Q. First question: Jared, have you slipped in the shower lately?
A. No! I’m guessing it would take me longer than 4 weeks to heal if I did though.
Q. Was it more frustrating to hear about Rondo’s broken hand or Rondo’s endless trade destinations?
A. Trade destinations! People hurt themselves; the injury doesn’t seem too bad and now it sounds like he’ll be back for opening night. I’ve yet to see a reasonable trade floated for him. Do we really need more picks at this point? I think people have forgotten how good/fun to watch he was before the ACL injury.
Q. Is 2014 Tyler Zeller going to be as effective as 2001 Mark Blount? (Correction, I meant 2003-04 Mark Blount, who averaged 10 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block. Clearly, I believe Tyler Zeller is capable of turning into a serviceable center if I think he might achieve the glory of 2004 Mark Blount).
A. 2001 Mark Blount averaged about 3 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. Unfortunately, I don’t think Zeller is going to offer much more than that, but you never know.
Q. How many games will the Celtics lose by 5 points or less? (Last year’s record?)*
A. It looks like they lost 14 games last year by 5 points or less. I’d expect a similar number, though slightly improved.
*further research shows the Celtics lost 25 games by 4-9 points. Though the Celtics lost a whopping 57 games, they got blown out far fewer than all other 50+ loss teams, thanks to their decent defense.
Q. How many total minutes will James Young play? More than 700?
A. I guess I’ll take the under on that. Maybe 500 minutes? Thornton, Turner, Green, Wallace, Bradley, Smart seems like too much depth for Young to get much time at the 2/3.
Q. Do you want Jeff Green to remain a Celtic for the next two years, or would you rather see him traded?
A. I guess I want to see him remain a Celtic (unless he can be traded for someone that can protect the rim). Hopefully he plays more minutes at the 4 this year.
Agreed on Green at the 4, though I’m not sure the Celtics can survive on the boards unless Sullinger plays center and averages 15 per game if Green plays power forward more.
Q. What are you looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A. The return of Rondo. Marcus Smart’s defense. 8213189301 threes. Marcus Thornton on good days. Gerald Wallace diving all over the floor in meaningless games. Jeff Green at power forward (please). Brandon Bass.
It would be nice to see a new stat in the box score: dives. Only counting loose ball-type dives. Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Gerald Wallace are all excellent divers.
Gerald Wallace is one of the best divers in the NBA.
Q. What are you NOT looking forward to about this upcoming season?
A. Every team with any height/interior presence destroying them. Marcus Smart’s 3s. Marcus Thornton on bad days. Gerald Wallace free throws.