They fell into Tim Duncan in 1997, when an otherwise very good Western Conference team had a ragged season because of an injury to David Robinson, and were gifted the No. 1 pick in the draft. They pulled Avery Johnson off the hoops scrap heap and turned him into a starter, and did that repeatedly for a decade: Bruce Bowen, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal, Danny Green.
But sources told Sporting News that the Celtics are approaching the situation with trepidation. They have no intention of trading Tatum whatsoever this offseason, even in a deal for Leonard. The Spurs would want Brown as part of any trade package, but even there, Boston is wavering.
There are a number of reasons for this. First, there is concern about how Leonard, an MVP candidate when healthy, would mesh with Kyrie Irving, who has looked at his spot with the Celtics given the chance to finally lead his own team and escape the shadow of LeBron James. Both players are known to be stubborn — chemistry is a concern.
Armia posted career highs of 12 goals, 17 assists and 29 points in 79 games last season and had a pair of goals in 13 playoff games. The 25-year-old has 26 goals and 58 points in 180 career NHL games.
Mason went 5-6-1 with a 3.24 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 13 games for the Jets last season. The 30-year-old has a career record of 205-183-64 in 476 games with Columbus, Philadelphia and Winnipeg.
Bourque, a defenseman, had three assists in 46 American Hockey League games last season in his first season of pro hockey with the Laval Rocket. The 21-year-old was drafted in the sixth round in 2015.
Vincent: I did make a mental note that I would work hard to make sure that when we got to the World Series, we’d make sure we got really good people performing. It did lead to an interesting story. After that, I was in St. Louis and a trumpet player (Susan Slaughter) from the St. Louis Symphony came out and played the national anthem before a Cardinals game. I was there. And she played it beautifully — very straight, very simply. No big affectations. I went up to her afterwards and I said, That was simply gorgeous. A beautiful rendition. Would you be willing to do it at the World Series if I invited you? Well, she was thrilled. She said yes. And I invited her to do the national anthem at a World Series game in Atlanta