Thursday, August 2, 2007
The Eddie House Era Begins
Alright, well, maybe not. But as some of you may have heard, the C's wasted no time in scrambling to re-stock their laughably depleted bench, signing Eddie House and Jackie Manuel to one-year contracts yesterday. Celtics fans are undoubtedly familiar with House, who started his career with the Heat and spent last year with the Nets. The C's will be his eighth team (damn). Jackie Manuel hasn't played in the NBA before, but college hoops fans will remember him as a key role player on the 2005 North Carolina title team. Both signings seem pretty decent: House is basically a professional shooter, and it's always good to have one of those on the bench, and Manuel's apparently a hard worker and a tough defender at the guard position (hey, that makes one of them).
Bob Ryan's got an irritatingly bitchy column in the Globe today in which he plays a hackneyed devil's advocate and rips the C's for essentially giving up too much in the KG trade and arguing that with the supporting cast as currently constructed the C's won't win shit. He closes the column with the snarky one-liner, "They might even make the playoffs." Take that, hopeful Boston sports fans!
First of all, let me say that I don't hate Bob Ryan. He is a once-great sportswriter who's still capable of excellent moments but who has clearly been lulled into a sort of vain laziness by a glut of meaningless television appearances. Now he's got this crappy "Globe 10.0" show on NESN, which like all NESN original programming (anyone catch "Sox Appeal" last night?), is mind-numbingly retarded. Today's Ryan column seems born out of a knee-jerk tendency towards idiotic "point-counterpoint" situations that proliferates sports media today; sometimes it's enjoyable ("PTI" with Kornheiser and Wilbon), but mostly it's flatly idiotic. Ryan's column seems to only exist because yesterday Jackie MacMullan wrote a typically lucid and insightful column praising the C's for the Ainge trade, and God knows we don't want any positivity going unchecked, right? Whatever, this is turning into a general sports-media rant that's probably best saved for another time. What I want to say is that the only way the Celtics "might even make the playoffs" next year is if two of their big stars suffer serious injuries. Then they're fucked. Otherwise, have you seen the Eastern Conference? Besides possibly the Knicks and Magic, it's difficult to argue that anyone's even improved at all from last year.
They still need more players, obviously. There's talk of Brevin Knight and Dale Davis, both of whom would fit well, Davis because he's big and cheap (and unfathomably old at this point), Knight because he's a good, smart point guard who can have lots of conversations with Rondo about how much they hate making open jumpers. It's widely thought that we won't be able to afford Knight, but I feel like you have to at least try and offer him a one-year deal to play a key role on a team that looks to go deep into the playoffs... then hopefully at the end of next year, Rondo will be ready to take over the whole thing and Knight can sign a bigger and better deal elsewhere based on the success. Just a thought.
Or you figure out a way for McHale to take over the Lakers, then trade him Glen Davis, Gabe Pruitt, Tony Allen and a conditional second-rounder for Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom. Either way.