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Celtics Morning Joe: Don't expect any savior that's been sitting at home to save the C's

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 19, 2013 at 5:30 AM



But Pierce has been around long enough that he realizes it’s not easy to just get someone who can contribute to a good team.

“I mean, I don’t know how we do that,” he said. “Obviously if there was somebody sitting at home that could do that, they wouldn’t be sitting at home. So I leave all that up to Danny (Ainge) and Doc (Rivers). They’ve got to figure it out and see what they want.”

 



When does this usually happen? A player sitting at home who can still play? Yes it happens, but not very often. P.J Brown is one guy who actually came, and impacted the Celtics. But think for a moment. Brown was an older player, and it wasn't about not having the skill anymore. For him it was about playing another full season at the age of 38. Brown still had game. So he returned, and helped the Celtics. But how often does that happen? Not often.


Boston Herald

But Ainge doesn’t feel the Celtics are under any pressure to do more than add another player or two.

“It’s not critical at all,” the president of basketball operations said. “Whenever it’s critical to make a deal, you usually make a bad deal. You can’t force deals. You need to find partners, and you need to do good deals.

“I like watching our team. Our team is very fun to watch. I love how hard our guys play and compete. They do need some support with some extra bodies for the rest of the year. I definitely need to do that, to add some players to our roster. But that’s all that we need to do.”

Rivers said last night he believes the Celtics need more than one guard, and they could use some size.

“Yeah,” he said, “but we don’t want to hurt ourselves doing it. Otherwise we would have someone today and we don’t.

“I don’t worry about it. I swear I’ve given it far less thought than you guys have, because if it was that easy, everyone would be doing it. So I just really worry about the 10 that we have, and when Danny calls me and tells me that we have a chance to do something else, then we’ll talk about it. But, really, there’s been very few conversations.

“There’s not a lot of rotational players just rolling around out there.”


The Celtics need size, and how can they get good quality big men? Not easy, and it's never been easy. Ryan Hollins ring a bell? Mikki Moore ring a bell? Troy Murphy didn't save the day either. You know what's funny? Jermaine O'neal has played 37 games for Phoenix in one season so far, and in two seasons for Boston he played just 49 regular season games. The odds are that JO will play around 60 games this season. He's produced for the Suns as well. In 16 minutes of action he puts up 7 points, and nearly 5 rebounds. He's played solid this season for the Suns. It's a shame we couldn't get that from him. Anyway, the Celtics need size, and frankly good solid talent all around. The question is how, and what will the Celtics do. Thursday is the day, and some of us fear the worst. But many of us believe Danny will stick with this group for another wild run.


The Celtics signed Williams to a 10-day contract. In the process Williams has a big fan already in Boston.


“I know him well,” Terry said of the 6-foot-6, 220-pound guard, who is expected to be signed to a 10-day contract. “He’s one of the young kids who grew up in that area that had tremendous talent. He’s a freakish athlete. When you talk about athleticism, he’s right there with LeBron (James) and (Kevin) Durant and these guys that are high flyers. He’s right up there with him.

“He’s very athletic, can handle the ball. He’s highly skilled. It’s just been a matter of him getting on the right team, surrounded by veterans that he can learn from. I believe he can definitely help us.”

 



If that's the case, the Celtics got another steal. Let's hope so, but I think it's unlikely that Williams is the hero for the 2013 season. But I think it's a sign that the Celtics are not pulling a trade that will send KG, or Pierce out of town. Ainge doesn't want that on his head first of all, and I also think he believes he can patch this team up for a run.

 


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3 Comments

Reply Patrick
6:43 AM on February 19, 2013 
I am a season ticket holder so it is safe to say I am a real fan ... As a real fan, it is all about Banner 18 to me ... I hope Ainge has been talking to teams about moving Pierce & KG because as much as I love/admire the two of them, they will not win another title in Boston ... In the new CB, teams need to strike gold in the draft, and surround a dominant player with above average talent ... I do not know if KG for Bledsoe & Jordan is real but if it is then Danny better convince KG to go. Trading Pierce gives PP a shot at a couple more titles & the ability for Jeff Green to get the 38 minutes on the floor he deserves ... Terry should be sent to a contender for a shorter contract and hopefully a draft pick ... Overall Danny has drafted very well but we need a top 15 pick even if its our own ... As Ainge said this was a 3 year window and he managed to get 5 or 6 years out if it but lets enjoy the next Celtic dynasty sooner than later and allow PP & KG to go out on top like Bourque did
Reply paul
7:05 AM on February 19, 2013 
So not caring about players makes you a real fan? Please don't make that argument. If KG and PP want to go, fine. But if they don't, they should retire as Celtics. God, I hope that still means something.
Reply rcraig617
1:15 AM on February 20, 2013 
Patrick says...
I am a season ticket holder so it is safe to say I am a real fan ... As a real fan, it is all about Banner 18 to me ... I hope Ainge has been talking to teams about moving Pierce & KG because as much as I love/admire the two of them, they will not win another title in Boston ... In the new CB, teams need to strike gold in the draft, and surround a dominant player with above average talent ... I do not know if KG for Bledsoe & Jordan is real but if it is then Danny better convince KG to go. Trading Pierce gives PP a shot at a couple more titles & the ability for Jeff Green to get the 38 minutes on the floor he deserves ... Terry should be sent to a contender for a shorter contract and hopefully a draft pick ... Overall Danny has drafted very well but we need a top 15 pick even if its our own ... As Ainge said this was a 3 year window and he managed to get 5 or 6 years out if it but lets enjoy the next Celtic dynasty sooner than later and allow PP & KG to go out on top like Bourque did

Deandre Jordan doesn't even play the last 6 mins of the 4th qtr due to his horrid free throw shooting. So you think we should trade for him and who would we put at the 5 in the latter of the 4th? When rondo comes back next year we would have 5 guards if you add bledsoe to the mix that makes no sense also. Trading terry for a draft pick is also a waste we have fab melo who we're trying to develop and sullinger who was coming along nicely, doc typically isn't good with younger players anyway he's struck gold w/bradley and sullinger I think trying to make doc play young guys is a recipe for disaster. Also what would we trade pierce for? The best thing we could've gotten in return is Rudy Gay and since we didn't get that we definetly shouldn't trade him. Not saying I think we should trade pierce he should retire a celtic but that was the best offer we'd get.