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.
Much of the talk about Tuesday night centered on Rajon Rondo’s flagrant foul on Dwyane Wade in the closing seconds of the game. Legler did not have an issue with the play.
Said Legler: “I look at it as a guy who’s competitive and feisty. … To me, I was just saying to myself, ‘Why [is it] with 18 seconds left in the game before somebody does that?’ Because I got sick personally — I’m not even a diehard Celtics fan — I’m getting sick watching the game, how many times are guys just going to turn the corner and get to the basket without any sort of resistance or contact?
“All of the talk about Kevin Garnett shrugging off Ray Allen before the game and all of those things, there’s an attitude there with Boston, but I didn’t see it manifest itself on the court. They didn’t play that game with the physical intensity of a playoff game. And that’s what you need to do. It didn’t really occur until 15, 20 seconds left in the game when somebody finally took a hard foul. So, I don’t have a big problem with it. I just wish, if I’m Doc Rivers, it happened sooner.”
I respect Tim Legler more than any other analyst on ESPN. He’s a solid X’s and O’s guy and… doesn’t get caught up in the shiny objects (the Knicks, Nets, LeBron’s jock and anything Kobe) like his colleagues.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’m routinely blasting WEEI for lack of Celtics talk. Well, yesterday morning, I got my fill and it was awful. Non-stop blabbering about Rajon Rondo being a petulant punk. At least Legs was there to make a logical point. We also did our share by pointing out that Dwyane Wade is the one with the cheap shot filled resume, not Rondo.
There was also plenty of criticism for Kevin Garnett and his snub of Ray Allen. Now that this picture is making the rounds, I’m confident every talking head will apologize to KG.
Love that the NBA is back. I just wish the people behind the microphones who only pay attention with one eye and half a brain cell would go away.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE – Bass terrific in season opener | What we saw isn’t what we’ll get with Green | ESPN Boston – Green’s a beat behind | Was KG’s snub of Allen justified? | JET grounded in opener | Herald – C’s break down opening loss | Opener not a good start | Globe – C’s need to get it together defensively