“He’s a young guy just like us, just a couple years older. But he’s been through a lot in this league and he is a veteran. He has won a championship and he could bring a lot to our team. We’re looking forward to him being there and I’m going to let him know from the beginning that hopefully he can be a big part of this team for many years to come.”—
Kevin Durant on Perk
Aww, I still miss Perk, but it makes me feel better to know that he’s joining a team with such great character guys on it.
I miss them. I ain’t gonna lie. I’m gonna miss the hell out of them. It’s going to be hard leaving them behind, leaving this team behind and the fans and this city. But this is a business, and being traded is part of that business.
Like I said earlier, I love this team and I love those fellas. I’m playing for another team now, but I’m always going to pull for them when I see them play. We’re brothers. That’s never going to change.
Now, you know I love Boston fans. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that they’re some of the smartest, most passionate fans in the game. But come on now, where is the love for No. 34? I do have to call you guys out for voting for Ray over me on my survey last week – but I guess it’s cool as long as I’m losing votes to a teammate. But I got my eye on you now, so you know. We’re gonna need you to focus your energy for us down the season stretch run and into the playoffs, so time to step up your game.
Paul Pierce has his eye on you, all you Ray choosers! ;) #TeamPierce
For every Joakim Noah, Charlie Villanueva and Dwight Howard; for every kid who grew up idolizing the Celtics star, only to become disenchanted after meeting him face-to-sweaty face, there’s a young pro who still sees Garnett as the player they’d one day like to be; who doesn’t take his affronts as a sign of disrespect, but more a means for victory; who doesn’t care so much about KG the bully as much as they do KG the teammate or KG the NBA champ.
In the weeks since calling out Allen for the 3-point competition, Pierce has combined trash talk and trickery, because, well, an opponent is an opponent.
His latest, and probably greatest, ploy came Wednesday night during Allen’s pregame shooting routine. Allen was at the far end, getting shots up, when Pierce had someone roll out the basketball racks, launching practice threes, then staring Allen down from afar.
This article has some health updates. Looks like good news on everyone but Shaq (he’s not healing; he’s older than hell) and Marquis (won’t be back any time soon). On page two, this paragraph made me giggle:
Rivers on Rondo’s attempt to edge into a Miami oncourt huddle: “I didn’t like the huddle thing, honestly, I don’t think we ever need to do that stuff. The point he was making, it wasn’t a timeout — his basketball IQ is so good that he’s the only one who realized that. Even Miami was acting like he couldn’t be in the [huddle during a] timeout — it wasn’t a timeout.”
Haha. It was not a timeout… ergo, Rondo can pop into your huddle ya big dummies.
It was interesting watching Von Wafer in person. He’s a total spaz sometimes, but hit some really critical shots in that Heat game. Every time he took off with the ball, I held my breath. It was a classic A/B scenario where you figured he’d either A) Nail a great 3-point shot that we desperately need or B) dribble into a crowd and lose the ball. I chuckle when he makes ‘em and puts his 3-point “guns” back in the holster. Glad to read he’s working on both sides of his game. Whether he’s with the Cs in the future or not, this can only help his career.
“You separate the trash talk, especially from guys that you know like KG and Paul and those guys. We’ve known each other for a while. I love to talk. Paul likes to talk. KG likes to talk. I’m probably the only one on my team that likes to talk. So I’ll probably be jawing with all of them tonight.”—Kobe Bryant
Celtics guard Ray Allen enters tonight’s game two 3-pointers shy of breaking Reggie Miller’s all-time NBA mark of 2,560. If Allen breaks the record tonight, he will have done it in 309 fewer games played than Miller. Allen has a career 3-point percentage of .398 to Miller’s .395.