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Ok, I need to address these reports of LeBron James’ interest in the Boston Celtics   Leave a comment

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…There is absolutely NO WAY it can happen UNLESS LBJ agress to being paid for far less than he’s worth AND Kyrie Irving is ok with it. That second point is important BECAUSE playing with LBJ is why Uncle Drew asked the Cavs to trade him. So, they did. Playing with LBJ for 1 game is different from playing with him for a whole season + playoffs.

As a reminder, the Celtics blew up the team during the last offseason just to sign Gordon Hayward. Kyrie Irving came to Boston via the trade I just mentioned in exchange for Isaiah Thomas (Traded to the Lakers mid-season), Jae Crowder (Traded to the Jazz mid-season), Ante Zizic (Drafted by the Celtics but was never activated) and the Brooklyn pick. The Cavs just got swept by the Warriors in the NBA Finals so…yeah.

Only four players from last year’s Celtics team returned this season: Marcus Smart, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier. Everyone else was either drafted (Jayson Tatum, etc.), traded for (Irving, Marcus Morris, etc.) or signed (Hayward, etc.) to replace the liquidated pieces. The difference between this and what the Celtics did in 2007 and 2012 is the Celtics stayed competative. That’s why even without Hayward and later Irving, the Celtics were a game away from going to the NBA Finals without both of them.

It’s like I said before: Next season, the Eastern Conference goes through Boston. Period. Everyone except Greg Monroe (signed to replace Hayward for the rest of the season + Playoffs using the Disabled Player Exception and is automatically an Unrestricted Free Agent now) and likely Aaron Baynes (Unrestricted Free Agent) will be back next year. This isn’t like last year and 2008 when the Celtics had alot of expiring contracts and pieces to move to sign Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and more recently Al Horford and Gordon Hayward. The current squad is locked in for next year.

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Irving’s contract expires after next season and everyone knows this. If the Celtics seriously entertains signing LBJ knowing LBJ is why he wanted out of Cleveland…yeah. There’s also the fact the Celtics don’t have the money to pay LBJ what he’s worth anyway. There is breaking news Kyrie Irving announced he has not commited to resigning with Boston when his contract expires after next season. I would assume he is following the reports LBJ might try to cut a deal with Danny Ainge to sign with the Celtics this offseason. That would be a HUGE factor in weather he negotiates a new contract with Boston or not.

Obviously Ainge and Celtics owners would want to make sure LBJ would work with their system and LBJ would have to agree to that + taking a pay cut for a prettymuch guaranteed trip back to the NBA Finals. Let’s say the Celtics decide to take a serious shot at getting LBJ and Kyrie is ok with it as well. Obviously both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum would be moved. We already know the other 29 teams want both of them so…yeah. Don’t forget Marcus Smart will definitely be back next year as well.

So, the Celtics starting 5 would look something like this:

 

  1. Al Horford (Daniel Theis)
  2. Gordon Hayward (Marcus Morris)
  3. LeBron James (Jayson Tatum)
  4. Kyrie Irving (Terry Rozier)
  5. Marcus Smart (Jaylen Brown)

I put the reserves for them in parenthesis. It assumes the Celtics can figure out a way to sign LBJ without giving up Brown and Tatum. Not saying it would be impossible, just prettymuch impossible. LOL.

So, yeah. I think these teams are more likely to get LBJ for various reasons:

  • Cavs
  • Knicks
  • 76ers
  • Lakers
  • Rockets
  • Spurs

 

At the end of the day, LBJ will keep everyone waiting to know where he’ll go just because he can. He’s being coy but he knows everyone wants to know what team he plans to play on next season. He did it twice before. He could even sign with a team no one is even thinking about. He has strong ties to Los Angeles and Cleveland obviously so…yeah.

Relative to the Celtics…nah, it’s just not worth moving Tatum and Brown for LBJ. Plus Kyrie Irving’s decision next year will be a talked about until he makes up his mind. The Celtics will likely do the same thing Cleveland did with LBJ and plan for him leaving after next year until proven otherwise. It would be the smart thing to do. They certainly won’t make the same mistake OKC did with Kevin Durant and didn’t have a “What if he decides to leave?” Plan, which he obviously did. Plus unlike OKC and the Cavs, the Celtics will still have both Horford and Hayward regardless. Hayward will likely finish his career in Boston (Or at least as long as Brad Stevens is Head Coach) and Horford could probably be convinced to do the same without much effort (It certainly helps he is a close friend of Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who told him to sign with the Celtics two years ago).

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It appears my Unemployment Streak will FINALLY be ending soon   Leave a comment

Two years is a LONG time for someone with my skillset and experience to be Unemployed. That’s what September 8 would mark. As of this afternoon, I probably won’t be Unemployed on that date. I have received the first of what I expect to be several requests for an in-person interview today. I don’t want to disclose the company yet since like I just said, I am expecting to interview for multiple jobs in a short amount of time.

What I will say is should I be hired, I would be working full-time from Sunday to Thursday. This would be true of the other companies I’ve submitted applications for online. Which companies?

These:

  • UNOs Restaurant
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Shaws Supermarket
  • Star Market Supermarket
  • GameStop
  • Best Buy
  • AMC Theatres

…I am obviously pulling out all the stops to get employed compared to last year. Having a job is an effective treatment for depression. Having income means no longer reliant on government assistence. This is to say nothing of the perks that come with working for most of the above companies from discounted food or groceries to insider info on upcoming releases. So…yeah.

Of the above, the closest to me is Shaws. Barnes & Noble, UNO, GameStop and Cheesecake Factory are all in the Prudential Center or across from it in the case of UNO and GameStop. Star Market is next to the Prudential Center while AMC is across from Boston Common. The ones I applied for open positions at anyway. All of them I can get to one of two ways from my current address as well.

I have goals in life. I do plan to go back to school eventually but right now I have other priorities. Once my situation becomes stable–and I expect the process to take 3 to 12 months once I am employed–I feel like I will be back to where I was mentally and emotionally before the spring of 2014.

This Maine man killed in a hit and run accident was himself a involved in a hit and run accident 50 years earlier   Leave a comment

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Well, you know what they say about irony. This is Douglas Parkhurst, who died yesterday protecting children in a hit and run accident. The driver involved–Carrol Sharrow–fled the scene but was arrested shortly afterward and is now behind bars. She’ll get her day in court soon enough.

Before you call this Vietnam vet a hero, here’s someone else you should know about.

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This is 4 year old Carolee Ashby. She died in a hit in run accident on Halloween night in Fulton, New York back in 1968. Had she lived, she would be 54 years old today. The driver involved in that accident was Parkhurst. A witness came forward in 2013 and that led investigators to Parkhurst, who confessed to being the driver involved in Ashby’s death.

Since the statue of limitations had long since expired, no charges were ever filed. Then yesterday, Parkhurst died in more or less the same way Ashby did back in 1968 and under similar circumstances. I imagine he had a flashback to that night just before he died and likely accepted his death with dignity knowing he robbed a 4 year old girl of a full life 50 years earler. The obvious difference is unlike Ashby, Parkhurst’s killer will be going to court and face the charges he should have faced for Ashby’s death in 1968. I’m talking the exact same charges.

I’ll stop short of saying he got away with murder. Yes, the statue of limitations had run out but in the end he paid for his crime…with his life.

It is not uncommon for this kind of thing to happen as folks know. I mean folks guilty of manslaughter later dying the same way their victim did. This story caught my attention because although Ashby was denied justice, Parkhurt’s punishment fit his crime. The truth came out five years ago. I do wonder if Ashby’s family or the media from Fulton, NY paid him a visit looking for answers. He almost got away with murder so…yeah.

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