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CelticsHub Interviews Mike Gorman (Part 2)

 

50546This is the second portion of an interview CelticsHub had the privilege of conducting with Celtics TV play by play announcer Mike Gorman. Mike has been the C’s TV play by play man since 1981. He also blogs about the team and answers a mailbag for CSN as well over at csnne.com.

In case you missed the first part of the interview, where Mike discussed Tony Allen, The Hawks being the toughest foe for the C’s in the East and much more, you can check that portion of the interview here

In this concluding part of the interview, I talk to Mike about whether Nate Robinson could be a fit in Boston, the team’s overall needs, the C’s of the future, and whether Rondo is a hall of fame player.

Brian Robb: Have to ask you about Nate Robinson here. There have been rumors out there, and its obviously Robinson’s camp that is likely bringing up the C’s here and showing potential interest. Do you think the C’s have any real interest? And do you think he could be a potential fit despite his baggage?

Mike Gorman: Short answer is no. I don’t see it. One of the things I’ve always admired about Danny is that he will always entertain a possibility rather than just dismissing it out of hand and that’s a reason why he has become a great GM. That being said, I don’t think Danny entertains the thought of it for too long.

The Knicks are terrible and they aren’t even playing him, so there’s gotta be something there. (Mike) D’Antoni said in the paper he’d play the devil to help him win, but he still won’t play Robinson.

One of the reasons that Danny might entertain the possibility is because he has such a strong leader in KG. One of the things I’ve learned very quickly is the biggest difference between college and pro basketball. In college, teams take on the personality of their coach, in the pros teams take on the personality of their best player.

Danny is lucky enough to have a best player that makes people toe the line. As much as a character as Robinson might be, Danny knows that if he brought him into the mix in Boston, KG would be in his face and make sure he toes the line.

That all said, I suppose there’s a crack in the door, but it’s sure a slim crack.

BR: That’s fair. I don’t think C’s fans will fault Ainge for not pursuing him. He doesn’t really fit much of a need right now….

MG: Well the Celtics have the best record in the east, so as for as trying to fit a Celtics need, you are all ready looking for perfection anyway at that point.

Given that case, the obvious need is a guard that can really handle and distribute the ball and that’s his strength. You don’t need another Eddie House, a player that needs to shot. It’s hard for Eddie to make him a distributor because that’s not natural for him. You hurt the team by making him do that.

That’s why we saw Marquis playing so much at the point. But if you were to ask, what could the Celtics use in their Christmas stocking? A veteran ballhandler for the minimum that passes and distributes the ball is what the Celtics could use.

I suppose you could say they could use another rebounder, I don’t particularly but that. The Celtics are the kind of team to not let their rebounding problems affect their record.

BR: With Eddie this year, it seems like he hasn’t been able to find a rhythm. The numbers aren’t terrible but he seems to be struggling getting in a groove?

MG: I think Doc has experimented with that, I think it’s worth. I like what Doc is doing playing Rondo with the bench. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, so I don’t know if this is true, but I think Rondo’s 2nd half numbers have been much better than his 1st half numbers. It just seems that way to me.

The great thing about Rondo is that while Paul and Ray can take over a game with their offense, Rondo can take over the game with his penetration, take it over with his defense, with his distribution or take 2 or 3 of these drives and just find a way to get the team to score.

Rondo has seemed to figure out through his experience and from Doc how and when he has to step up and take over games. When you see people like Perk shooting 65 percent, you can give Rondo a lot of the credit for that. Same with KG. He gets the ball in their hands in the best positions to score.

Tommy Heinsohn says a lot of stuff on air you can gloss over. He firmly believes though that Rondo is a Hall of Fame player and has believed it for a year and a half. That’s how good he thinks he is. On a team with the Big Three, the two players you can say are having a career year are Rondo and Perk.

BR: You brought up Perk here, let’s talk a bit more about the strides he’s made in his offensive game. He has come a long way in the past year, when the onus fell on him to score a bit more once KG went down last year. His hands and finishing skills though are heads and shoulders above what any C’s fan could have dreamed we’d get out of him a few years back. Talk about the evolution of Perk’s game and how you see him becoming a 5th weapon in the starting five for this team.

MG: Well the best way I could sums up my feelings about Perk, is that in about 10 years from now, when you are talking to people about the 10 best Celtic centers of all time, Russell will obviously be number 1 on that list, but Perk’s name will come up as the next best along with Cowens and Parish. That’s gonna be the argument.

Perk is only 25 years old. He has a chance to be a lifelong Celtic and maybe win a couple of Championships more in than 10 year period. He’ll be a guy who gets you 12 and 10 every night, and be amongst the leaders in FG Percentage every year.

Perk is also this team’s tough guy. People think sometimes that KG is but it’s really Perk and that’s a very valuable attribute to have. George Karl has come out and said he should be on the all defensive team. That should happen soon enough….but he was a great pickup. That was a great pickup by Danny.

BR: Yes it was. And that contract he gave him, the 4 year 16 million extension he gave him back in 2006 when he was on the cusp was terrific. I mean Danny has made many great moves but to keep Perk on the cheap so he could build around an established center really was under the radar and I don’t think he gets enough credit for that.

MG: There is something going on in Boston now. I’ve heard some of the guys talk about it. People wants to play for a long time in Boston now. Paul Pierce talks about spending his whole career here. I could see both Rondo and Perk doing the same. Ray has talked about taking less money to finish his career here.

The C’s have a real good thing going here. It’s a place free agents want to come to, there is a major commitment to winning. Kudos to the organization for setting that up. TD Garden is also a top 3 homecourt in the league in terms of energy and enthusiasm. You’d be hard pressed to find a couple better places to play in the league.

It’s nice what we are going through here right now, because the NBA has been a place with a lot of turnover from year to year. It may end up becoming a trend though depending on what the Hawks do at the end of this year with Joe Johnson. Those guys have played together for awhile now and you can’t put a price tag on that kind of chemistry.

BR: Going off, the contract situation you mentioned, people have talked about the window “closing after this year. I though see really no way this team can not resign Ray Allen given their cap situation. There is just going to be no way they will be able to replace his production with the mid level exception. However, with Perk the team has him signed through next year. Do you think Danny should try to extend him ASAP before his value and production goes up even more?

MG: Well I try to stay away from the business side of things. I just know though from talking to Celtics ownership and Danny that Perk is in their long term plans. They know they have a good thing and want to preserve a good thing. Economic times are changing here so they have to wait for those to adjust to that. The players and the players union will have to make some adjustments with the salary cap going down, but I think everyone is on the same page here.

This concludes the second portion of my interview with Mike Gorman. I want to thank Mr. Gorman again, who was gracious with his time and extremely forthcoming and insightful with his responses. Be sure to check out his mailbag at CSNNE.COM as well as continue to enjoy his work over the air with Tommy and Donny on CSN.

In case you missed the first part of the interview, where Mike discussed Tony Allen, The Hawks being the toughest foe for the C’s in the East and much more, you can check that portion of the interview here

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