The preseason continued on for the Celtics last night in Manchester, NH. The green pulled out a 84-80 win over the Indiana Pacers, or at least a team wearing Pacers uniforms. Among the Pacers who did not dress was former Celtic Kenny Anderson, who is the feature of a Steve Bulpett article in the Herald today. Anderson has moved on in his career, but remains disappointed that he was traded, and believes that the Celtics have still not replaced what he brought to the team while he was here. Craig N. Liadis looks at a reunion of Larry Bird and Danny Ainge in Manchester last night. Shira Springer has a look at Tony Battie, who has become almost overlooked in the this preseason, but remains a vital cog in the team’s hopes. Out in Indiana, Sekou Smith has a look at last night’s game which only featured a couple of the Pacer regulars actually getting into the game. One guy who looked good last night was Vin Baker, who had a particularly good looking dunk off of a spin move in the second half. Baker is the subject of an exclusive one-on-one interview for Inside Hoops this weekend. Bulpett’s notebook has a look at John Niednagel, who Danny Ainge has brought onto the Celtics staff. Niednagel is an expert in being able to being able to determine and project a player’s capacity to perform, based on what he refers to as “Brain type”.
So the next time you hear some broadcaster or sportswriter muttering that Bill Belichick never tells them anything, take that as a sign. If Belichick didn’t feel like wasting his time with them, you probably shouldn’t either.