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Your Morning Dump… Where Pietrus <3 KG

RedsArmyAdmin February 2, 2012 Uncategorized 9 Comments

 

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

“He played hard for 16 years,” Pietrus said following the C’s 100-64 victory. “I’ve been watching him the last 10 years since I’ve been in the NBA, and the way he gets ready for a game, he gets ready to compete every night, that’s where I got that from. Today, for me to play with him, it’s great because we have the same mentality and that’s what I’m trying to bring to the Celtics.”

“To be honest with you," he added, "the reason I came to the Celtics is because of Coach Rivers and KG. I knew that they had Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, but he makes everybody play hard. I was like, that’s going to be a good fit for me to play with the man. I was very happy from when I got here a month ago, he told me, ‘I can’t wait to have you on the court with me.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to have fun.’”

CSNNE:  Pietrus: 'I came to the Celtics because of Coach Rivers and KG'

Funny, after this altercation in Phoenix, I thought these guys might have an issue with one another.  But Pietrus has fit right in and, apparently, these guys really do like each other.  I guess KG respects people who show intensity on the court.

Pietrus has stepped right in and contributed without benefit of much practice time at all.  And last night we saw him playing hard and making plays on the defensive end.  He's been a really good addition who should only get better as he gets more acclimated. 

Related links: WEEI:  Mickael Pietrus 'loves' Kevin Garnett and the Celtics

On Page 2:  "JaJuan’s going to be a good player. And I really believe that. Maybe this year."

"I told you guys last week, JaJuan will play — I really believe this," Rivers said. "Sooner than later. You see it in our silly practices we have — the 3-on-3 practices — he just keeps getting better. His energy is unbelievable. He’s an offensive weapon, he can shoot the ball, he can run the floor. And where he’s really improved is his position defensively on the post. Early on, guys were just bowling through him. He’s learned now you can use your chest, you can use your arms, you can slide with your feet — and he’s doing all that.

"JaJuan’s going to be a good player. And I really believe that. Maybe this year."

ESPN Boston: Johnson making a case for rookie role

JJ had a 5-5 night for 11 points playing almost 10 minutes of garbage time.  He's got a nice little jumper and the raw tools to be a pretty nice player.  

With Jermaine O'Neal's penchant for missing time due to injury, the development of JaJuan Johnson will be key.  And, like Tommy was saying last night, you put him with Rondo and you'll have a big guy who can run the floor and finish on the break from different spots on the floor. 

That might be a year down the road, but unlike past draft picks, I see something in JJ and E'Twaun Moore  that makes me think the last draft will go down as one of Danny Ainge's best.

Related links:  WEEI: JaJuan Johnson makes the most of his opportunity |  Globe: Johnson turns heads with solid outing  

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Bradley continues to improve  |  ESPN Boston:  KG shows his range  |  Friday return for Rondo?  |  WEEI:  Bradley's new offensive role model: Andre Miller  |  Celtics dominate Raps for 4 quarters  |  Herald:  Captain takes the lead  |  Truth is a little rest goes a long way  |  Positive signs to C  |  Globe:  Wrapped up early  |  Rondo closer to returning  |  MWDN: Boston moves over .500 with rout  

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  • KY Celts fan

    Finally! I can see the second page again! Has anyone else had weird problems with this site the last two days?

  • Shane

    This is the difference between drafting “potential” versus drafting a proven player. JaJuan and E’Twaun both produced for 4 years in college and it’s now showing in the NBA. Bismack Biyombo? Solomon Alabi? Hassan Whiteside? Hasheem Thabeet? Earl Clarke? Look at what can happen when coaches and GM’s focus more on what has already happened instead of what “might” happen. I’d take a 4 year proven player any day over someone who “might” eventually maybe possibly kind of contribute.

  • Erin

    I went back into the time machine and saw posts talking about the Allen Iverson lottery

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    Yes, we have had problems for the past two days. It’s been a real headache. We hope we’re past that.. though I’m hearing about some residual problems.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    2006 was a dark time. Thanks for sticking with us through the tech issues.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    http://www.redsarmy.com still doesn’t work for me but wwww.redsarmy.com/home does. The ‘contact us’ link doesn’t work either.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    Good to know. We’re probably going to experience some residual problems until we make a change over… which is in progress.

  • KY Celts fan

    Ha! yeah, if I typed in http://www.redsarmy.com instead of redsarmy.com, I got that, too!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    any posts from me complaining about giving up too much for KG? ;)