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Bulpett: Kenny disses Ron Mercer
Kenny Anderson claims Ron Mercer complained about not getting the ball
every time. I'm tempted to say "I told you so!"
Anderson points way: C's better off minus Mercer
by Steve Bulpett
Thursday, October 7, 1999
Kenny Anderson expects a quieter season with the
Celtics. With one
outside voice now gone, the point guard is hoping the
in his head will be history, as well.
The external voice, he said, belonged to Ron Mercer,
believes his subtraction (in a trade to Denver) will
yield a positive
result for the Celtics. At that point in the
realized how what he was saying might sound. His words
and he really didn't want to be taking down a former
Honesty has been a double-edged sword for him in the
past, but he
remained incapable of holding back.
``I believe we're going to be better from the trade,''
``I'm happy with it. I'm not knocking him, but it's
going to make my
job a lot easier. He was one of the guys that always
``I know you're going to write this, and I don't want
to belittle Ron or
anything, but he's one of the guys that made my job a
than it had to be. I've played with some great
2-guards in my time,
but he just complained about getting the ball every
``I just think now there will be more responsibility
on me in the
backcourt, and I like that. I had that in Portland
before I came over.
I've already got Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce. Those
are go-to guys
and I have them. You have to know your go-to guys. On
that has to be Antoine and Paul Pierce. That's the
thing here, and
everybody has to define their roles after that. If
there's another guy
in my ear, it's tough. It was hard. And I think I let
that get to me a
lot last year.''
For that, Anderson accepts the blame. When a team is
shots, the finger must be pointed at the point guard -
entrusted with getting the club into its offense.
``That's on me,'' said Anderson, who turns 29
Saturday. ``I didn't do
the things I was supposed to do last year, and I can't
let that happen
``I'm not trying to be arrogant or cocky, but I have
to take control
of the offense more as far as distributing and getting
the flow of things. I didn't do that last year. I let
one thing bother
me, and I just said, `Aw, the hell with it.' But I'm
not getting into
that this year. We're going to look in the mirror and
then go out and
``There were some things that happened right away and
frustrated. Then the boat was rocking and everybody
just fell off.''
Anderson admitted he stopped working out once the
on the season, and this summer he got with a track
coach to prepare
in a cardiovascular manner for Rick Pitino's game. He
knows that with
four years and $32.5 million left on his contract, he
can either do
what is required or accept his paycheck sheepishly.
``This is definitely a big year for me,'' Anderson
said. ``It's big for
the team, and I have to be a big part of us playing
the kind of ball we
have to play.
``When I came over in the trade (in February 1998), I
well, and I remember that. The first 10 or 15 games
were great for
me. I've got to stay healthy and stay focused now.
Last year was like
turmoil. I didn't fill the expectations on me. People
want me to lead
this team. I think everybody here knows how I can play
and is waiting
for me to do that.''