What started as trash talking on the court, has spiraled into all kinds of real life drama. On Monday night, the Boston Celtics played the New York Knicks and words were exchanged throughout the entire game between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett. Part of Garnett’s game is psychological by trying to get into a player’s mind. Needless to say, Melo was having an off night and KG’s words started to affect him. Apparently KG made a comment about Anthony’s wife along the lines of, [your wife] “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios”. Not the most clever line by KG, but it clearly worked because Anthony got so mad after that he waited for Garnett to walk out of Boston’s tunnel onto the team bus.
This resulted in Melo being suspended for a game, but the news that is coming out now, is even more revealing. It looked like Melo was not fully present at the game, like he had his mind elsewhere. Rumors are swirling that Melo and his wife Lala are currently on a break after they hit a rough patch in their marriage. The split reportedly happened about two months ago. The two have yet to comment on the split rumors, but it seems like this would make the most sense. Together or not, at least we get a brand new season of Lala’s Full Court Life! Don’t get too excited.
Merry Christmas! Along with the trees, decorations, and big guy in the red suit, there is one other tradition. Christmas Day basketball! The first game of the day is a new rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets. The last time these two teams met, it got ugly. We all remember the pushing fight between Rajon Rondo and Mr. Kim Kardashian, I mean Kris Humphries.
Boston comes to Brooklyn and is looking to end a five road game losing streak and they have already lost to Brooklyn in both match-ups. Both of these teams are desperate for a win. Paul Pierce thinks this could be the game to start turning things around. Kris Humphries is also looking to get things going for himself as he was replaced in the starting line up on Sunday by Keith Bogans.
I cannot imagine Brooklyn sweeping the Celtics this year and the Celtics are much better in big game situations. I think the Celtics will take this one, but not by much. Christmas Game 1- Brooklyn or Boston, who you takin?
How can you watch this video and not root for the Houston Rockets? McHale has shown true heart and courage to come back to his team after losing his daughter. McHale’s daughter Sasha lost her battle with lupus recently at the age of 23. They wear a green stripe on their jerseys in her honor. For most people, coaching would be the last thing on their minds. However, McHale has returned and has received nothing but positivity from players and coaches. In the video, he got a special embrace from his prodigy Kevin Garnett. As I watch the Rockets blow out the Knicks in New York, I hope that these victories are bringing some sort of happiness to him.
The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are already bitter rivals in the Eastern Conference, but it looks like it has become much more personal. Every Boston fan has a gripe with its former superstar Ray Allen choosing to leave the team and take his talent to South Beach.
Boston’s Big Three was always Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. They were supposed to compete together and finish their careers together. Well, Garnett happened to agree and has chosen to distance himself from Allen. He confessed, “I don’t have Ray’s number anymore. I’m not trying to communicate. I’m just being honest with everybody in here … It’s just what it is. Garnett is always one to be honest, but you can tell he feels betrayed by the decision. Allen was always a clutch shooter that the Celtics could count on to make the big three or foul shot. The Celtics did acquire Jason Terry and Courtney Lee in the offseason, but the Celtics definitely took a hit by losing Allen. Pierce somewhat agreed with Garnett, but balanced it with some humor. “I thought we would finish our careers together, me, Kevin, and Ray,” Pierce said Friday. “It was very surprising, him going to Miami. But, you know Ray. He’s a grown-up. He has to make a decision that he feels is best for his family, for himself. I wish he could have went to the Clippers if he was going anywhere. But he went to our Eastern Conference rivals. But as you all know, Ray likes to golf. Maybe that factored into his reasoning. Maybe he didn’t like the golfing in Boston in the winter. Who knows?” Expect this rivalry to be turned up even more than it already is. The Celtics have a new fire to beat the Heat, who look to be favorites again to win the Eastern Championship.
To put it bluntly, the Celtics played awful. What happened in the third quarter? How did this even end as a one point game? The Sixers should have murdered the sloppy Celtics tonight who had 15 turnovers. That is outrageous considering the great ball handlers on that team. However, the Sixers could not capitalize on a shoddy Boston effort. From those 15 turnovers, they only scored six points. That has to be something head coach Doug Collins cannot be happy with. This Boston team is normally much sharper than this game so to not take advantage of their opportunities is not any better. They also let a double digit lead get down to a one point lead in the fourth. In their defense, the Celtics did pick it back up in the forth thanks in part to Kevin Garnett. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 18 points while Andre Iguodala added 17 points and 8 rebounds. The Celtics’ starters put up equally good numbers: Ray Allen had 17 points, coming off the bench while Kevin Garnett who has been playing like the Garnett of old had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
It was a bitter East rivalry matchup in Boston with the visiting Chicago Bulls. The Bulls were without their All-Star point guard Derrick Rose. Rose has been suffering from back pains. He is expected to see a specialist tomorrow for what Coach Tom Thibodeau called ‘stiffness’. However, Boston Celtics’ point guard put on a show for the crowd. Rajon Rondo had a triple-double, including 32 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds. Power forward Kevin Garnett also helped his team win with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls trailed by as many at 14 at one point in the fourth quarter. The Bulls came very close with 1:23 left on the clock when Luol Deng made his two free throws pulling the team within three, 91-88.
Well, I cannot say I did not see this eventually happening. Boston’s Big 3, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett, may be broken up before the end of this season. It is not exactly the easiest news to swallow as a Celtics fan, but it is definitely reality. With all three all stars over the age of 34, they can no longer keep up with the talent of the Eastern Conference. Rajan Rondo is off to another great start, but would adding fresh legs to the team make him even better? Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, may seem to think so. He remembers the previous Celtics’ Big 3, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish aging and losing its possibility of winning a title. He had this to say to the Boston Globe, “First of all, it’s a different era.” I sat with Red (Auerbach) during a Christmas party (in the 1990s). Red was talking to Larry, Kevin, and myself and there was a lot of trade discussion at the time, and Red actually shared some of the trade discussions. And I told Red what are you doing? Why are you waiting? He had a chance to trade Larry (to Indiana) for Chuck Person and Herb Williams and (Steve) Stipanovich and he had a chance to trade Kevin (to Dallas) for Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. I was like, ‘are you kidding?’ I mean, I feel that way now. If I were presented with those kind of deals for our aging veterans, it’s a done deal to continue the success.” Well it sounds like a done deal, trade offers are now being accepted in Boston. It seems the most plausible that either Garnett or Allen will go seeing as they are in the last year of their contracts while Pierce has two years left on his. It is an end to another era in Boston.