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Counting down with Flannery and the Celtics

09.14.10 at 10:49 pm ET
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In case you missed it, check out Paul Flannery’s list of the hottest topics that have come across the path of the Celtics this offseason. So far Paul has made it through six, with another four on the way. Here is what he has so far:

No. 10: The Kids Are Alright

No. 9: Tony Allen Leaves

No. 8: The New-Look Bench

No. 7: Perk’s Surgery and Sheed’s Departure

No. 6: Rondo Leaves Team USA

No. 5: Can Jermaine O’Neal Man The Middle

Shaq turned down more money for C’s

09.09.10 at 9:39 am ET
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Shaquille O’Neal really wanted to sign with the Celtics. He told John Reid of the New Orleans Picayune that he could have signed higher offers from either the Pistons or the Hawks to join the C’s.

“A lot of people said I only got the league minimum salary,” O’Neal said. “But that’€™s all right. I’€™m the luckiest guy in the world. I’€™ve had four max contracts in one lifetime, I don’€™t care about that little million. Did I want $10 million? I’€™m always going to put the number high. I could have gotten $8 million from Atlanta and Detroit, but it wasn’€™t about that. It was about being somewhere and being seen and winning.”

Shaq also said that his two-year deal with the Celtics would be his last in the NBA.

Read the whole interview here.

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Perk talks rehab and everything else

09.08.10 at 9:58 am ET
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Kendrick Perkins has become known as the best talker in the Celtics locker room; no easy feat when competing with the likes of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. But what separates Perkins is his honesty. Ask him a question and he’ll give you a thoughtful response.

Slam’s Tzvi Twersky caught up with Perkins and asked a lot of questions, to which Perk gave his usual candid answers. [Go here for the full interview]

A few highlights:

On his rehabilitation from knee surgery: It’€™s going great, man. I’€™m going to rehab everyday. It’€™s getting a whole lot better. I’€™m walking without crutches and a brace, so things are moving along. I’€™m not rushing anything, but things are moving at a great pace. It’€™s not as bad as everybody thinks. It’€™s difficult, obviously, but it’€™s not as bad as people think. If you mentally strong, you can get through it.

On statistics: I feel like stats are overrated, because stats’€”you could have an impact of the game and not have a huge number of stats. I feel like stats are overrated because’€”they just are.

On Tony Allen feeling overshadowed by the team’s stars: And to say you got overlooked a little bit’€”I ain’€™t trying to go against TA’€”but without them, people probably wouldn’€™t even know your name. We wouldn’€™t be on TV as much, or anything like that. So don’€™t take situations for granted. That’€™s why I say you should be grateful for every opportunity.

On locker room chemistry: The thing is, we all got open minds. So we all willin’€™ to listen. And that’€™s one thing Doc that says: ‘Listen to your teammate. At the time it might not come out how you want it to come out, but listen.’ And we got to be able to tell each other what we’€™re doing wrong. And I think that’€™s what makes our team different from everybody else. We keep our chemistry on the court. You wouldn’€™t know if we had an argument in the locker room or not’€”nobody would know. It wouldn’€™t show on the court in no kinda way.

On his future: Well, I’€™d love to be a Celtic for life, honestly. But, I know this is a business. So we’€™re gonna see how this year works out and just go from there. But I wouldn’€™t want to leave Boston; I love my situation. But we just gotta see and go from there, play this year out.

There’s much more in the full interview on

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Shaq calls out Cavs, Mo Williams

09.04.10 at 5:07 pm ET
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There was a time when being a role player would not have sat well with Shaquille O’€™Neal. That time has passed.

In a recent interview with the Times-Picayune, O’€™Neal explained that he now looks forward to playing for an unselfish ball club, even if it means less time on the court.

“I’m at the point in my life where I can’t carry a team by myself anymore, but I can be a piece on a team that’s already good,” he said. “The Celtics are good with or without me. A lot of people say, ‘How can I be a complementary player?’ But at 38, it’s easy. If I was 28, it would be a problem, Doc.”

O’€™Neal called out his most recent team, the Cavaliers, for their approach on offense. He singled out one former teammate in particular.

“I like that they (the Celtics) play together and nobody really worries about shots,” O’Neal said. “When I was with Cleveland, guys who couldn’t even play were worried about shots. Why was Mo (Williams) taking 15 shots, and I’m only taking four? If LeBron takes 20 shots, that’s cool.

“So I said, let me get with a good team for the last two years. I don’t mind people calling me a journeyman. I’ve been programmed to move around every three years.”

O’€™Neal averaged a career-low 8.7 shots per game last season. LeBron James led the Cavs with 20.1 field goal attempts. In contrast, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 12.1 attempts each.

O’€™Neal also added that he had been interested in the Hawks and Hornets before signing with the Celtics.

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An introduction to Doc Rivers’ son, Austin Rivers

09.03.10 at 2:02 pm ET
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The best prep player in the land …

War of the Worlds: Shaquille O’Neal vs. Justin Bieber

09.02.10 at 12:16 pm ET
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Here you go. Two upset specials involving Shaquille O’Neal and his new best friend, Justin Bieber:

Five things to know about Delonte West’s return to Boston

09.01.10 at 11:57 pm ET
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On Wednesday, the Celtics signed free agent guard Delonte West. It has been three years since West left Boston, and the 27-year-old has taken a long journey ‘€” both professional and personal ‘€” to get back. Here are five things to know about West’€™s return to the Celtics:

1. This Isn’€™t His First Time Around: The Celtics drafted West with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. West was in the same rookie class as Al Jefferson (18th pick) and Tony Allen (25th pick). He played his first three seasons in Boston, averaging 8.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds. During that time, West made his mark with his aggressive play and hustle on the court. However, he was traded to the SuperSonics in 2007 as part of the Ray Allen trade.

2. Short-Lived in Seattle: West’€™s time on the SuperSonics is now a blip in his six-year career, but it was a stop that eventually led him to title contention. West played in 35 games for the SuperSonics (30 off the bench) and averaged 6.8 points in 20.8 minutes.

Just minutes before the 2008 trade deadline, West was sent to the Cavaliers in a three-team deal. He didn’€™t spend much time in Seattle but, as the video shows, it was enough for him to leave his mark on his teammates.

3. Championship Hunting in Cleveland: West jumped right into the Cavs system and started the remainder of the 2007-08 season. That year the Cavaliers reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals before being eliminated by the Celtics in Game 7. West averaged 10.8 points in his first postseason appearance since 2005.

He started every game he played the following season and posted nearly 14 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field during the Cavs playoff run. Last season West came off the bench, contributing 8.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds.

During this time, West played alongside Shaquille O’€™Neal. He proved his versatility as a reserve, a role the Celtics will look for him to fill, while gaining valuable postseason experience.

West was traded from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves this summer, before being waived by the T-Wolves.

4. Troubles Along the Way: West’€™s time with the Cavs wasn’€™t seamless, though. Last September, he was arrested on weapons charges after being pulled over for speeding in Maryland. He recently pled guilty to the charges and will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season.

West also struggled with what has been described as a ‘€œmood disorder’€ and missed part of the 2008 preseason to seek help.

5. A Fan Favorite Returns: In spite of his off-the-court issues ‘€” and the fact that he was a postseason foe ‘€” West remains a fan favorite in Boston. The impact of his quirky personality has lingered since the 2007 trade, and his on-camera comedy is still a must-see by Celtics faithful.

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