Confessions of a Tortured Celtic Basketball Soul

My basketball soul is tortured with guilt. I need absolution through confession.

Forgive me readers, because I have sinned.

I don’t think Kristaps Porzingis is that good. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s good. He’s a fine player, but every time I hear people assume he is a top 10 player, or even a top 20 player, I cringe a bit. I guess I just want my 7’3” center to average more than 6.7 rebounds a game. He’s Andrea Bargnani-strong, but I don’t think that’s a compliment. He is a ball stopper and does not create shots for others. I’m also terrified that he is going to start getting stress fractures in his feet.

Forgive me readers, because I have sinned.

As a Celtics fan, I don’t want Anthony Davis. I mean I do want him, but I don’t. I don’t think he is a good team defender. I don’t think he moves the ball well. I don’t think he is good at creating for others. I don’t think he is tough. I think he is a bit of a prima donna. I don’t want to pay what it would cost to get him.

Forgive me readers, because I have sinned.

Lebron James deserves the MVP this season, as well as each of the last 3-4, even though I’m supposed to hate him as a Celtics fan. He doesn’t have a killer instinct, but he’s still unbelievable. I hate the Cavs, but secretly enjoy watching James prop up and orchestrate an amazing offensive machine out of spare parts. I always cheer against him, but I secretly enjoy watching him play.

Forgive me readers, because I have sinned.

I’m glad the Celtics traded away Avery Bradley. I don’t think you can win a championship with him as your 1st-4th best player. He’s too inconsistent. I loved the highlights. I love the big shots. He was great and all, but I’m glad I don’t need to cheer for him anymore — it was too frustrating.

Forgive me readers, because I have sinned.

I like watching boring rookie role players like Theis, Semi, and Yabu just as much as I like watching Tatum. I love Ojeleye’s athleticism. I love watching offensive players try to back him down and bounce off of him. I love seeing his confidence develop. I love his nasty attitude. I love watching Theis play. He’s playing himself into an 8 figure contract after this 6 figure contract runs out. He’s a great team defender and very skilled offensive player. If he gets into rhythm with shooting and stops fouling, he’d be unbelievable. The rookie I get most excited to see is Yabusele. His game last night offensively was great. He swung the ball side to side, shot with confidence, and set great screens. I think he could be an All-star.

Forgive me readers, because I have sinned.

I still think Marcus Smart has All-star potential. Everything would have to break right, and its probably not going to happen playing for the Celtics. I see all his offensive problems as problems with his rhythm and confidence, not his skill, IQ, or athleticism.

Forgive me readers, because I have sinned.

I think the Celtics can win the championship this year. I think Irving-Hayward is a better backcourt than Curry-Thompson. I think Horford is better than Green. Durant is better than Tatum, but Brown-Smart-Rozier-Theis-Baynes-Ojeleye-Yabusele 4-11 is better than Igoudala-Livingston-McGee-Pachulia-Looney-McCaw-Young-Casspi 4-11.

I will go say 10 Hail Heinsohns for cleansing.