Ball Don't Lie - NBA

It's September, there's nothing going on and I'm actually plugged into a modem. An "Internet modem," because my usual connection is so dodgy.

So, failing actual analysis, I fall back on just poking fun at the way people describe the otherwise fantastic way they've done their job. Like with Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, a man who has delivered nothing but success (a proper rebuilding job, one championship, one seven-game finals appearance) since taking control of this historic franchise.

But, because it is Sept. 13, and I haven't a thing to write about, I fall back on easy jokes. Here's the joke:

"We were already going to try and get better, get tougher," Grousbeck told "But then the Miami thing just took it to a new level."

Since then, Boston has gone from a team that clearly struggled on the boards, to one having arguably the deepest frontcourt in the league which will be led by Kevin Garnett(notes), Jermaine O'Neal(notes), Shaquille O'Neal(notes) and Glen Davis(notes).

The moves made by Boston to strengthen its frontcourt seem to be a direct attack at what appears to be the biggest weakness among the C's fellow title contenders.

"I don't have an assessment of other guys, but I do know that we needed size and now we're the biggest team in the league," Grousbeck said. "With [rookie] Semih Erden(notes), we added three, 7-footers."

Countering a take-a-tion to another level means signing Jermaine O'Neal and then Shaquille O'Neal. That's the reaction. That's what the C's did to keep up.

And there's my joke. It's all I have. The premise being that Miami went out and signed the best small forward and shooting guard of the era, and an all-world power forward to boot, and the Celtics signed two O'Neals. A guy Miami didn't want, and then another guy Miami didn't want way back in 2008.

It doesn't take away from the way I respect Grousbeck and the work he's done since taking over the Celtics, but because it's Sept. 13 and I'm struggling to post this before my Internet connection goes out again, it will have to do.

Also, I picked Miami to win 70 games. Where do you have them? Comment away.

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