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C’s bring back Delonte

09.01.10 at 4:21 pm ET
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The Celtics have finished off their roster with a nod to their past by reaching agreement with free agent guard Delonte West, the team announced.

West played three seasons with the Celtics, averaging 12.2 points in 2006-07, his final season with the team. He was then traded to Seattle in a draft-day deal that yielded Ray Allen and Glen Davis. West was subsequently moved to Cleveland in a mid-season deal where he spent the next two and a half seasons.

In 2008-09, West started 64 games with the Cavs, but he was involved in an incident just prior to the start of last season where he was arrested on weapons charges during a traffic stop. West, who has said that he suffers from bi-polar disorder, pleaded guilty in July to weapons charges and was sentenced to eight-month home detention, probation and psychological counseling. The terms of the sentence allow him to travel for away games.

In August the NBA announced that he will be suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season.

On the court, this has a chance to a solid fit for the Celtics. While visions of Portland’s Rudy Fernandez may have danced through fans heads, West offers a versatile guard who can handle the ball and defend multiple positions. West is also a decent shooter, although his 3-point percentage took a tumble to 32 percent last season.

With West’s arrival the Celtics now have 15 players under contract and two more on non-guaranteed deals, meaning that the roster is essentially set barring a trade. The key thing to note is the flexibility players like West, Von Wafer and Marquis Daniels offer. This is how it looks:

PG: Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson, Avery Bradley, Oliver Lafayette (non-guaranteed)

SG: Ray Allen, Delonte West, Von Wafer

SF: Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels, Luke Harangody

PF: Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Tony Gaffney (non-guaranteed)

C: Kendrick Perkins, Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Semih Erden

Read More: Delonte West, NBA Rumor Mill 2010,

Shaq nets cameo in new Sandler movie

08.31.10 at 10:20 am ET
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According to a report in thewrap.com, Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal will appear as himself in the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy “Jack and Jill.”

O’Neal will have a small cameo in the film, which co-stars Sandler and Katie Holmes.

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Kobe Bryant says he’s a Laker for life

08.31.10 at 7:02 am ET
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Speaking to Derek Fisher on Jim Rome’s ESPN show, Kobe Bryant said that he plans on staying with the Lakers until the end of his career.

“I’m definitely not playing for another team. It’s hard to say 100 percent, but 99.999 percent sure that I’ll be finishing out my career with the Los Angeles Lakers. I’m happy about that.” (Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo! Sports)

Artest: ‘Doc got one million excuses’

08.31.10 at 1:03 am ET
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On his Twitter page, Lakers forward Ron Artest took issue with suggestions that his team’s triumph over the Celtics in seven games was impacted by the absence of Boston center Kendrick Perkins in the decisive Game 7 after the 7-footer blew out his knee in the previous contest.

Artest seemingly took issue with Celtics coach Doc Rivers‘ contention that the Celtics have never had the opportunity to defend the 2007-08 title with the same core group at full health, noting that the Lakers have been without Andrew Bynum in their title runs.

“Boston lost to lakers because of [the] Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in [2008] when Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured,” Artest wrote in three consecutive tweets. “What about Kobe played with a broke finger …. What about Ron [Artest’s] defense [w]hen the Boston staff said Ron [A]rtest was too slow. … Doc got one million excuses.”

Read More: Andrew Bynum, Doc Rivers, Kendrick Perkins, Lakers

Doc Rivers’ son schools NBA top pick

08.29.10 at 12:37 pm ET
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Wondering how good Austin Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is? Despite the fact he is going to be a senior in high school, Rivers is already showing the best of the NBA best a thing or two. In this case, Rivers does his thing to John Wall, the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft. First he tortures the No. 1 pick with a cross-over, and then he picks him clean. Check it out:

(Hat tip to ‘The Dagger’ at Yahoo! Sports)

Rondo withdraws from Team USA

08.24.10 at 1:46 pm ET
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According to a press release issued by USA Basketball, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has withdrawn his name from consideration for the final spot on Team USA, who will begin their participation in the World Championships Saturday night in Istanbul.

“Rajon came to us and said he was going to withdraw from the team, that he had some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season. He did an outstanding job during our training, we appreciate the effort and commitment he made to our program and he completely has our support,” said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo in the release.

Rondo was believed to be teetering on being the team’s final cut, telling ESPN.com Tuesday, “I think I’m on the bubble. Just looking at the obvious — I got a DNP last game. That pretty much speaks for itself.” His starting role had been taken over by Derrick Rose, with Russell Westbrook moving into the backup point guard position.

The final 12-man roster for Team USA is as follows: Chauncey Billups, Tyson Chandler, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Rose, and Westbrook.

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House: Heat will be ‘Boston on steroids’

08.22.10 at 10:27 pm ET
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Speaking to the Arizona Republic, former Celtics guard Eddie House said he was upset when dealt from the C’s to the Knicks just before the trade deadline.

“That stung a little bit,” House said. “When you feel like you’re a main part of what the team is doing and you’re on a mission, to get the rug pulled out from under you and get sent to a team that has no shot … that kind of hurt.”

The guard said that even though Celtics coach Doc Rivers told him the trade to New York for Nate Robinson was likely to happen on the morning of Feb. 18, House still insisted on practicing with the team just in case there was a glitch in the last-minute paperwork.

House, who signed a two-year deal worth $2.8 with the Heat this offseason, noted that what awaits the dynamic with Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James all playing together in Miami dwarfs even what the Celtics experienced heading into the 2007-08 season.

“I compare it to the year I went to Boston when the Big 3 got together in 2007,” House said. “But this is going to be even bigger. This is going to be Boston on steroids.”

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