As famed 21st-century philosopher Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. has hypothesized, the best defense is a good offense, so here's the New Englander's guide to labeling every other NFL team a cheat. Even if it's baseless. Because if we learned anything a week into the 544-day deflate-gate saga, you're guilty before proven innocent.
“Any organization, any business you’re in, if you don’t have consistency among what your goals are or common goals or common aspirations, and you can’t get collective buy-in, then you’re just not going to be successful."
Brad Stevens joined me after becoming coach of the Boston Celtics (18 things we learned in 28 minutes)
So much for Doc Rivers not disputing Danny Ainge‘s take on the former Celtics coach’s departure to the Clippers. Two hours after telling the media in Los Angeles the only reason he’s coaching “is to win titles,” Rivers spun around in circles on a lengthy teleconference with reporters in Boston.
"Good summary on how Doc contradicted himself all week" — Bill Simmons, June 28, 2013 (Twitter impressions: 5 million)
"I don't even know what the (fudge) is going on. What the (fudge) is going on? Who is this kid? I've heard about him and stuff like that, but what's he been doing? Is he getting like triple doubles or some (stuff)? He's averaging 28 and eight? No (stuff). If he's playing well, I'll just have to deal with him."
Kobe Bryant on Jeremy Lin, at the height of "Linsanity" (YouTube views: 3 million)
“OUT THERE THINGS CAN HAPPEN, AND FREQUENTLY DO, TO PEOPLE AS BRAINY AND FOOTSY AS YOU. AND WHEN THINGS START TO HAPPEN, DON'T WORRY, DON'T STEW. JUST GO RIGHT ALONG, YOU'LL START HAPPENING TOO!” — DR. SEUSS
“When you look at the body of work we’ve done in the six years that I was here, no one can ever take that away from us. That was our era. That’s what we embedded in history, and that’s forever. We take that to our grave with us. Thank you, Boston.”
Kevin Garnett's friendship with Paul Pierce began in Crenshaw on a Sunday
Weeks turned to months, and months turned to wars, and wars turned to years, and years turned to movies mocking the president, conspiracy theories, political in-fighting and sensational headlines about a 9/11 widow’s entanglement in the Tiger Woods saga. In other words, life returned to normal for most of us, even if for others it never will.
A remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, on the 10th anniversary
"MY MIND REBELS AT STAGNATION. GIVE ME PROBLEMS, GIVE ME WORK, GIVE ME THE MOST ABSTRUSE CRYPTOGRAM, OR THE MOST INTRICATE ANALYSIS, AND I AM IN MY OWN PROPER ATMOSPHERE. BUT I ABHOR THE DULL ROUTINE OF EXISTENCE. I CRAVE FOR MENTAL EXALTATION." — SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Everyone from Magic Johnson to Rasheed Wallace wants us to believe their championship roster would “sweep” or “run through” the 2017 Warriors, because no self-respecting former player wants to concede Golden State’s sublime playoff run cements this team as the G.O.A.T. I have no such pride on the line.
Inarguable evidence the 2017 Warriors are the G.O.A.T. team — and it might not even be that close.
NBA teams spent more than $4 billion on free agents in the summer of 2016, and almost 100 players changed teams. Let's review who’s where now, what moves paid off for which teams, why so many bad choices and when will GMs ever learn, all boiled down to one easily digestible new statistic: Cost Per Win.
How many millions did each NBA team spend in free agency per win share added?
If only there were a way to measure the percentage with which the current Celtics brass has hit on their draft picks and the impact those selections have had on the team. Considering Danny Ainge spent three seasons on the Toronto Blue Jays before joining the C’s organization as a player, what better way to evaluate his draft success as basketball team president than by using baseball metrics?
Finally, an advanced metric for evaluating the NBA's talent evaluators.
"Jabari is a once-in-a-lifetime player and person. As a person, he is incredible, humble and hard-working, regardless of his accolades. On the court, he influences the game with his unique ability to be both a scorer and a facilitator."
In 2011-12, Shabazz Muhammad was the top-ranked recruit. Our research led us to Jabari Parker. History has been kind.
“GENIUS IS THE ABILITY TO PUT INTO EFFECT WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND.” — F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
For the better part of a decade, I served as Regional Director for the Gatorade Player of the Year Program on behalf of ESPN and USA TODAY, annually evaluating 100,000-plus elite student-athletes across 50 states and establishing the organization's digital strategy.
Among our most recent alumni: 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, 2016 USA Volleyball star Kelly Murphy, 2016 U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Morgan Brian, 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, 2014 American League MVP Mike Trout and youngest U.S. Olympic track athlete Sydney McLaughlin.
Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History.
NBA fans live a team’s ups and downs. They react to every draft pick, trade and free-agent signing. They debate the merits of the 15th man. They find significance in the most insignificant stats. They simply KNOW their team. So, too, do bloggers. That’s why I sought the opinion of the league’s best blogs—one for each of the 30 teams—to break down the team they cover and, of course, the Celtics.