Semi erden had a couple good games for us back in the day. Then doc just benched him for no apparent reason. Hoping zizic doesn't get the same treatment.
Erden had a shoulder injury. That's why he went from getting an unusual amount of minutes for a rookie to sitting on the bench and then traded.
That year was so frustrating. We started the season with Perkins injured from the prior Finals so Danny added Shaq and Jermaine as veteran bigs and brought Semih over from being stashed in Europe. So while both Shaq and Jermaine were older, that still should have given us 3 healthy centers to start the year with Perkins due to come back mid-season. You'd think that would be enough depth to cover one spot since they were all there to cover the 5 and only the 5.
Shaq started the season playing great alongside KG. Jermaine of course got hurt. Then Shaq got hurt. Semih actually played very well when called upon (appeared in 37 games, starting 7 of them). Perk got healthy. Then Perk got hurt again. And then even Semih got hurt.
All of a sudden, by the Trade Deadline we had NO HEALTHY CENTER on the roster! (This was before KG moved to the 5).
Danny actually had to sign a D-Leaguer (Chris Johnson) to play the 5 for us for a bit as he made the trade of Perkins & Nate (who was also injured) for Green & Nenad Krstic. That was also not long after we lost Marquis Daniels so Danny needed a backup 3 as well as a 5.
And then a little later, Danny signed Troy Murphy to add some size off the bench.
All told, the list of centers that appeared on the roster of the 2010-11 Celtics is long: Shaq, Semih, Nenad, Chris Johnson, Troy Murphy, Jermaine and Perk. That's 7 guys to cover one position - but they just couldn't stay freaking HEALTHY!!!
Gyaah - that was so frustrating.
And I'm not even including Glen Davis or KG.