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Rivers says Celtics not a veteran team like you think they are

Dec 18, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

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As we debated whether or not the Celtics should bring back the band for one more run or break it up and start to rebuild, one question we never discussed was “are the Celtics a veteran team?” Because it seems obvious.

But Celtics coach Doc Rivers doesn’t see it that way.

Rivers told these Celtics are not old-school veteran.

“Where I think people get mixed up, there’s a difference between a veteran team and a lot of veterans on a team,” Rivers said. “This is not a veteran team. This team hasn’t been together.”

I’m not buying it. It’s a matter of semantics, but I’m on the other side.

In the economics of today’s NBA, you’re not going to get teams like the 1980s Celtics where maybe a few fringe players change but even the role guys stick in the same spot year after year after year. That’s not how it works (it wasn’t even how it worked then, exactly).

A veteran team now has a core that has been together for years and rotate role players who buy in around it. Think Spurs.

Also think Boston. They are veteran at their core. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are the core and they have been together for a long time. Yes, they have to fit in Jeff Green and Jason Terry and the soon-to-return Avery Bradley, but every team is moving role players a lot in the off-season. To me the core of Boston is veteran and the other guys just need to buy in and play.

They are just not playing all that well right now.

  1. money2long - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    doc rivers probably can say the same thing about the lakers.

  2. 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Can’t believe this “story” got a write up. Title is very mis-leading. Quality, not quantity K Heezy.

  3. miamatt - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Celtics will be fine. As long as they don’t dig too deep a hole, they’ll finish strong and be a team nobody wants to face come playoffs. I wish it wasn’t true but it is.

  4. misterdreamer119 - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Theyll be peaking come playoff time. Rondo just shoot more.

  5. fanofevilempire - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    hey Doc, your boyz are old, why you think Ray Allen bounced.

    I can’t wait to see KG get pushed around in his old days.

    oh boy!

  6. barkley4life - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Doc’s not stupid. He’s a helluva coach and he sees the writing on the wall with this team. With Pierce winding down and their main perimeter threat this Celtics squad is pretty much on its last legs. Its a finesse jumpshooting team that has no low post presence and WOEFUL rebounding and transition.

    Their main hope is that Bradley turns into a baby Bruce Bowen and Jeff Green can take the next step of being a solid 15ppg higher scorer.

    When Garnett goes to the bench they have one of the worst frontcourts in the NBA outside of shooting.

    And still have no answer for Lebron playing the 4 spot or playing out of the low post.

    • bahston - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Really, who does have an answer for LeBron in either the 4 or the low post? I would posit no one.

      Celtics certainly have a problem in the post. Sullinger is developing but he’s not a high impact first year player. If they can’t get someone, Green and Bradley (if he stays healthy) could help open lanes on offense. However, they’re still going to have a problem in post play on defense.

      Granted, the Knicks and Clippers are playing incredible to start the season (can’t believe I typed that). In the end, I’m not shocked to see a Miami/Thunder repeat in The Finals.

      • barkley4life - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        Green is what he is…an inconsistent tweener who will flash brilliance and disappear just as quickly.

    • badintent - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Funny,every thing you said was the Main problems tonight against the Bulls ! Coincidence ? I think not . LOL .

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