The literally scores of citizens populating the great Pine State gathered their children from Christmas-tree harvesting preparation and fly-fishing lessons to make an important announcement: The impending Portland-based NBDL team, likely to be affiliated with the Celtics, has officially been named:
Maine’s new NBA Development League team has a name: the Maine Red Claws.
Apparently the Bearded Wonders was taken.
The name, true to the state’s lobster tradition, was announced Thursday by team president and general manager Jon Jennings on The Big Jab sports radio station. The Red Claws plan to unveil their logo in the near future.
1) The Big Jab pwns WEEI.
2) The Red Claws is a great name. Lobsters! Red Auerbach! Lesser of all evils!
Red Claws chairman Bill Ryan Jr. says nearly 3,000 fans submitted votes and selected Red Claws. Names that didn’t get the nod: Maine Beacons, Maine Crushers, Maine Destroyers, Maine Swarm and Maine Traps.
3) Is it wrong for me to hope Rajon Rondo gets a really minor injury but has to go through a couple-week rehab in Portland, and then I can buy a sweet Red Claws jersey?
4) Yeah, it kind of is. Scratch that. But I can’t wait for the logo.
5) One kind of problem: lobsters are only red when they’ve been cooked. Can we expect much of an effort from a team that, by definition, is broiled?
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