ESPN's Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy, is in Boston for a signing of his new basketball book, and he took time to chat with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning about the Celtics and back up his recent assertion that Kevin Durant could have a better career than LeBron James.
"I think the stars are aligned for Durant," Simmons said, noting that the Thunder have loaded up on high draft picks while LeBron seems destined to spend his prime as a great player without enough of a supporting cast.
Simmons is not ready to say the Celtics will win the East despite their fast start.
"Orlando for me is the big X factor," he said. "I've kind of written off Cleveland. ... Same old thing, LeBron going 1-on-5 against the Celtics. ... Shaq is playing because he likes being a celebrity."
Simmons isn't as excited as most people about the Celtics' addition of Rasheed Wallace.
"Here's the problem: He was terrible last year. I thought he looked washed up. This looked like to me like a guy who was on the other side of the mountain," said Simmons, who said he fears Wallace's ref-baiting may come back to hurt Boston at a key point in the playoffs: "That's the one thing I worry about — a Game 6 on the road, everyone yelling at the refs and we don't get the call."
Added Simmons: "I think people need to remember that this guy quit on his coach last year and that this guy has really not been a major playoff force, I would say, since 2005."
Simmons supports the Celtics' hard-line stance with Rajon Rondo, noting that the salary cap is expected to go down next year, making it easier for the C's to match any offers the point guard mght be fortunate enough to receive in the offseason.
"He's going to be in for a rude awakening if he thinks there's going to be multiple bidders," Simmons said.
To listen to the entire interview, check the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
We check in for our weekly chat with Peter King, who says things are not looking bright for the 2014 Patriots given the current constitution of the roster.
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Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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