It's my belief that the games are won during the season by the players and the coaches and that's where the focus of this blog will be. The off-season was covered well by the 24/7 sport media and I'm not goin to re-hash it here.
The core of the team minus Ray remains the same: the Captain, Paul Pierce, the spirtual leader, KG Kevin Garnett, and the newly annointed leader, Rajon Rondo. Rounding out the starting five are Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee.
But let's get introduced to the new guys:
Not new but back are Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox: both back from heart surgery.
Big off the bench will be Jason Terry a dead-ey three point shooter who can also back-up Rondo at the point.
Courtney Lee should be a valuable addition in the back court and is expected to start.
And Leanardo Barbosa will be providing spark and instant backcourt offence.
Rookie Jared Sullinger, a draft day steal by Danny Ainge, should see a lot of time and is dynamic on the offesive boards, he's got a nose for the ball and can get his shot underneath.
Big man Jason Collins experienced under the board and in the paint.
Rookie Fab Mello, great big man potential and a work in progress.
Rookie Kris Joseph impressed in the per-season at the forward position.