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#1 magicbalala245

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Posted October 25, 2008 - 12:24 PM

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Why not us -- again?

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is picking his team to repeat as NBA champions and hoist their 18th championship banner, according to the Boston Herald.
In a survey of the NBA's general managers conducted by NBA.com, 46 percent of those responding picked the Los Angeles Lakers to win the championship this season. Just 19 percent picked the Celtics to repeat.

But Rivers wasn't concerned about that, according to the report.

"Oh, I don't care one way or the other," Rivers said of the survey, according to the report. "We pick us. We picked us last year, too.


"The bottom line is we have to be a better team than we were last year to win it. We believe that," Rivers said, according to the Herald. "To us, that's a process that we're going to have to go through all year to improve as a basketball team. And I think I have a group of guys that are willing to do that."

The Celtics, who will unveil banner No. 17 and receive their championship rings on Tuesday night, know they'll be a target all season, Rivers said, according to the report.

"We understand it's going to be 82 games of being attacked every night. That'll probably in the long run be a good thing for us, but it's something that we're going to have to get used to," he said, according to the Herald.

But on Tuesday night, Boston will take a moment to celebrate last year's championship, in which the Celtics beat the Lakers in the finals.

"You play for all of it," Rivers said, according to the report. "You play for that night when you win it. You play for the parade. But I think the two things that are the most special are the banner going up and when you get the box and you can open it up and you have a ring. Because when you think about it, that's the only thing you get to take home. Everything else is hanging or stays in someone else's cabinet. So I think the ring is something that's going to be very, very special."


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Posted October 25, 2008 - 12:34 PM

I'm sort of shocked that Rivers didn't pick the Lakers.

I'd be shocked if Garnett and Pierce picked Boston. I mean, who picks their own team?

I know if I were a coach or a team captain, I'd be letting my team know we are going to lose.

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Posted October 25, 2008 - 12:38 PM

I'm sort of shocked that Rivers didn't pick the Lakers.

I'd be shocked if Garnett and Pierce picked Boston. I mean, who picks their own team?

I know if I were a coach or a team captain, I'd be letting my team know we are going to lose.


:lol: nice sarcasm but seriously instead of rivers trying to dodge a guarantee just come out and say it
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Posted October 25, 2008 - 12:52 PM

:lol: nice sarcasm but seriously instead of rivers trying to dodge a guarantee just come out and say it

I would love for Rivers to pull a Pat Riley (with the guarantee, I mean). I think that would make for a wonderful ending in Los Angeles.

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Posted October 25, 2008 - 12:55 PM

he's confident, as he should be, the Lakers have a lot of work to catch up to the celtics
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers

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Posted October 25, 2008 - 10:42 PM

Celtics are going to end up as da Spurs soon.

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Posted October 26, 2008 - 08:37 AM

CELTICS still our biggest threat
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers

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Posted October 26, 2008 - 12:33 PM

Bill Russell also picking the Celtics.




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Posted October 26, 2008 - 06:25 PM

This guy is in for a surprise when the Celtics dont even make it to the finals.

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Posted October 27, 2008 - 10:00 AM

No Posey and no insurance policy in Brown off the bench doesn't really make you the favorite.

I still have no idea how the Celtics are going to replace Posey's presence there.

Oh well, good let Boston say what they want. I don't need words - I need championships.

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Posted October 28, 2008 - 02:20 PM

This was to be expected.

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