October 12, 2009
'Tis the season for bold statements!
In a recent interview with Tom Halzack of the Connecticut News, Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace(notes) claimed his boys in green and white could make a run at the Chicago Bulls' record of 72 regular-season wins set in 1995-96.
"'Oh definitely. Definitely, playing with those three other guys, also combining that with the guys we have on the bench, I think we can definitely can. Me personally, I think we can get that Bulls record. You know we have the talent for it. We have the will for it and ... I think we have the defense for it.'
[Halzack:] Do you want me to use that?
'You can. Because honestly, I really do feel that. That was a good team. They had some [Hall of Famers] on there, but we have a few on this team, too.'"
As ridiculous as this sounds, I'm not going to be the one to tell ol' 'Sheed to cut back on the crazy pills and Kool-Aid. I mean, what's he supposed to say? Something humble and realistic? Reada, please.
As Celtics Town points out, the Celtics won 66 games two years ago and 62 games last year, and now they have a team that, on paper — there's that saying again! — is better than either of those teams. Why wouldn't you set your goals high and dream big?
What's that, you say? Because it's highly unlikely the aging C's can stay healthy for an entire season ... or that they have to play talented teams like the Lakers, Cavs, Magic, Spurs, Nuggets, Blazers, Jazz, Mavs and Bulls some 20-plus times ... or that they don't have some dude named Michael Jordan ... or Scottie Pippen ... or Phil Jackson ... or ... [plugs ears] BLAH BLAH BLAH! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
'Sheed, check this out: 83-0.