Re: Is Antoine Walker a Celtic Great?
posted at 1/23/2011 3:23 PM EST
You should really try to understand the game of basketball better and not be a fair weather fan, only (one who likes players only when the team is winning). The game is about the players, the coach, and management. In that period of time, our coach (Jim O'brien) communicated publicly that he felt the best strategy was to score more points off the 3 point line. Walker's 3 point shooting average was terrible, but that's what the coach asked him to do. The Celtics shot 26 3 pointers per game to their opponent's 17 per game. Take out Walker's 8 a game and we still shoot more 3's than our opponents. It was the coaching strategy!!! Try to understand the full game.
As for the back office, we traded away in those dark years....Joe Johnson, Chauncey Billups, and countless others sot hat we could have:
Kenny Anderson at the end of his career
Eric Williams and Rodney Rodgers.
We played them with
Then the next year, we went with bruno Sundov, Rubin Wolkowyski, Mark Blount, Kedrick Brown, Grant Long, Bimbo Coles, and the drunk Vin Baker. All of these guys stayed in the NBA and won championships.....oops - sorry, they never did ANYTHING anything anywhere else!!! Walker averaged 7.5 rebounds while his big men averaged 6 for Battie, 4 for Blount, and 3.8 for Baker. Yea - Walker was a bumb and not hustling while all that talent around him was really doing so great. He and Pierce were the only two players of any note on the team, save a few shining moments from Anderson and McCarty's hustle.
If Walker was such a poison and played so poorly and it wasn't the team around him, what will you say about Pierce who's teams had an even WORSE record when Antoine was gone. Remember they almost broke the record for longest losing streak in the history of the NBA!!! But, it wasn't Pierce's fault. Of course, if Paul never played with KG and Ray and Rondo, you'd say it was all Paul's fault.
Try to look at the big picture more often.