With this week featuring a ton of content from the SB Nation bloggers at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, I figured it'd be a good time to feature one of the biggest and best NBA blogs on the planet, SB Nation's CelticsBlog. Jeff Clark follows the winningest franchise in NBA history and he has a blog to match that pedigree with a ridiculous level of traffic, community interaction and general coverage. He's the type of blogger that is perfect for a team with a legacy of names like Russell, Bird and Auerbach. Without further ado, let's get to know Jeff Clark.
Jeff Clark: The greatest franchise in NBA history has what I think is the greatest fanbase. We have a wonderful cross section of those fans in our community. We bleed when the team fails and rejoice when they succeed. We love to overreact and over-analyze and over-think every game and offseason move. We love to debate and we love to have a few laughs along the way. And the best thing is that it really has become a community in the true sense of the word. There are a number of people that I've never met in real life that I love dearly. We're there for each other and we always know that a friend is just a few clicks away. I couldn't be happier.
Clark: I suppose fate decided it since I've always been tall and skinny. I was ok as a player, but never good enough to get a sniff from colleges. Those who can't do, ...blog I guess. Besides, growing up in the 80's I was spoiled by good sports teams but the Celtics were just the best of the bunch.
Clark: I have to go with Bill Russell. I never had the privilege of watching him play except in grainy old footage, but how can you not love a guy with 11 rings? Besides, he gave us a great interview a few years ago.
Clark: Well, aside from being a stickboy, I guess it was the constant motion and high scoring. Football is great for short bursts but there's also a lot of standing around. Soccer has constant motion, but too many one-nil scores. I understand the attraction to baseball, but usually I get bored with it quickly. Basketball just made so much sense to me.
Clark: I do play, though nothing more involved than church league at this point. I always say I play like Antoine Walker (without the gambling debts but WITH the shimmy). Jack of all trades, master of none, never met a shot I didn't like. I'll do something brilliant one play and two bone-headed moves the next two trips down the court. I'm that guy.
Clark: It would be impossible for one person, which is why I'm so thankful to have a fantastic team of moderators to rely on. All I ask everyone to do is show respect to one another. It is a thankless job but the mods really do a tremendous job of creating an environment where people feel like they can debate and exchange ideas without being flamed or harassed.
Clark: Not too hard, really. I still don't consider myself an "insider" at all. I have a little more access but I don't use it much because I don't aspire to be a beat writer or the next Chad Ford. I'm just following my favorite team and sharing what I can with anyone who will listen. If I pick up a rumor or scoop, that's a thrill, but it isn't my primary directive.
Clark: Not sure how much of a surprise it is, but I'm a devout Christian. I try to let my Faith guide my actions (I'm far from perfect but working on it) but I do my best to not use my blog as a platform for it. People come to talk about the Celtics, not to be preached at. With that said, I owe everything to Christ and I'm thankful for the many blessings in my life. So I hope that much comes through.
Blez: Finally, do you think the Celtics have had a good offseason and do you think they will be contenders in 2009-2010?
Clark: I think they've had a great offseason thus far and I like our chances a lot to win it all again this year (and the next for that matter). Rasheed seems like a perfect fit and I'm quite pleased with the Marquis Daniels addition as well. If we get Baby back or sign-and-trade him for more help, we'll have a very, very solid bench backing up one of the best starting lineups in the league. Last offseason was a bit of a step back. This one seems to be a step forward. I like it.
Clark: Thanks to you too. And thanks for creating a wonderful blogging network that gives bloggers like me a chance to grow and do what we love doing.