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Celtics Morning Joe: Talking about Humphries

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM


I haven’t been the happiest camper about Kris Humphries in Boston . I shouldn’t criticize him for his off the court issues, or publicity. Because I really don’t pay much attention to Hollywood , or the gossip side of it anyways, but you would have to be living under a rock if you didn’t know who Kris Humphries was because of his off the court life

 

I think another reason I have reservations, or had reservations about Humphries was for the fight last season. But in this day and age, sometimes players just get over things easier then they have in the past. This is one of those moments that could show us another aspect of Rondo as well. How easy will he adapt to Humprhies in the locker room?

 

I think it’s difficult to just hand the starting spots to either or Bass or Sully. Of course both players were here last season, and Bass was a key starter during the Celtics remarkable run in 2012. I think I have personally sold Humphries a bit short when thinking of his role on the Celtics. Maybe it has something to do with his contract. He’s only signed here through the rest of this season, and he’s a pricy for what he’s able to do. At the same time this is a contract year for him, and we may see the double-double guy from a couple years ago.


 

From the press conference in July, Kris had mentioned that he understands that he could be shipped out, but he also had a conversation with Ainge about a possible future here. When I think about it all. What if Humphries is better than Bass this coming season. We already know that Bass's contract isn't very desirable for teams this year. He's set to make 6.7 million this season, and 6.9 million next year. One situation  could come up next offseason. If Humphries is a key player on this team in the coming season. The Celtics could sign him, but I don't see that as a key move moving forward, but if Humprhies is worth keeping as an awesome role player, then perhaps the C's can move Bass. Next summer he will be on his final year, and it could be easier to move him. We could still see Bass package this offseason somehow.


My point of all of this is that both can't stay long term. The other question is if Humphries would take a pay increase. His price tag is a bit high for my blood. Another chance that has been talked about before is that Kris is just an expiring deal that could be used this year, or we just don't sign him next season, and we have the cap space after that. Kris is 28 years old, and I don't see him becoming an All-Star this late in the game. He isn't one of those forwards like Zach Randolph who was a potential All-Star for so many seasons early in his career, but became much better with age. I see Humphries as a solid role player for his final years. If Humprhies becomes one of the best rebounding forwards like he was a couple of seasons ago, then perhaps I should rethink my stance on him. Like I said in the long term Danny needs to keep either Bass or Humprhies. Who will play better in 2013-14?

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7 Comments

Reply Greg
11:21 AM on August 4, 2013 
I think Hump will play pretty well,maybe Rondo will make him an all-star.
Reply paul
2:27 PM on August 4, 2013 
I agree, Greg. I think playing with Rondo could be just what Hump has been needing. Hump is surely smart enough to realize that Rondo singled him out for a reason. Maybe that reason was that he saw Humphries playing the kind of ball he knew his teammates should be playing. I see him and Sully as our starting bigs, with Humph starting out the season as more-or-less the five, and Sully finishing the season as more-or-less the five. If Humphries hustles, he and Rondo might get along great, and he might just become a star.
Reply Franklin
2:38 PM on August 4, 2013 
Rondo has many projects,and helping Humphries become the player that he could be is a big task. If Deron Williams couldn't do it,so I think Rondo can.
Reply paul
2:49 PM on August 4, 2013 
Franklin says...
Rondo has many projects,and helping Humphries become the player that he could be is a big task. If Deron Williams couldn't do it,so I think Rondo can.


You know, Franklin, I think I totally understand the way you wrote that, and I agree!
Reply Danielle
7:21 PM on August 4, 2013 
If Humphries is given at least 20 solid mins per game he will show what he can do. Aside from being an excellent rebounder, he has a decent jumper, pretty good at blocking shots, capable of throwing down a dunk or two and can set very hard screens (Rondo is one of his victims). I would like to see him in a pick and roll with Rondo and playing with Kelly O. The game can be fun to watch with Kris at his best as he runs the floor and is always ready for the alley hoop or the chase down block. As a Net, he had his flaws but plays with heart and hustle and has the knack for getting under the opponent's skin while remaining cool. I look forward to seeing him play for the Celtics even if it is for a short time.
Reply paul
11:37 PM on August 4, 2013 
Danielle says...
If Humphries is given at least 20 solid mins per game he will show what he can do. Aside from being an excellent rebounder, he has a decent jumper, pretty good at blocking shots, capable of throwing down a dunk or two and can set very hard screens (Rondo is one of his victims). I would like to see him in a pick and roll with Rondo and playing with Kelly O. The game can be fun to watch with Kris at his best as he runs the floor and is always ready for the alley hoop or the chase down block. As a Net, he had his flaws but plays with heart and hustle and has the knack for getting under the opponent's skin while remaining cool. I look forward to seeing him play for the Celtics even if it is for a short time.


IF he clicks with Rondo, he could be around for a while maybe.
Reply rcraig617
5:24 PM on August 6, 2013 
I like humphries but with our 2 young forwards him or bass will have to end up going. If we do end up bringing him back though it'll be at a reduced contract and he is a rebounder and a hard worker. He's had his off court stuff but to be honest i could careless about that because it doesn't seem to affect his play as it would for someone like jr smith so him being on tv or whatever is fine with me.