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Your Morning Dump… Where C’s fans can expect to see Marcus Smart’s “Will to win”

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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.

Marcus Smart recently took part in the Seeds for Peace camp in Maine.  During that time he took a few minutes to chat with CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely about a number of things, the video is below with some bulleted highlights:

 

  • Said he hasn’t talked to Rondo yet
  • Said that they’ll both help each other out on the court, that Rondo is a veteran he can learn from
  • Rondo is one of the premiere guards in the league
  • He’s won a championship so he knows what it takes
  • Both share the same desire to win
  • For a young guy like himself, to have Rondo on your team to look up to and to help you out is unbelievable
  • Says he’s a competitor, but like any young player you have to wait for your time, you have to earn it
  • Also discussed playing for the Team USA Select team and how he “definitely” wants to be on the Olympic team at some point
  • Talked about the Seeds of Peace camp in Maine, his first trip to the state
  • Finally, when asked what fans can expect to see from Smart: “I’m a tough guy, a competitor… and my will to win”

The more you listen to Marcus Smart, the more excited you get to see him develop and grow with the Celtics.  He speaks with the confidence of a 10-year pro and his desire to work hard and be great is evident.  He is definitely one of the bright spots to look forward to upon an impending dark season.

Page 2: The Celtics are projected to finish 12th in the Eastern Conference

ESPN – NBA: 2014 Summer Forecast

There’s not much detail as to why ESPN has picked the Celtics to finish near the bottom of the conference again, but only Orlando, Milwaukee and Philadelphia are projected worse.  This isn’t really a crazy prediction, as the C’s still have an unbalanced roster that isn’t quite assembled or completed yet.  Even if it is close to completion, anywhere from 9th to 12th is about where I’d expect them to finish the season.

And Finally…

Your daily dose of C’s popping up on the social media circuit, including Kelly Olynyk getting ice cream in Cambridge, and a fan sneaking in a photo of Rajon Rondo on an airplane.  Also, Jamey found a rare photo of Rondo with his kid:

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Fan Forecast: Cautiously Optimistic

MassLive – Colton Iverson signs with Spanish team Baskonia

NY Post – Former NBA pro Bill Russell shows a softer side

NBA.com – 2013-14 Celtics Top 10 Plays

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  • bill_nair

    KG and Paul would’ve loved Smart.

  • chuckmckenney

    Rondo looks thrilled…

    • Rick Rice

      What is the point of your comment! Oh wait it is obvious.. it is pointless!

    • RedsLoveChild

      Rondo always looks uninhibitedly joyful and exuberant!

      That`s why he`s so in demand by countless major corporations for product endorsements, by appearing in their commercials. Just the type of enthusiastic leader one would want to “captain” their team.

      • Richard Jensen

        You are *so* right. I remember how Bill Russell was always smiling and engaging with the Boston media, and how he was the first player to sign a nine digit shoe contract.

        • RedsLoveChild

          Interesting.

          So, Bill Russell was “the first player to to sign a nine digit shoe contract”?

          That`s a minimum of $100,000,000….a helluva way for Russ to supplement his $100,001 salary back in 1965!

          • KWAPT

            LOL! I’m not touching this. But since you asked, it was the little known Bristol shoe company originally: http://www.si.com/vault/1966/04/11/608839/bill-russell-star-of-the-boston-celtics-wantedand-gota-new-pair-of-shoes

          • RedsLoveChild

            48 years ago….$7.95 per pair.

            Leave it to KWAPT to know the answer to any shoe related question!

          • Curt Hays

            Hahaha, find me a pair of these!

            Also, wow. They kept reinforcing that these shoes are for males.

          • Richard Jensen

            You’re not too quick on the sarcasm up-take are you?

            Russ did not, as a general rule, get along with the Boston press and he absolutely did not go out of his way to make himself available to them.

            Russell also said stuff like, “I’d rather be in jail in Sacramento than mayor of Boston.” and “Boston is a fleamarket for racism.”

          • RedsLoveChild

            I understand…..as a Celtic, Russell encountered plenty of racism in Boston from 1956-1969. In turn, he carried a chip on his shoulder.

            What does that have to do with Rondo? That his dour persona and of lack charisma is costing him off the court money? If so, yeah, I would readily agree.

          • jrleftfoot

            What are you , the happiness police.Almost everypost you make is dour.

          • Richard Jensen

            “What does that have to do with Rondo?”

            “Just the type of enthusiastic leader anyone would want to “captain” their NBA team”

          • RedsLoveChild

            When one had the kind of intimidating and dominant talent Russell had in his day—rebounding, defense, shot blocking—coupled with an all consuming will to win, that was more than enough for any captain to bring to the table.

            Any teammate, seeing their captain doing the things Russell did in pursuit of victory, would be sufficiently enthused to go all out all the time.

            Not to knock Rondo…but, his talent level does not afford him that ability.

          • Richard Jensen

            Oh, RedsLoveChild is moving goalposts. Must be a day ending in “y”.

          • RedsLoveChild

            Nice “deflection”.

            It`s easy to see why the diversion from my points was something you badly needed.

    • bill_nair

      I dont think many of us would look happy if we were being unsuspectingly sniped by someone random on the plane.

      • CFH

        Surely you jest! Everyone loves everything about airlines, airports, and flights!

        (Personally, I might like it a bit more if I had Rondo’s money and flew first class. But I’d still have that expression on my face sometimes.)

  • KWAPT

    And of course Olynyk has one hand hidden in the pic. Was hoping to see if he had a wrap or bandage on either hand…

    • Curt Hays

      Just message that user on Instagram and ask!

      • KWAPT

        No need to anymore-see latest post..looks like nothing major thankfully.

  • CFH

    I really do love Smart’s attitude. I loved it when he said he would do pre-draft workouts against anyone while the other top guard, Dante Exum, hid behind his “man of mystery” persona. I love his good natured reaction to all the Mahcus Smaht jokes and his sense of humor when he was doing that scavenger hunt with the other rookies on picture day. I love his refusal to let the junk that happened in his childhood cripple him or define him. I love his desire to push and work hard and get better.

    I just don’t love the constant Rondo rumors that come with Smart being here or the possibility that he really does make Rondo more tradeable. Not that that’s Smart’s fault, of course.

    • bill_nair

      This is why im hoping Smart ends up being a SG. I’d rather watch him and Rondo in the backcourt than Rondo traded.

      • Coach A. Johnson

        I think Smart is going to be an amazing combo guard. Something that we haven’t had in awhile. There will be minutes at both positions, and since he is big enough without losing quickness, it’s insanely doable.

        • LA Flake

          I agree. He’s already shown that he’s got amazing PG skills but has the size and strength to battle against bigger 2s. I just love him so much already. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a rookie since we drafted Al Jefferson.

  • Mencius

    I wasn’t even a fan of picking Smart before the draft, but with every new interview that I see of him, I’m more pleased with the pick. This guy is a natural leader. Not sure if his actual playing will ever be as great as his leadership qualities, but this guy will be the clubhouse leader sooner rather than later. Can’t wait to see how he’ll be on the court. Attitude-wise, I’d like a whole team of Marcus Smarts.

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