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Rondo Not Going Anywhere

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 18, 2009

Rondo Stays


“I think it’s unlikely,” Ainge said of trading up. “It’s possible, but unlikely.”

Though Ainge declined to discuss the rumors involving Rondo, a team source sniffed at the speculation involving the young floor leader, saying, “Rondo’s not going to be traded.”

As for the speculation that the Celtics are trying to make moves now that will clear space for a shot at a member of 2010’s highly anticipated free agent class, Ainge said, “We’re trying to win a championship next season. That’s my goal this summer.”

Sounds like it’s time to put those Rondo rumors to rest.


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Follow Me on Twitter

Posted by r1zzo23 on May 24, 2009


For those of you on Twitter, hit me up and follow along. For me, it’s just another way for me to voice my opinion on what’s going on in the sports world. You can tell me about how wrong I am about predicting a Nuggets win last night and I’m sure there will be more Tweets just like it. To get to my page, you can either click the Twitter pic in this post or on the right sidebar, click on the “Rizzo’s Tweets” link.

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Gabe Pruitt Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Posted by r1zzo23 on February 26, 2009

Post from February 26, 2009…


Gabe Pruitt of the Boston Celtics was arrested early Thursday morning in the Los Angeles area on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, celebrity gossip web site reported.The Celtics were in town to play the Clippers Wednesday night.

A search of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department web site found that someone with Pruitt’s exact name and birthday was arrested at 3:07 a.m. and booked at 5:57 a.m. Bail was set at $5,000.

I’m pretty disappointed in Gabe about this, but there are two reasons I could give for this happening. One, Pruitt was born in LA and played his college ball at USC, so this is a homecoming for him. I asked why weren’t the Celtics on a plane home after that game since they’ve been on the road for over two weeks now. I’m sure captain Paul Pierce wanted to spend a night in his home town of Los Angeles as well, so the Celtics stayed the night.

Lastly, I think the foregone conclusion of the Celtics signing Stephon Marbury may be a downer to Gabe. He was beginning to play some decent minutes game in and game out, but now with Marbury coming, his minutes could be all but gone. Personally, I don’t think that will happen, nor do I think it should effect Gabe in any way, but you never know with these athletes nowadays.

My buddy told me this was the curse of Stephon Marbury rearing its ugly head already. First KG gets hurt, then we got a scare with Paul Pierce last night, we lost to the Clippers and now this. Personally, I think he’s just a hater.

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Big Green Machine on the Move

Posted by r1zzo23 on December 17, 2008

Anyone that actually follows this blog, I just want to let you guys know that it will be moving permanently in the very near future (most likely on New Year’s Day). I was offered a spot for my blog over at Most Valuable Network, a great blogging community that will definitely rival SB Nation in the very near future. My blog is currently listed here and will be there as long as MVN is still alive and kicking.

My next few posts will be located here as well as at MVN, but like I said earlier, starting January 1st, 2009, all posts will be located at MVN and this place will become obsolete. Thanks for keeping up with this blog and hope you guys follow me over to MVN.


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Divisional Outlook: Super Southwest

Posted by r1zzo23 on October 1, 2008

The Southwest Division is perhaps the strongest from top to bottom and had four 50-win teams. Add to that they have the youngest team in the league and this division could be perhaps the best to watch in the entire league.

2008-2009 Record: 58-24

2007-2008 Record: 56-26

The San Antonio Spurs have been the class of the NBA for the last 10 years and are always a threat to win the whole thing. Manu Ginobili will be out for all of November and most of December, but they should have plenty of fire power to threaten for the top seed in the Western Conference. Look for the Spurs to coast through the regular season, as usual, to be ready for the postseason. They will have to fend off the young and feisty Hornets for the Southwest Division crown.

2008-2009 Record: 54-28

2007-2008 Record: 56-26

The Hornets quickly became the bandwagon team of the 07-08 season as Chris Paul became the league’s best point guard right before our eyes. With two good big men in David West and Tyson Chandler, two sweet stroking shooters in Peja Stojakovic and Morris Peterson and the best 6th man a team could ask for in James Posey, this team could easily be the #1 team in the entire conference, and perhaps the league. If Chris Paul takes yet another step forward, which would be scary for the rest of the league, look for this team to take home the Larry O’Brien trophy within the next two to three years.

2008-2009 Record: 53-29

2007-2008 Record: 55-27

This could be the best team, talent wise, in the entire division, but can they stay healthy both physically and mentally? Tracy McGrady, one of the best players in the entire league when healthy, can’t seem to stay on the court and news has come out that he already needs surgery on his back when the season ends. Yao Ming has become a dominant big man but has had a couple injury plagued seasons too. The addition of Ron Artest gives this team a legitimate third option and yet another top-tier defensive wingman to play along side the ultimate glue-guy in Shane Battier. Add to that two great role players at power forward in Luis Scola and Chuck Hayes and this team has got some great players in place for a championship run. Now if they could just figure out their point guard position…

2008-2009 Record: 52-30

2007-2008 Record: 51-31

An off-season of turmoil between the firing of Avery Johnson and the shenanigans of Josh Howard and I still see this team improving by one game. They get their defensive center back in Diop, give Jason Kidd another year to gel with the team (on a contract year as well) and hopefully Dirk can get back to his MVP self. In the end, I don’t see enough bench help or defense for this team to really challenge for the division, let alone the NBA title.

2008-2009 Record: 21-61

2007-2008 Record: 22-60

The Memphis Grizzles are perhaps the youngest team in all the league and that will definitely show this year as they will struggle for wins throughout the season. That doesn’t mean that they don’t have some great young players in place for a long time. Rudy Gay is a budding all-star and the Grizzlies should do all they can to lock him up long-term. Hakim Warrick and Marc Gasol are good young big men and if one of them can develop into a quality starter that would be huge for this squad. The team has three very young point guards in Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley and Javaris Crittenton. It would be foolish if one of these kids weren’t moved in the very near future. Add to this core the fact that on draft night the Griz traded Kevin Love to Minnesota for OJ Mayo and you have another terrific, young playmaker in the making. This team will be fun to watch this year and, if kept together, could make some rumblings in the West in a few years.

Previous Divisions: Northwest | Pacific

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Divisional Outlook – Packed Pacific

Posted by r1zzo23 on September 24, 2008

With four teams in California and one in Phoenix, these teams are about as close as any division in the league. What’s even scarier is that the talent level could be about as close as any division as well.

2008-2009 Record: 64-18

2007-2008 Record: 57-25

The Lakers are the class of the Pacific and maybe even the entire Western Conference. They have the best player in basketball (Kobe Bryant), two great big men (Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum), a matchup nightmare (Lamar Odom) and plenty of great role players surrounding them. This team will finish with the best record in the league and should be the favorites to win the Western Conference crown. Question is will they come to play with the best that the East has to offer.

2008-2009 Record: 52-30

2007-2008 Record: 55-27

The Phoenix Suns made a huge trade last yaer bringing in the Big Shaqtus, Shaquille O’Neal. This went against everything that Mike D’Antoni stood for and, as we all could have assumed, D’Antoni is gone. They still have Nash and Amare as perhaps the most dangerous point guard-big man combo in the entire league. No offensive system or defensive scheme can stop these two and they should be a lock for a playoff spot.

2008-2009 Record: 49-33

2007-2008 Record: 23-59

One team that has been a disappointment the last two seasons was the LA Clippers, although last year can attributed to injuries to Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston. Now those two players are gone, but the additions of Baron Davis and Marcus Camby should make up for subtractions. Al Thornton has another season to grow and they added the future replacement of Cuttino Mobley to the roster in Eric Gordon. This team could be the surprise team of the Pacific Division and perhaps the Western Conference.

2008-2009 Record: 39-43

2007-2008 Record: 48-34

If there is any team that plays off absolute emotion, it is the Golden State Warriors. They have very energetic players that make this team a playoff nightmare. But, with the loss of their floor leader in Baron Davis and the mysterious injury to Monta Ellis, this team could be on a down year. The Warriors now have to turn to Marcus Williams to run the offense. With no Baron Davis, who will be able to keep Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington in check? This could spell disaster.

2008-2009 Record: 30-52

2007-2008 Record: 38-44

The Kings have a nice, young nucleus and I would love to give this team some more wins, but the loss of Ron Artest is going to hurt this team. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, a classy veteran, has recently retired and will be a tough player to lose, but there are plenty of young players to step up in his place. Jason Thompson was drafted higher than most expected and he may be asked to play some meaningful minutes early and often for this team. They also have two good centers in Brad Miller and Spencer Hawes, a very resourceful point guard in Beno Udrih and a young, budding shooting guard in Kevin Martin. This team will be good in the near future.

Other Division Outlooks – Northwest

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Celtics Storm the White House

Posted by r1zzo23 on September 20, 2008

The Boston Celtics, finishing off their Championship Trophy Tour, visisted George W at the White House in Washington D.C. You’ve seen the Lakers, Spurs, Pistons and Heat do it in recent memory, but it sure is good to see our beloved Boston Celtics standing there with Mr. President. They presented him with a basketball signed by all the members of the team (which he did dribble once, I may add) as well as a #43 Celtics jersey, representing Bush as the 43rd president of this wonderful nation. I’m sure Kendrick Perkins (#43 on the court) was pretty pumped about having the president wear his number. The Celtics also said they would give a $100,000 check to help with the victims of Hurricane Ike.

President Bush also acknowledged one specific player on the team:

Despite an injury to this team’s captain, Paul Pierce, he played with courage… That’s why this league calls him ‘The Truth.’ And this team calls him the captain.

Truer words could not have been spoken, Sir.

I must say, watching the team tour the country with the Larry O’Brien trophy never gets old. Hopefully we’ll be back at the White House again next year. The question is: who will be the president waiting for our arival?

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Miles Suspended 10 Games

Posted by r1zzo23 on September 19, 2008

Darius Miles enters the season with the magic number of ten. If he plays 10 games this season, he will add $18 million of total payroll on the Blazer’s cap over the next two seasons. But his return from a career-ending injury will have to wait until Game 11 of the season, at the earliest.


The NBA announced Friday that Darius Miles of the Boston Celtics has been suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program at the end of the 2007-08 NBA season.

His violation of the program involved phentermine.

Miles’ suspension will begin with the first game of the 2008-09 NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

This isn’t much news to those of us following the Celtics closely. Hopefully this will allow Patrick O’Bryant or Bill Walker 10 games to show what they’ve got to offer to this team.

I also looked up to see exactly what phentermine was. Apparently it helps with weight loss, so perhaps the new-age ephedra? Not sure why DMiles would need it, but that’s not going to be disclosed to us, obviously.

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Divisional Outlook – The Great Northwest

Posted by r1zzo23 on September 19, 2008

The Northwest has got some intriguing stories across the division. The region (geographically) lost a team to Oklahoma City, lost the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up (who just so happened to win the award the year before) and has one of the most hyped players since Lebron back and totally recovered from a knee injury. Here’s how I think the division will shape up.

2008-2009 Record: 56-26

2007-2008 Record: 54-28

The Utah Jazz have been a staple in the playoffs under Jerry Sloan and that is certainly going to continue this year, but they will be adding another Northwest Division banner to the rafters. Deron Williams to Carlos Boozer looks like the 2nd coming of Stockton to Malone, but how much longer will this duo be together? Andrei Kirilenko will probably continue to struggle to blossom under Sloan’s system. Mehmet Okur will still be holding it down in the paint, but has got some young blood behind him in Kosta Koufos and Ante Tomic. This team should be considered a legit title contendor. If Boozer does leave after this season, it will be very interesting to see how they fill that void.

2008-2009 Record: 47-35

2007-2008 Record: 41-41

The Blazers probably have the largest bandwagon of any team in the league with Greg Oden starting his long-awaited rookie season. Team him with the likes of Brandon Roy, Lamarcus Aldridge, Rudy Fernandez and all the rest of the youngsters in Portland and this team is going to be scary in two years. Portland once again dominated the draft and managed to snag Jerryd Bayless and Nicolas Batum. Bayless should contribute immediately while Batum is a perfect player to stash overseas for a couple years. This team will make noise this season and will fight for a playoff spot in the powerful Western Conference.

2008-2009 Record: 42-40

2007-2008 Record: 50-32

So maybe it’s obvious by now that the Allen Iverson/Carmelo Anthony duo wasn’t the right move. Granted, this team has been exciting to watch, but they weren’t title contendors in the previous years and definitely aren’t now with Marcus Camby being shipped out of town for a conditional 2nd round pick next year. Their defense was atrocious before and it will be even worse (if that’s even possible) this season. The Nuggets are going to need both Nene and Kenyon Martin to be healthy all season if they even want a chance at reaching the playoffs. Also, don’t expect Allen Iverson to be back in Denver next season with his contract up at the end of this season. I’d even go out on a limb and say he’ll be gone by the trade deadline.

2008-2009 Record: 31-51

2007-2008 Record: 22-60

We just received news that Al Jefferson has a little problem with his knee, but should be ready for the season. This very young team added a grizzled veteran in Mike Miller and also a big body to play next to Jefferson in Kevin Love. Love doesn’t have the typical athleticism of an NBA player, but he has a great feel for the game and his basketball IQ is off the charts. I think there will be some growing pains with this group this year, but next year could be ready for a playoff push. Al Jefferson should be on an all-star team within the next two years as well.

2008-2009 Record: 20-62

2007-2008 Record: 20-62

I tried to justify giving this team a better record. They’ve got some great young pieces to build around, but they are just too young. Kevin Durant scared me last year. He came into the league and instantly became a chucker, shooting below 40% for quite some time. I thought that this was going to be the way he played his entire career and he quickly was going to fall out of favor with many of his fans. Then he started taking better shots as well as hitting the glass and playing a little bit of defense. Durant took a huge step forward in just his rookie season and should take another big one this year. If Russell Westbrook can show he can get his teammates involved in an offense, those two will be good friends for a long time.

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Six Part Series – Divisonal Outlook

Posted by r1zzo23 on September 19, 2008

This will be the first of six installments of Divisional Outlook. Basically, I’m just going to go through each division, assign a regular season record for each team and give a quick synopsis of what I think of the team, major additions and losses and the direction the team is heading. The first I will focus on is the great Northwest division, then start working my way East with the Pacific, Southwest, Central, Southeast then, of course, finishing out with the best division in all the NBA, the Atlantic! Without further adieu, let’s get this kick started!

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