The Cavaliers waived him, the Celtics snapped him up, and now we wait to see what we’ve got in Ryan Hollins. I, for one, will ignore the fact that Hollins is anemic on the boards, an area where the Celtics could certainly use some help. He’s tall – a young seven-footer who can get up and down the court, and that has to count for something. Sometimes it takes the right situation to get the most out of a player like Hollins, and it certainly doesn’t hurt when you’ve got Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in your corner.
We’ve got to wait and see,” said Pierce, who played in pickup games with Hollins and Garnett during the lockout. “I guess you kind of wonder why he didn’t play a lot in Cleveland. I saw a lot of potential. He works hard, and he’s got a lot of lift. You just wonder why he didn’t get an opportunity out there — especially on a team that’s struggling.”
Having Garnett on the court challenging, admonishing and cajoling you will work one of two ways – it will inspire and motivate, and we will see Hollins in a Celtics uniform next season, or it will have no effect, and the journeyman player will be off to find another team. Garnett has played a lot of minutes this season, and with all of the injuries suffered by the Celtics, I’m surprised that KG hasn’t broken down at some point. If Hollins can come in and give Doc Rivers some solide minutes, then that’s about all you can hope for at this point.
Speaking of injuries, it’s awesome to hear that Mickael Pietrus avoided a much more serious issue in Philly on Friday night. Had it been worst case, you could have been looking at a potential coma scenario. What is up, is this a snakebit team? Two players with heart-related abnormalities, what seems like a million other dings and dents, and now this. I don’t know about you, but it feels like a black cloud is hanging over our boys.
The Celtics go against Washington tonight, hungry to regain momentum and keep things interesting down the stretch. A win gives the C’s a sweep of the Wizards, which is nice but hardly something to write home about. I think the Kentucky Wildcats could sweep the Wizards this season – no offense, John Wall.
Okay, back to Hollins – if you’re Doc and Danny you’ve got to give him a chance to work out, but you need him to hurry up and do it now. This is an audition of sorts, a chance at a new beginning. I just hope he plays within himself without playing tight, and I hope he plays smart basketball – think QB trying not to lose a game for the defense and you get the picture. All we need is for Hollins to give the Big Ticket a blow without blowing it. Sounds simple, but we’ll see.
With the Wizards lotto-bound, Hollins might see plenty of action tonight.