Re: Practical Solution
posted at 1/14/2011 10:12 AM EST
In Response to Re: Practical Solution
[QUOTE]I didn't say give more minutes to Shaq and Erden. What I said was give Harangody more playing time. So what if Baby plays some Center for a while?
Posted by P34[/QUOTE]
P34, I did not say you said give more minutes to Shaq and Erden. Giving Luke more minutes doesn't solve our center problems. I like Luke but he is a 6'6"/6'7" rookie who plays hard but, in no way, is ready to give the Celtics consistent production at the PF spot as a temporaty bandaid to our "center" woes. We saw that last week when he had 17 points and 11 boards night and followed it up the very next night with a major DUD! Before KG got hurt, Baby was playing center at times anyway. That's nothing new but having Baby play center more takes from his production at the backup PF spot.
I was reading a story on csnne.com that indicated that the Celtics gambled on aging veterans this season and it's catching up to them. That's a fact and we cannot compound that because it will get worse. Shaq WILL NOT HOLD UP if we increase HIS minutes until Perk returns, even if for one month. Shaq came here to play about 15 minutes in a BACKUP role (20 minutes until Perk returns). This guy is looking for a few DAYS OFF, not increased playing time. Shaq's time is in the playoffs, not this regular season stuff. Shaq aint built for 25/30 minutes!
We have been juggling guys all season and continuing to do so will increase the chances for injuries. The only area where we are deficient is in the center position.
Notice how the Celtics keep referring to JON as possibly needing "in-season" surgery. Honestly, I've never heard it referred to as that. That is Celtics spin for "he WILL NOT be lost for the season" although he probably will be. We SHOULD NOT expect JON to have surgery and miraculously return in March or April, ready to play and with none to minimal knee issues. JON will, FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE, forever have swelling and tightness and tenderness in his knees EVERY TIME he plays basketball. We gambled on him and we lost.
Whatever remains on his salary, it can be bought out. And when you hear quotes from him like "this may be my final season
" and "I'd like to retire a Pacer
", JON is thinking about his career possibly being over.