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Guest post By Jenda Hrbek

There's one particular thought that comes into my mind every time I think Celtics. What the hell is going to happen with Jermaine O'Neal? He hasn't shown
much so far. He has shown a bunch of highlights worthy blocks in the preseason and disappeared into injuries later on. What will be his role on this team when Perk gets healthy?

Even now the competition for playing time is very tough at his position. We all see that The Big Shamrock is doing great with the Celtics starters. Shaq's playing his best basketball in three or four years even though he's limited to some 25 minutes a game. He's shooting 69% from the field - the best he ever has. The expected growth of performances by Glen "Don't call me Baby" Davis comes at the best possible time and he delivers as good as anyone. It's not just Karl who thinks he's the 6th man of the year so far.

Semih Erden has had a great rookie season for the last draft pick. He logs in for roughly 11 minutes that allow the others to catch their breath and his impact, while still quite inconsistent in his first year, is visible. There you have the three guys rotating at the Center position so far. When (if) Jermaine gets healthy, we'll probably often see Big Baby with him on the floor. His minutes shouldn't really hurt anyone specifically and if Shaq's performances stays consistent and if he stays healthy, I'd expect JO to come off the bench.

The situation changes drastically with Perk's return. Now, as everyone knows, Perk is about to return in great shape, as an improved FT shooter and very, very hungry. Plus if he keeps that musqueteer facial
hair, he's going to scare guys like Andrew Bynum to death. When he returns, one of the three guys loses the spot in the rotation. With Doc the natural thing is to expect the rookies to lose their position. That would mean JO in and Semih out of the rotation for the majority of the games. I'd personally love to see some upset. JO still has a chance to make up for his perpetuous injuries but he has to show some agression. Otherwise he'll just become TLC v2.0, no switch included.

-Jenda Hrbek

JR 12/06/2010 12:36:00 PM Edit
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11 Responses so far.

  1. JR says:

    I'll be honest, my favorite part was Perks' "musqueteer facial hair" scaring Bynum. lol

  2. Karl says:

    Semih will be out of the rotation. I think it is a good problem to have.

  3. Three Toe says:

    We are going to have the tallest team for serious. No dribbling anymore, just catch, two steps and pass. catch, two steps, pass. as long as the passes are high, 0 turnovers, 100% shot percentage. win.

  4. Three Toe says:

    like ultimate frisbee.

  5. Jenda says:

    lol @3toe
    And thanks JR!

  6. You got to be kidding me. I've asked to write before and I never get answers. This guy asks to write and he's allowed. Talk about discrimination. This is unfair JR- Jinda has no more of a right to share his opinion than I do.

    Or are all you idiots scared I will write stuff that will speak the truth, and not sugar-coat the multitude of Celtics troubles that exist?!

  7. tb727 says:

    Good god Norman, for once, JUST ONCE, SHUT UP!!!!

  8. tb727 says:

    By the way Jenda did you start off by saying "What the hell is going to happen to Jermaine O'Neal" haha? Don't worry, before you know it it will be WTHHT!

    Bring back Sheed lol.

  9. JR says:

    LOL tb. You can start off his WTHHT by stating people used to ask that question even during his two lackluster years here.

  10. Jenda says:

    Norman, I actually didn't ask for anything, I just wrote and believed. Try to do something other than whining for a change. Douche!
    Please, don't bring 'Sheed back.

  11. Twelve says:

    Cool piece, however i don't believe perk will come back in such great shape. Don't get me wrong, i love perk, but we all know how long it takes for this sort of injury to properly heal. I.E next season!

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