As I become older -- in age, though not in body, mind or spirit, damn it! -- I've learned to expect nothing. If something then comes along, all the better.
While I believe the Celtics have the best offer on the table for Kevin Love, I'm preparing for that bonehead Flip Saunders to hang onto Love because FLIP thinks FLIP will be the difference in getting Minnesota to the playoffs.
Admittedly, I'm a Celtics homey, Still, I think Saunders has been acting like a real blowhard. I can understand why Danny Ainge (according to Jackie MacMullen) doesn’t like the guy.
How will I feel if the Celtics don't get Kevin Love?
Not bad. Actually, I'll look forward to the upcoming season with much interest. Why? Because I believe that Brad Stevens is one of the best coaches on the planet.
So, this is how I see it going down.
1. No Love on draft night. Good luck with that, Flip.
2. Rajon Rondo is traded, either on Draft Night or soon thereafter.
3. Marcus Smart is taken number six. (Joel Embiid will be gone by then, bad wheel or not.)
4. The Celts grab a solid player at No. 17. I'm not going to pretend to know who.
5. And then Brad goes to work.
Look at what this guy did at Butler. And as Jimmy Canada told me, “The number six pick will be the best player he has ever coached.” Great take, Jimmy C.
It has to be Marcus Smart. Power forwards like Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle don't win games. They compliment the NBA game. (Do not interject Karl Malone’s name into this discussion.)
Ball handlers and scorers win games and set the table for players like Randle and Gordon to help the cause. With Rondo traded, the Celtics need a high level guard.
Call me a homer; call me a green teamer. But if Kevin Love doesn't came here and Rondo goes, I think the Celtics could be blast to watch.
Of course, we're not talking title. We'll be rooting for that 7th or 8th playoff spot, and that’s okay . . . for now.
Just preparing myself, people. Just preparing.