Wednesday, March 25, 2020

ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan had a few things to say about the Celtics & their future on Michael Holley Podcast.

When Jackie MacMullan speaks, I listen intently. She is a veteran and respected sports writer that is trusted by most folks associated with the NBA. On the Michael Holley podcast, Jackie had a few things to say about Kyrie Irving’s disenchantment with the Celtics, but I promised I would put that to rest. Most of us agree that the current Celtics squad may possibly make it out of the East in the post-season, but Title hopes are few. MacMullan gave her view of the main reason for that.


In the podcast, Jackie stated that she felt Al Horford’s loss to free agency was the major change for Boston – and why they aren’t Championship-caliber (per Jackie MacMullen via Michael Holley Podcast):

… that’s the biggest hole – the drop-off from Horford to Enes Kanter. … but defensively, my goodness, it’s a huge drop-off and that to me is the biggest problem.

On the plus side, Jackie Mac is optimistic about Gordon Hayward’s resurgence. She referred to the solid 2017-18 pre-season before Kyrie Irving and Gordon got injured (per Jackie Mac):

Gordon’s the reason people are underestimating the Celtics and he’s also the reason the Celtics may be better than people think.

My guess is that Danny Ainge will look at whatever interior defense presents itself in training camp and pre-season, and make a decision on whether the addition of a veteran, defensive-minded big man is needed.

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Tom Lane July 26, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Adel
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You get the notion that some come up with negative claims just to show that they are around and acknowledge what others fail to discuss!

Tom Lane
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I assume we are talking the “Kyrie” part. Jackie has a real “in” with teams and players, but Kyrie is gone. Let’s leave it alone. Thanks for commenting.

Adel
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Exactly , talking now about Kyrie has no value to fans. Playing the guilty game before the season even starts is outrageous. Thank you too.

Tom Lane July 26, 2019 at 7:29 pm

ColdAssHonkey
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There was no reason for Jackie to put that out like that! What, Irving left because of the coach and front office….so what! It was a horrible fit in the locker room and on the coart WHERE IT MATTERED THE MOST! If I’m Boston I’m sittin Jackie down. W.T.H.?

Tom Lane July 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Tom Lane
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Which is why I did not address the “Kyrie” part of the Podcast. It has been beaten to death, and I choose to let it lie. It was a bad mix, and I leave it at that. Thanks for the great input.

Tom Lane July 26, 2019 at 7:31 pm

ColdAssHonkey
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N.P. Kyrie is gone. I haven’t seen any significant number of Celtic fans upset over the departure? Jackie is clinging to this to what? Appease that Celtic hating Rachel Nichols on The “Trip”? Careful the company ya keep Jackie Mac,we love ya in Boston but if ya keep this up…

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