Celtics Look Smart and Go Young

DATELINE: HUMOR

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Rondo Under Cone of Silence

When the Boston Celtics draft Maxwell Smart, you know he must have gone higher than 86.

We wait for the day that Smart tells Danny Ainge, “Sorry about that, Chief!”

Did anyone pull the Cone of Silence down upon the Boston Celtics before the media went wild? Yes, the media had predicted Embiid and Exum as the Boston best choices. No one had the Smarts to know how Young the Celtics would go.

Whether Marcus turns out to be a Smart-aleck or another dumbbell, only the first season will tell. In the meantime, the Celtics may be looking to see if Love will be exchanged for Smart Young players.

Marcus Smart is from Oklahoma where the corn grows as high as an elephant’s eye. Of course, someone with Smarts will point out that corn does not grow in Oklahoma, despite what Rogers and Hammerstein told us.

You don’t have to be a Smarty-pants to wonder what jersey Max will wear next season. Will the Smart money be enough to sign this outstanding young agent of change?

Smart earlier this year looked more like Metta World Peace than Cedric Maxwell. He went into the stands to go after a fan he deemed overly critical, making us wonder whether the Cone of Silence will fall on anyone in Smart’s circle if free speech is an issue.

The Smart money is on Avery Bradley having lost his job this night. A few think it means Rajon Rondo may be heading to any club where Carmelo Anthony plays next season.

If anyone thought the fireworks were over, they aren’t Smart enough to know the Fourth of July is next week.

Courtney Lee Goes Gently into Good Night Mode

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So long, Courtney Lee. He was the courtly baritone shooting guard who was just coming into his own as a Celtic.

Alas, he criticized the coach Brad Stevens for not being given more court time. As a result, he is off the docket in the Celtics court—sent packing to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Lee’s departure is the result of cold cash transacting in the NBA.  His multiple year contract would cost over $11million, and that is a great deal of free throw bucks.

Trader Danny Ainge has saved a bundle by unloading Courtney.

Insiders claim the money will be used to sign Avery Bradley and perhaps Rajon Rondo to new extensions.  It’s only $11mill, so optimists are already spending the money profligately,

A younger point guard who scores will soon join a team starving for points and overloaded with guards. Why a new guard will have any more time to play than the old guard defies logic.

If any lesson has been learned by survivors of this team that played on its tight ties, it is that any word of dissension will send the loudmouth to any port that Danny thinks suitable.

So, Courtney Lee stands as the lesson to be learned. His punishment is an example to all—as if dumping long time stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett did not already teach.

Kendrick Perkins of OKC played against his former team this same night—and nary a soul he knew was dressed in a Celtic uniform. Rondo was there in street clothes.

Perk admitted he knew only the office personnel travelling with the team. That’s the world of professional sports where loyalty and team brands died long ago.

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Cooking and Clothes with Rajon Rondo

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With the Celtics Broadway show heading for a crash and burn in New Haven, Connecticut, during tryouts before reaching the big runway of playoffs, we may take the fifth—and drink it.

The benighted Green team seems owned by an absentee landlord. Jeff Green seems to score twenty points a game, but has no impact on the outcome. He seems more invisible than Daniel Nava over at Fenway Park.

At the rate the team is finding the tank empty, we may end up this season writing only about Rajon Rondo’s cooking recipes and his fashion sense.

So far, Rondo has apparently been showing Avery Bradley how to cook up a storm of losses. AB used to be an equation in algebra, but now it is the full range of Bradley’s game.

While Rondo watches the tandem of Jelly Sullynyk playing like a gourmand’s dinner, Avery has been taken out of the point position and made just another member of the corps de ballet.

Lately Rondo has shown him the recipe for turnovers. In the past few weeks we have watched Bradley give us apple turnovers, blueberry turnovers, and plenty of raspberries in the turnover.

At this rate we may be yearning for Dennis Eckersley’s cheese turnover recipe. Rondo has seemingly only lemon turnovers to pass out to the bench lately.

In terms of fashion, we note that Rondo takes a limited wardrobe on the road trips. One night he showed up with a sports coat over his T-shirt. Other nights he wears prole collared ill-fitting jackets and overlarge ties.

Only when he is home is his wardrobe splendiferous. In last night’s losing game, he wore a strikingly tailored suit with purple tie that would have put Oscar Wilde to shame and made Dorian Gray blush.

When you look like Rondo, you can wear a dishrag loincloth and still look good. Too bad his team has not picked up on his fashion style. Alas, not everyone can be an intern at GQ like Rondo was.

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