On the Celtics, who acquired Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk from the Suns for Joe Johnson, Milt Palacio, Randy Browon and a first-round pick in the June draft:
"This reminds me of those steals Red Auerbach used to pull off. Without dealing anybody from their rotation, the Celtics added two guys who score in double figures. Rogers and Delk shouldn't hurt Boston's chemistry because they know how to defend, and the Celtics are very serious about defense. You can see in their rotations that they know what they're doing and that they believe in it, from Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker on down. It's a disciplined commitment to defense that I haven't seen Milwaukee make yet. I was thinking that the Celtics would contend for the conference title in two years, but now I'm thinking they might this year."