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Marquis Daniels is the Perfect Celtic

Marquis Daniels and Danny Ainge meet with members of the press today to announce Daniels signing with the Boston Celtics.

Marquis Daniels and Danny Ainge meet with members of the press today to announce Daniels signing with the Boston Celtics.

All indications from today’s press conference and recent comments made by his agent is that Marquis Daniels will be a perfect compliment to the 2010 Celtics squad.

Daniels stated again today that he turned down better monetary offers to join a winning franchise in Boston. He stated his willingness to play whatever position Doc sees fit to benefit the Celtics in their 2010 championship run.

The Celtics are making it very clear that anything short of a championship will be a major failure for this team.

I love that attitude!

Danny also mentioned that Paul Pierce, Big Baby and Rajon Rondo have been into Waltham to practice daily. Rasheed Wallace has been in every day at 8 am. He expects to see the rest of the guys into practice right after the Labor Day holiday. This is beginning to take a shape very similar to the 2007 off season.

I love what I am hearing.

One thing of note in watching the below press conference. Danny has gotten visibly older since his heart attack. We wish him the best and good health.

Check out the press conference converage of the Marquis Daniels introductions today.


Today’s Headlines

Red’s Army                    The NBA Could Decide To Ruin Twitter

                                           Mikki Never Wanted to Come to Boston

Loy’s Place                     In the Books: Second Wind Memoirs of an Opinionated Man – Part 7

Celtics Hub                    On Bruce Bowen and Retired Numbers

Celtics Circuit               PBN Ranks the Top Point Guards

Celtics Town                  Seven Pressing Questions for the Celtics in 2009-2010

Celtics Blog                    Bosh vs KG

Celtics 17                        Red’s Greatest Victory Symbol 

     Celtics Shamrock                       

Robert Parish: Hail to the Chief

Number double zero hangs high above the parquet floor at the TD Garden. Representing the glory of the 1980s, it’s situated next to the numbers 32 and 33. Each number represents a moment in time faded by years but not forgotten in it’s distinction of Celtics lore.

Robert Parish performs his patented baseling spin move.

Robert Parish performs his patented baseling spin move.

Robert Parish often told the media that he chose double zero in high school because teammates used to refer to him  as “double nothing” in response to his lack of talent as a tall, gangly, often uncoordinated player.

Robert Parish joined the Boston Celtics in a trade that has been described as one of the most shrued and lopsided deals in NBA history. At the time, the trade was more celebrated for bringing a young rookie, Kevin McHale, to Boston then it was for acquiring an often underrated center from a poor Golden State team.

Though Parish’s stats had showed improvement every season with Golden State, the Warriors failed to make the playoffs three of the four years Parish had been on the roster. Despite the lack of playoff appearances, Robert had gained valuable experience playing on a Golden State team that had all-star players such as Rick Barry, Jamaal Wilkes and Phil Smith.

Parish declared, role player, Clifford Ray to be his biggest influence. Publicly stating that Ray is solely responsible for his longevity in the NBA. Proclaiming that Ray’s work ethic was inspiring and his introduction to yoga had been the determining factor in the conditioning that allowed Parish to play until he was 43 years old.

As the Warriors continued to lose, Parish’s NBA stock continued to rise.  He posted a “Chamberlain-like”  performance in 1979 against the NY Knicks when he hammered them for 30 points and 32 rebounds.

Though Parish had gained a wealth of experience playing with perennial all-stars past their prime in Golden State, it was not until he was traded to the Celtics in 1980 that he first got the taste of playoff glory. In his first season with Boston, replacing Dave Cowens in the starting lineup, Parish averaged 18.9 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game and shot 54% from the field.

It was that season that Cedric Maxwell coined Robert Parish as the “Chief” because of his similarities to the character portrayed in the movie One Flew Over The Cuck0o’s Nest. The nickname stuck.

In Parish’s first season paired with Kevin McHale and Larry Bird, the Celtics won the NBA title elliminating the Houston Rockets in six games.

Winning two more championship in 1984 and 1986, the Chief cemented himself as one of the most reliable, consistent a prolific centers in the NBA.

Being the third option on a team stacked with all-stars, Parish’s talent and value to the championship Celtics teams was often overlooked and taken for granted. It was the high arching mid range jumper at a crucial point in the game or a lightning fast baseline spin move leading to a dunk or a subtle slip of the pick with Larry Bird leading to a roaring dunk that summarized the Chief’s worth to the team. Such patented moves often sparked the Boston Garden crowd to chant “Chief – Chief – Chief”.

I can still hear the echoes as clear as I can hear the faithful chanting “Larrreee – Larrreee” for the legendary forward who played on the same front line.

Early on in his career, Parish’s quiet and unemotional demeanor was often mistaken for a lack of effort. In the 1987 Eastern Conference finals, Robert showed a rare emotional outburst. After four, hard fought – physical, games the defending champion Celtics found themselves deadlocked with the upstart, bad boy, Pistons.

Detroit had showed the tradition steeped Celtics very little respect in their bid to replace them as the Eastern Conference elite powerhouse. With boasting brovado, physical play and taunting trash talking, the Pistons seemed to be figuring out the Celtics championship formula.

Bill Laimbeer, in particular, displayed a noticeable distane for the Celtics winning ways. 

Robert Parish had played through severe pain with two heavily sprain ankles and Laimbeer showed him no sympathy with his, sometimes dirty, physical play.

After bumping and grinding, for 4 1/2 games,  in a style that would be considered flagrant today Parish had endured enough. In one powerful smack down he knocked Laimbeer to the parquet floor leaving the, self proclained, bad boy in tears. After the dramatic knock down Parish returned to his unemotional demeanor as if nothing had just occured. Robert was ejected from the game but left a moment that, combined with Bird’s stealing Isiah’s lob pass in the same game, defined an era of Celtics domination over the Pistons from 1985 thru 1987.

As the years past by and the Celtics were replaced by that Pistons as the elite Eastern Conference team, Bird and McHale would see injuries diminish their effectiveness. Parish, giving credit to Clifford Ray for his mentoring many years earlier, continued to be consistant and more effective.

In 1991, Parish’s fifteenth season, Robert made his first appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated. This accolade

In March of 1991, SI finally gave Robert Parish some accolades

In March of 1991, SI finally gave Robert Parish some accolades

was seen by most media and NBA players as long overdue. It seemed as his younger teammates career’s winded down, Parish’s was still going strong.

Robert continued to play with effectiveness after Bird and McHale’s retirement. Though his love for the Boston Celtics never wained, his desire to win a fourth championship seemed to take priority.

In 1995, the unthinkable occured as he was signed as a free agent by the Charlotte Hornets. He would play in a limited role for two seasons with the Hornets until being signed by the Chicago Bulls in 1996 at the age of 43.

In his final season he would play in 44 games, making three starts for the championship Bulls. That season Robert would win a fourth NBA title making him the lone member of the Celtics fabled “Big Three” to win a fourth championship.

Parish had come a long way from his “double nothing” early days in basketball.

A career that spanded 21 NBA seasons saw his entrance into a league dominated by John Havlicek, Pete Maravich, Rick Barry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Walt Frasier, Earl Monroe and Bob Lanier. He played through an era that saw the coming of age of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Partick Ewing.

1600 games, 4 championships and 9 all-star appearances later, Parish would leave the game in the hands of all-stars Shaquille O’Neal, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Garnett and Allen Iverson.

A career that spanned three generations of NBA domination, Parish is no longer underrated or overshadowed by his teammates.

Today,13 years after his retirement, we can continue to proclaim “Hail to the Chief”!

‘Window of Opportunity’: The Lakers or Celtics?

It is often said that the team that wins the NBA crown is often cursed with several injuries and/or personnel issues in their bid to repeat. Looking back through NBA history, this proves to be true.
In recent years, no team has repeated since the 2002 (three-peat) Los Angeles Lakers. That team’s reign ended with the teams break-up, caused by the tumultuous divorce of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

The Chicago Bulls three-peated twice in the 90’s separated by Michael Jordan’s retirement following the death of his father.

The Detroit Piston’s repeated as champions from 1988-1990. The 1991 Piston’s were plagued with injuries and finally surrendered, in an unsportsmanlike manner, to the Chicago Bulls in the Conference Finals.

The Los Angeles Lakers won two titles in a row from 1987-1988. Prior to the 88-89 Finals, Pat Riley patented the “three-peat” slogan in hopes of cashing in on a Lakers victory. The Lakers three-peat bid was over shadowed throughout the season by the much celebrated retirement tour of Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. To make matters worse, Byron Scott suffered a severe hamstring injury in practice prior to game 1 of the Finals. Scott would have to sit out games 1 and 2.

The Pistons routed the Lakers 4-0.

Last season was no different as the Boston Celtics were decimated by injuries to Kevin Garnett (knee), Rajon Rondo (ankles), Leon Powe (knee), Glen Davis (knee), Kendrick Perkins (shoulder) and Tony Allen (hand). The Celtics put up a valiant effort to repeat posting a 62-20 record.

Since Boston welcomed Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the sports media has discussed the Celtics in ancient terms. They would often refer to Boston’s championship chances as the “window of opportunity”.

With the (eventual) departure of Lamar Odom and Ron Artest replacing Trevor Ariza on the roster, the Lakers suddenly look older, less deep and far more vulnerable.

The 2010 Lakers starting line up of Derek Fisher (31,ooo career minutes), Kobe Bryant (42,000 career minutes [not including Olympics]), Ron Artest (25,000 career minutes), Pau Gasol (25,000 career minutes) and Andrew Bynum (5,000 career minutes) average a combined 25,400 minutes.

Lamar Odom’s exodus will leave the Lakers bench, consisting of Farmar, Mbenga, Morrison, Vujacic, Yue and Walton.

The Lakers will have to face the re-booted San Antonio Spurs on their way to the Finals. This may be a challenge the Lakers are not fit to compete in.

The Boston Celtics, who’s starting five also average 25,ooo career minutes, have revamped their line up. The Celtics bench, by the start of the season, will be arguably stronger then their 2008 championship team’s bench.

The Celtics will re-sign Big Baby before summer’s end and are close to offering a realistic deal with Stephon Marbury making their bench consist of Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis, Marquis Daniels, Eddie House and Steph Marbury. Many teams starting line-up would not be able to compete with that second unit.

In my opinion, The Celtics are, talent for talent, the best team in the NBA. Your thoughts…

Bill Russell on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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Bill Russell is making the rounds. The big fella’ looks terrific and keeps up with Jon Stewart, not missing a beat. Russell makes me proud to be a Celtics fan!

I found this courtesy of NBA Tip Off. Thanks Alex!

LeBron James Competition Weak Compared to the NBA’s ‘Golden Era’

Amidst the rampant off-season trade rumors circulating, I thought it would be healthy to take a break from it and do some more annoying era/player comparisons.

Today i decided to pick apart LeBron James’ Eastern Conference vs. the Eastern Conference of Larry Bird’s era. Though the league’s players have developed into athletic and physical freaks, compared to the 1980’s, the NBA team’s overall roster talent has drastically dropped.

The 1980’s brand of basketball was more team oriented, fast paced and high scoring, though watching the games, it often appeared as if the players were competing in slow motion. It’s obvious that the athleticism of today, is unparalleled by any era in NBA history.

However, In the 1980’s, Larry Bird had to contend with a more stiff level of competition in route to the playoffs and ultimately the NBA Finals.

Let’s use the 1987 season as the model for my hypothesis. As opposed to recent history, in the 1980’s the Eastern Conference was always stronger then the West.

In 1987, like 2008, The Boston Celtics were looking to repeat as champions. Like 2008, Age and injury got in the way but not before Boston blew through the regular season, ending atop the Eastern Conference, with a 59-23 record.

The Eastern Conference was stacked with names like Doctor J., Charles Barkley, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Sidney Moncrief, Terry Cummings, Patrick Ewing and Dominique Wilkens.

During the playoffs Boston faced such formidable foes as Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas and Sidney Moncrief before facing Magic Johnson and the Lakers in the Finals.

Today, though entertaining, the NBA relies heavily on the media “hype machine” to promote televised games and playoff series. Sure, hype existed in the 1980’s as well, but it was hype backed up by true excitement on the court.

For example, in the 1987 playoffs, The Celtics swept the Chicago Bulls and then was forced into seven game squeakers before narrowly defeating Milwaukee and Detroit.

Both series created such historic moments as Larry Bird’s (4) clutch fourth quarter three pointers in game four in Milwaukee, the Celtics 10 point comeback vs Milwaukee in the last 3 minutes of game seven, Adrian Dantley and Vinnie Johnson’s on court collision in game seven that resulted in Dantley being carried off on a stretcher and, of course, Bird stealing the ball from Isiah Thomas in game five.

NBA Playoff Basketball at it’s best. Where amazing originated…

In 2009, With the exception of the Boston/Chicago series (certainly one of the best first round series of all time), the Eastern Conference consisted of two sweeps, two six game series, and Orlando’s game seven blow out of Boston at home.

The Miami/Atlanta series went seven games but it might as well have been a sweep as the winning team won by an average margin of 15 points.

Sure, their were exciting moments, such as Ray Allen’s 50 point explosion versus Chicago and multiple clutch jumpers, Big Baby’s 17 footer vs Orlando, LeBron’s game two heroics versus Orlando and “Turkish Jordan’s” multiple clutch shots.

If you think about it, with the exception of LeBron’s game two heroics, I can’t see the NBA playing any commercials of highlights from this years playoffs twenty years from now. Yet Larry Bird’s steal and Magic Johnson’s “Jr hook” are still getting commercialized 22 years later. Now that’s amazing!

In conclusion, though the NBA has great talent today and is very popular, Nothing can compare to the legacy’s created during the 1980’s. I guess that is why they call it the NBA’s “Golden Era”…

This article can also be found on Bleacher Report

Celtics Source: Rondo Will Not Be Traded

It’s not surprising that yesterday’s article on the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded created quite a stir on Bleacher Report and the Boston Celtics News Station. The articles on both sites generated some very interesting comments worth browsing.

I am a Rondo fan, I would love to see him retire a Celtic many years from now. However, as I stated yesterday, it did not surprise me that information was leaked regarding Rondo’s bad attitude.

As a Celtics fan (and Rondo fan), I was happy to hear the Boston Herald report today that Danny Ainge has put the mute button on rumors concerning his starting five, Rondo included.

Angie told the Herald, “I think it’s unlikely,” Ainge said. “It’s possible, but unlikely.”

Ainge went on to say, “We are trying to win a championship next season. That’s my goal this summer.”

That’s is a relief to hear.

Check out Celtics Hub for a very interesting and accurate appraisal of the rumors regarding members of the starting five being traded.