This afternoon the NBA released the full 2019-2020 schedule for each of the 30 teams, and it's safe to say that the Celtics' schedule is full of big games. Between players' returns to their former teams to rivalry games, it's tough to narrow the list of must watch games down to just 10. With that being said however, here's the games I personally can't wait for.
Is it just Team USA camp? Yes. Will it have any real impact on how the Celtics will play together come the NBA Regular Season? Possibly Not. Do I care? Absolutely not. The four Celtics that are at Team USA training camp right now have me so excited for next season that I have pretty much entirely moved on from the train wreck that was the 2018-2019 season. After entering the offseason extremely low on hope and enthusiasm for this team, I have officially done a 180 and could not be more ready for October to get here and for the rock to hit the parquet again. First, Summer League got me going, but now the photos, videos and quotes that we are getting from the Team USA Celtics have drawn me all the way back in emotionally.
Why Are People Sleeping on This Celtics Team? The Loss of Both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford Has Been Covered
Let's flashback to last year, or even before the 2018-19 season. People were penciling in the Celtics to make it to the NBA Finals. There was no doubt about it. With the talent they had they were a lock to win the Eastern Conference. Now, obviously things turned out a little differently than we had anticipated. My question here is why don't these Celtics have just as much hype? This 2019-20 team should be just as hyped up as last year's team.
Over the last few days Marcus Smart has somehow found a way to become even more beloved in the eyes of Celtics fans. Heading into last weekend, the longest tenured Celtic was already a fan favorite deemed untradeable by Celtics Nation; but this weekend he took that to another level by acknowledging the presence of Weird Celtics Twitter, giving them a national platform through ESPN’s NBA show “The Jump” and engaging with fans in a Twitter Q&A. In return for getting to ask him a question as part of the Q&A, all Marcus asked was for people to donate any amount they chose to his YounGameChanger charity foundation.
This is going to be an incredibly important season for Jayson Tatum. I think we can all agree on that. After an amazing playoff run as a rookie, Tatum seemingly cooled off in his second season (even though his core stats might say otherwise). Tatum averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists per game over the 2018-19 season. This season, how much do fans expect out of him? I hate to say it, but based on what I've seen, possibly too much...
Alright, so we know that Tacko Fall signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics. If you don't understand what an Exhibit 10 contract entails (like me about 12 hours ago), it is (in dumbed-down terms) an agreement between Fall and the Celtics from now until the start of the season by which, come the start of the year, they can either convert his contract into a two-way contract or waive him. His money is not guaranteed. What is guaranteed is his camp invite to start the year with the team. That make much sense? If not, all you need to know is that this renders Tacko a member of the Celtics right now. He is signed and untouchable to anyone else.
Turkish Thugs and Violent Threats Force Celtics’ Center Enes Kanter to Shutdown Free Basketball Camp; Kanter Currently in Twitter Feud With Mosque Over Decision to Cancel
Celtics' center Enes Kanter has been forced by the Islamic Center of Long Island to shutdown a free basketball camp that he had planned on holding at the facility. Kanter released a statement in which he says the cancellation came after the mosque had received threats from the Turkish Consulate which included visits from Turkish goons.
Back in late February of this past season, the Celtics lost to the then 16-44, 13th seeded Chicago Bulls in what was essentially a wire-to-wire ass kicking. Though the final score ended up reflecting just a 10 point loss, the game wasn’t nearly as close, with the Celtics trailing by as many as 25 at one point in the third quarter. The loss was the Celtics’ 4th in their past 6 games, with their only 2 wins during the stretch coming in games against Philadelphia and Detroit that Kyrie Irving sat out for. Despite it all, Kyrie Irving remained confident about the team’s future in his postgame presser. When asked whether he thought their struggles would carry over from the regular season to the postseason, he gave what would quickly become one of his more infamous quotes during his time in Boston: “No, we’ll be fine. Because I’m here.”
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported last week that the Celtics were upset with the 76ers over alleged tampering with 5-time All-Star center Al Horford prior to the start of NBA free agency. The reaction to the allegation made to Windhorst by the Celtics brass was general dismay and scoffing since it appears as though many teams were tampering with impending free agents in the days leading up to June 30th. Even the Celtics themselves reportedly had a deal in place for Kemba Walker before free agency officially began. On Monday, Al Horford got an opportunity to react for the first time to the allegation and he did not appear happy with his former team.
It’s been a weird summer for Team USA basketball. Anthony Davis, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozan, Zion Williamson, Tobias Harris, CJ McCollum and Eric Gordon have all backed out of their commitment to play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in September. Team USA was already shorthanded before the flurry of withdrawals with players like LeBron James, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving never planning on suiting up for Team USA in the World Cup.