Jerry Stackhouse: How the Boston Celtics Can Make It a Family Affair
Now that the Boston Celtics have lost out on the Grant Hill sweepstakes, they need to look in another direction.
Evidently making more money and starting means more to Hill than winning a championship. His father played professional sports, so you would think the drive to have a ring would be stronger. I am glad the Celtics didn't get him now, though, because I wouldn't want such a heartless player to be on my team.
There are various rumors on the Internet saying the Celtics should go after Matt Barnes. But, in reality, they don't need him; Bill Walker is the Celtics' "Matt Barnes." Barnes is a nice piece, but I don't see him taking Walker's place.
Jerry Stackhouse, on the other hand, makes sense.
Stackhouse has just been released by the Memphis Grizzlies, probably to make room for Allen Iverson. Iverson like Hill cares about starting more than competing on a top team, the only difference is no other team is desperate enough to sign A.I.
Stackhouse would be the perfect mentor to Walker because they both have similar games. If he comes on board, the Celtics will now possess two veteran players in Pierce and Stackhouse who have bruising games.
When Pierce goes to the bench, opponents won't be able to relax because Stackhouse will be in the game.
During the Dallas Mavericks 2006 NBA Finals against the Heat, Stackhouse was the only Maverick to exhibit the prerequisite toughness at that time. Last year was the first time in Stackhouses' 14 year career that he has not averaged double figures. How he ended up in Cuban's doghouse is anybody's guess, but Stackhouse still has more game in him.
He has long since accepted his role as sixth man without resentment. When he is called upon he supplies aggressive defense and offense.
Stackhouse was a top five pick in the 1995 draft class, as was Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace. He was the third pick followed by the aforementioned Wallace and Garnett.
For his career he averaged 18 PPG. If the Celtics can persuade him to take the veterans minimum, he can then spell Pierce or Ray Allen. The second unit would have Wallace and Stackhouse, players who can play multiple positions.
Jerry Stackhouse is not concerned about starting, so if he wants a ring it makes sense to go to Boston. Apart from being in the same draft class as Rasheed, they were North Carolina teammates. They both left after their sophomore seasons and the Carolina Blue fraternity stick together. That alone could be the thing that draws him to Boston.
For all we know, Stackhouse may have been Boston's Plan B after all. If he is their Plan B, then other NBA teams will truly fear Gang Green.
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