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Baby Ok but Scal and TA doubtful for opener

10.23.09 at 5:18 pm ET
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WALTHAM —  Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Friday that despite some minor back issues with Glen Davis in the preseason, the power forward should be ready to go for Tuesday’s opener in Cleveland.

Davis played 16 minutes last Sunday in Toronto, scoring nine points off the bench.

However, the news is not as promising for Brian Scalabrine [right ankle] and Tony Allen [right knee].

“Scal, his ankle, I don’t expect him to be ready for opening night, but I’m not sure yet,” Rivers said. “Tony is a definite ‘no’ but everybody else is good.”

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C’s going with later practices, shootarounds

10.23.09 at 4:54 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  If Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce want later practices to make sure players get their rest, then Kevin Garnett is totally fine with it.

This year, the Celtics are likely to do away with many shootarounds on the day of a game and move practices to a slightly later start in the day so that players can sleep in and be well-rested for games.

“Later practices are alright,” Kevin Garnett said on Friday. “It is what it is. Whatever Doc wants. It’s not my cup of tea but whatever the Captain wants that’s what it is.”

Garnett is a notorious early riser and has a reputation of functioning on little or no sleep, especially following road trips. Garnett, like Junior Seau with the Patriots, is known for getting to work early in the morning, getting warmed up and ready to go with practice.

Now, he’s likely going to be able to sleep in, at least a little.

“I don’t sleep anyway,” Garnett said. “It’s good. You’ve got to find good in everything so if that means I get to sleep until 8:30 or 9 [a.m.], then so be it.”

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Davis rolling up sleeves to roll burritos

10.23.09 at 4:01 pm ET
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On Saturday Glen Davis will roll up his sleeves to roll burritos for a group of Celtics fans at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Cambridge from 3:30-4:30pm. Five WEEI contest winners as well as ten local youth from BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) will enjoy lunch courtesy of Big Baby. Davis will also film a promotional video for Chipotle which will air during Celtics home games. All those in attendance will play extras in the video. On Friday the Celtics announced Chipotle Mexican Grill has become an official team partner.

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KG on knee questions: ‘That [stuff] is getting old’

10.23.09 at 3:57 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  Kevin Garnett reached his breaking point on Friday afternoon with questions about whether he is physically ready and back to 100 percent following surgery last May to remove bone spurs behind his right knee.

“Next question,” he answered when asked.

But the question was asked moments later, in a different way.

“I just told you. That [stuff] is getting old, now. That [stuff] getting real old. You’re going to have to sit in your offices and come up with some new questions. Drink a little more beer now or whatever gets you going to come up with your questions.”

Told that he’s likely going to hear that same question all season long, Garnett replied, “You’re going to get the same answer, alright?”

Eddie House drew a comparison to another famous New England athlete returning from a knee injury.

“I’m very happy he’s back, he’s moving well,” House said. “He’s even taken a few blows to the spot where he had the surgery and he bounced back up. It’s kind of like the Tom Brady effect. At first, he’s kind of ginger. He doesn’t really know until he gets hit a couple of times. ‘I can plant, I can throw.’ Like Kevin, now he can catch lobs, can plant, step-backs. He’s doing everything Kevin Garnett does.”

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Doc: ‘We’re ready’

10.23.09 at 3:26 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  Celtics coach Doc Rivers put his team through a spirited workout on Friday afternoon at the team’s practice facility, four days before the team opens the season on Tuesday in Cleveland against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

Rivers said following the practice that he senses his team is geared up and ready.

“I like where we’re at,” Rivers said. “I’m very happy where we’re at. We’re going to add things all year. We’re ready to play. Even if I didn’t add anything else all year, I think we’re ready to play an NBA game.”

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Celtics hire Lue to their coaching staff

10.23.09 at 2:51 pm ET
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WALTHAM —  The Celtics hired NBA former point guard Tyronn Lue as their Director of Basketball Development on Friday. He will assist the coaching staff and observe practices.

The 32-year-old Lue made his debut on Friday in Waltham as the Celtics prepare for their season opener on Tuesday in Cleveland. Lue played 11 seasons with seven different teams, including last year with Orlando. He won NBA titles in 2000 and ’01 with the Lakers.

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Isiah lashes out at Magic, Bird

10.22.09 at 4:32 pm ET
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Isiah Thomas responded to criticism from his longtime friend Magic Johnson by lashing out at the Lakers legend in a story today on SportsIllustrated.com. Thomas, the former Pistons standout, most recently failed miserably as coach of the Knicks and is now coaching at Florida International University.

“I’m really hurt, and I really feel taken advantage of for all these years,” Thomas told SI.com. “I’m totally blindsided by this. Every time that I’ve seen Magic, he has been friendly with me. Whenever he came to a Knick game, he was standing in the tunnel [to the locker room] with me. He and [Knicks assistant coach] Herb [Williams] and I, we would go out to dinner in New York. I didn’t know he felt this way.”

Johnson and Larry Bird contributed to a book by Jackie MacMullan, “When The Game Was Ours,” which is due out Nov. 4. In the book, Johnson accuses Thomas of questioning his sexuality after Johnson was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1991. Johnson also confirms that Thomas was not well-liked by other NBA stars.

Thomas fired back at Johnson and defended himself in today’s story. He also accuses Johnson of duplicitous behavior in his friendship with Bird.

“Let’s be real. I’m not going to say the things Magic said in private about Larry, but I do know the public stance he’s taken [in becoming Bird's friend],” Thomas told SI.com. “I know that’s not how he felt about Larry Bird. Magic hated Larry, and he tried to make other people hate Larry. Magic was no friend of Larry Bird’s during that time. And his Laker teammates will tell you that. And I’m sure they’ve got to be disgusted with the way he’s carried on with this whole me-and-Larry bull.”

Read the entire SI story here. And click here to listen to Jackie MacMullan discuss the book on Dennis & Callahan last week.

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