A few odds and ends this Thursday morning, as we start to cool off from the trade rumor frenzy which took off on Tuesday.
Let’s begin with a report from A. Sherrod Blakely over at CSNNE.com that indicates the Celtics have their concerns over Paul’s surgically repaired left knee:
Slowly but surely, the talk of Chris Paul coming to Boston is beginning to die a slow death.
….One of the reasons that’s giving the C’s some reason to pause in their pursuit of Paul is his health; specifically, his surgically repaired left knee.
While he appears to have bounced back from the 2010 injury nicely, there is some concern that the injury could prove problematic in the future.
These concerns may be very well warranted (although Paul did play 78 games last season) but this smells of damage control to me. For now, it appears the C’s aren’t likely to acquire Paul given the reports about him not wanting to sign an extension, so rather than risk further damage, potentially to Rondo’s psyche about being thrown around the rumor mill so much, this shows them cooling on Paul. Not a bad way to control the conversation.
More free agent talk and a 3-on-3 on the whole Rondo situation is on the way later today. Also stay tuned for full coverage of Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers speaking to the media from Waltham. We could also hear from some players who can use team facilities for the first time today.