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Rajon Rondo’s Return to Boston

Boston is familiar to Rajon Rondo, but playing there Friday night won’t quite be the same. He won’t be¬†rocking the same green and white uniform he’s worn since he was traded to the Celtics in 2006 shortly after being drafted by the Phoenix Suns. This time, he’ll be the opponent from Dallas wearing blue and white. Rondo admitted that the return will be somewhat emotional, but sought advice from former Celtics teammate Paul Pierce, who told him to “keep blinking when I look up so I don’t cry.”

Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 18 after rumors of him being traded have been swirling around for years. This time, the trade was official and completed with Rondo playing in his first game as a Mav just a few days later. Now, with six games under his belt on his new team and not even a month away from Boston, he’s back. Rondo will be greeted by former teammates, some of which he calls his friends. Jeff Green, for one, considers the point guard a good friend and said it will be “weird¬†to see him in a different colored uniform.” He can also look forward to a video tribute and a warm welcome from fans, which will make it a little more difficult for him to keep his composure.

Though it wasn’t his choice, leaving Boston for Dallas is a better move for Rondo’s career and certainly increases his chances of adding to the lone championship he won as a Celtic in 2008. The Mavs have a more complete team to which he adds, as opposed to a young and rebuilding Celtic team, which includes a young Brad Stevens coach in his second year of coaching in the NBA.

As far as the game this evening, I see the Mavericks getting the road win, which will probably be bittersweet for Rondo. The win will be good for him and his new team, but in the back of his mind, Rondo can’t help but to forget about the Celtics team that made him the player he is today.

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NBA releases 2013-2014 season schedule

On Tuesday, the NBA released the schedule for the 2013 regular season.

On opening night, the Miami Heat will play the Chicago Bulls at home, but the Bulls may be adding another person to their starting five.

There is a chance that Derrick Rose may return for this game, making this the first game he will play in since tearing his ACL in the 2012 playoffs. In March, Rose was cleared by doctors for full contact play, but he said he would not play until he was able to dunk off his left foot.

If Rose does, indeed, play for this game, ticket sales are sure to increase and this will be one of the biggest games of the season to watch.

Opening night will also consist of three games, including a battle of the two-team city, as the Lakers take on the Clippers and the Indiana Pacers facing the Orlando Magic.

After all of the trades and free agent signings that have occurred in the off-season, there will be a lot of interesting games and boo-ing during those games. The first one will be when Dwight Howard comes to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Nov. 7 as a Rocket.

However, nothing will compare to the response of Boston Celtics fans when Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce show up on Jan. 26 for the first time in Boston as members of the Brooklyn Nets. I am personally interested in how Rajon Rondo will respond to each of the above mentioned men, especially after what Garnett did to Ray Allen after signing with the Miami Heat last season.

There has been several changes to each team (not to mention the addition of the rookies) that will make this season very interesting to watch. For a list of each team’s schedule, click here.

 

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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett headed to Brooklyn: Fair trade?

Last night was a very exciting night for the NBA. The draft was much different than what many had thought. However, there was a disturbance in the draft and it had nothing to do with the newest additions to the league.

During the draft, it was announced that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett would be traded to the Brooklyn Nets after rumors of them planning to leave.

The Nets would then give up three first-round draft picks (one each in 2014, 2016 and 2018), Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks.

With two future Hall of Famers headed to Brooklyn, it seems that the Nets are getting a good deal, but who really has the upper hand?

When it comes to the numbers, the Nets have the upper hand. Garnett and Pierce outscore the three 33-19 and are better at rebounding, according to their numbers from the past season.

Another thing to consider is how both Garnett and Pierce will respond to former player Jason Kidd as their coach. Humphries, Wallace and Brooks are younger guys that would have learned a lot from Kidd.

Garnett and Pierce, however, are closer to Kidd’s age and played extensively against him.

Will they be able to see him as a coach and give him the proper respect? Pierce may not have a problem with this because he is somewhat mild mannered. Garnett, on the other hand, may be more vocal about any objections that may come up, which could cause problems.

As of now, the Bostons Celtics do not have a head coach. The bright side is that they have all of their players. As a result, they can evaluate each players’ talents, see who will fit their system and be the best coach for the team during their rebuild.

Additionally, there have been problems in the past between Kris Humphries and Rajon Rondo that resulted in both getting ejected. Will this have an effect on how they act as teammates?

Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy also had tensions during a game that resulted in both getting technical fouls. After they became teammates, however, they put aside their differences and are cordial as players on the Toronto Raptors. Perhaps Rondo and Humphries can do the same? Advantage: Boston.

Both teams must also consider the longevity of their newest team members. Brooks is the youngest at 24 and Garnett is the oldest at 38. In a few years, Garnett and Pierce will be retiring. They have been playing for a long time and are set in their ways.

Humphries, Brooks and Wallace, on the other hand, are younger and are not as set in their ways. There is still time to cultivate their talent and could, ideally, win a championship. With Garnett and Pierce, there’s less time. Advantage: Boston.

Next year’s draft is projected to be better than this year’s. The biggest sensation is Kansas’ newest guard, Andrew Wiggins. He is drawing comparisons to LeBron James because many professional teams expressed interest in him, but Wiggins is required to play at least one year in college before declaring for the draft.

Other top players projected to be in the 2014 draft include Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, James Young and Andrew Harrison.

Part of the trade included that Boston would get one of the Nets’ draft picks next year. Depending on where Brooklyn places, this could be huge for next generation of Boston. Advantage: Celtics.

Even though both teams and the NBA have agreed to the terms of the trades, it will not be finalized until July 10.

At first, it seemed crazy for the Celtics to give up two of their franchise players. Both will be hall of famers and put up good numbers for the team. However, it is Brooklyn that seems to have received the short end of the stick.

Despite Boston not having a coach, they are slowly but surely organizing their pieces to make a better team. Looks to me like they’re headed in the right direction in doing so.

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