I gave up on Bill Simmons last year when he tossed his Boston brethren aside and vehemently proclaimed the Lakers were unbeatable.
I haven't read a column since… but others have. The good folks at Perk Is A Beast found this gem in his fantasy hoops preview:
Anything less than a 12-5-7 with 49 percent FG shooting and two-plus steals per game would be disappointing. By the way, after spending $21 million on a Doc Rivers extension and making Tom Thibodeau one of the league’s richest assistants, the Celtics still had to bring Sam Cassell back because Cassell and Ray Allen are the only two people who can get through to Rondo. I thought that was funny.
Follow the link for a very appropriate reaction. I will agree with PIAB: I think Simmons is full of it on this one… but they already said it as well as can be said.
This town has 4 major television media outlets, 2 major newspapers, and a bazillion blogs with people who not only scour the web for information, but who have been to games and practices… and NOT ONCE have we heard a shred of anything that even hints at Rondo being that type of player. You don't see hints of it on the court. You don't see hints of it on the bench. You don't see hints of it anywhere. Probably because it's not true.
Moving on… the blogger NBA previews continue. Here are the Northwest and Southeast Previews:
Jeremy: Pickaxe and Roll
Nick Sclafani: The Nugg Doctor
Derek Hanson & Staff: TWolves Blog
Andrew Thell: Empty the Bench
wyn: Canis Hoopus
Zorgon: Blue Blitz
Royce: The Thunderworld
Portland Trail Blazers
Mookie: …a stern warning
Benjamin Golliver: Blazers Edge
Coup and SJ: Rip City Project
UtesFan89: The Utah Jazz
Basketball John: SLC Dunk
Ben: Third Quarter Collapse
Also see links to all the previews at CelticsBlog.com