Not a lot of news out today but that is to be expected in this lull before the lottery. Most players are still taking a breather after the regluar season so not much to report from the training facility. We can't really do a lot with the draft until we know where we draft. I imagine things will pick up as we get closer to the lottery and then afterwards.
With the Celts already possessing a strong scoring base with Paul Pierce [stats] and Al Jefferson [stats], Ainge noted that defense will be a very important component to the club’s offseason maneuvering.
This is a good thing. I just hope that in his offseason maneuvering he also brings in a defensive minded assistant coach (like Dick Harter) or makes Doc watch the Better Basketball Videos on coaching defense. Without a coach who takes defense seriously and works on it, our individual defenders won't be enough.
TSN.ca has an offseason game plan for the Celtics. This article agrees with many fans who say Oden, Durant or bust and suggests if we pick 3rd or lower that we should trade the pick. They mention that Perk regressed last season but fail to mention that Perk played in a lot of pain with plantar fasciitis and still showed that he can play. Just the fact that he played through the pain for much of the year should be reason enough to keep him as a Celtic. He is what Celtics Pride is all about.
Finally, if you missed Danny on WEEI yesterday, you can listen to it online on WEEI's website. Just click on The Big Show in their Audio Vault to listen to his thoughts on Oden, Durant and the draft along with a few on Telfair and his situation.
18 days until the Lottery. In spite of Danny's assurances that there are more players who could really help us in the draft, I am still nervous about the lottery. I want so much to get Oden or Durant. We deserve it after all the bad luck in the past 21 years.