I wanted the Bucks to beat the Celtics so much that I watched even the blow-outs until the last whistle. So, Brad
Stevens is a genius, but he's 27-29 now in the playoffs. Kyrie declared himself genius and a great shooter. I won't
repeat the stats, but he shot something below 30 percent in the Bucks series. And Danny Ainge is a genius too for
fleecing the Nets. All that genius only to end in a "gentleman's sweep."
So, my questions to you are: 1) Assuming Kyrie's gone, and they trade Tatum and Brown for a shot at AD, they'll have
little left unless Hayward's game returns because they'll need a point guard and a star, and that's nothing if
Horford leaves too (kind of like Kobe coming to the Bulls for all the players who made the team good in the first
place); 2) Is Kyrie a cancer? Did he leave the Cavs because it was becoming clear to him that he was persona non
grata in the locker room?; 3) If Kawhi stays in Toronto, Giannis stays healthy, the Pacers get stronger w Oladipo's
return and some free agents, do you think the Celtics championship window has already closed?
This is also what's great about the NBA the way we get to dance on their graves after five pretty good months
and 10 bad days. To disappoint you, I don't think it's the end for the Celtics. Though that window isn't as wide
open as it once appeared. It is the end of the Anthony Davis fantasy, and it's not exactly that Kyrie signaled he
was gone, but you can get those No. 11 jerseys pretty cheaply at Quincy Market.
Celtics still have a very good
core with those Jaysons, Gordons and Jaylens and enough players and draft picks to do something. The point about
Stevens is interesting as I never saw him much differently than I did Hoiberg. Stevens was mostly quiet on the
sideline, preferred college sets, was not particularly confrontational, friendly, well spoken, the kind of person
you wanted around your organization, and when he got an intractable problem player like Dwyane Wade or Kyrie Irving
who was capable of splitting the team, there wasn't any particular accountability. But with all those draft picks
and guys like Al Horford in free agency who were the veterans who could lead in a locker room compared to, well, the
Bulls didn't have many of those guys under Hoiberg, Stevens did a lot better. Perhaps the Bulls have one now in Otto
Porter Jr. Those guys go a lot farther than their point totals. Remember, Stevens was down 0-2 at home in the
playoffs to Hoiberg until Rondo was hurt and the team had to depend on Wade, who'd spent much of the season
alienating the young guys on the roster as Kyrie did as well. Hey LeBron, now I know what you mean about dealing
with those young jerks. What, you meant me? Stevens is a very good coach, but there are only a few truly great ones,
and he's not that. Still, I'd keep him around as it's tough to find great ones.