Monday, July 23, 2007

Got Gomes?

An article in today's Boston Herald has the NBA launching an investigation a few months ago in regards to quotes made by Boston Celtics forward Ryan Gomes after the Celtics lost yet another game that allowed them to clinch a spot in the NBA lottery. Among some of the quotes the NBA was investigating were....

“The players weren’t thinking about the lottery and all that, but reality is reality. Now that our position in the lottery is set, hopefully we can go out and win some games. "

“Things could change now, but another thing you’ve got to think of is that (Doc Rivers) was doing that for a reason. It could be for that reason (securing lottery position) or it could be for getting the younger guys some playing time or seeing who’s going to be here next year. There’s a lot of things that go into that.”

Gomes had to have a conference call with someone from the NBA to help justify what he said that evening to reporters. Gomes emphatically denies that he was tanking games in order to help the Celtics gain a better draft position.

“They called me on my home phone. We did a conference call and they taped it. We ran through what was said. I just told them the things that were said weren’t meant to be taken that we were out there trying to lose. I told them that whenever I was in the game or any of us were out there we were trying to perform for our team and for ourselves. I’m not going to go out there and try to miss 10 shots or turn the ball over 10 times. Our intentions were not to lose.”

Is the NBA serious here? Ryan Gomes plays his ball$ off night after night, and it really suck$ that he had to have his name dragged through the mud here. Obviously, someone leaked this information to the media, and Gomes was forced to defend himself. I'm all for the NBA looking into any sort of behavior they believe to be suspicious, but I think it should all be done in confidentiality. This guy has nothing to be ashamed of. He's a class act. I'll be the first one to admit I don't watch as many Celtics games as half of the people that read this site, but I can assure you that when I am forced to watch the game....Gomes is impressive. Keep doing your thing, kid.

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