like playground basketball so I didn’t really follow any teams. In 2007, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Boston Celtics and since I was living in Massachusetts and my dad was not in the picture it was time to come back to the Celtics, the fact that they were going to be the odds on favorite to win the championship didn’t hurt.

 

 

NHL

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The beast!

Very easy, up until 4-5 years ago I couldn’t stand hockey, but I actually started watching it and now I love it. I have friends that are Boston Bruins fans so it made sense to me. I guess I picked a good time to start following hockey, one Stanley Cup championship and another trip to the finals!

MLB

Again pretty easy, had to get away from the Red Sox, so thank you Massachusetts for having TBS and not the Yes Network! The Braves were on TBS pretty much everyday and again I got lucky (mostly because I am not a dirty Yankee fan!) because I started watching the Braves the year they went worst to first and didn’t look back for 14 years! Amazing! (During my time at Elms College I cheered hard for the Boston Red Sox in support of my friends and that was a fun time to be with them during the Red Sox two World Series wins! I still wear Red Sox shirts, but I am a Braves fan)

Who remembers Atlanta Braves baseball on TBS?

Who remembers Atlanta Braves baseball on TBS?

Debo out!