Fearless Folks at Celtics-Nation...
Fearless indeed. Last week, our very close friend and fan, Nicola Bogani, sent in a mailbag entry, asking me 5 strategic questions regarding the Boston Celtics 2013-14 season. Nicola is the administrator of the very popular Celtic-Nation Italia Facebook group. After accepting Nicola's offer to participate in his 5 on 5 challenge, I realized just how out of touch I've been with the NBA season.
Launching Beats & Eats Podcast, running the business of a blogger and every-day life, has left me out of the loop with Celtics news. I can think Nicola for opening my eyes and sparking my interest in our Celtics again.
A big THANK YOU to Celtics-Nation and Celtic-Nation Italia Facebook Group for kicking me in the butt and getting me covering the team that brought me into podcasting and the blogosphere in the first place.
Grazie Nicola! Go Celtics!
Here's a Preview of the Q&A from Celtics-Nation & Celtic-Nation Italia Facebook Group
1)We are approaching the end of the first year of the rebuilding process. How would you rate this season, considering the whole picture we were into?
“Could it have gone much better? Jared Sullinger’s healthy, Kelly Olynyk’s improving, Brad Stevens can obviously coach at the NBA level, Avery Bradley’s expanding his range, Rajon Rondo’s bought in, and the Celtics could finish with one of the NBA’s three or four worst records (lottery!). This season’s been awful, but it’s also been a success on just about every level.”
This is a tough one. As a fan, my first reaction is to be annoyed and spout out, “F!” But that’s not fair…
Coming into the 2013-14 season, I had predicted 26 wins. Today, the C’s sit with 23 wins and 12 games remaining. I guess that’s right on track, or exceeding my expectations…
“This season was one of the more agonizing as a Celts fan. Granted, it was nothing like the ML Carr mess of 1996 or some of Doc’s early years, but it was tough to watch. But it certainly could of been a lot worse. This team as it sits now has a lot of competitors. These guys want to win and they’ve got a lot of heart. But that’s not enough. At this point, I just want it to be over. I absolutely detest the feeling of watching a game, knowing that it will be better for us to lose than win. Hopefully over these next few weeks we can inch closer to a top 3 pick & stay at least in the top 5. The latter being more realistic, as we simply won’t catch Orlando or Milwaukee loss wise.”
“While it is difficult to put the 2013-14 Celtics season on a scale from one to ten, it has sure has provided many exciting moments. From Jeff Green’s game-winner in Miami to Kris Humphries’ jumper that forced overtime in New Orleans to quite a few more, I have had fun enjoying the season for what it is: a focus on player (and coach) development. There have been some interesting discoveries from this season as Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics organization looks to see which players will be a part of the future. For instance, Green is most likely the third or fourth option on a championship team. In addition, Avery Bradley enjoys being a volume shooter. However, the questions then arise: how do these players fit in for the 2014-15 Celtics with Rajon Rondo as the projected centerpiece.”
I think when we put all the things Danny Ainge and Boston menagment did last year in the rebuilding process we ll must be very happy and very optimistic towards the future of the franshise..We have 9 or 10 first rounders in next 5 years drafts..We re loded with young tallents and solid veterans..We have All Star player,captain and the leader Rajon Rondo,proven player in NBA playoffs tested..Ainge is ready to make a Big Deal and to get us one or two stars in order to make us contenders in next 2 years..I m happy with the development of the young players and with the job Stevens did overal.It was fun to watch development of Avery Bradley,Jared Sullinger,Kelly Olynyk,revival of Kris Humphries,it was hughe difference when Rajon Rondo returned with the team…I can not wait for the next season to watch those youngsters,Stevens and Rondo..They can be only better..I d say A minus Mark for rebuilding process this season.
2) End of the rookie season for Brad Stevens. A quick feedback on his first year as Nba coach and your expectations for the future.