By now you've all probably heard the news that The Big Aristotle has touched down in Boston. And while the Shaq of yesteryear (pictured above)
would've launched us into the Miami Heat stratosphere of odds-on
favorites to knock off the Lakers, there's really no downside to this
man of many names accepted a two-year contract worth far less than what he's
accustomed to -- somewhere in the vicinity of $19 million less than the 20
he banked with the Cavs last season.
Surprising almost no one, the Herald reports that the Celtics and Paul Pierce have reached a preliminary agreement on a deal that will likely keep Pierce in Boston for the remainder of his career. CBS Sportsline says the deal is for four years and $61 million ($15.25 per year, or about $6 million less than his current contract would have guaranteed him).
Paul Pierce looked around, saw a free-agency market crowded with the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki and others (including his once-and-possibly-future teammate Ray Allen), and decided he wanted to join in today, opting out of the final year of his deal with the Celtics and becoming a free agent.
It was all over the 11 o'clock news tonight: LA Times blogger Ted Green's "YOUR GUIDE TO HATING THE CELTICS" -- not much to write home about, just another workmanlike piece of half-assed partisanship, of the sort cranked out by second-string reporters at third-rate daily newspapers during playoff downtime.
The gist? The Celtics are crybabbies ("They cry more than Best Actress winners at the Oscars.