The Celtics have answered the Cavaliers' acquisition of
Consider: Though the Celtics' title hopes were dashed last season when
Wallace, 34, is all those things and more. At 6-foot-10, 225 pounds, Wallace has the size and skill to score in the paint, and his three-point shooting (35.4 percent last season) will open up the floor for slashers
Wallace can also defend power forwards and centers, the latter on display when he capably guarded
Keeping Wallace's emotions in check -- no small task for a man who holds the NBA record for technical fouls in a season (40, a mark he set with the Trail Blazers in 2000-01) and was once suspended seven games by the league for threatening a referee after a game in 2003 -- will be a group effort. The Celtics proved they could integrate a mercurial player when they brought in
Besides, while Marbury came to Boston loaded with baggage, Wallace is regarded as an excellent teammate. A Detroit source said that while Wallace's on-court behavior occasionally grated on teammates, he was always a popular locker-room figure. Boston's only concern with Wallace is his quick temper, which tends to explode at critical moments. If he can control his emotions, the Celtics will once again be a serious threat next season.
The Pistons are expected to hire a new coach in the next 48 hours, according to league sources. Former Mavericks coach
Kuester, a former college head coach who has worked in the NBA as an assistant with the Celtics, 76ers, Pistons, Nets, Magic and Cavs since 1990, has become a hot name after serving as Cleveland's offensive coordinator last season. Kuester has a strong relationship with Pistons president