Boston Celtics: Is Carsen Edwards the new Green Running Machine?
(John Havlicek): "I knew from the first time I played this game that the toughest guy to score on was the guy who kept after me all the time, nose-to-nose, basket-to-basket. The opposite is also true. The toughest guy to defend against is the guy who keeps running. Who never lets up. Never lets you relax. Who sneaks one in on you the first time you drag your feet. I never worried about the physical part, killing myself running or anything like that. I read once where a doctor said you'd pass out before you did any real damage. I never passed out."
There was no standing around on the hardwood for John. He moved all the time, wearing out opponent after opponent. I see a similar bent in Carsen Edwards. He almost never stands still. Edwards will never equal Havlicek's defensive ability, but we can expect his usual constant motion on offense to transition to his defensive game.
Is Celtics rookie, Carsen Edwards, the new Green Running Machine? Look for my upcoming article in @_Celtics_Center— Tom Lane (@CelticsSentinel) September 27, 2019
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At 6'0.25", 200 pounds - with a 6'6" wingspan and a lean 5.5% body fat, Carsen should have the capability of covering larger opponents. But his path may be the opposite of the late John Havlicek - who started out as a very tough defender who rarely shot the ball. Edwards is a scorer with a Capital "S". He moves and gets his shot off by creating space and letting it fly with no warning. Expect his constant-motion defense to follow in Brad Stevens system. He is going to be exciting to watch. Taken by Danny Ainge with the 33rd pick in the 2019 NBA draft, we may be looking at the steal of the draft.
"Jarrin John" Havlicek even had trouble remaining still for Diet Rite Cola commercial. He is motionless for a while but gets moving as the commercial progresses. A Blast-From-The-Past.
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