The Celtics are starting to talk openly about the impending addition of Stephon Marbury to the Celtics. And one thing is being made clear… and it should ease our minds… he'll be kept on a short leash. If he steps out of line, the Celtics will put him back IN line.
“It’s about our locker room,” Rivers said. “It always has been and it always will be. If I don’t think our locker room’s right, it’ll get right.
“I think we have a great group. We have a high-character team. I think this team can absorb it, and if we can’t, then we’ll find that out as well. . . . Every player who comes here has to commit to winning.”
Said Paul Pierce:
“Doc doesn’t have to discipline as much because we have a lot of leaders on this team. If there’s a problem or there’s things that need to be taken care of within the locker room, we’re able to do that because of the veteran guys we have.”
“We know what it’s been like to have to guard him, to play against him over the years. . . . Having myself, Paul and KG and having great defensive players behind him, I’m not sure he’s ever had that, so it does make him even better.”
To sum all that up, you better but what we're selling in Boston… or else you won't last long. To be honest, I needed to hear that. I needed to hear these guys send the public message that they won't let anyone come in and be disruptive. I think a few of us did. That won't change the minds of the Celtics fans who feel Marbury doesn't deserve to wear the Green and White… which is fine… but it should make us feel better about this signing.
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