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Re: [Celtics' Stuff ] Blount will cost.-Globe
I just want to say that it just could have easily have been Mihm getting that
20 and 20, except for the foul trouble potential. But Peter, that is why
Danny would prefer Mihm get the minutes because he also thinks that Blount is a
goner. Comprende? But I for one still haven't forgot the Hands of Stone, Arms of
Glass Blount of five games ago. Yes, Blount was better than the guy who was
commanded by Obie to try to rebound all by himself with the rest of his
teammates getting back or spread out around the three point line. It surprising he
would want to go back to that. But Hunter is the guy drawing all the attention.
Mihm, has better hands and is a better rebounder, whould have had a 30-30 game
against the Magic that night playing next to Hunter.....
<< Blount has shot for a big score
By Peter May, Globe Staff, 3/4/2004
This time around, Mark Blount feels there will be opportunities.
The Celtics center has been a free agent before, including last summer.
He had a few offers, but none that blew him away.
But after what could loosely be described as a "breakout" year, Blount
should be in a much better situation this summer when free agency
beckons again. Technically, he has a contract for next year. But it's
his option for short money ($1.09 million), so when July 15 rolls
around, his phone could be ringing.
"I'll be looking at all the options," Blount said yesterday.
Will one of those options be Boston? Possibly. But Blount has been
outspoken about the turnover this season both in personnel and the
coaching ranks. One of the main reasons he re-signed with the Celtics,
probably the main reason, was coach Jim O'Brien. Another was rejoining
the teammates with whom he was comfortable and familiar, a few of whom
have since been dealt.
"It has been a long year," he said. "It's just unfortunate all the
trades and everything that happened. People finally got to see what I
can do, but look at everything else. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. It
has been a long year."
Athletic, young (he turned 28 last November) 7-foot centers are a rare
breed in the NBA, especially in the height-challenged Eastern
Conference. You could envision several teams with a need for a big man
-- Indiana, Orlando come to mind -- who might be willing to give Blount
part or even all of their mid-level exception, which should be around
And if O'Brien resurfaces in one of those center-starved places?
"I got to give that a 99.9 percent look-at," Blount said. "Definitely,
I gotta do it. That's my man.
"Wherever Obie comes up, I'm definitely looking at that. I know I need
to be in a system that is something like Jim brought in. It's not about
going to just any team. It's about going to a team that fits your
Danny Ainge, the Celtics' executive director of basketball operations,
said yesterday that he hopes Blount decides to stick around.
"Mark Blount has had a great year," Ainge said. "I would hope that Mark
would want to stay in Boston. It's a great opportunity for him. He has
had a great year and enhanced his quality of play. He has improved. He
feels comfortable here. I'm sure there are questions that Mark will
have for us and questions that we will have for him."
Blount is answering a lot of those questions with his play this season.
He had a 28-point, 21-rebound game Monday against Orlando, a feat he
said he hadn't accomplished "since AAU. Maybe." He's averaging 9.3
points and 6.2 rebounds in 27.6 minutes a game. He has started 53 of 62
games, one of two Celtics (along with Paul Pierce) to have appeared in
At the close of yesterday's workout, the Celtics worked on some
last-second plays. Blount actually was the first option in one of them
"Mark got a lot of baskets [Monday]. I didn't run one play for him and
he had 28 points," said interim coach John Carroll. "When you're
unselfish, and you get 30 assists, and everyone scores and everyone
passes, then everyone is a weapon."
Blount is all of that. No one's going to confuse him with Shaq,
Jermaine O'Neal, or even Brad Miller. But he's going to make some team
happy next summer, and, in all probability, he's going to do so with a
big, fat contract. He won't say it, but you listen to him and you read
between the lines and you have a hard time believing that team will be
the Celtics. >>