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Your Morning Dump… Where Shav Randolph is the leader of the non-guaranteed contract pack

Chuck - Red's Army June 8, 2013 Shav Randolph, The Morning Dump 9 Comments

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.

On the other end of the experience spectrum, the Celtics will have an additional month to state their intentions with three other players (Shavlik Randolph, Terrence Williams and D.J. White) before financial promises start kicking in. A fourth in-season acquisition, Jordan Crawford, has a little more than $2.1 million guaranteed, but his place in the rotation is certainly no certainty.

Randolph and Williams had their moments, while White played well but didn’t get much of a look.

Much will depend on what kinds of changes are available to the club this summer and what needs those changes fill, but it seems fair to assume we haven’t seen the last of one or more.

“Shav helped us a lot,” said Ainge. “I think Shav is a good player. He’s a guy that will probably have the best chance of being with us in the future, just because he rebounds, and that was one of our weaknesses.

“I think Shav would have played a bigger role in the playoffs had we gone further.”

Boston Herald

Randolph averaged about 4 points and 4 rebounds in 16 games this season. The high points were a 16 pts, 7 reb outing vs CLE and a 9 pts, 13 reb performance against the Hawks. He’s your classic hustle big man.

John expressed the same opinion as Danny Ainge. After all, big guys who can play are hard to find.

But if Shav is back, it’s a sign that Fab Melo still isn’t ready to contribute and that would be disappointing.

In other news, Dennis Rodman is being laughed at for claiming LeBron James would be an average player if he played in the 80s and 80s. Crazy as that statement is, the Worm is spot on with this:

“LeBron came into the age of the game at a perfect time. Michael came into the game when back then you could hit people, knock him down, shoot a free throw and get back up,” Rodman said. “And LeBron can’t do that. All they do today is (complain) about a foul. All they do is (complain).”

Rodman believes his best Bulls team would easily defeat James’ Heat.

“It would be no contest. The Heat has better talent than we had, but we had smarter players,” Rodman said. “That’s the only thing we had, smarter players. … I would take Bosh out of his damn game easy. That’s not even a problem. And how would Dwyane Wadematch up with Scottie Pippen? Really? And Scottie Pippen would guard LeBron easy. And how are you going to cover those two guys (Jordan and Pippen)?”

I love how he dismisses Bosh. Hilarious and accurate.

 

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  • eddysamson

    The whole argument behind what Rodman said was that in the NBA of their day, Lebron wouldnt be able to do his hard drives to the basket as easy. I think considering that…maybe he would have been above average, but probably not a star. Lebron does have a well rounded game though perhaps he would have adapted. Tough to say really.

  • Brian Pahlm

    The simple fact you can’t hand check anymore makes it a different game. Everyone remembers what McHale did to Rambis. It was a hard foul. If that was today people would be comparing Kevin to Matt Cooke…Another thing that was different as guys didn’t come out of college early as much as they do now. It’s amazing the lack of fundemntals of some so called stars in the NBA. Look at the Spurs and they guys they have on their team. Much like the Bulls with Jordan each guy knows his role and works together as a team. Sure Jordan/Ducan are a big part of that, but if you take Ducan away from the spurs or Jordan away from the Bulls they don’t look like the wizards or the bobcats, and that is what the cavs and now Miami Look like when you take a away Lebron. The Impact of guys like Leonard and Green are huge for the spurs. With the Salary cap you have to be smart, and tying up all your money in 3 guys is rolling the Dice. Drafting guys like Sully and Bradley will be huge when guys half as good make 10 million a year and those guys are still on rookie deals.

  • SJL

    He’s wrong about LeBron playing in the 80′s and 90′s, but he’s right about that Bulls team. They’d handle the Heat with ease.

  • Celticsfanatic

    Such a myth that the NBA is any less physical. Please. NBA defenses are far more athletic and advanced than at any time before in the history of the league. That’s why bulldogs like Bradley always get injured. Ultimately, just because you can’t clotheline someone at half court without getting suspended for half the season doesn’t accurately reflect the physical challenge today’s NBA poses. At the risk of sounding racist — keep in mind that I’m white — it is the classic old white man argument that guys don’t play defense anymore. Bullshit. It was refreshing before 2005 to play defense. Now it’s a requirement. Even guys like Carmelo would get run off the court if they didn’t really try on defense. They’re just so athletic it looks effortless.

    Anyways, even if you find the game now to be THAT much different back in the ’80s than it is today (hell, ’80s fanatic Bill Simmons thinks today’s game is more difficult), LBJ wouldn’t go from potential legend to Matt Barnes. Superstars transcend eras. Besides, wouldn’t a guy like LBJ — a horse that has never suffered a major injury despite his enormous logging of minutes — be the best candidate to play in a more physical game, if there was ever one?

    If we’re going to illogically hate someone, can’t it be Punk Wade?

    • Brian Pahlm

      I can’t stand either one of them. You are right the players are in better shape, but from the neck up they are at a serious disadvantage. The best athletes dont win championship s the best players do. Ducan and ginobli are no where near as good an athlete as lbj. But they are better team players and dont try and go into hero mode when the chips are down. The 80s were alot more physically. Guys like charles oakley and rodman and would lay you out. The defense in this league is a joke. That is why guys like Bradley stick out so much. Carmelo Anthony doesn’t play defense. His per on the the guy he is covering is @23. The stars dont play d cause you cant score if you are in foul trouble. When they took away hand checking fast guard s became super stars because you cant touch them with out a foul being called. The rules of the game has changed and so has the sport.

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  • Lee in Oregon

    D Rod’s opinion matters? My dog is more inteligent…….(just my opinion but Scotty Pip had no business making that “50 greatest” Team a number of years ago. Jordan carried all those guys on the Bulls, including the very good Pippen. I can’t stand Lebron James, but Lebron would destroy Scotty in any era……there’s not one thing Scotty did better than Bron-bron, except refuse to make inbounds passes to Toni K.)

    The fact that Fab Melo spent the whole year in Maine and guys from the Chinese league got minutes- speaks volumes for how far away Fab is from being NBA ready. Even watching him in the D-league was painful- other than some blocks he often looked completely lost out there. Hopefully he pans out into a player someday, but I don’t think Shav has much to worry about as far as making the team.

  • Chris Laterza

    He is right about LeBron butJordan was treated with kid gloves his entire career. To me LeBron is about as good as Dominique Wilkens. Maybe.

  • Eduardo Balgos

    IF DOC RIVERS AND DANNY AINGE COULD NOT COME TO TERMS ABOUT THE REBUILDING PROCESS THEN WHAT THE USE OF WASTING TIME WAITING FOR EACH GUY TO GIVE UP AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CELTICS TEAMS. THERE ARE COUNTLESS COACHES MORE TALENTED THAN DOC RIVERS AND TEAM MANAGERS MORE RESOURCEFUL AND WISE THAN DANNY AINGE. DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER WHY WAIT FOT THESE TWO WARRING PERSONS. MY GOODNESS. WAKE UP PEOPLE.