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Boston Celtics Fans Should Be Patient With Big Man Ante Zizic As He Adjusts To NBA Play

One of the biggest issues the Boston Celtics faced last year was their lack of rebounding. In fact they were the worst rebounding team in the playoffs last season.

One of the goals this offseason was to find someone who could help them out in that department. Many hope it could be Ante Zizic who has been stashed overseas by the Celtics.

Ahead of NBA Summer League Zizic said his main role with the team would be rebounding which makes sense. But everything isn’t going according to plan right now.

In Summer League he has had his fair share of struggles, and the reason is the learning curve from Europe to the United States. The 20-year-old big man had by far his best game on Sunday night against the Portland Trail Blazers with 9 points and 11 rebounds. But even with that, there is a ton of work to be done with his game.

 

“Everything is much faster. But I think right now, today I played really good,” Zizic, who has been one of his harshest critics this summer, told reporters after the win. “After training camp I will be ready 100 percent for this style of game. And of course there’s a lot of — here, they prefer a game of 1-on-1. And I’ll find my role.”

The Boston Celtics coaching staff is also aware of Zizic’s need to adjust to the differences in play.

“I think he’s just getting comfortable with the game,” Celtics summer league coach Walter McCarty told MassLive.com. “A lot of times he goes to the rim, he’s sealing for such a long time that by the time the play happens so fast and gets downcourt, he’s a step behind. So I think he’s finding the medium of sealing, it’s not there, don’t get the offensive rebound, I don’t have it, recognize it, and get out down the court.”

Of course the best play for Zizic to work on his game is in NBA summer league. The fact that he has shown improvement already is great news for the Boston Celtics. But with the team signing center Aron Baynes to a one-year deal it looks like the C’s have made other plans to replace the minutes of Amir Johnson.

There are still those that view Zizic as the starting center option for Boston including CSNNE NBA insider A. Sherrod Blakeley who has the Croatian center penciled in as the starter at the moment.

Ultimately it looks like the move for Baynes signals that the Celtics do not view Zizic as their starting center. Of course that can all change as Summer League and the off-season progresses. But for now it is important to give Ante Zizic some time to adjust.

“I expect a little bit more from myself,” Zizic said. “I need just a little bit of time to [adjust] to this style of game.”

If Zizic or Baynes isn’t the answer, it could be Guerschon Yabusele who was the 16th overall pick in the 2016 draft. And according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, a player that the Celtics plan to have on their roster in the fall.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Kyrie Irving Wants To Win Without LeBron James

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Newly minted Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had a public fallout with LeBron James. This fallout caused Irving to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers and ended up getting him to Boston.

In his first media appearance as a Celtic, he took to ESPN’s First Take to tackle a number of issues including LeBron James. In regards to James, Irving doesn’t care about the future hall of famers feelings and didn’t even tell him he wanted out of “Believeland”.

Smith: “Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you or your representatives met with ownership to let them know that you wanted out?”

Irving: “No.”

Smith: “Why not?”

Irving: “Why would I have to?”

Smith: “If you don’t speak to someone about it, they might take it personally.”

Irving: “Yeah.”

Smith: “Do you care about that at all?”

Irving: “No.”

When Irving requested out of Cleveland the Cavs handled the situation poorly and leaked the request to members of the media. For that, Irving was even more at ends with them.

“I felt like the timing was impeccable if you ask me,” Irving explained. “I think how ironic it was that I was on my China trip and how my trade rumors all of a sudden just came out publicly. And it was hurtful because I knew how professional I had kept it throughout the whole entire process, and how strategic it was. Because I knew it was going to be madness, and it turned out to be like that. And when you’re living in a reality-based (world) and I’m a very awake individual and you have all these exterior forces trying to change or skew everyone else’s opinion, and I’m not able to say anything, and I’m sitting back and being very, very patient, it became something that I didn’t understand because of the amount of moments that we had together as a team. .. It was hurtful to see that a lot of the reports, and a lot of things that were happening, there was minimal truth to it.”

When it came down to it though, the culture and environment surrounding Cleveland was a driving factor in making him want out. Part of it admittedly was likely the departure of former GM David Griffen and James’s controlling factor.

“When you think about the journey, and you also put things into perspective for what they really are, it’s a truthful environment. And I wasn’t getting that (in Cleveland). And that’s where it really stands,” he explained.

Despite being considered one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference this season Irving understands a lot of work will need to be put into making the Celtics compete.

“That’s the kind of difficult question that will be asked throughout the entire season until we form our identity,” Irving said when asked about expectations. “Only four guys from last year’s team are returning. It’s totally a new journey. I have high expectations and we share that as a group.”

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

We’ve been bamboozled (to quote Burgermeister Meisterburger). Yes, the nerve-racking Celtics-Cavaliers trade is finally done! You can now exhale. But when we dig through the convoluted pile of permutations and appraisals of this deal, doesn’t it all seem highly questionable? Come on, this thing was announced a week before it was completed, a bonafide Woj-bomb. Why the delay? I’ll tell you. There is one person who is responsible for all this controversy, albeit through inadvertence. That man would be none other than “the little guy” Isaiah Thomas.

That’s right, the undisputed fan-favorite and beloved underdog: Isaiah Thomas. Bless his heart; we all know that he’s done a great deal of good for the Celtics. Surely, we’re grateful for the fearless pony-up player he has been for us.

Since last Wednesday, the Celtics and the Cavaliers have been in a gridlocked game of tug-of-war. Thomas has undoubtedly played the threadbare rope, in the middle of all this. Through no fault of his own, he was misrepresented as the centerpiece of the C’s offer for Kyrie Irving. Maybe cockeyed “homer” fans accept this fallacy to be true. But make no mistake, both organizations knew Thomas’ true value the entire time. He is nothing more than a damaged fringe-superstar whose purpose is to be parlayed into draft picks.

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Trade For Irving Now Complete

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Trade For Irving Now Complete, Celtics And Cavs Can Move On

In the least shocking news of the year, the trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers is now complete.

After Cleveland extorted the Celtics for extra compensation in the deal the Celtics conceded and sent the Cavs its 2020 second round pick it acquired via the Miami Heat.

Now that the deal is complete the official structure of the trade is as follows.

Celtics Recieve:

Cavs Recieve

Cleveland received extra compensation because they believed that the Boston Celtics were not fully transparent about the health of Isaiah Thomas throughout the process.

Even if that is true, the health of Thomas’s hip has been highly publicized and occurred during a series in which Cleveland was playing in.

Boston, on the other hand, believes they were completely straight forward with Cleveland and that the Thomas status was widely known by everyone in the league. But with the Celtics bent over on the barrel, the Cavs were in the unique position to extort Danny Ainge and company for extra compensation.

It is, of course, worth noting that Thomas isn’t expected to be ready to play day 1. Even he has acknowledged that.

“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”

With the deal now complete, Boston will look to fill the roster spot that has been created by the trade. Candidates for that include Tony Allen and Andrew Bogut.

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