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Your Morning Dump… Where there’s no guarantee we’re done suffering

Chuck - Red's Army April 17, 2014 The Morning Dump 23 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. 

“I don’t know,” Ainge went on before the Celts took to the parquet against Washington to complete their season. “We’re hopeful. I have some ideas and some plans that I’d like to do, but there’s just no guarantee that we can do it. We need to find good trading partners. We always are trying to make fireworks. Every summer we try to do something that’s unique and special, and we will definitely try this summer.

“I don’t know anything about what we can do. I’m hopeful. I’ll work my tail off to duplicate what we’ve done in the past, but there are no guarantees.”

As he looks back on a campaign in which the Celts took a purposeful step back, Ainge tried to sprinkle in some perspective.

“It was a long season,” he said. “I guess not that long, but it was a tough, tough year, and I saw a lot of positive things from individuals. I thought our team gave good effort most nights. I think consistency was our biggest challenge, and I don’t think the team was a great fit, great mix, but individually I like what I saw in almost every player.

“I just feel like we didn’t have the size inside to protect the rim. I thought that was a big factor that cost us a lot of games, and we didn’t finish a lot of games down the stretch.”

Herald

No guarantees? But, I don’t wanna lose any more…

I hate to say it, but it’s possible the Celtics get shafted in the lottery AND shut out in the trade market.

Just because we’re all poised to see a title contender on the Garden floor in the fall doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Ainge isn’t a miracle worker. He can’t force teams to trade disgruntled stars (see Love, Kevin).

Sure, the Celtics jumped from 24 wins in 2006-07 to 66 wins in 2007-08. But let’s not forget the mediocre 33 win season in 2005-06.

One year rebuilds are rare. I’ll let the legendary Bob Ryan explain:

“There have been very few instantly transformative players,” said Ryan, “Guys who took you from the twenties [wins], all of a sudden you’re winning fifty overnight. That doesn’t happen.”

If the draft can’t turn teams around instantly, how many years will the Celtics rebuild take?

“I don’t know… two years, three years.” he said, “It won’t be one year.”

As for the lottery, the Celtics and Jazz are tied for 4th. On Friday, there will be a drawing to determine which team gets 104 ping pong balls and which team gets 103.

Jabari Parker has yet to announce his plans for next year. What’s the hold-up Jabari, you’re making me nervous.

Related: CSNNE – Ainge finds positive signs | Wyc: I see where we are going and like it | ESPN Boston – Celtics bid good riddance to 13-14 | Cs finish tied for 4th worst | Herald – Rondo sees bright side | Fans deserving of a hand | Globe – After tough year, Ainge hopeful | WEEI – Rondo wants a say in rebuild

On Page 2, honoring the Marathon bombing survivors.

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An emotional moment during last night’s game as some bombing survivors walked out to center court and were greeted with a thunderous ovation.

Check out KWAPT’s story on the special survivor sneakers Rajon Rondo wore during the game. Great gesture. I doubt you’ll hear anyone on talk radio mention it.

And finally, a little something to help you forget about this miserable season.

That’s Danish super model Nina Agdal going around the back on the lay-up.

Jabari who?

(h/t Barstool)

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Stevens showers fans with praise | Bass wins Auerbach award | Wiz 118 – C’s 102 | Globe - Celtics end dismal season with loss 

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  • eddysamson

    Oh what a shame…as hot as she is Nina Agdal is a Heat fan =/

    • NE_Celt

      Thus confirming the stereotype models are not too bright.

      Good for JCraw…I like to think the C’s helped turn him around a bit, attitude-wise anyways.

    • zippittyay

      Remind me again what we got for him, why we traded him and what our record was at that time and what it has been since…..

  • RedsLoveChild

    Worst aspect of the season : Brooklyn`s New Years Turnaround.

    Nets were 10-21 on New Years morning, lottery bound….then went 33-13
    Their pick {18th or so} is basically worthless.

    • Curt Hays

      So was Danny right or wrong? (the July 12th trade)

      • RedsLoveChild

        Definitely right…2014 was just the start of us utilizing Nets` picks.

        • pierce Hart

          15th pick in a relatively deep draft is a nice trade piece to have, could use it to trade up with Orlando or help create a trade. There’s been a lot of top, top players that were drafted in that region, none other than our own JJ Johnson, eh I mean Sully.

          • Victor Cruz

            We don’t have the 15th pick….it would be the 18th.

    • eddysamson

      Dude it was always going to get switched with the Hawks…

      • RedsLoveChild

        Wow, what a difference!
        15th pick vs. 17th….both suck.

        • eddysamson

          Stop being an idiot. The entire point of your comment was saying how bad for us it was that the Nets are no longer lottery-bound.

          My response proved that your entire original point was MOOT because a lottery bound Nets pick would go straight to the Hawks.

          • RedsLoveChild

            Sorry, Master…..no need to have a stroke over it.

            I also should`ve mentioned that it was a bummer that ATL overachieved…as they played 65% of their season W/O their best player {Al Horford}.

            Again, 15th-17th pick….not what any of us were hoping for.

        • John Smith

          What’s wrong with an 18th pick? We got Sullinger 21st, Rondo 21st, Bradley 19th.

          • RedsLoveChild

            What`s wrong is that the “worst case scenario” pretty much came true….BRKN overcame their horrible start, and ATL didn`t collapse when they lost their best player for the final 53 games.

            This had great potential to turn out awesome for us….but, it did not.

      • KGino

        Eddy’s right. Wouldn’t matter cuz we’d just get the hawks pick… would have needed both to SUCK COMPLETELY, but with the weak east, that was impossible.

        I’ll gladly take another 15-18th pick… Gerald Green, Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger were all taken at 18 or above… Al Jefferson was 15th!

  • Herman Bubbert

    Good take. Instant rebuilds are difficult – Kevin Love or no Kevin Love. And despite this bizarre affection of some Celtic fans for bad basketball, watching the crap we put on the floor night after night this year was awful.

    I also agree that you cannot force teams to trade disgruntled stars – especially if Ainge reverts to his form of trading a whole lot of nothing for one lot of something.

    However, if he’s willing to roll the dice and sweeten the pot for Glen Taylor – Rondo, cough, cough – then perhaps a deal involving Sullinger and Green or Bass can be done for Love and Rubio, which is what I’d really, really like to see.

    It’s time for the Celtics to cut ties entirely with the Big 3 past. Move Rondo, and let’s move on.

    • Curt Hays

      Love wants to go to LA. Everybody knows it.

      Boston is no better for him than Minnesota.

      • pierce Hart

        I don’t want Rubio he just doesn’t have it, he’s a poor mans rondo. the whole trade really wouldn’t make sense a poor mans rondo and K love for rondo and a poor mans K love. No one wins, we’d just give up extra for pursuing it.
        In saying that is disagree with you Kurt, Boston was supposed to be useless for KG. If you stick someone like love with rondo a top pick, say embiid who he could have good chemistry then make another trade or two for a top/upcoming SG or SF then he may want to stay in town and see if he can win a ring. LA is a sinking ship that will miraculously be saved by the lottery, just not this year hopefully.

        • Curt Hays

          I totally agree with your first paragraph. You worded it in a way that better explains what I was thinking. You’re also right about Boston working. My concern is that Love wouldn’t agree to stay here.

    • tvor03

      eww. No Rubio. Rubio’s shooting makes Rondo look like Reggie Miller.

  • bill_nair

    The east is so terrible 10 more wins could’ve gotten us in the playoffs. I dont think its about contending for a championship, so much as it is building good habits. The core needs to be put in place, but if we get lucky in the draft and can put a more competent mix of players together next season, we can at least be a playoff team. Than competitively groom our young pros (sort of how Rondo grew, minus the safety blanket of 3 HOFs) through competitive playoff games. I dont want to be a run of the mill 8th seed, but I think it would benefit a top pick too go through the fire early on in their career.

    But the east could be “normal” next year and 35 wins is a lotto pick again, so who knows.

  • pierce Hart

    Can I come out yet, is it over?

  • KGino

    JABARI IS COMING