|Posted by Brandon on October 11, 2010 at 2:52 PM|
Going into Celtics training camp in Waltham, MA it would be safe to say that 99% of Celtics fans had no clue who Stephen Lasme was. After last night's ferocious dunk on Andrea Bargnani, it would probaby be safe to say at least 50% of Celtics fans now know who this guy is.
Lasme is somewhat of a local guy after playing his college basketball as UMASS. Lasme grew up in West Africa before bringing his talents to the states in hopes of living his dream of playing professional basketball. Since then he has traveled all over the world in an attempt to live his dream, and most recently spent time in Italy before being forced to move back to the United States to avoid losing his residential status.
After moving back to the United States with his wife and 17-month old daughter, Lasme worked out with the Boston Celtics and eventually received an invite to training camp. For the better part of training camp in Newport, RI nobody really knew about Lasme. In most cases people believed the battle for the final roster spot would be a battle between Von Wafer and former Red Claws Mario West.
That was until a twelve point performance in his first game as a Boston Celtic.
Since that game a lot of eyes have been on Lasme because of his athletic abilities, hard work, and desire. If you ask ten Celtics experts who should win the battle for the 15th roster spot, nine of them would probably tell you that it should be Stephen Lasme.
If I remember correctly last year at this time, us Celtics fans were saying the same thing about Michael Sweetney. Remember him? Things didn't work out very well for Sweetney, as he got cut days before the start of the regular season.
Could the same thing happen to Lasme? Yes. Sadly it could. Lasme could end up proving he's one of the best fifteen players in training camp and end up losing the battle to a player like Von Wafer who has more NBA experience.
If this does happen Lasme may not leave the Celtics organization completely. Thanks to the new NBADL rule that allows the Celtics to send three training camp cuts to the Red Claws, Lasme still has the chance to stay within the organization playing for the Claws.
According to Chris Forsberg from ESPN Boston, Lasme is open to this idea because it would allow him to stay close to home, while also staying in a great organization. “It’s an option that I’ve thought about with the new rule [about allocation],” admitted Lasme. “Maine is not that far away from home. I’d rather be closer to my family than being away.”
Regardless of what happens with Lasme, hopefully he decides to stay within the organization because he is a blast to watch. Watching dunks like the one over Bargnani last night is something I think we could all get use to watching.