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I’m giving Phil Jackson 3 years before he bails on the Knicks

I’m giving Phil Jackson 3 years before he bails on the Knicks

The Knicks introduced Phil Jackson today as the new Grand Poobah of basketball operations. The Knicks are getting a part-time president for a cool $12 million per year. Jackson isn’t going to be working 16 hour days. He won’t be flying around the country scouting players. (He did admit that he’ll watch the NCAA tournament [...]

March 18, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Around the NBA 26

The new commish is lying right to our faces

The new commish is lying right to our faces

During a recent visit to Boston, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked about the perception that certain teams are tanking to improve their chances in the draft lottery: “The coaches and players, or some subset of that group, trying to lose, I don’t think that’s going on anywhere in the NBA,” he told reporters [...]

March 13, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Around the NBA 23

Another scout links Jabari Parker to Paul Pierce

Another scout links Jabari Parker to Paul Pierce

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders got a scout’s opinion of Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. On Jabari Parker: “Jabari is a player who scares teams. You’re scared to pass on him because he has the ‘it’ factor, smoothness and intangibles. Nobody says a bad thing about him. Even players in the league who [...]

March 10, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Draft News, Paul Pierce 20

Michael Cooper says Larry Bird was a 10 dimensional player

Michael Cooper says Larry Bird was a 10 dimensional player

Sports Illustrated treats us to a wonderful excerpt from the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. In this tale, Michael Cooper talks about an encounter with Larry Bird: To Cooper, Larry Bird was still merely larry bird (lowercase intended) — an overrated Great White Hype who captured a nation’s imagination [...]

March 5, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Around the NBA, Larry Bird 14

Scout: The media overhyped this draft class

Scout: The media overhyped this draft class

As the Celtics occupy the 4th worst record in the league, know that (another) NBA scout is dissing the potential of the 2014 draft class. Together, the media (myself included) and NBA types hyped up this current group of freshmen — including those at Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and elsewhere — to the point where expectations [...]

March 4, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Draft News 10

Rumor: Knicks only team willing to pay Melo the full max

Rumor: Knicks only team willing to pay Melo the full max

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders doesn’t see a huge $$$ market for Carmelo Anthony should the Knicks forward opt-out of his contract following this season. There will be demand for Melo, but likely not at the price point he desires: Sources close to the situation say that the Knicks are likely the only would-be suitor [...]

February 24, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Around the NBA 18

Join KWAPT on “Celtics Talk Radio” at 4pm EST

Join KWAPT on “Celtics Talk Radio” at 4pm EST

Join me today at 4pm EST as I make a guest appearance on Celtics Talk Radio. I’ll be joining host Igor and his crew to talk about today’s NBA trade deadline. We’ll be discussing the current state of the team and how we feel about Danny Ainge’s recent moves. We hope to hear from you [...]

February 20, 2014 KWAPT Around the NBA, Celtics News, Free Agency, Rumors, Trades 2

Who’s the Celtics rookie with the balls to trash talk KG?

Who’s the Celtics rookie with the balls to trash talk KG?

Nets rookie Mason Plumlee held a Google Hangout with fans recently and one of the questions was about Kevin Garnett’s trash talking habits. He did decline to describe KG’s trash talk, but instead recounted a story Paul Pierce told him about how an unnamed Celtics rookie trash-talked Garnett himself!  KG didn’t respond to the rookie [...]

February 16, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Around the NBA, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce 16

LeBron James shuts up the entire Bay Area

LeBron James shuts up the entire Bay Area

I’ll be honest… I loved watching LeBron strut and pound his chest after cutting out the hearts of the Warriors and their fans. He makes a helluva villain. [...]

February 13, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Around the NBA 25

Add ice cream, wedding cake and untying shoelaces to the legend of Larry Bird

Add ice cream, wedding cake and untying shoelaces to the legend of Larry Bird

In Jack McCallum’s book about the 1990-91 Celtics and there are a couple of fantastic stories about Larry Bird. The first tale involves an aging Legend’s battle with staying in shape: “I think I wanna be active,” said Bird. “What I might do, though, is git in shape, git outta shape, then git in shape [...]

January 14, 2014 Chuck - Red's Army Around the NBA, Larry Bird 2