Celtics rounding into shapeMORE: Everybody hates Bobby Breaking down Larry's letter


Celtics rounding into shapeMORE: Everybody hates Bobby Breaking down Larry's letter

According to A. Sherrod Blakely, the Celtics have come to terms with center Chris Wilcox, and if I've got my names and numbers right, that brings Boston's roster count to 11.

And I demonstrate:

1. Kevin Garnett
2. Paul Pierce
3. Rajon Rondo
4. Avery Bradley
5. Brandon Bass
6. Jeff Green
7. Jason Terry
8. JaJuan Johnson
9. Fab Melo
10. Jared Sullinger
11. Chris Wilcox

On top of that, the Celtics have until the last night of Vegas Summer League to guarantee E'Twaun Moore's contract. But considering how well he played in Orlando, and the uncertainty surrounding Bradley shoulders, it's fair to assume the Celtics will want Moore. So, that's 12.

And what about Kris Joseph? The C's obviously liked the kid enough to draft him, and he held his own in Orlando. Not to mention, take a look at the aforementioned 12 guys and you'll see only one natural small forward Pierce. They could use a little depth there. And how about this: Can you name the last second round pick NOT to play for the Celtics in his rookie season? That would be Darius Songalia in 2002. In other words, the Celtics love their second rounders. For all them there reasons, I'm giving Joseph roster spot No. 13.

And then there were two.

Crazy, right? All of a sudden the 2012-2013 Celtics are coming into focus.

Who are some candidates for the last two spots? As it is right now, the C's won't have much to work with. There's still a chance that Mickael Pietrus finds his way back home although he'd probably have to do so at a discount. Sean Williams is third non-guaranteed contract on the summer league roster (along with Moore and Joseph) and has to at least be considered. Stiemsma? Eh, with Wilcox on board, there's probably isn't room. And either way, the Stiemer was (and is) likely to get more cash from Minnesota. Keyon Dooling? Maybe. But only if nothing else works out.

I believe the best move for the Celtics right now is this possibility (via Celtics Town, via Celtics Life, via the Dallas Morning News): Work a sign-and-trade for Jason Terry.

In this scenario, with Terry's contract with the Celtics not yet final, the Celtics would instead trade for him. This would:

a) Allow Terry to get more money because of Bird Rights.

b) Allow the Mavs to get a little something in return, instead of losing Terry for nothing. (And with the offseason they've had, they could use it)

c) Allow the Celtics to hold onto to their mid-level exception

Now those last two spots (or at least one of them) becomes a hell of a lot more interesting.

OJ Mayo? Courtney Lee? DWIGHT HOWARD?!

No, OK. But maybe one of the first two.

Either way, we'll take it.

And that's all for now.

Everyone have a good weekend.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

BOSTON – There was a point in the fourth quarter when Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins was fouled trying to score which brought about an automatic, intense and angry scowl from the all-star center. 

He raised his hand as he were going to strike back at the potential assailant. 

And then he saw the man was Jae Crowder. 


Cousins, who had a game-high 28 points, then went to the free throw line, incident-free. 

“I’m not one those other cats he be punking,” said Crowder with a grin.

That moment was one of many throughout Friday night’s game when Crowder made his presence felt when the game mattered most, and wasn’t afraid to mix it up with whoever stood between him and helping the Celtics win – even Cousins. 

But as Crowder explained following Boston’s 97-92 win, that moment was about two physical players who have developed an on-the-floor rapport that speaks to their intensity and desire to win at all costs. 

“He’s going to bring the game to you; his physicality,” said Crowder who had 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. “He’s a very physical type of guy. If he senses you’re not physical at all, he’ll let you know. He’s a dog down there; he’s a bull. I love to go against a player like that. He’s going to give you his best shot each and every night. You either step up to the test or you get run over.” 

As soon as the two made eye contact, Crowder knew it was one of the many intimidation methods used by Cousins against opposing players. 

Crowder wasn’t having it. 

“That’s my guy; he’s my guy,” Crowder said of Cousins. “He plays a lot of tactics against a lot of other players. I’ve earned that respect with him. He knows I’m going to fight him just as hard as anybody else. We leave it on the court. He’s a good friend of mine. We’ve become friends, just playing ball, playing basketball the right way.”