Pinch me to make sure I’m not dreaming: The signing of Leandro Barbosa suddenly turns the Boston Celtics back-court into a supercharged north-south machine, capable of blowing by opposing defenses in the blink of an eye. Tell me I didn’t fall asleep on the recliner with some Tupac playing on my iPhone. Tell me this is real. If it is – and boy, oh boy do I hope it is – then our Celtics are going to be a handful once the season starts. And it’s only gonna get better when Avery Bradley returns.
Think about it – there will likely be times when Rajon Rondo and the Brazilian Blur are pushing tempo on the court together. Or Bradley and Barbosa. Or Courtney Lee and…
It makes my head swim just thinking about the possibilities. All of that talent, all of those fouls to give, all of that quality guard play coming at you for a full 48.
I’m stoked. Pumped. Jacked. Whatever. Thug Life, baby. This is a gansta party of supremely skilled guard play.
And you know what? I don’t think the league has another team that can boast anything as close. We’ve got big guards, fast guards, quick guards, guards who can stroke it, guards who can lock down on defense. We’ve got guards that can guard any conceivable combination thrown their way.
Does it get any better than that?
I’m digging every second of it, and the season hasn’t even started yet.
Kudos to Danny Ainge for going all David Copperfield on us and pulling another rabbit out of his hat. The man is a magician.
And so is Rajon Rondo.
And now, suddenly, Rondo has a new running mate to attack the Miami Heat.