Saw Danny Ainge being interviewed after the shockingly bad news from the draft lottery that the Celtics will not be getting one of the top lottery picks afterall, presumably either Oden or Durant. You could see the thoughts going through his head like “Gee, still can’t get lucky … now I’ll actually have to be good at my job.” and then … “But wait, I’ve never been good at my GM job.” That’s right, Danny Boy, you’re actually gonna have to work to make the Celtics better … that’s pretty clear now. And not many of us give you much of a chance at succeeding.
It’s really a shame that at least one of those top 2 picks didn’t go to a team in the east (Boston or Philly would’ve been nice … who really cares about Memphis?). As previously stated, the NBA badly needs the nor’eastern seaboard to be good again and I’m sure David Stern & Co were at least privately disappointed. (Hey, at least this lottery result helps put to rest the notion that Stern “fixes the outcome” of these types of things. I remember the league got a lot of flack when the Kincks miraculously landed the draft rights to Patrick Ewing). And how bad does it suck to be the Kincks now that the Bulls own your top 10 pick???
One thing is for sure … if the Portland Trailers are choosing first, they will somehow choose the wrong guy … ala Bowie instead of MJ circa ’84. So if you’re Durant or Oden, you’re praying that Portland does NOT pick you!! The kiss of death.
Anyone see the Spurs hammer the Jazz last night? Steve Nash might be the best passer in the league right now, but as a team, the Spurs sometimes look like they invented the game. Last night, we saw 4 or 5 beautiful plays that featured back screens and 2-3 passes, plus they ran the break beautifully. Ginobili is one of the funnest players to watch … how many guys in the league are both a huge 3 point threat and someone who can drive with a spin move and dunk in your face. Plus the dude can pass. AND HE DOESN’T EVEN START!!!!
Can someone please tell me WHY there is no Cavs vs Pistons game tonight??? What … were they both worn out from all that scoring in game 1??? Puh-lease … spare me. Gotta play at least every other night when not traveling. This is what makes us lose interest … there’s got to be continuity. Somebody … quick … pull Stern’s head out of his tail!!!