Gordon Hayward explores the possibility of a transition to football if this whole basketball thing doesn't work out

Real life has (unfortunately) interrupted my ability to track all the insane trade deadline action this year. (Boston's moves alone would have required four hours of typing I think) I'll let you guys talk about it in the comments. But in the meantime, I WILL share this with you: an amazing letter Dr. Dre wrote to his then-girlfriend/now-wife back in 1995. (Via Jamie Mottram) All I know is that I wish I was bad enough to end a letter "Wish I was up in that ass."

Oh, and congratulations Memphis. You have managed to be even more bawful than I ever could have dreamed. Way to miss the trade deadline while updating your Facebook and Twitter feeds, guys.

Worst of the Night in Pictures:

Javale McGee's weak shit = OUT OF HERE.

Wizards 76ers Basketball
No matter how bad things get, at least I'm not a Generals fan

Grizzlies Timberwolves Basketball
Aha! So it IS true! Marc Gasol is really just a giant pufferfish in a basketball jersey!

Grizzlies Timberwolves Basketball
This pretty much sums up why this blog exists

Bucks Knicks Basketball
The result of Carmelo eating a Caramello

Bulls Raptors Trade Basketball
Bryan Colangelo didn't respond well to being made fun of earlier today by us

Nationally Televised Games:
Heat at Bulls, TNT, 8pm: Hey Bulls players, please play some defense before Tom Thibodeau pops a blood vessel and/or his voice gets any more hoarse.

Celtics at Nuggets, TNT, 10:30pm: Watch out, Celtics. The Nuggets are finally ready to play -- they've acquired Kosta Koufos!!!

Also, trading away Kendrick Perkins means two or three fewer moving pick violations per game. So that's nice. Too bad the rest of their money-saving trades are like getting a Tiger Electronics handheld game instead of a Gameboy.

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Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Yea, I jumped back on the Prokhorov bandwagon so hard an axle broke.

I think you have to be on the phone before 3pm to call in the trade details, sounds like Heisley was reachimg for excuses to back out last second. Or he doesn't know what time zones are.

wtf are the celtics doing

Blogger Dan B. said...
Celtics must have some kind of plan. I just can't figure out what it is at the moment.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Aside from not being able to pay Perk, and injury questions, there's a funny rumor that the plan is Troy Murphy.


Blogger KHayes666 said...
Perkins, Daniels, Erden, Harangody and Robinson are gone.....that leaves 10 players on the roster for tonights game.

Forgot to mention 2 of those players (Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal) are out for a month.

Congrats Danny Ainge, you have 8 healthy bodies for tonight against Denver you insane bastard. (Unless of course Green and Krstic are playing tonight)

Anonymous Ben said...

Anonymous SirGirthNasty said...
Somewhere, a smiling Dwight Howard heard of the Boston trade and said aloud, "Thank Danny Ainge, for giving me these jokers to dunk on for an entire playoff series."

Blogger tonious35 said...
Maybe Gordon Hayward should be Justin Bieber's bullet shield as well, judging by that picture.

Blogger Dooj said...
Biggest winners of the Trade Season? OKC and Orlando.

Though Howard is going to leave to either NJ, Boston or LA in the next few years.

Blogger Will said...
Colangelo is just showing off his phantom David Niven mustache.

Anonymous Marylander said...
Celtics don't wanna win the championship this year or Perkins's injury is more serious than we thought. I just don't get it.

Blogger stephanie g said...
Yeah, Perkins may walk after this season. But you're trying to win right now. Their window is closing by the month. You knew your team was going to implode after the big 3 were put down by the vet. A title now is worth suffering later. Now Miami and Orlando are licking their chops and Bynum will go beast mode on you if his knees don't explode again.

I...I don't get it.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Dooj - The Lakers are a big winner too. Now there isn't a team out there who can match up with LA's Bynum/Gasol frontline defensively. I am still stunned/giddy that Danny Ainge decided to torpedo his team like this. But hey, I guess having a backup for Paul Pierce is what's really important, right?

Also, where are these "Dwight Howard to Boston in 2012" rumors coming from? Sounds to me like a Celtics fan made up that particular rumor. Would Dwight really want to go there to play alongside a 37 year old Ray Allen, a 36 year old Kevin Garnett and a 35 year old Paul Pierce? (this is of course assuming Ray and KG resign for minimum-type deals to make room under whatever the cap would be for Dwight).

IMO I think if Dwight has his heart set on moving from Orlando then he won't make it to free agency. Orlando will want to get something in return for him the way Utah and Denver did for D-Will and Melo, rather than get nothing the way Cleveland and Toronto did with LeBron and Bosh. If the rumors that Dwight has told the Magic he wants to go to the Lakers are true, then there will probably be something of a repeat like we saw this year with Melo and his demand to go to the Knicks happen next year. In the end if those rumors are true, I wouldn't be surprised to see a Bynum for Howard trade, plus either some other sweetners from LA or some stiffs with albatross contracts from Orlando thrown in. Either that or Dwight probably stays in Orlando. That's my guess.

Blogger KHayes666 said...
Wild Yams said it best.

Celtics lost to the Lakers last year because Kendrick Perkins got hurt and the C's couldn't rebound.

How do the Celtics respond? Trading Perkins for a poor man's Gasol (Noodnik Krstic), a big white european stiff who can't rebound and play defense.

I like Jeff Green though, the kid can play. I don't mind him coming off the bench in place of Marquis Daniels.

Rasheed Wallace doesn't want to rebound or play D either so getting him is also puzzling.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Oh shit. Danny Ainge has lost his fucking mind. This is horrible. Lord have mercy.

Anonymous TransINSANO said...
Wild Yams - Don't know why the Lakers are winners, I'd rather they play Boston than Miami from a matchup standpoint because we simply can't guard the Heat as much as we have the advantage inside (IF Bynum's healthy and LeBron/Wade aren't running circles around Pau). Now the Thunder are basically built to destroy the Lakers, and the Spurs might just render that all moot anyway.

Danny Ainge basically just blew up both the Lakers and Celtics seasons like a suicide bomber.

Blogger tjr said...
When your back up plan to win a ring has just changed to put hopes into sheed or Troy Murphy you know shit has just gone down.

Blogger tjr said...
Has anyone mentioned Krstic hit someone with a chair at the world championships last year yet?
If, not...

Blogger Wild Yams said...
TransINSANO - I think if you're rooting for the Lakers you're putting way too much fear into facing the Thunder now. Here are OKC's problems with facing the Lakers:

1. Who is going to score for them? Durant always has problems scoring against Artest, and now OKC is left with only two other players on the roster who score in double figures (and one of them, James Harden, only scores 10.6 per game this season). In trading away Green and Kristic the Thunder are giving up around 22 ppg in scoring and are getting back a guy who will get you somewhere between 7-10 ppg.

2. The Thunder now have an extremely thin bench. Along with Durant, Westbrook & Perkins, the Thunder also start Ibaka and Harden. But here is their bench: Nazr Mohammed, Thabo Sefolosha, and...?

3. The Thunder still don't have anyone who can be expected to guard Kobe or Gasol. Do the defensive stylings of James Harden and Serge Ibaka strike fear into the hearts of Laker fans? No.

So as a Laker fan, why exactly am I supposed to be extra worried that the Thunder can beat my team again? I'm not seeing it.

This move probably makes Boston better against Miami, San Antonio and Chicago, but it probably makes them worse against the Lakers, the Mavs and the Magic. That's how I see it.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Wild Yams. I completely disagree with your points.

Artest this year is nothing like Artest last year and you know this. Durant and Russ can shoulder the scoring. Green was a liability at PF even though he did score a bit. Ibaka could become a double figure guy and now they have sparkplug Nate and Harden has been coming on.

I REALLY disagree with 2. Thunder are deep. Their Bench? Maynor, Nate Rob, Collison, Nazr, and Harden. That is a good bench if you ask me. You have a solid overall backup PG with upside, Nate's socirng, Collison's rebounding and hustle, Nazr's offense and rebounding.

3....yeah you're right about that. But how many teams go into games thinking we will stop Kobe and Gasol

I think you are being a bit too optimistic. Thunder were weak at Center for years. Now they are legit there. And now they can start a REAL PF in Ibaka.

Blogger KHayes666 said...
Nah, Celtics are still better than the Magic. Their gameplan the last 2 years is play Dwight Howard 1 on 1 and cover everyone else.

8 wins out of the last 10 (including playoffs) seems to prove they're doing something right. Howard was gonna get his monster games whether Kendrick Perkins was guarding him or Anthony Perkins from Psycho. However, with Orlando still relying on the 3 point shot the other Celtics just have to put their hands up to stop that.

They'll have trouble with tall frontcourts such as San Antonio and LA, but Orlando and the benchless Heat will be the same as it ever was.

Blogger chris said...
Chris "The Third Stooge" Bosh flops.


Meanwhile, in Sacramento, our mayor (former baller Kevin Johnson) has to beg the Maloofs to stay, basically. Because the sunny shores of suburban Orange County are beckoning Carls Jr.'s favorite bling-laden customers.


Anonymous Jab said...
Holy crap chris - that's worse than anything I've ever seen in a soccer game. Wow.

Just once, I'd like to see a suspension for something like that. Call it "violating the integrity of the game", or some such.

//stops dreaming

Blogger stephanie g said...
Not much has changed really. If the Heat don't get into transition or gifted parades to the FT line they're screwed because they can't score in the half court to save their lives. Might be a small problem in the playoffs.

Anonymous Aaron said...
lebron tried to tie with a 3 - airball!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Doesn't get any better. 1/18 night for Bosh and a trey to tie the game by LeBron that missed the rim.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
What're you talking about Steph?

That off balance three with 10 on the clock by Lebron was how ball was meant to be played.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Chris Bosh is a soft, talentless, pathetic Homo. Players 4 through 12 on this team are as good as homeless guys

This is more anger for tonight. If Bosh EVER performs remotely as bad as this in the playoffs, I will personally run him out of town and beg Beasley for forgiveness

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Holy mother of god, Christina Bosh completely shit the bed against Chicago.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
kazam92 -

1. You think Artest is so much different this year than last year, and yet in the one LA-OKC meeting here is what Durant's stat line looked like: 8-24 shooting for 24 points, with 8 boards, 1 assist, 2 turnovers and 4 fouls. Looks like the same ownership Artest showed against Durant all of last year to me. And Westbrook will probably continue to put up a lot of points against the Lakers, but I don't see anyone else on that team that's gonna score. Also, this year (unlike last year), Kobe can guard Westbrook and not have to get his knee drained between games, so that could make a difference...

2. OKC has a deep bench? Have you looked at the team stats for this season? Maynor's putting up a whopping 4.6 points and 2.4 assists. Collison's putting up 4.1 points and 4.3 boards. James Harden is a bench player like Manu Ginobili is (Sefolosha starts but isn't playing anywhere near as good as Harden is). Look at it this way: between the starting and backup shooting guards the Thunder only get 15 points combined. Nazr Mohammed's averaging 7.3 points and 4.9 boards. And Nate Robinson's averaging 7.1 ppg and 1.9 apg. I'm sorry, but that's a weak bench. Although, I guess from a Heat fan's perspective, I can understand why you'd think it was good :)

So LA has Artest and Kobe to put on Durant and Westbrook, the only two guys who can score for OKC. But how exactly will the Thunder be able to slow down the Lakers outside of Perkins being able to put a body on Bynum? Hell, LA could just play Gasol and Odom a lot and probably force OKC to sit Perkins. I have a feeling Perkins' ability to shut down post players may be limited now that he doesn't have KG to help cover his ass.

KHayes666 - That is the whole point though. How can the Celtics expect to single cover Dwight Howard now that they don't have Perkins? Who is going to do it? Jermaine O'Neal? Shaq? Nenad Kristic? None of those guys is up to the task, not for 7 games.

Also, IMO San Antonio does not have a tall frontcourt. Nobody on their roster is 7 feet tall, and the two frontcourt guys who get most of the minutes are Tim Duncan (6'11) and DeJuan Blair (6'7). Little used Tiago Splitter and outside shooter Matt Bonner aren't going to tear up anyone's interior defense.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
It's not an elite bench, but it's not weak. And I'd venture they have a better bench than the Lakers.

And I'd venture college teams have better benches than us. Mike Miller is the Bob Sanders of the NBA and he's the only one that matters. Eddie House is feces. James Jones suffered the Daequan Cook post 3 pt champion curse. We're doomed

Like I'm convincing myself Eddy Curry and Mike Bibby would help this team.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Well I retract Thunder's bench being better than LA if you count Barnes.

Anonymous TransINSANO said...
Wild Yams - I hope you're right, but I'm a pessimist, so I will be worrying about the Thunder. Specifically my nightmare scenario has Perkins and Ibaka negating our size advantage with toughness and athleticism, Westbrook tearing us up like all quick guards do, Durant figuring out Ron/Ron turning to stone, while Hardin and Sefolosha take turns riding Kobe up and down the court until the whole team explodes into skeleton dust like Last Crusade. Then I wake up and I'm watching the game at Staples in only my underwear.

Anyway, you've made me feel better, hopefully we'll hold on to the third seed and it'll be a moot point unless they meet in the WCF.

BTW, the next time Doc Rivers says, "we've never lost without that starting five" is going to be sweet.

Anonymous Torgo said...
I don't think the Celtics trade affects Orlando at all, unless everyone not named Howard or Turkeyglue gets their shit together. Howard has been an absolute monster the past month or two, but they've only won - what - three games or some shit?

Kristic isn't a great player by any means, but he's a decent enough defender and smart on offense, and should fit right in with the Celtics. On the flip side, they also get Jeff Green, who presumably can spell for Paul Pierce at times and provide an awesome small-ball lineup. also, I don't think he's had any major surgeries, which is a pretty big plus for the Celtics.

Some of the other trades they did I have no idea what's going on, except maybe their owner is in some financial crisis or some shit. I don't know. but I like the OKC/BOS trade for both teams.

then again, I'm a Timberwolves fan so what the fuck do I know about competent basketball?

p.s. Beasley needs to keep the 'fro, it is so fucking awesome.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Bosh in the locker room took the blame. Said he was "butt naked,"

It is so fucking hard for me to defend Bosh when it comes to his sexuality man.

He has a hot fiance....but man.

Anonymous SportingLisbon said...
KHayes666...Kristic a poor man´s Gasol??...Gasol´s been CLEARLY BETTER than KG going for 3years now, exacly since the day C´s won a championship..arguably top 10 player in the L...Ainge lost his mind and Jeff Green´s overated

Blogger Wild Yams said...
kazam92 - Who is the best player off of the Thunder bench? Who's the best player if you don't count Harden (who is really the de facto starter anyway)? The Lakers don't have an amazing bench, but come playoff time Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown will be the only guys who get significant minutes. Steve Blake will get some too, but that'll probably be it. You don't have to have a deep bench in the playoffs, but you should have at least 1-2 really quality guys that can come in and help. I don't think the Thunder have any.

TransINSANO - To be fair to Doc Rivers, the Celtics haven't lost a playoff series with Nenad Kristic at center either. Man, can somebody pinch me? The Celtics didn't really give away Kendrick Perkins today did they?! I've got to be dreaming! Thank you, Danny Ainge. My birthday was in December, but better late than never with the gift :)

Blogger chris said...
Trending on Twitter right now: "Bosh Spice."

World, thank you.

Anonymous Niko said...
Checked the numbers for the Miami/Bulls game. Bosh's bawful shooting accounts for -10.3% in the team's FG% (w/o his numbers it's 50.8% vs. 40.3%).

Anonymous Niko said...
@Kazam92: hot fiance?


that's about as hot as Bosh's shooting tonight.

Blogger Preveen said...
Can't agree with you kazam. There is any number of Dancers on the Heat way hotter than Bosh's finance.

However, I could be wrong. I'm still looking for my eyeballs after they popped outta my head after seeing Larsa Pippen during the All Star Weekend.

And my WV is evabing. :) I haven't seen what a perfect name for Eva Longoria. Gotta miss her at Spurs games.

Blogger winnetou said...
CB1/18 at Chicago
wv: tuaim, it's hard tuaim that ball into the hoop.

Blogger The Weekly Gazelle said...
I hope Chris Bosh's 1-18 game turns out to be his Nick Anderson moment.

Blogger KHayes666 said...
Lisbon.....that's exactly my point. Gasol is great, Noodnik Krstic is not.

Learn how to read.

Wild Yams - Again, that's the point. Howard can score 30 points a game on Krstic in a 7 game series but if his counterparts continue to jack up 3's and miss it'll be no different than last year.

On tonight's game, the Celtics bench was D-Leaguer Chris Johnson, Null-Star Von Wafer, raw rookie Avery Bradley and Delonte West who's got a broken wrist.....did anyone expect them to actually beat the full 12 man roster of the Nuggets?

Blogger Will said...
It's about time they got this jersey up on straightcashhomey.
WV: tayst- we got just a tayst of how bawful Bosh can be.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
She's not outstanding, but she ain't ugly.

We are like the 4 time defending cheerleading NBA champs. Can't really compare

Blogger Cortez said...
"Now the Thunder are basically built to destroy the Lakers."

I swear, some of you guys play too much NBA 2k11.

The Lakers will ram-rod the Thunder if they meet up in the playoffs.

For a second I thought the Celtics had traded Bill Russell the way some of you guys are talking.

Anonymous Dave M said...
There's got to be something about the Perkins trade that we don't know yet unless Ainge dropped acid a couple hours before the deadline. Meanwhile, I'm trying to squeeze the last few drops of readership out of a crappy links post I wrote yesterday and I figure, where better to hustle this horror than a site that celibrates the worst in basketball.

Anonymous Angry Canuck said...
kazam, I told ya Bosh was a weinie!

Anonymous Aaron said...
not sure if this was posted here:

Bosh is that soft

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
I dunno, with Ibaka instead of Green at PF, seems like they can just lockdown Gasol/Odom and let Kobe go Kobe mode with Durant matching while Westbrook tears apart Fish/Blake.

Blogger Rogue said...
Without even reading any comments or excuses or even the recap summary from AP , I had to come here ask how in the hell can PF/C can take 18 shots and miss 17 of them . Epic Bawful, I am sure statsLLC will have some kind of a new record for this. I recommend Bawful to use Christina Bosh from now on.

Anonymous jigs said...
Hey guys... i'm a big heat fan as of now... but you know what, i agree with christina bosh as as the bawful player of the year!

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