Calling All Characters In Boston

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Surely we can all agree that Miami will be the epicenter of the basketball universe when training camps open one month (and a day) from now.

There’s been too much made about the team the Heat will field this season for there to be any reasonable alternative.

But if there is a more robust or more diverse group of characters in one locker room than the crew Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers have assembled in Boston this summer, we need to see them here at the hideout.

You start with a base of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. And who can forget Shrek (Big Baby Davis) and Donkey (Nate Robinson)?

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Adding Shaquille O’Neal always kicks the flavor up a notch. And now comes news that Ainge is giving Delonte West another tour with the Celtics, and kudos to Ainge for admitting how tough it was to part ways with West before (it’s rare for a league exec to admit such a thing publicly). Here’s Ainge talking about West to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

“Delonte has been one of my favorite players that I enjoyed watching in my time here with the Celtics,” Ainge. “He is a competitor and we’re all aware and we’ve done a lot of checks and had a lot of conversation with Delonte and his people and we obviously have a long history with Delonte also and we think he can help us win.”

The Celtics’ summer work proves that they do not plan on ceding their position atop the Eastern Conference to the Heat, Magic, Bulls or anyone else that fancies themselves a contender for their crown.

And it’s never been about just one signing, but more a steady accumulation of assorted talent that began with adding Jermaine O’Neal to help fortify their frontline (with Kendrick Perkins out with an injury and Rasheed Wallace retiring) and now the return of West, one of three of the Celtics’ first round draft picks in 2004.

West’s job will be to back up Pierce, a job he should have no problem handling since he’s always been able to guard bigger players. He’ll also have to prove that he’s working through the issues that have dogged him throughout his career — he’ll start the season serving a 10-game suspension for a gun possession charge in Maryland last season, and the rumors of a rift between he and LeBron James in Cleveland last year have never been confirmed but remain prevalent.

From a pure basketball standpoint, though, West seems like an ideal fit. He’s familiar with the Celtics system and has played effectively for Rivers before.

And ultimately it’s Rivers, who has worked wonders since the Big Three was formed and we suspect he’ll do more of the same with his current group, that has to make sure this works. And he seems confident that it will, per the Globe:

“I think we’re getting Delonte at a good time in his life,’’ said Rivers. “He knows who he is now. Delonte can play basketball. We know that. He brings a great toughness. That’s one of the reasons I have always loved him, because of his toughness.

“The whole chemistry thing, one of the reasons we got him, we think we can make it work. But it’s a concern. It always is. It’s a delicate balance, chemistry.’’

On a team loaded with as many characters as the Celtics will trot out onto the floor this season, there isn’t a more delicate chemistry in need of balancing in the league.

As long as Rivers id doing the balancing, we like it!

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  1. stone crusher…

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  2. lakers and c's 4 finals says:

    ok first off, people should understand that the c’s have chemistry with shaq,Allen, pierce, garnett,rondo, jermaine, west , and bradley who will be the next tony allen and marquis daniels who is healthy and is one of the best coring bench players all of these guys know how to work together and will work together unselfishly and about shaq he is finally on a team with players he is good friends with and he will work alot more as he as this summer to be a better team mate. the same way with the lakers they will play as a team because they won last year as a team because it was gasol and artest that won game 7 for lakers not kobe but he is still their leader and will still be the scorer so thats will work great and with barnes this year who knows what will happen. still like i said both great teams made better can’t wait been a fan of both my whole life all my family has has lakers things since the 60’s with jerry west and chamberlin eventually and have an avid c’s fan since alot of my favorie players have played for them and i lived in the east coast. as for finals since im only 16 i can only say that hey lakers are the team to beat us c’s fan can make excuses that if perkins was their we would have won but we didn’t so now i see the lakers and celtics obviously but noot just as a fan but because lodgically these guys have the teams that can and will win. i think the finals will go to game 7 just to get the adrenaline and excitement going

  3. wow says:

    It’s amazing what Danny Ainge has been able to accomplish this offseason with very little money.

  4. oyo boy says:

    boston will not make this season…you know why.. because they are proud and boastful..paul pierce should learn his lesson..and so doc…lakers on top because they are humble,,,,they dont make stupid prediction…as pierce and doc.

  5. kevin garnett21 says:

    GO C’S LAKERS VS CELTICS

  6. kevin garnett21 says:

    WHO EVER THINKS THE CELTICS GOT WHOOPED BY THE LOS ANGLES LOSERS DID NOT WATCH A SECOND OF THE SERIES

  7. Mintz says:

    You guyS don’t know what you’re talking about… CavS all the way!!! JuSt kidding

  8. BOSTONLIVES says:

    carlos alberto “the fast”

    ARE YOU A F*CKIN RETARD?
    telling us the cavs almost ripped the celtics? yeah right. it was the celtic squad who ripped cavs and left james cryin. we can defend miami. and what? wade was unguardable against boston? and thats why we finished them off 4-1. GO WATCH CELTIC GAME DUDE! we’re still the best team in town!

    LONGLIVECELTICS

  9. Nazel cavity says:

    I actually agree that Miami isnt winning a title beacause think they have no bigs other than bosh if they vs a team like Orlando with Dwight there done in the post or even the celtics with shaq and jermain so yes Miami will not win the title not until they get a proper center that can guard big men. And i am A HUGGGE CELTICS FAN SO YA CELTICS ALL THE WAY MANNNNN WOOT

  10. LakersAllTheWay says:

    Idk what is wrong with u Miami fans but Miami aint guna do jack… Lebron is overated…. He had a chance to win it all last year but he gave up after two games against Boston! comon there is no way Miami will make it past Boston and even if they do they sure wont make it past L.A. Not only does the Lakers have the best player EVER! yes i said EVER! but they also have a great center,(Gasol) a defensive king, (Artest) greatest point guard in the league (Fisher) and another big guy(Binum) AND a sweet bench including Odom, Barnes and others. Also we have the best coach who has won 10 rings! comon! who do u think guna win it all? get real! Celtics guna crush Miami! Pierce will shut down Lebron like last year, Wade guna do his thing but wont be enough, and Bosh is a loser (love the video by the way Celts dood!!!) not only does Miami have troubles wit Boston but think bout Wade and Lebron! THEY ARE BOTH BALLHOGS!!!! no way will they play well together! dont go sayin that they played well in USA and the allstar games… that dont mean jack! they still gota play under Miami jerseys and they will have targets on their back! I am a Wade fan but Wade is a accident prone guy so i dont see Miami gettin past Boston. My prediction is Boston and Lakers in finals and Lakers will take it BARELY in game 7.

  11. derick says:

    For all NBA fanatics here are my comments for this coming 2010-2011 NBA Season!
    The Lakers to advance again tothe playoffs, I think the Oklahama City Thunder & Dallas Mavericks are the teams that they hardly challenged them a lot, hopefully they must escape them because this time around they are prepare to challenge their crown in the west.
    For Miami, eventhough they have the talents of athletism players esp. Lebron & Wade they are lack on defense who can match-up at Lakers, Boston or even at Orlando. They have lack at dominant center that can match-up Shaq, Gasol, Garnett or Dwight Howard which Bosh are not the answer to matchup with them. So the bottomline for Miami to go through to the NBA finals they must acquire a dominant center who is younger like Dwight Howard to give them a more formidable line-up.
    And for the Celtics I think this time around eventough they have the addtion of 2 O’neal’s as long as they are healthy until the last drop of blood in the playoffs & they are getting older, this is the team that is very hard to beat this year..
    So hopefully & pray they are all healthy til the seasons began & til the seasons end.
    Here are my suggestions that may Doc Rivers must do for every teams they face if match-up playoffs come..
    For Heat.. They must fill Rondo, Pierce, Garnett, Shaq & Jermaine O’neal to avoid more penetrations of Wade & Lebron & the 3 big guys must quick to come back in the other side of the court if the Heat comes to play in running games. Then Ray Allen must sub Pierce if he is tired & for Rondo its either West or Nate Robinson, then rotate Perkins & Glenn Davis to the 3 big guys.
    For Orlando, the Celtics must bring Rondo or Nate, Ray Allen, Pierce, Garnett & Perkins & rotate the 2 Oneal’s to Garnett & Perkins, then sub Glen Davis for Pierce & Tony Allen for Ray Allen and last rotate also Delonte to Nate & Rondo. Delonte can slide also at off guard position for Ray & Tony Allen. Now if Dwight Howard cant control in the middle then used the big 3 guys (2 Oneal’s & Garnett).
    Now in case Lakers Celtics again in the finals here are my suggestion to coach Rivers..
    If Lakers play small (Odom, Gasol, Artest, Kobe & Fisher) he must bring (Shaq, Garnett, Nate Robinson, Pierce & Ray Allen) then observe, if doesnt work in the 1st quarter alone, sub Ray Allen for Jermaine. I pick Nate for Rondo because Nate is much more shooter & slasher than Rondo and when Celtics play small being used Rondo, Ray Allen & Pierce, Kobe play defense on Rondo and Fisher play defense on Ray Allen, the Lakers shut down the plaking skills of Rondo because the height & quick advantage of Kobe to him, while Ray Allen dismay his shooting skills because the physical defense of Fisher to him. Now if Celtics used the big 3 guys (2 Oneal’s & Garnett) while Pierce & Robinson at the back court, I think the Lakers must have a big problem match-up to used Artest & Kobe at the same time, because when Celtics play small, they bring Artest to Pierce whose the Lakers become more successfull to get this crown this year. Now if the Celtics play large the match-up of Lakers are (Odom, Bynum, Gasol, Kobe & Fisher) vs (Nate, Pierce, 2 Oneal’s & Garnett) if this match-up is come, Nate have an advantage on quickness on Fisher & Nate must play tough defense always, locate Fisher in the outside because he is deadly shooter. Now Pierce can guard now on Kobe. The exciting of big 3 guys of Celtics are the double barrel threat on low post area of 2 Oneals & Garnett can play outside for his perimeter shoot, which is the headache of Phil Jackson now. Jermaine have an advantage on low post to Odom, Shaq have an advantage on low post to Bynum, while Garnett plays on top Gasol play outside so it would be a big head ache to double team the 2 Oneals while there is possibility to cut in the middle of the slashing ability of Pierce, 2 Allen’s & Nate as well. Now if Odom replace Artest he is not a tough of guy to match-up a bigger guy like 2 Oneal’s unless I said if Celtics play small, while there is Perkins & Glenn Davis coming off the bench as well if the 3 big guys tired. So defense & match-up problems are the big weapons of this Celtics team this year, so for now pls. prepare your strategic plan to offset the big guys of this team…. to all coaches & team of NBA …… tnx. a lot for the space provided

  12. rante resaba says:

    Are you sure? Dont belittle the veteran warriors of Celtics..lakers will pass in a hole of a needle my friend, before that dream will come true…LAKERS are so lucky they belong to the western conference where no team can compete as there level, thats why its an easy ticket for them to reach in the FINALS compared to the eastern conference where the competition is very tough,with formidable team such as BOSTON, MIAMI, MAGIC, ATLANTA and more..so teams who will prevail will pass the hole of a needle before they can own a FINAL’S seat..Im a BoSTON Celtics Fan but if they fails this coming season..im still routing for eastern conference team…MIAMI and ORLANDO respectively…EVEN the LAKERS WIN 2010 Nba Finals, its not convincing and impressing at all, because its anybodys series, where it reach GAME 7 plus they own the homecourt advantage…if they are very tough it should be finished around game 4, game 5 or game 6..just like the Celtics did to them in 2008 NBA Finals an impressive 32 pts lead Game 6 win and a record breaker..SO THAT CANNOT AFFECT THE BOSTON CELTICS AND MIAMI HEAT CAMPAIGN FOR 2011 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP, WHICH IS A VERY BIG POSSIBLITY THEY CAN WIN…..GO CELTICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCS…

    • ray08 says:

      i kinda agree with you….west conf teams are not physical enough to challenge the lakers….celtics had to go thru cavs and magic, easily the top two teams in the nba last season…..so lakers have had no competetion in the west….really hope oklahama challenges them this time around…..coz the power has completely shifted to the east now…..lopsided shift….

    • TiredofthewordBELITTLE says:

      Can’t I hear anything othern than the word belittle???!!!

  13. Celts dood says:

    Here is something for all you heat lovers that thinks Bosh is a stud.

  14. think says:

    I still do believe the Celtics got what it takes to win this year. Last year, it was just the last six minutes, some plays (rondo stole the ball form kobe and allen was streaking to their court, but the ball just went out of bounds), and some officiating miscues (the gasol “jumpshot”) that sealed the series. It could’ve gotten either way. I’m not bitter in admitting LA was the last year’s champs, but still how they’d ended up and played game 7 with the Celtic’s wouldve still make us think who is the better team (its 1-1 by the way between these two teams). And I would happily admit if LA wins another championship round that it is the better team… given both teams are healthy come the playoffs and finals.

    I’d say Boston made good acquisitions these past months (couldve wished Sheed didnt retire yet)., but they’d still need a physical wing defender that can guard Kobe, Wade or Lebron (Posey anyone?) to make this run. Shaq would definitely be beneficial for Boston as well as for Shaq (2 shooters in Pierce and Allen, a PF than can shoot jumpers, a PG that can pass, an unselfish team… this would definitely help Shaq to be effective inside).

    Though its obvious that athleticism is always Boston’s poison (bulls in 2008 and hawks in 2007), this would really make Miami to give a tough time for the Celtics to make it to the championship. But hey, Miami may also find its poison with the Magic :).

    I just hope another Championship match between LA and Boston… and whoever wins is the better team.

  15. carlos alberto "the fast" says:

    well bunch of loosers……………………..lebron and the cavs almost rip celtics in playoffs but now he is in miami with best suppporting cast they(heat) will knock down the old celtics…………………….wade was unguardbly last season over the celtic too………………………….bosh is way much better than all the pf on celtic roster together…………………..but talking the 2 teams without their 3 best players and the comparision miami is still wining
    look:
    house better than robinson
    miller better than delonte
    haslen better than davies
    big z better than shaq
    arroyo better than daniels
    4 rokies juwan howard better than ray allen and the rest of the celtics
    and we have chalmer and joel anthony to finnally overcome to you

    • think says:

      you just wait m’man… then the crying game starts once again lol

    • Celts dood says:

      house better than robinson? You must not watch the celtics. When house was on the team, he around 30% from 3 point range. Which is slightly better than abysmal. House has absolutely nothing else to give a team except his shooting. There is no doubt that he will throw up a few big games because no one will be watching him. But once he misses one shot, you have to take him out. He reallly is bad. WE got rid of him for robinson. The entire NBA knows pierce can guard lebron. Its been proven. Now dwade is the man and could most likely end up playing PG with Rondo, a top defender in the league guarding him. KG might not be the same KG of old, but he is way too intense for bosh on defense. I actually dont know why i am wasting my time with your comments they are so pathetic.

      • carlos alberto "the fast" says:

        if my comments were pathetic yors are even worse…………………….one question fo u ……………………..do u think rondo cnad handle wade if he plays as a point for the heat…………………………..and by the way garnett from 5 years ago wouldnt be able to defend bosh……………so quit your nosense……………………

  16. ehmon17 says:

    for me i think Lakers would still own West—- and for the East Id say Celtics has an edge over everybody bcoz they got huge additions! Miami will ofcourse be a Favorite during Regular season cause its mostly scoring game, but come playoffs its a different thing, defense wins championships and i don’t think Miami is a good defensive team same goes for Magic and Chicago, they might have coach tim now, but still they should have players who likes to play defense morethan offense and they don’t have those kind yet maybe just D.howard for Magic, LBJ and d.Wade for Miami, i don’t see any of those kind from chicago after they let go of Kirk, now for the west i said Lakers because they do have it aswell, so i guess its safe to say its gonna be LAKERSvsCELTICS again!!!

  17. Whatever... says:

    The Lakers didn’t make “huge” moves. I don’t get why people have hyped so much Barnes, Blake, and Ratliff… the Lakers are the defending champs and that’s great but it doesn’t mean they’ve got much better. I’ll give them Barnes but Blake (especially after losing Farmar) and Ratliff nah…

  18. Joman says:

    The key to all this is for the Boston players to still have chemistry defensively. My worry is with Tim Thibbodeau (did is spell it right?) leaving, Boston’s D will not be as good. If you watch carefully, the celtics play great pick & roll D, great penetration D, great rotation D & at times even great 1 on 1 D. Man, you got to love Boston’s D!! Most of which was religously preached by Tim. Hopefully Lawrence Frank brings that same defensive principles as an assistant. Offense will be ran by Mr Rondo which he has no problem doing (hope his jumpers are much improved by the time the new season starts though)..Bottomline: i want another Boston vs LA finals!!!

  19. tenki says:

    Wow. Boston sure made moves this offseason, though not as big as Miami’s. Still, it’s good for them to add depth because of injuries. They should definitely be a force in the east. David Aldrige, you should better revise your offseason winners. because Boston is out there, stalking Miami, making their dreams nightmarish. Orlando should look out as well. And Chicago better review their tapes the last time they met, because they will have their hands full of this team. Conference finals? I think Boston versus Miami, stretching out to the max. It will be in seven games, Miami home court. The game will be decided by at least 5 points. Anybody agree?

  20. ray says:

    its gonna be dirty….and its gonna be good old fashioned hardccore defense….im lovin it…..the roster is older…..but i cant think of another team that is more complete for championship material…….no one will be able to penetrate that defense….rondo at gaurd, allen is good defensively, and u get beyond those guys u have garnett, perk, shaw, jermaine and glen……lolzzzz…..i doubt any1 will have the strength to penetrate all the time….as i said, its gonna be dirty….most of the games wont reach 100 points by either team…..but its gonna be beautiful……go celtics….btw phil is great….but Doc is better….

  21. Emmanuel says:

    Hell Yeah as long as this Celtic team can stop Lebron and his Monstar team it will be sick to see the Lakers and Celtics go at it at the Finals a Kobe vs Shaq. Laker Fan,but I have respect for the Celtics for giving us an amazing 7 game series.

  22. jamescard88 says:

    As a lonnnggggggggg-time Celtic’s green-bleeder I am really happy that Delonte West is back home. Not being privy to all the inner-workings, his signing seemed a no-brainer if there were no locker-room issues I was unaware of. I always thought it was really difficult to give him up before in the Ray Allen trade and wondered if there was more to the story than we knew. He’s gone through some difficult times, but clearly if the established team-mates he is rejoining welcome the move, I see him as the final piece…I really do. It is pretty clear that if they didn’t welcome the move…it wouldn’t have happened. We needed one more guy who could defend as he does, he will definitely score some points in key situations, and the intangibles he brings as a solid all-around player make this a great move. This team is DEEP!.

  23. mike 473 says:

    and “the rumors of a rift between he and LeBron James in Cleveland” or in other words delonte screwing lbj’s mom LOL

  24. Fred says:

    bottom line is…defense wins championships…
    and i think Boston is the best defensive team..
    people are going on about Chicago, but I dont buy that…
    You are inserting a player like boozer who does not have length at the 4…
    and doesnt play good defense, only Noah comes anywhere close to a
    good defender, and they traded away Kirk Hinrich, their best D-player…
    therefore, hopefully Boston can have another great run.

  25. marc gonzalez says:

    celtics AND Lakers have made their teams ALOT better in my perspective. I think orlando needed to make a move or acquire sum1 besides duhon. theyll probably be looking to make a mid season trade.
    Miami did well getting the big three but besides mike miller, i dnt see Big Z nor Juwon Howard making any kind of difference for them. woulda been nice if Miami picked up Delonte. Maybe even Dampier if he gets cut by the Bobcats. (i think im correct on that statement.)
    i was hoping the Thunder woulda been more active in the offseason, and Houston( Courtney Lee). Watch out for houston if their able to get Melo in a mid season trade (God wiiling their able to get him with a couple 1st rounders and maybe just 1 or 2 players). If that happens, Lakers watch out. Rockets would have beat the Lakers 2 seasons ago if Yao didnt get healthy. with 6’7 chuck Hayes at center they took LA to game 7. watch out for them if MR Ming is healthy.
    Bulls are gonna be tough. how many of you all think that the bulls will have a better season record than the Hawks or Magic??????

  26. THE REAL CUBA OF BOSTON says:

    Well when PERK returns and if hes remotely healthy look out for the CELTICS in the playoffs , yes i agree some teams have made improvements like the LAKERS and HEAT, even the BULLS, but how can you expain that they will be able to stop these 5 men mixed rotations , JERMAINE ONEAL center GARNETT pf, PIERCE sf , ALLEN sg, RONDO pg,
    or how about this SHAQ center, JERMAINE ONEAL pf, GARNETT f, ALLEN SG, and RONDO pg,
    well i could mix and match all day ,,,but also remember BIG BABY who scored 22 on the lakers i believe in the playoffs and has shown he is not scared of the moment, NATE of the bench who can score in bunches (HOUSE) replacement.
    foul trouble will not be an issue for the bigs this year with the celtics and yes the LAKERS GOT BIGGER and GASOL plays with contact now but how will he and bynum be after a 5 game series with the BIG GREEN SHAQ,GARNETT,ONEAL, PERKINS, all can score and rebound ,,,

    also our CELTS bench is deep with DANIELS and HARANGODY who will surprise a few with his play this season aswell, DELONTE WEST will want to show LEBRON his RING, at the family ruinion WHEN THE SEASON IS OVER.

  27. HeatFan 305 says:

    I have to admit Boston has a good line up as well as Chicago and Orlando. But none of there line ups can compare to the Miami Heat. LeBron James 2x MVP and Allstar MVP. Dwayne Wade Allstar MVP and Finals MVP. And Chris Bosh 6x Allstar. This team can’t loose, all three of these guys are young and have many years ahead of them.

    • marc gonzalez says:

      wades gonna be 30 already

    • LakersWillWin says:

      Just goes to show that Miami fans are dumb and expecting too much. \
      How do people spell lose as “loose”
      loose= a hooker
      lose= the heat
      can’t wait until post season already for what they are going to say the excuses why they lost. “ohhh they weren’t experienced it was their first year their chemistry was still in the making.”
      But everyone right now is saying no one can beat them.
      Time will tell.

  28. montani76 says:

    i love that everyone expects the miami three to do as well as boston the first year…once d wade goes down like he always does and misses like 20 games it wont matter that hes 10 yrs younger than ray ray…miami is in for a wakeup call once we get perk back…LA is next

  29. Vlad says:

    Boston lost last year because they lost perkins. people who say the lakers “whooped” the celtics have a lot of issues because they are pretty good at repressing memories like the actual whooping that took place in the 08 finals.

    I love the addition of the O’neal’s especially shaq who is gonna have a few vintage shaq moments under doc rivers.
    The celtics win the good ol’ way defense and rebounding and they just added 14 feet 600lb oneal tandem plug in perk and big baby and o yeah KG and they tower over the Lakers the way shaq towers over nate robinson lol. they should go after yao next year.

    with the addition of shaq celtics are still the team to beat in the east. orlando has no chance to advance past them. and i wanna see how miami will try to beat them.

    p.s. how long will it take shaq to spend the 1.5 mill he is to make this season? how much does he spend on lunch every day?

    • Bunbury says:

      I dont think Boston improved their roster by adding shaq, jermaine, and west while losing rasheed and tony allen. jermaine oneal is younger than rasheed but not better. west replacing allen doesn’t help either. they need tony allen to guard players like wade, james, and kobe bryant. Personally, I think shaq at this point his weaknesses outweights his strengths. His previous two teams (cavs, suns) did not improved with him, so dont expect great things with his arrival, or you’ll get disappointed.

  30. Jake says:

    Boston championship window is pretty much closed, the East is just getting tougher, and their locker room is looking like an AARP rally.

    • Realist says:

      Hahahahahaha. AARP!!!!! I love it. However, would like to see Boston again just to put an end to all arguments that the Lakers are the best in the league.

    • MR2007 says:

      But the defense is still there, it was people like you that said that last year, but look what happened!

  31. MR2007 says:

    I don’t know what those who are against the Celtics are saying, if the celtics are healthy, the entire team, then we will take next year’s championship! The year 2008 started out awesome, we would have three titles right now if everyone was healthy. 2009 KG went down for the playoffs, and that really deprived us of the explosivness and rebounds. And last year we didn’t have the weight in the hole to press La’s big men, Rasheed is my boy but to me he’s a power forward not a center. With this year’s line up , keeping with the hard to manage defense, we will give shaq the best two years of his life, an additional 2 rings to his collection. Go Celtic’s!!

    • Purple Reign says:

      I’m tired of hearing this excuse from Celtic Fan. Actually, if the Lakers were healthy in ’08, they would have just completed a three-peat. Boston Fan is quick to point out that Perkins missed ONE game in 2010, but ignore the fact that Bynum didn’t play at all in the ’08 series and Ariza was just coming back after being out for 2-3 months and was not nearly 100%. If those guys had been healthy, you would’ve been dusted like Orlando in ’09. The Lakers injuries had more impact on them in ’08 than the impact of Boston’s injuries in ’10. You play with whoever is available and the outcome is the outcome. If you want to keep bringing this up, give us our ’08 trophy.

      • Torrance says:

        Yes finally someone has a good point. Kendrick missed ONE game. Andrew missed practically the whole season!

      • rocketfan_believeit or not says:

        Again Hollywood sign glitter leaves you Laker fans blind… of course Perk’s injury affected the Celtics, he was a regular center through the entire season, you can not state that if Bynum would have been healthy in 08 because Bynum has never been entirely healthy. He probably was a Chubby child (I was one so I am not making fun of chubby people) who’s momma used to cover with a scarf when outside was probably at 80 degrees… c’mon Bynum has the potential to become a good center, that is it, never one of the best in history. Neither does Perk, but he is more important at least in terms of defense to the Celtics (even though he has more backup this season) than Bynum is for the Lakers, mainly because after Kobe, then Kobe, later Kobe, and after that Kobe taking shots at LA, come Pau, Fisher, Lamar, now Blake and Shannon Brown before Andrew considering taking a shot.

      • MR2007 says:

        Purple Sir . . . how could you? Give you the 08′ title? Mr. Laker fan i understand where you are coming from and i appreciate your opinion, but Boston has an awesome defensive sceme that requires the mix of the starting 5, rondo ray pierce garnet and perkins. The bench was made to be a supporting cast, but not to fill the position for anyone in the starting 5. Bynum was not a fator then, not saying that he isn’t now, but we were destined to win that year, and due circumstances we missed the next two. But now with time there comes wisdom, we’ve now stepped up our game to fill in from the bench and allow someone to come off the bench and fill in to the scheme, the O’ Neals and West, Next season, I want to say that we’ll be in the finals and i believe we will, but I’ll not shy from the fact that we’re a little older and a little more prone to injuries, but if healthy we’re there. Defense takes you further than any can imagine. Go Celtics!!

    • Bunbury says:

      Really MR2007. dont forget bynum did not played and ariza was not a factor (coming from his foot injury) in 2008. bynum played through a knee injury in 2010. injuries have affected both teams from 2008 to 2010, please dont see only what you want to see…….. there is no worse blind than the one who doesn’t want to see.

  32. Malik says:

    Celtics will get crushed by MIA this year!!! The Old Rags Need To Step Down

  33. bobby digi says:

    Amazing team, strong, versatile and whats most important with the best defensive system in the league. I am a laker supporter, but i have to admit that the depth of Boston bench is terrifying. I dont think that anyone in the east can beat that bunch of HoFs, All stars, and exceptional role players, if they stay healthy.

  34. Mikey Mike says:

    Delonte is strong player but inconsistent at times. Key to celtics this year (again) will be health. If they can stay healthy and their bigs are playing well (Garnett, O’Neil X2, Wallace, Big Baby..) they have a strong chance of coming off on top in the playoffs but still the Heat will be thought to beat!!
    Man I gotta get me some tickets for BOS vs. MIA, how can I score some tix for that game in Boston?

    But in back of my mind Kobe will be the most determined he’s ever been to get #6 ring this year like MJ! I heard he’s been gained 20 pounds of sheer muscle in the off season and his shooting finger his fixed!!!!

  35. Manu says:

    Although the Heat got a nice around team with some excellent additions it seems the Celtics are looking more help (offensively and defensively) for the big three. In my opinion the needed that extra mile (help) at the end of last season. Nate and Big Baby did help in one game as heroes but is that winning desire of the new additions that make Boston DANGEROUS for those looking for a championship…

  36. Andrea says:

    I’m a Lakers fan, but I do want to see the Celtics excel this season again. Who else is a more worthy opponent for LA?

    • JesseO3 says:

      NO ONE! It aint no fun when you beat up on people that are no challenge!

      • uoykcuf says:

        hey, finally some lakers fans making some senses! Good point! I hate lakers but i wouldn’t mind seeing a Boston/Lakers finals again!

    • rante resaba says:

      @ Andrea…You dont to want see Boston excel this season because your Lakers are in danger again,,hahhahahha, you must be scared for the revenge…hahahha….. Dont belittle the veteran warriors of Celtics..lakers will pass in a hole of a needle my friend, before that dream will come true…LAKERS are so lucky they belong to the western conference where no team can compete as there level, thats why its an easy ticket for them to reach in the FINALS compared to the eastern conference where the competition is very tough,with formidable team such as BOSTON, MIAMI, MAGIC, ATLANTA and more..so teams who will prevail will pass the hole of a needle before they can own a FINAL’S seat..Im a BoSTON Celtics Fan but if they fails this coming season..im still routing for eastern conference team…MIAMI and ORLANDO respectively…EVEN the LAKERS WIN 2010 Nba Finals, its not convincing and impressing at all, because its anybodys series, where it reach GAME 7 plus they own the homecourt advantage…if they are very tough it should be finished around game 4, game 5 or game 6..just like the Celtics did to them in 2008 NBA Finals an impressive 32 pts lead Game 6 win and a record breaker..SO THAT CANNOT AFFECT THE BOSTON CELTICS AND MIAMI HEAT CAMPAIGN FOR 2011 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP, WHICH IS A VERY BIG POSSIBLITY THEY CAN WIN…..GO CELTICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCS…

  37. Toronto says:

    I was hoping raptors would sign west, but im glad the celts did. He’s a good player can easily do like 11 a game off the bench. Maybe with nate and daniels playing time might be a bit crowded (they’re both quality bench pieces if normal), still this should help the celtics.

  38. Cobra says:

    I wonder if they signed Delonte to taunt LeBron

    • L.Ckz says:

      Pierce is a SF. LeBron is a SF. And if Boston signed Delonte to back-up Pierce.. Well, let’s just say LeBron is gonna rape Boston in that position.xD Why would the Celtics ever want to taunt LeBron with West?! He’s a dead man walking. Anybody agree?

      • B.O.B says:

        Boston showed last year that they play defence as a team, so why would LeBron be a problem if west was guarding him?

      • WAKEupB.O.B says:

        why? maybe because lebron is an MVP of the league and 10 times better than delonte…. celtics will need better defender of the bench if they want to get back to the finals. tony allen was their by far best defender last year even tho he made a lot of stupid mistakes offensively

      • marc gonzalez says:

        yea, i think sekou smith messed up and meant to say hes backing up ray allen. theres no way he can play small foward. do the celtics still have tony allen to backup paul pierce?? that guys a shut down defender

  39. JesseO3 says:

    Agree….Boston is top in the East. Miami is stacked w those LeBron, Wade, and whats his name…but Boston is stacked thru and thru.
    Die hard Laker fan here…and I for one, will be rooting for Boston to come from the east and hope we get another Lakers vs Celtics epic final….before Phil retires and possibly the Doc!

  40. Buju Banton says:

    Boston has got by far the best team in the league.
    Hopefully everybody stays healthy for the playoffs and Boston will win another ring this year.

    Final matchup against lakers will be in 2012.
    Only after that will the Heat era start.

    Buju B.

    • Lakers ALL DAY says:

      LOL…..sorry bud, you are wrong here. For one, it is not BY FAR, because no team has the best team BY FAR. There are about 5 teams who are stacked, so nothing is BY FAR. With that being said, you are also wrong as to who has the best team. Lakers have the best team and are the team to beat. They have the same core as last year, and have made a significant upgrade to their bench — their biggest weakness from last year. After winning it all last year, Lakers’ confidence and chemistry will be at an all-time high, and watch out for them getting 65+ wins to solidify home-court throughout. It may end up being Boston VS LA again, but can’t be sure on that until we actually see Miami play. Regardless of who they play, I think Lakers will get a three-peat, but it may be their last year of winning it all.

      • B.O.B says:

        How can you say Lakers are the best team until the season starts? Just because tthe won last year doesn’t mean they’re guna win this year. Boston has made the best additions to their bench. I don’t think Boston will have much sucses in the regular season, but come playoff time (with their experience) they will be unstppable in the east….. again! i wish LA the best of luck, but they will see what boston has to offer when they see Miami get blown out opening night!

      • WAKEupB.O.B says:

        what do you mean lakers are not the team to beat B.O.B? are u high? they won it two years in a row…. have a best player in the world and got even better during the off season and on top off that kobe finally had a summer off so he will be ready to go 100%. so leave ur stupid comments to urself because u know that celtics have a lot of work to do just to get to finals this year

      • rante resaba says:

        Are you sure? Dont belittle the veteran warriors of Celtics..lakers will pass in a hole of a needle my friend, before that dream will come true…LAKERS are so lucky they belong to the western conference where no team can compete as there level, thats why its an easy ticket for them to reach in the FINALS compared to the eastern conference where the competition is very tough,with formidable team such as BOSTON, MIAMI, MAGIC, ATLANTA and more..so teams who will prevail will pass the hole of a needle before they can own a FINAL’S seat..Im a BoSTON Celtics Fan but if they fails this coming season..im still routing for eastern conference team…MIAMI and ORLANDO respectively…EVEN the LAKERS WIN 2010 Nba Finals, its not convincing and impressing at all, because its anybodys series, where it reach GAME 7 plus they own the homecourt advantage…if they are very tough it should be finished around game 4, game 5 or game 6..just like the Celtics did to them in 2008 NBA Finals an impressive 32 pts lead Game 6 win and a record breaker..SO THAT CANNOT AFFECT THE BOSTON CELTICS AND MIAMI HEAT CAMPAIGN FOR 2011 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP, WHICH IS A VERY BIG POSSIBLITY THEY CAN WIN…..GO CELTICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCS…a

      • ball withthe wall says:

        the lakers are the team 2 beat

    • Bunbury says:

      The lakers and celtics were fairly even in 2009. Celtics fans can argue “what if perkins would’ve played game 7.” well, what about Bynum being healthy all series. This year, they both got a little bit better, however, the lakers just a bit more. they sginificantly added barnes and blake and lost only farmar. the celtics added shaq and jermaine but lost rasheed and tony allen. i wouldn’t get too excited though with shaq. Honestly, I think he hurts more than helps his team (both cavs and suns). Even with Lebron staying in cleveland, they would have not resign him. The lakers are better with a healthy bynum………. BUT it’s been 3 straight years.

      The truth of the matter is, Noone really knows how good the Heat will be this upcoming is. But I think a lot of people are underestimating the heat. (Non heat fans are reluctant to see the truth). they just dont have 3 good players, they have 3 of the top ten. Bosh is better than what most people think. Why? they havent seen him played enough. Remember gasol. noone mentioned him among the best power forwards as a grizzlie. now, some even think he is the best.

  41. Lakerfanatic24 says:

    Go celtics?!!! It’s all about The Los Angeles Lakers!!!!! We alrady whooped the Celtics in the finals!!!! Doesn’t matter if they got Shaq, or Delonte West! Boston isn’t gonna get through Miami for sure! You gotta wake up Celtic fan!!! The Celtics are never gonna win the east as long as Miami have their Big 3!

    • it has been proven... lakers fans don't know sh**. says:

      first off, LA didn’t “whoop” the Celtics, secondly, Boston is actually a very good team on the court, Miami is good on paper. but they still have to prove they can play together. lebron, dwyane and chris may be friends but that doesn’t mean they will be able to gel. Boston can and Boston will take the east again. plus, miami may have a big 3 but in case you haven’t noticed, boston has a big 4(Rondo, Allen, Pierce and Garnett) and boston has a bench. miami’s bench doesn’t look very appealing to me. when they sit their starters they are screwed. Boston’s bench, however, is good enough to take care of business. YOU gotta wake up Laker fan!!!! Lakers aren’t gonna win this year. the power has shifted to the east this summer. whoever represents the east in the finals this year (which will be Boston, of course) is going to win it. Good bye LA, and good riddance phil.

  42. morris says:

    BOSTON looks very good on paper if they play miami with that same defense they played in the playoffs no one in east
    can match that type of intensity and score enough to beat them . Doc Rivers coaches his players to play team ball and good defense and oppritunities will come for you to take over the game and win and they buy into it and were successful in the playoffs as underdogs in each series

  43. rocketfan_believeit or not says:

    I have to admit that with the addition of Shaq I liked the Celtics more, but now despite the fact that Miami will indeed be the one team to follow during the season, to me, Celtics is the team to beat, Miami looks great, but until they pass and defeat Orlando and Boston they are nothing but a group of amazingly talented players that have not won anything but lots of publicity and individual awards.

    • JB2K10 says:

      uh, the Heat (Wade and Haslem) have already won a Championship. That disproves your last statement right there. I agree the Celtics are the team to beat in the East though.

      • rocketfan_believeit or not says:

        I knew that, the 2 are the only ones remaining from the Shaq, Payton, Wade, Posey, etc, team that won 5 years ago, but the rest of the team, LBJ has won MVP titles, so what, Bosh has won…lack of credibility due his lack of toughness on defense, Miller is good but has not done anything significant yet, Howard, Anthony, House’s win with the celtics does not count since he only got in to make lot of crazy shots, Big Z, and the rest of the cast have not proven anything yet. And talking just in terms of winning experience I guess Shaq could kick entire Heat’s butt just by himself (not disrispecting Miami’s team, I love how DWade plays!)

  44. Devon says:

    Lakers celtics again. LA wins in 7 in LA again. Kobe gets number 6. 3 finals mvp’s (tied with shaq)

    • LakersWillWin says:

      I hate comments like this. I love Lakers just as much as you but don’t make silly predictions before pre-season even begins buddy. GIve Boston and Doc some credit, they are one bad ass team. Besides, I’d gladly choose the Celtcs over MIami now.

    • rante resaba says:

      Are you sure? Dont belittle the veteran warriors of Celtics..lakers will pass in a hole of a needle my friend, before that dream will come true…LAKERS are so lucky they belong to the western conference where no team can compete as there level, thats why its an easy ticket for them to reach in the FINALS compared to the eastern conference where the competition is very tough,with formidable team such as BOSTON, MIAMI, MAGIC, ATLANTA and more..so teams who will prevail will pass the hole of a needle before they can own a FINAL’S seat..Im a BoSTON Celtics Fan but if they fails this coming season..im still routing for eastern conference team…MIAMI and ORLANDO respectively…EVEN the LAKERS WIN 2010 Nba Finals, its not convincing and impressing at all, because its anybodys series, where it reach GAME 7 plus they own the homecourt advantage…if they are very tough it should be finished around game 4, game 5 or game 6..just like the Celtics did to them in 2008 NBA Finals an impressive 32 pts lead Game 6 win and a record breaker..SO THAT CANNOT AFFECT THE BOSTON CELTICS AND MIAMI HEAT CAMPAIGN FOR 2011 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP, WHICH IS A VERY BIG POSSIBLITY THEY CAN WIN…..GO CELTICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCS…sssssssss

      • Bunbury says:

        Resebada, I know it’s not easy to be objective in sports but come on. The west has been superior than the east for many many years and last year was not the exception. Just check their wins and losses against each other. In the east you’ll be in the playoffs with 37 wins while it takes 50 in the west. the lakers had an easier trip to the finals in 2010 than 2009 only because they did not faced the teams that are better defenively such the Spurs, Mavs, and Nuggets. Instead they played against good offensive teams (utah, Phoenix) but not as good defensively. and we all know that it takes solid defense to beat the lakers The east will finally have more than 3 excellent teams with Miami, Boston, Orlando, and Chicago, while the west lost power with Stoudemire and Boozer departures. Please dont put the hawks on this mix. they have only been swept two years in a row in the second round losing by an average of 20 points.

  45. Sutton says:

    GO Celtics!! I am so excited! cant wait to see them in action live! and in action. Great moves for B Town this summer!.

  46. Zzanzabar says:

    If Boston follows the history of their franchise then I expect them to coast to win their division (or even come in second, they don’t care) and stay under the radar until the playoffs, where they will kick it up a notch. I do not see a team in the East that plays their style of basketball and they will present match-up nightmares to every team they face.

    Although almost everyone knows that this is Phil Jackson’s ‘last roundup’, people tend to forget that this is in all likelihood Doc Rivers final go around as well. He came back because he just could not leave with the unfinished business of delivering this particular team to and through another Finals.

    Miami, nor Orlando will waltz through the playoffs this year without having to deal with a mean, lean and determined to avenge, Celtics team. I think that only Chicago has the defense to wear the Celtics down, and only the Lakers have both the defense and offense to beat them. This ‘tired’, old warhorse of a team still has one last epic battle in them and nothing will stand in their way.

    • tom says:

      yea let go Celtics Vs Lakers Final Good Match up

    • LakersWillWin says:

      Hey Zzanzabar how do you feel about the Celtics defense this year without Tom Thibodeau on the sidelines? Do you think they will still be mean and defensive minded as ever? Don’t you love how I am asking you? That is how knowledgeable and informative all your posts are.. Love all your responses, you should get a job in this my man! I do believe the Bulls are going to be a mean team this season. People brush them off because of Miami. But maybe that is the eastern conferences grand scheme, put all the attention in one area for other teams like Chicago and Boston to stay under the radar and kick some butt!

      • Zzanzabar says:

        It is hard to lose a man that is considered a ‘defensive guru’ by many of his peers, but Doc Rivers will have someone there that will set the defense tone. By now these guys know what is expected of them and will execute their defense very well. What will be missed is the flashes of genius defensive ADJUSTMENTS that Thibodeau brought to the Celtics. I wonder what he would have done with Shaq this season and how he would have fitted him into the scheme.

        I think you are 100% right about Chicago. With Thibodeau at the helm and the development of their current squad over the past 2 years (not to mention the addition of Booser), Chicago is going to turn a few heads. I cannot wait to see Chicago vs. Boston this upcoming season. Now THAT is going to be a full out donnybrook with Thibodeau’s knowledge of the Celtics and Rivers’ ability to inspire, whoa baby!