It’s been some time since our last roundtable, so this week we’ve decided to bring in a couple of new contributors as well as a familiar face or two to discuss some of the recent hot topics in the NBA. We’ll be looking at everything from the Warriors playoff hopes, the Thunder’s challenge without Westbrook, The Knicks chances of taking the East, the Boston Celtics troubles, injures and Jason Collins’ recent news. To kick things off we welcome back Tom Read from the #BelieveTheHype podcast, as well as SidelineAgenda.com contributor and all round sports nut Alex Young, and Houston Rockets/NBA social media commentator Terry Goldfain to the party along with regulars from NBA Nation Australia Nick Caro and Sam Monaghan. Lets go!
It would seem most people around the League, be it fans, media, even fellow opposition would be impressed by a 20 game win streak.
Well….. not the Boston Celtics.
Here’s what Terry had to say about it…
Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford has been traded to the Boston Celtics today in exchange for the injured Leandro Barbosa, sources confirm. Included in the deal, Jason Collins who will suit up for the Wizards. While Crwaford was seemingly a valuable part of the Wizards’ plan, he has been on the receiving end of reduced minutes behind Bradley Beal and more recently has had four straight DNP-CD’s to his name. Boston’s need for athletic big men have not been the focus of trades this year, but it is thought that Crawford’s ability to register good numbers will help Boston’s back court offense alongside Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Paul Pierce. Leandro Barbosa’s contract stands at only $2.3 Million giving the Wizards room to move under the cap in free agency.
Being an Australian blog, we don’t often get the opportunity to go to live NBA games, so when one of us does, we like to give our fellow Aussie readers a little bit of an idea of the experience. With that being said, our good friend Dan attended his first NBA game today to see his beloved Celtics take on the Bulls at TD Garden. Dan is a Celtics maniac so we thought we’d show all you C’s fans a little bit of what you can expect from a game at the Garden.
The Celtics battled hard and managed a 71-69 victory over the Bulls behind Bass’ 14 points, and Garnett’s 11.
Here’s a few pics from his Boston Celtics experience. You can follow Dan on Twitter @BiddleBits. Enjoy!
Boston Celtics fans were dealt the blow of bad news despite the jubilation after they beat current NBA Champs Miami Heat 100-98 in a gritty 2OT thriller.
The Celtics announced pre-game they would be without their star Point Guard for the game but no one was too sure as to the extent of the injury. Journalist Doris Burke broke the news at half time that the injury was indeed a tear on his ACL, and now looks certain that Rondo will miss the rest of this season.
Below is the video that suggests that Rondo’s injury could have happened late in the second half in the loss against Atlanta Hawks two days ago.
Us at NBA Nation Australia would like to wish Rajon Rondo a speedy recovery.
Welcome back for another edition of NBA Nation Australia’s Weekly Roundtable. This week we welcome to the table a good friend of ours, Nick Gelso. Nick Co-Host’s The Celtics Late Night Show on Boston Radio channel CLNS Radio. This we talk about the Pacers Away form, the Legend of LeBron, the struggling Mav’s, and a whole heap more.
1. Lebron James is in the midst of something special – 33 games in a row scoring 20 + points. What else does have to do to cement his place as one of the NBA greats? Is it all about Championships, or can we call LeBron a legend already?
Nick Caro: Nothing. Not to people who know what they’re talking about. Stars will always have their haters who wish nothing but disappointment on them, but the people who disagree with the fact that LeBron is a champion of the game are plain old nuts. Not only does he have the ability to change a game, he has just completed a year in which he won an NBA title, league MVP, finals MVP and Olympic Gold Medal. As mentioned in the question, he’s also on a 33 game streak scoring 22+. That’s ridiculous. Of course, the more championships LBJ wins the more people will have to accept the fact he is one of the best that’s ever played the game and it will go a long way to ensuring his legacy is upheld. Having said that people should know it already. C’mon, watch the guy play. It’s just mesmerising and he should be commended for that, not ridiculed. What LeBron did to Cleveland and ‘The Decision’ was horrible, but it’s time to move on, put it to bed and enjoy what may be one of the best careers we will ever see.
With the new season fast approaching the team at NBA Nation Australia threw some ideas onto the table for new features. We were looking for ideas that were slightly different, and in particular some that would be weekly rollover pieces.
We came up with the idea of each of us on the team to pick a rookie and to stick with said player for the full year. With each piece on our respective rookies we will be focusing on the past week, on how our rookie has played, his progressions, the areas of his game needing improvement, and also their influence within the league.
Also, moving aside from all the serious talk of stats and improving, we will be looking at our rookies social media influence. We wil be posting some of their better/funnier tweets from the week, quotes from interviews, and maybe their Instagram shots of their favourite breakfasts.
For our opening rookie feature, Nick How will be opening up with Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger.
Welcome to the first instalment of NBA Nation Australia’s 2012/13 season! Over the coming weeks we will be breaking down each team and their summer movements in an attempt to accurately place their final position on the NBA table at the end of the season.
Today, we take a look at the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.
We’re all waiting impatiently for the new season to start, be ready for it with NBA Nation’s Season Preview!
The Boston Celtics have finally picked up Houston guard Courtney Lee.
The deal will include a sign & trade and currently Celtics forward JuJuan Johnson will be going the other way. It’s likely the deal will also include Sean Williams, and possibly E’Twaun Moore. Financial details are as yet unknown but with it being a sign & trade the deal will be at least three year deal (although the second and/or third seasons can be non-guaranteed.)
Celtics faithful were rocked during free agency by the news their favorite son and all-time 3-point shooting champion Ray Allen was leaving them for the Miami Heat. The reaction was mixed with many on either side of the fence in regards to their opinions on the move. But yesterday a small, to the point message from Ray was delivered to his fans in Boston and, as has his entire career, it was simply class exemplified.