Time for that bullet point format again:
*Following up on the NBA draft…the Boston Celtics did exactly what I thought they would do. Nothing. But this may be a good thing. Some dude named Robert Williams fell to them. Is this good? I don’t know. But the pundits seem to like it.
He is 6’10” and is apparently a “rim runner”…there are new terms coming out every day, folks. But he is also apparently a “rim protector”. A term of which I am familiar with. Never actually heard “rim runner” before. But maybe I’m just stupid and it has been around forever. Entirely possible.
In any event, he’s someone who can defend the basket but also score around the basket. So they say. After his freshman year at Texas A&M, he was supposedly a pretty good lottery pick but decided to stay his sophomore year. Then, he was still supposedly a pretty good lottery pick but dropped to #27.
Maybe doing stuff like oversleeping introductory conference calls and the like had something to do with the plummet. Hopefully, it’s as simple as that anyway.
In classic Jay Bilas-speak, Williams has great length and a tremendous wingspan.
Ok, enough of all that crap. The way I see it, if Williams can play defense around the basket and REBOUND, then we would be all jacked and pumped about him. If he kept Aron Baynes off the 2018-19 squad, we would be ecstatic. But we will see. Brad Stevens will probably have him working on his three-point game this offseason.
In any event, it looks like the C’s got someone out of the draft that could be at the very least a rotational player. Hard to argue with that at the end of the first round.
*Aside: There are 60 people drafted in each NBA draft. How many of those “make it”? 15-20? Half? Not that many. Add in some undrafted guys and you get a few more.
How did the draft used to be like 8 rounds? With fewer teams in the league? This has always confounded me.
*One dude who WASN’T drafted was LiAngelo Ball. My heart breaks. I wonder how LaVar really feels? I mean, that was a solid Foot Locker “One and Done” commercial, wasn’t it? Sigh…
*Speaking of undrafted dudes…we present you: Brad Wanamaker!! Seven years in Europe and now apparently heading to the Celtics. No idea, so don’t even ask.
But so much for the C’s going into next season with all the band coming back together (plus Williams) I am still not ruling out a major move. But wouldn’t shock me if there were many minor ones. A lot may depend on if Marcus Smart is back in the fold. I believe this will happen. But of course, there is a chance some team blows things right out of the water with a huge offer to him. We all know there are a lot of stupid teams out there…in every sport.
*As for the other draft we wrote on last, the Boston Bruins did exactly what I thought they would do as well…draft a bunch of guys that no one has ever heard of. And we will maybe or maybe not see some of them in 2 to 5 years. I think I’ll leave my comments at that. Since I have nothing else to say.
*In more positive news, the John Tavares talk has not quieted down. He is apparently meeting with the B’s at some point. I still see this whole union far-fetched. But the longer it goes on, perhaps not?
The cap has increased and supposedly they would have room as the roster currently stands to actually sign Tavares to a deal. Of course, they still need pieces, so players would still have to go. But this is a positive development as far as I can tell. I thought with all the bloated contracts the Bruins are carrying that they would no way in hell have space for a big-time addition. Not to mention the fact that I doubted Don Sweeney would go after a megastar, but that’s beside the point.
I still don’t have any idea how in the hell they will be able to move guys like David Krejci, David Backes and Torey Krug (if they wish) with their no-trade and no-movement clauses. I’ll let them figure that out on their own time though.
What a development that would be however if Tavares somehow actually came to town. Again, I don’t see it. But that just may be because I don’t want to get my hopes up.
*Thank God the NFL is kind of “off” for a while now. I don’t want to hear any more of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Gronk may be the greatest to ever play tight end in the history of the NFL. Brady may be the best ever period. But shut up about having fun. 5 championships under the Bill Belichick regime is not fun? Tired of hearing about it.
It will be interesting to see how Brady does this upcoming year. 1. He doesn’t have a threat to his job to help motivate him. 2. He has skipped all voluntary work this offseason, which he does not typically do. And therefore he has not established connections with the new receivers and backs like he had always pledged was very important. 3. He is 41. There simply is no evidence of quarterbacks succeeding much at or beyond this age. Like it or not when we all talk about his age. It has to be factored in.
Personally? I think Brady will be fine. Maybe it will take some work to build some rapport with some of the receivers. But I’m convinced he’s doing the work he needs to do to be physically ready for the season. Same with Gronk. As much as Alex Guerrero appears to be a slimy dude, he got Gronk to stay healthy for an entire season last year. THAT happens once every blue moon. And Brady’s game was obviously MVP level last year. Would he really fall that precipitously? Doubtful…even at his age.
2019 though at 42? I’m not making any guarantees. That’s why I would have kept and franchised Jimmy Garoppolo last year, played him wherever possible this season and pretty much give him the keys to the operation next season. But maybe that’s why I’m not in an NFL front office. Actually, there are several reasons. But we don’t need to go through those here.
*Speaking of “tired of hearing about it”, I’m not sure I want to relive Deflategate with this Julian Edelman appeal. Jules is ready to battle to the end. And probably eventually lose and serve the four games anyway. Bud, you took something. Everyone does. You got caught. Please take the penalty and save us all the nonsense. Please…
Next: Random musings, Red Sox style…
4th preseason game means zero. For the most part. Actually, for the full part. In fact, not even waiting for the end of the game to get this thing going…
Locks: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett
Way Out: None
Comments: Still don’t see Brissett losing his spot. Regardless of how many yards he threw for yesterday.
Locks: Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White, Dion Lewis, James Develin, Brandon Bolden
Out: D.J. Foster, Glenn Gronkowski
Way Out: LeShun Daniels
Comments: None of the top six played in the last game. That tells me everyone is in…including, yes, Bolden. Foster has some skill, but there is no room.
Locks: Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell
Out: Austin Carr, Devin Lucien
Way Out: Cody Hollister, K.J. Maye, Tony Washington
Injured Reserve: Julian Edelman (out for the season)
Comments: Thought maybe Mitchell would end up on IR, but he came back to practice this week. So let’s put him back on the squad. Carr is a sleeper, but still see him ending up on the practice squad…or another team.
Locks: Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen
Out: James O’Shaughnessy, Jacob Hollister
Way Out: Sam Cotton
Comments: No reason to think a third TE breaks camp with the team…still…especially seeing O’Shaughnessy playing in the fourth quarter of the final preseason game.
Locks: Nate Solder (LT), Joe Thuney (LG), David Andrews (C), Shaq Mason (RG), Marcus Cannon (RT)
In: Ted Karras (G/C), Conor McDermott (T), Cameron Fleming (T), LaAdrian Waddle (T)
Out: Jamil Douglas (G), James Ferentz (C)
Way Out: Cole Croston (T), Andrew Jelks (T), Jason King (G), Max Rich (T)
Injured Reserve: Antonio Garcia (T) (out for the season)
Comments: No changes. I can’t say I have a ton of insight into the offensive line anyway. Though I am guessing Garcia may have run out of time now.
Locks: Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise
In: Geneo Grissom
Way Out: Michael Bart
Injured Reserve: Derek Rivers (out for the season)
Comments: Grissom goes back a spot, but still think he makes it. He did play a ton in the last preseason game…not usually a good sign. But…another guy whose main contribution is on special teams. And we know how Bill feels about special teams guys.
Locks: Alan Branch, Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy, Vincent Valentine, Adam Butler
Out: Woodrow Hamilton, Darius Kilgo
Way Out: Josh Augusta
Comments: Butler apparently didn’t play in this last game. He’s also apparently on the squad because of that. Hamilton got a little banged up. Maybe that gets him on IR.
Locks: Dont’a Hightower, David Harris, Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy
In: Harvey Langhi, Marquis Flowers
Out: Jonathan Freeny, Trevor Bates
Way Out: Brooks Ellis, Nick Usher
Injured Reserve: Shea McClellin (designated to return)
Released: Christian Kuntz
Comments: Top 4 did not play from what I could see in the last game. Seem like locks. Langhi was hurt they say. I say he’s in. I can’t even say if Flowers played, but they just traded for him, so he’s gotta be in, right? Freeny played a ton last night…and right until the final whistle…not a good sign. Kuntz lasted a day, but good for him. McClellin? Who knows? Another guess.
Locks: Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones
In: Justin Coleman, Cyrus Jones
Out: D.J. Killings
Way Out: William Likely, Dwayne Thomas
Comments: I don’t remember seeing Coleman playing at all last night. Kind of tells me he made it. But maybe not. If Cyrus’ injury is serious, maybe Coleman makes it regardless.
Locks: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards
Out: Kenny Moore
Way Out: Jason Thompson, Damarius Travis, David Jones
Comments: I don’t think Richards played either. So looks like he gets his third year here after all.
Locks: Stephen Gostkowski (K), Ryan Allen (P), Joe Cardona (LS), Matthew Slater (ST), Nate Ebner (ST)
Way Out: None
Injured Reserve: Brandon King (ST) (designated to return)
Comments: King hasn’t been around a while. I’ll just give him the 2nd IR-return spot. For the hell of it.
Practice squad? Sticking with the same 10 as last time: Foster, Carr, Lucien, Jacob Hollister, Douglas, Ferentz, Hamilton, Augusta, Killings, Moore. No reason to change. Because it won’t be these 10 anyway…