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Kyrie Irving Brings Us Banner 18

You’re looking at the 2019 NBA Champions and the team that will bring home the Celtics’ 18th banner!

With the best point guard in the league now on board, the Celtics are primed to defeat the NBA Eastern Conference Champs in 2018 and the NBA Finals Champions in 2019.

You might disagree. But this is my prediction, and I’m sticking to it.

Other than Gregg Popovich, Brad Stevens is the best basketball mind in the league.

And I am confident he will out-scheme the Warriors to the extent that our talent gap will be able to be overcame.

 

Do you agree? Let me know what you think.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net

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Celtics Moving Forward with Hayward

But how far?

With Hayward on board, will the Celtics beat the Warriors in the Finals? Can we even get by the Cavs?

My prediction for the 2017-2018 season is that the Celtics make it to the Finals, where they lose to the Warriors in Game 5.

Jaylen Brown’s growth coupled with Tatum’s infusion of offense will give us a new dynamic off of the bench. Taller players in Morris and Baynes should make things much harder for Love and Lebron. Hayward’s excellent shooting will make Thomas more of a threat as well (and vice versa).

Danny Ainge’s plan is coming to fruition. It seems like his fireworks were more of a slow drip. And the Celtics are all the better for it.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net

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Jimmy G We Barely Knew Thee

Jimmy Garoppolo was playing other-worldly in yesterday’s game against the Dolphins.

And then he got injured.

What. The. Heck.

If yesterday’s game was any foreshadowing of Garoppolo’s future potential, then let’s all hope he can come back from injury and play this well in a game before Brady returns. This will set the stage for our getting a first-rounder for Garoppolo in the off-season ,and will also help motivate Brady who juuuust might feel the pressure of an upstart QB coming for his job.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Another Kevin Coming to Title Town?

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Will Durant be the second Kevin to join the Celtics in the last decade? Apparently there is a chance!

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported yesterday that the Celtics are part of a short Durant list that also includes Oklahoma City, Golden State, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami, all awaiting word on meeting dates.

Read more from the Boston Globe

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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The Respect We Owe Athletes

Sometimes we forget that athletes are human beings. I found myself feeling bad for, while at the same time laughing at, LeBron James for the exchange below that occurred on Christmas. A Warriors fan sitting courtside was mocking LeBron James for “crying” about the ref’s call. The situation changed quickly when LeBron turned around and saw the fan, who quickly changed her posture out of embarrassment.

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I thought the exchange was hilarious. But I also felt bad for James. And therein lies the source of my ambivalence: sometimes I forget that athletes are human beings because of the way we have made commodities of them. Think about the ways we speak of athletes in daily sports talk:

  • “Let’s trade Player A + 1 draft pick for Player B!”
  • “Player C is underforming so let’s cut him.”
  • “Player D is a bum!”

I guess I just wonder … did LeBron go home that night feeling genuinely hurt by the woman who mocked him? Certainly he is a public figure and he makes a lot of money. But for me I think that screen shot shed a different light on things. Athletes are human beings with real feelings, too. Let’s (at least try to) respect them.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net

Former Bruins Player Milan Lucic Still Dislikes NHL Team Montreal Canadiens

Everyone remembers Milan’s threatening of the Canadiens following a playoff loss by the Bruins. It appears that, despite changing teams, his hatred for the Habs persists. When asked if he has gotten over his disdain for the former rival, Lucic said “kinda not really”

“I’m actually really interested to see what it’s going to be like and feel like because every time you would come into the Bell Centre with Boston there was always a special excitement and feeling, the fans were a little bit rowdier than usual,” Lucic also told reporters, per NHL.com. “So I’m interested to see what it’s going to feel like here with another team. But there’s some history here with the Kings and the Canadiens from back in (in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final), so maybe there’s some excitement from back then.”

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Celtics Lose to Warriors

I watched the Celtics game tonight with a good friend. And like any friendship, this game had its highs and lows. Unfortunately for Celtics fans, the Warriors made a few more plays than did the Celtics. Despite what Coach Brad Stevens said, this loss was a win in the moral sense. Momentum and confidence will flow from this tight loss for the rest of the season.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net

Flip Saunders – RIP

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Another famous sports coach not named John Farrell has been fighting for his life. Flip Saunders, the GM and Coach of the Timberwolves, has succumbed to Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We sports fans often view athletes and coaches as commodities to criticize on TV or trade to other teams. It was ironically through the trade of Kevin Love, which Saunders refused to make with the Celtics, that I learned a lot about the character of the man. Saunders held out despite huge public pressure, and later received a much better trade package. In his decision as a sports professional, I learned a lot about his character. Saunders was a man who did what he believed was right even in the face of public pressure.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net

John Farrell Defeats Cancer

Red Sox John Farrell has always been a class act. And now he’s cancer free.

Gordon Edes details his treatment:

At times, John Farrell said, there were seven different medicines coursing through his veins. Days when he was in a hospital bed for seven to 10 hours connected to IV tubes — what would normally be six months of chemotherapy crammed into eight weeks because of the aggressive nature of the malignant cells that had invaded his body.

What I found inspiring was that former Sox manager Terry Francona called Farrell each day. They say baseball is America’s favorite past time. In their friendship we see the best of America.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net

Patriots Embarrass Colts

In what may be more embarrassing than former Jet’s QB Mark Sanchez’s infamous fumble, the Colts drew up a play that was both technically illegal and unsuccessful.

SBNation columnist Rodger Sherman laments:

I am so thoroughly baffled by the thing that the Indianapolis Colts just did. There is no part of of my mind that comprehends what it was. I have no clue what they were trying to do, and they did not do whatever they were trying to do well.

Here is a picture of the play. Poor Chuck Pagano.

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For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net