10. I'm convinced Leon Powe is going to be an efficient and consistent weapon on a nightly basis now that he's improved his defense and Doc Rivers has figured out how to best utilize him.
11. Ainge obviously made the right career choice and all, but still, I can't help but think that had his doors slid a different way and he'd ignored Red Auerbach's overtures and remained in baseball all those years ago, right now he'd be doing a damn fine job as the Toronto Blue Jays' GM. I do not, however, believe J.P. Ricciardi would be running the Celtics.
12. You lead a charmed life, Brian Scalabrine. A charmed freakin' life.
13. He's essentially a one-tool player -- shoot, shoot, and shoot it again -- but I couldn't be happier that Eddie House re-signed in the offseason. There's always room for an accurrate bomber on my team, and House's genial and confident personality is essential to the team's makeup.
14. Gotta suspect Patrick O'Bryant will flash just enough ability to drive us mad. If he didn't move better, I'd think he was Acie Earl in disguise.
15. I should be ashamed to admit this, but until I read Marc Spears's piece in the Globe this morning, P.J. Brown's absolutely crucial contributions during the postseason had mostly slipped from my mind. Kudos to Brown for going out as a champion. The Celtics wouldn't have won it without him, even though some of us sometimes need a nudge to remember that.
16. You often hear that Gabe Pruitt consistently holds his own in practice, but I can't recall ever see him play particularly well in a preseason game. And yes, I am running out of things to write about.
17. Predictions I'll Surely Regret Making: The Celtics will finish 63-19, first in the Eastern Conference. Ray Allen will miss a dozen or so games with various Aging Shooting Guard Maladies, Pierce and Garnett will show up to defend their heavyweight crown every night, the bench will be deeper than last year's but not quite as strong (Posey's gone . . .sob), and if they can manage to get past LeBron and the improved Cavs in the conference finals, they'll make all of the pundits who picked the Lakers to win the title last June eat their words again.
18. As for today's Completely Random Basketball Card:
Of course, we'll always have a fondness for No. 17.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.