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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

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

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.

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

Should they be going to Phoenix?

Should they be going to Phoenix?

After the all-star reserves were announced, I immediately thought of the Celtics.  I was convinced that Boston would have at least three players on the team.  However, I was in for a rude awakening when it was revealed only Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had been selected.  This led to some questioning: should the NBA change the way its starting line-ups are selected? Continue Reading

A concussion has kept Scal out of this year's All Star game

A concussion has kept Scal out of this year's All Star game

When the Celtics lost key role players James Posey and PJ Brown, some questions were raised about how well this year’s bench could perform. While they initially got off to a good start, the bench quickly began to show some signs of weakness. For example, during a December game which I attended against Portland, the bench failed to hold on to a big lead forcing the starters to come back in the 4th and causing Glen Davis to cry.  When the Celtics fell into a rut after Christmas day, the bench was virtually nonexistent.  Immediately, experts and analysts started questioning the Celtics depth and wondering whether they could repeat.  However, with the recent 9 game winning streak, The C’s are once again being called the team to beat.  While starters like Ray Allen are absolutely lighting it up, the contributions from key bench players are what has helped this team catch fire. Continue Reading