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Your Morning Dump… Where McDermott didn’t want to disrespect Larry Bird

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McDermott and Bird were both consensus Players of the Year and plied their trade in the Missouri Valley Conference (though Creighton switched to the Big East this past season).

The dots were further connected in March when Sports Illustrated chose to reprise its “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon” cover of Bird from 1977, right down to the cheerleaders in “shhh” pose.

“You know, I mean, I thought they were crazy,” McDermott said yesterday, recalling the initial communication from the magazine. “I didn’t want to disrespect Larry like that. But I think it was a cool idea just to show some people that were around in that time, maybe just a flash to the past. So I’m glad that I was the one chosen to be able to do that, but, you know, obviously there’s never going to be another Larry Bird. But it’s just cool to kind of have a tribute to him with that cover.”

Herald:  “Buckets” can’t avoid Bird calls

“It’s good to have a guy like that for everyone to look up to, all these young guys, myself included, because it’s the best of the best right there — him, Magic [Johnson], Michael [Jordan]. You can’t compare guys to those three, I don’t think. I just take pieces of his game and try to apply it to mine.”

Because of the comparisons, McDermott has often been viewed through the prism of Bird rather than just being judged on his own.

“We’re each our own players,” McDermott said. “People get really caught up in the comparisons — your height, your weight, what you look like, stuff like that. I think people just need to focus on what this guy can bring to the table to our team to win, and those comparisons will be put aside.”

Globe: McDermott wary of Bird comparisons

Sports Illustrated’s job is to sell magazines and online subscriptions, not carefully consider whether the comparison to Bird is apt.  They generated buzz, and they continue to get people to talk about it, so they did a good job.

McDermott has a good head on his shoulders, and it’s evident from how he handled himself yesterday.  He was obviously a tremendous scorer at the college level, and now these workouts will help determine if he can do the same at the NBA level.

The years have been full of elite-level college scorers who have had trouble with the NBA’s speed and size.  McDermott can shoot, but we’ve seen guys come out of college who can take 1,000 jumpers in a workout and make 999 of them.  What these guys need to do is figure out how to make all those shots while guarding the explosive wings they’ll see night after night.

I don’t know if McDermott will be able to do that (This does nothing to ease my fears, either).  The Celtics could select him at 6 and that wouldn’t be a total reach.  Most mock drafts have him in the top 10.

But it doesn’t seem maturity will be much of a question.  This young man knew exactly what to say to the Boston folks when the Larry Bird comparison came out.  Like most of the shots in his workout, he nailed that one too.

Related links:  CSNNE:  “Bright future” for Creighton’s McDermott  |  ESPN Boston:  McDermott shoots down Bird comparisons  |  WEEI:  McDermott, Gordon, and the Celtics philosophy

Page 2:  Julius Randle could pull a Sully

Thursday, a report emerged that the power forward may need surgery on his right foot after the draft.

On SportsNet Central, Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely discussed how this may affect Randle’s draft stock.

“I think he will take a little bit of a hit,” said Blakely. “If he doesn’t get it done, it’s probably going to cost him millions of dollars in terms of where he should go in the draft and where he actually winds up going.

CSNNE:  Not having procedure could cost Randle “millions”

University of Kentucky forward Julius Randle, considered a top 10 pick, likely needs surgery on his right foot after the NBA draft in June, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The procedure is expected to keep Randle out six to eight weeks this summer, sources said, but there’s a strong expectation within front offices that he’ll be cleared for the start of training camp in the fall.

Yahoo:  Sources: UK’s Julius Randle likely needs foot surgery that could keep him out until training camp

Randle is working out for the Celtics today without restrictions.

Randle and his mother are both vehemently denying these reports, with Randle tweeting

By all accounts, this isn’t a major problem, so the comparison to Jared Sullinger isn’t necessarily the best one.  Sully had disc issue in his back, which is scary shit.  If Randle’s foot problem costs him summer league, so be it.  If he’s ready for training camp, that won’t matter.

But still, he’s dropped significantly over the course of the year in most minds.  He came into the college season as one of the “Big 3″… but was summarily replaced by Joel Embiid in that picture as his stock dropped.  It’s so bad that not even a run to the NCAA Finals could prop him up into the top 5, with most mocks dropping him down closer to 10.

So if he’s already in the bottom of the top 10, it’s not out of the question that an injury issue could drop him even further.  I don’t expect him to fall to 17, but if he does…. who knows?

Now I know I’ve been arguing that we’ve already got plenty of under-sized power forwards, but a roll of the dice on him at 17 if it happens might not be the worst thing.  If the Celtics feel he can be an asset, then there’s value to taking him.

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  Randle expected on Friday

And Finally…

San Antonio DEMOLISHED the Miami Heat last night for the second game in a row.  The Heat have now gotten blown out of consecutive Finals games AT HOME and are now down 3-1 in their quest for a repeat.

I know everyone wants to point and laugh at LeBron for all of Miami’s failures, but he’s nowhere near the top of the list of culprits.  Aside from the Spurs being really, really, really good, Dwyane Wade was f’ing horrible.

Erik Spoelstra put Toney Douglas in the game last night.  TONEY. DOUGLAS.  That’s how bad the guards have been. People were asking about Michael Beasley after the game.  That’s how bad the Heat have been.

Dwyane Wade though…

All this BS talk about the Heat making a run for Carmelo Anthony hinges on Wade, LeBron, and Chris Bosh taking huge pay cuts so the Heat could pay Melo less than his market value too.  But you tell me, if you’re Dwyane Wade, if you pass on $6 million you know you’re not going to get back as you head into the twilight of your career

Like I’ve said a million times… these guys have only so long to make pretty much all the money they’re going to make in their lives.  Wade is 32 and he doesn’t have much time left in the NBA.  He’s not going to be one of those guys that plays until he’s 40.  He’s not getting a long-term big-money deal from anyone at this point as concerns about his knee will drive down his price considerably.

He played 54 games this year.  And he’s still disappearing in the Finals.

Wade won’t opt out.  He can’t opt out.  That $20 million is twice what he should make next year… if that.  If Pat Riley can get him to opt out over the summer with the promise of a $14 million deal, he should pull the contract back, yell “sucker”, and he, LeBron, and Melo should moon him from the party bus as it pulls away.

Wade is toast.  And if he opts in, so are Miami’s hopes of a “Big 4.”

The rest of the links:

Herald:  Aaron Gordon intriguing option  |  Globe:  Ray Allen says retirement is an option  |  Mutual interest in Gordon, Celtics  |  CSNNE:  Gordon would bring youth, desire, to Celtics  |  Michael Jordan now a billionaire  |  LeBron pulls in $30 million on Beats deal

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  • bill_nair

    Wade should opt out just to give this team some wiggle room to improve the roster, forget about Melo. I could see it happening since Wade has been the one most willing to sacrifice for this team, but I doubt it.
    Brings joy to my green heart to see this team down 3-1.

    • CFH

      There has to be a point where Wade would stop sacrificing, right? He gave up a year of his short prime so the Heat could tank/clear cap space to get in the position to do the 2010 signings to begin with. Then the steps back in salary and attention/credit for LeBron.

      Amen to your last line. I don’t even like the Spurs (a product of really liking the Nash-era Suns) but GO SPURS GO!

    • NE_Celt

      I must say hearing on the radio this morning the heat were blown out by the spurs made my morning…I hope they go bonkers back in San antone and blow em out by 40!

  • dk

    I’ll feel better once the series is actually over–based on LBJ and the NBA/Refs increasing willingness to always cowtow to LBJ and the Heat–no lead is ever enough. Whenver the Cs played them even if we were up by 25 I never felt safe because slowly but surely the string of 3-4 pt plays would start going Miami’s way.

    • adam

      How has the reffing been this series? I haven’t watched any of it.

      • eddysamson

        You see the favoritism to the Heat every now and then but other than game 2 the Spurs have been so dominant that it doesn’t even matter. This series might be over if it was reffed evenly since game 2 was the closest game of the series and the Spurs only loss. There was nothing that stood out in game 2, just general favoritism towards the Heat which has been seen all series.

        An example last night was Chalmers CLEARLY moving his feet while taking a charge and getting the charge call. His feet weren’t even set, one was in front of the other, still moving, no blocking foul.

        • KGino

          Eddy is spot on. Refs still favoring the Heat, but the spurs offense has seriously been a clinic the last 2 games. Like the two teams don’t even belong on the same floor type of clinic. The refs are literally powerless when you shoot that unconsciously.

          And with some questionable calls Game 2, this could have easily been a sweep

    • bill_nair

      Bron and Wade have combined for 42 FTA. Spurs as a team have attempted only 8 more FT the entire series. I’d say its been called pretty fair compared to previous series.

  • KGino

    How awful are Miami fans? Your team makes it to 4 finals in a row, and you LEAVE THE GAME IN THE 4TH Q WITH 8 MIN LEFT. I don’t care if the score was 100-0 at the time, you STAY knowing this could be a.) the last time you see your team all season b.) the last time you see these particular players in the same uniform (Wade Bosh & Bron) and c.) to SHOW SOME FREAKIN APPRECIATION & SUPPORT for what they’ve accomplished.

    Ungrateful bandwagon scum. That being said, it was downright delightful watching a bunch of ungrateful bandwagon scum boo the crap outta them. I guess that’s what happens when your fans are a bunch of no good front runners!

    • LA Flake

      Get real, bro. What fans in the world would stick around to support their team through thick and thin? Crazy talk…

      • dk

        got the chills all over again…

      • eddysamson

        Gotta play the devil’s advocate here…the leftover Heat fans last night started up a Lets Go Heat chant at about 10 seconds left.

        • LA Flake

          As much as I despise LBJ, I want Danny to make a pitch to him this summer. Just show that video over and over until he says, “Yes.”

          • Mike C

            @LA Flake…dude your killing me! I usually agree with 90% of your posts, but are you serious? If I ever see LeFlop in a Celtics jersey I’ll puke! I don’t think I’d even be able to watch a single game that season. Personally, that scenario is literally my ‘Worst Nightmare’!!

        • KGino

          sure, every fan base has a few faithful. I heard it too. But the majority booed and left early… Just proves how many there don’t really appreciate the game, only the spectacle of it all.

          Also, as i mentioned, this is after 4 straight finals appearances and at least 2 championships… that 2012 clip Flake posted is 4 years removed from a championship and 2 years removed from the finals. Just thought it on a whole, that was a disgusting & embarrassing display by a poor fan base.

          • LA Flake

            That’s your problem, KGino: You think there are/should be real fans in Miami.

          • Guest

            At 2:00 in the video linked you can see the Garden is almost as empty as the arena last night.

          • KGino

            Garden didn’t boo. Garden didn’t exodus with 8 min left. Garden didn’t have the joy of experiencing 4 straight finals, either. Obviously sum ppl leave with 2 min left down 20 in boston, have you driven out here lately? Pure madness.

          • eddysamson

            We didn’t boo in 2012, but I would argue the same/similar amount of fans left prior to the chant. At 2:00 in the clip you can see a wide shot of the arena and its pretty empty at the lower levels, just like last night.

          • KGino

            Well, them booing is half my argument.

            And again, for those who don’t listen well, this was after 4 straight finals appearances… different scenario. They left with 8 MINUTES LEFT… I’ve never seen celtics fans leave that early.

    • Mike C

      Well said! The only thing worse than Heat players are Heat ‘FANS’!! That was atrocious last night even for them!! Watching that makes me even more proud to be a Celtic fan! The Spurs are straight up ‘Steam-Rolling’ the Heat! This series couldn’t be any better! I love it!

  • RedsLoveChild

    WTF did I just read?!?

    John on Julius Randle : “…A roll of the dice on him {Randle} at 17 if it happens might not be the worst thing. If the Celtics feel he {Randle} can be an asset, then there`s value to taking him.”

    John on McDermott : “The Celtics could select him {McDermott} at 6 and that wouldn`t be a total reach”.

    Whatever the hell John is smoking/snorting this morning…put me down for 3 kilos!

    • KGino

      I think we all agree that we should be drafting Randle before McDermott… The sully comparison is too far of a stretch. No way he drops below 15

      • JT

        Exactly what I’m saying. He was way too consistent in college to fall below ten and I honestly think he’ll be a better version of Sully. Taking McDermott over him would be stupid.

  • LA Flake

    I wouldn’t be upset if Danny picked McDermott with our 6th pick. I also wouldn’t mind if Danny picked Vonleh, Randle, Gordon or Smart…all these guys have big upsides. The question Danny must be asking is, ‘Which one of these guys will turn out to be the best pro in 5 years?’ Personally, I think guys like Randle, Smart and McDermott will make immediate impact on their teams should they get the necessary PT but Gordon and Vonleh’s ceilings are higher.

    I HAVEN’T FOLLOWED ANY OF THESE GUYS IN COLLEGE SO DON’T BELIEVE ME. But after watching hours of Youtube clips, I’m convinced that Vonleh’s potential is too good to pass up. Same for Gordon.

    BTW, did you guys hear about Donald Sterling hiring a bunch of P.I.’s to dig up dirt on other NBA owners? I really hope he drags this on and on and on into next season. That Clips pick for Doc lookin’ mighty fiiiiiiiiine right now.

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