For a team called the C’s you’d think they would value the starting “C” spot.
Bloggissists out there are starting to give Boston ‘props’ for their offseason moves, and rightly so. It’s been a quietly outstanding re-tool in Beantown, and it’s still July. They’re already deeper and more versatile than last season. Defensively, though, the jury is out (see Jason Terry).
But, for the second summer in a row, GM Danny Ainge has looked to the perimeter rather than to the interior. It’s almost as though he’s allergic to ‘bigman’ (I blame Jermaine O-neal’s knees).
In 2011, it was the free agent blitz at 6’8″ PF David West…despite future Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett residing at the PF spot. West ultimately took a job in Indiana for more money and less pressure.
Yes, the Celtics played their best ball in 2011-12 when Kevin Garnett moved to C and Brandon Bass (recently re-signed) started at PF. But quickly after the season ended, then-free agent KG was emphatic in his desire to not play the center position upon his return. In his words: “I don’t like it…it’s not my preference…I’m a four.”
So what did Danny end up doing this month? Signing shooter Jason Terry…Re-signing SF Jeff Green…Adding swingman Courtney Lee……all while losing Greg Steimsa to Minnesota (not official yet).
Unless Syracuse rookie Fab Melo is the second coming of Robert Parish, this team is asking for trouble…again.
Yes, Boston lost to Miami this year…a team that played Shane Battier at the ’4′. However, it’s not as if they were just blitzed the speed and quickness of the Heat. Boston was up 3-2 heading home. That was until Doc Rivers decided to put Brandon Bass on Lebron…but that’s for another blog.
I guess it could be worse up in Boston…the Celtics could’ve re-signed Ryan Hollins.