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Gladwell's theories help explain the Celtics' recent success

Gladwell's theories help explain the Celtics' recent success

I recently finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, which I would highly recommend.  In the book, Gladwell looks at how some of the most noteworthy athletes, businessmen, and musicians have achieved success.  While talent plays a big factor, other influences such as age, family history, and opportunity all play even larger roles.  For example, while many talented computer programmers have existed throughout the years, the most noteworthy ones (i.e. Bill Gates), were all born around the same time.  When computers really started taking off, people with talent like Gates were at the perfect age to jump right in and eventually start successful companies.  An article by J.A. Adante of ESPN looks to apply these similar concepts to last year’s Boston Celtics. Continue Reading

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In an ad that our colleague Ryan would appreciate, Kevin Garnett visits the UCLA locker room.  The video is part of a new ad campaign from Adidas that also features Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, and T Mac, 3 other guys that skipped college to join the association.  KG finds a #5 Bruins jersey and hypes us up for a little March Madness.  For Celtic fans though, something seems a little off.  I realize that UCLA isn’t necessarily affiliated with the Lakers, but it is the same city.  Couldn’t they have at least sent him to BC? BU? Holy Cross?  Maybe even Illinois since KG played his high school ball nearby.  Seeing any jersey that has both “LA” and “Garnett” on it just feels dirty.

Big Baby is the latest Celtic to go down

Big Baby is the latest Celtic to go down

All sports teams are forced to deal with injuries throughout the course of a season, but injuries to this year’s Celtics team are piling up at an alarming rate. The latest injury to Glen Davis leaves the team with five players out, including two starters. The C’s have battled injuries before and found players willing to step up, but this recent string could be too much to deal with. Doc Rivers has put a positive spin on this, stating that he would rather have a team that’s 100% for the playoffs, even if it means giving up home court advantage. Furthermore, Doc has suggested that these injuries give the new Celtics an opportunity to get some playing time and learn the system. Although Doc is showing some optimism, should Celtics fans be worried about the possible implications of these injuries? Continue Reading

Sorry Kobe.  It's the King's turn this year.

Sorry Kobe. It's the King's turn this year.

I’ve seen quite a few of these articles around and figured I’d weigh in with my own thoughts.  It’s been an interesting season thus far, whether it’s been the reemergence of Dwayne Wade, The dominance of Lebron, or The Celtics pursuit of another title.  Since we have about a month an a half left until the playoffs, it’s time to make some picks for the year end awards.   I encourage everyone else to comment with their own choices. Continue Reading

Cassell and Pioli look to rebuild a crumbling franchise

Cassel and Pioli look to rebuild a crumbling franchise

I need to start off by saying the acquisition of Stephon Marbury is horrible.  Marbury is the second most selfish athlete in professional sports (the first being team obliterator). I know the first game for Marbury was great and he did contribute against the lowly Pacers, however when playoff time comes around, do you really trust a primadonna who only cares about himself and his personal image?  I don’t and that’s why I believe if Marbury is still on the team come playoff time, the Boston Celtics will not repeat as NBA champs!

Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs isn’t surprising considering Pioli is the VP/General Manager.  I’m not sold on Matt Cassel but for the Chiefs to only give up a 2nd rounder for his services as well as Mike Vrabel, is shocking.  With that being said, Bill Belichick does love his 2nd round picks and throughout his tenure with the Patriots, the contributions of 2nd and late round picks have paved the way for a Patriots dynasty.

Still Crazy After All These Years?

Still Crazy After All These Years?

Today marks the official signing of Stephon Marbury by the Boston Celtics. While this acquisition has been the source of some controversy, it could be another step toward an 18th Celtics title. Some say that Marbury is a distraction and a cancer, but if there’s one team that would help him turn his act around, it’s this one. The question now, is how the Celtics will fit Marbury in to an already established team. While I could talk about locker room issues and chemistry here, I won’t. I have faith in the team culture and think that distractions tend to take a back seat when players finally get to play for a championship. Instead, I want to focus on how Stephon fits in where it matters most: The basketball court. Continue Reading

Mason could be making big shots in the Playoffs

Mason could be making big shots in the Playoffs

With All-Star weekend finished, we can now look ahead to the second half of the NBA Season.  As the trade deadline nears, many teams will be looking to make moves that will put them in better positions for the playoffs.  While the first half of the year showed us that the Celtics, Lakers, and Cavs are for real, we also learned that the Spurs may still have some fight left in them.  These last few months bring up even more questions.  Can the Celtics repeat with their current team, or will they have to add someone?  Who will be this season’s MVP?  Which underachieving first half teams will sneak up and join the elite group?  And, which majors players will be switching teams? Continue Reading

L...O...They Know

L...O...They Know

On Thursday night, I had a few drinks and made some pretty dumb comments before the Celtics/Lakers Game.  Referencing his performance at MSG, I mentioned how glad I was Kobe was back to his old form.  If he was planning to score 60 a game, there was no way in hell he would be beating the Celtics come playoff time.  I then made some remarks about how Lamar Odom, despite his talents, was useless, and that the Lakers may as well trade him.  After yesterday’s game in Cleveland, it’s safe to say I’m eating my words. Continue Reading

 

his courtside view

What Becks will miss most in Los Angeles: his courtside view

 

For all of you with normal levels of testosterone, you may not realize that David Beckham has been playing soccer in the U.S. for the past few years on the Los Angeles Galaxy. Another thing you may not know is that he was loaned to Italian team AC Milan, which is in Serie A (the major leagues of soccer in Italy). Continue Reading

The Hanson Brothers are tough to replace

The Hanson Brothers are tough to replace

Hollywood writers still can’t come up with any good or new ideas. Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 30 years, you have either seen or heard of Slapshot. Slapshot is, you guessed it, a hockey movie. It’s a classic, full of dirty humor. The Charlestown Chiefs are about to disband because the mill that runs the local economy is shutting down. Player-coach Reggie Dunlop (legend Paul Newman) tells the team they’re being moved to Florida and hilarity ensues. Here are a few reasons why this movie CANNOT be remade. Continue Reading