|10.27.09 at 5:08 pm ET|
Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Marc Spears appeared on the Dale & Holley Show this afternoon to talk about the Celtics season as well as the issues concerning Glen Davis’ injury and Rajon Rondo‘s impending 2010 free agency.
Click here to hear the full audio and read below for highlights.
Do you hear anything on this [Glen Davis injury] story?
Nothing that you guys probably haven’t heard already; just that it was over something stupid. And that more details will come today, but that he is going to be out for a long time. Not season ending, but a long time. A long time, are we talking about one month? Two months? Somebody tells me a long time, I’m thinking three to four.
Wyc [Grousbeck] has said today that a suspension is very likely. Why would the Celtics suspend him?
Because this is in-season, they’re ready to go. They have this to turn down maybe bringing in some other big men or the big fellow they just cut [Mike Sweetney] they probably they could have kept him. I am sure they don’t want to cut [Lester] Hudson. This is a non-basketball injury and it’s a silly one. So they are going to go down hard on him. I’ll tell you what, Big Baby is one of the nicest people you will meet in the world and this is very, very shocking to me. I know at times things could happen that may not be the most mature things in the world as we saw right here. This is a surprise, this really is a surprise. I just say maybe wait until the entire details come out and see what happens why this guy threatened him like this. Hopefully he didn’t make any threats to his girlfriend or anything which caused the situation. I am sure there is an interesting story behind it but I heard it was a stupid story. Read the rest of this entry »
|10.27.09 at 3:03 pm ET|
Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck just finished up an appearance on ‘The Big Show,’ and touched on a couple of topics, namely Glen Davis and Rajon Rondo (Click here to listen to the complete interview):
Grousbeck confirmed Davis suffered a broken thumb in a recent altercation. Though he did not give a specific timetable for the forward’s return, he did suggest that such injuries ‘are usually not season-threatening. … It’s a broken thumb. I don’t think it’s going to be that long.’
Grousbeck did say that the team expected to ‘suspend or fine’ Davis. Noting that the 23-year-old will be out for some time, Grousbeck suggested that the Celtics planned to sit down with the player and determine an appropriate punishment. ‘I think we’re going to ask him to chip in,’ said Grousbeck.
On why they wouldn’t reveal what happened: ‘I can’t talk to him. He’s post-operative and I’m getting on a plane. It’s just the way it is.’ Read the rest of this entry »
|10.27.09 at 2:49 pm ET|
According to an NBA source, Celtics forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis underwent successful surgery on his right hand on Tuesday, and will now be out for six to eight weeks. Davis reportedly suffered the injury in a fight with a former college teammate. Davis re-signed with the Celtics this offseason on a two-year deal worth approximately $6 million deal.
In an interview with The Big Show on Tuesday afternoon, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck confirmed that Davis suffered a broken thumb. Though he did not give a specific timetable for the forward’s return, he did suggest that such injuries “are usually not season-threatening. … It’s a broken thumb. I don’t think it’s going to be that long.”
Grousbeck did say that the team expected to “suspend or fine” Davis. Noting that the 23-year-old will be out for some time, Grousbeck suggested that the Celtics planned to sit down with the player and determine an appropriate punishment.
“I think we’re going to ask him to chip in,” said Grousbeck.
|10.27.09 at 2:26 pm ET|
Williams is married to Parker’s sister Candace Parker, a hoops star in her own right. Candace is a star for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.
“It’s all business,” Anthony Parker said. “I’ve competed against friends, maybe not family, before and yeah, you want to have bragging rights and it’s fun to go through that but we’ve played against each other so this is nothing new.”
Parker played in Toronto for the last three seasons before joining Cleveland this season while Williams has played for Atlanta, Sacramento and Minnesota over that same time frame.
|10.27.09 at 2:11 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – It’s not hard to keep thinking what might have been if Leon Powe hadn’t torn the ACL in his left knee in that first round series against the Bulls in April.
Maybe it’s Powe who would have stayed and Glen Davis might have moved on – to someplace like Cleveland.
Instead, Powe had reconstructive surgery and signed on as a free agent in August with the Cavaliers. He is already working out lightly with his new team, including shootaround on Tuesday morning at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavs take on his old teammates, the Celtics.
“Almost identical,” Powe said of the two teams. “For the offense, they just call it something different and sometimes it’s the same thing, same motion. I should have no problem figuring that because that’s the same thing as Boston ran, defense, too.”
Powe said last week he is targeting a return just after the All-Star break in February, something he reiterated on Tuesday morning.
“I’m not in a rush to get back,” he said. “I wanted to get back tonight, actually. I told coach, give me 10 minutes and I’ll give you 10 [points] and eight [rebounds]. But he wasn’t going for it tonight so I’ve got to wait till February. There is no rush because this team is already good. I just want to come over here and flow right into things. Pick up energy, anything I can do to help them win.”
|10.27.09 at 2:01 pm ET|
“A lot of teams made a lot of moves,” O’Neal said. “They’re the former champs and really didn’t have a chance to defend their crown because Mr. Garnett was hurt during the postseason. We know they’re going to be ready. We know a lot of other teams will be ready. It’s not going to be easy for us but we accept all challenges.”
O’Neal may have been quite formal but all pleasantries will likely end tonight as Garnett and the Celtics feel they have something to prove to the Cavaliers and the rest of the Eastern Conference.
O’Neal is just looking to fit in and begin meshing with another star by the name of LeBron.
“Very excited but you learn not to get too excited,” O’Neal said. “It’s a long season. I’ve been around every situation imaginable. We know what we have to do. We know we’re going up against a damn good opponent. We just have to try to keep our poise and play hard and hopefully, we can get started on the right foot.”
O’Neal has been a lightning rod in his most recent stops around the league, stops included Miami and most-recently Phoenix.
“Difference here is I’ve been inserted into a really good team,” O’Neal said. “So, my role is going to be a little different and I accept that. I’m not really coming here to stir things up, just come in here and be the piece they were missing. The whole world realizes they were just one piece away and hopefully, I’m that piece.”
|10.27.09 at 1:28 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – Cavaliers superstar center Shaquille O’Neal was asked about his friend Glen Davis, who did not make the trip to Cleveland for the season opener Tuesday night because of a reported broken bone in his right hand following a fight with a former LSU teammate on Sunday night.
“Well they call him Big Baby for a reason, he’s my son,” joked O’Neal, who like Davis starred in basketball at Louisiana State. “A lot of people don’t know that. He’s a great player. I’ve known him since he was a youngster.
“He works hard, has been working hard on his game. It’s an unfortunate incident but one thing about him is he’s a focused individual so he realizes he may have made a mistake so he’ll come back more focused than ever.”
The Cavaliers held a brief shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday morning.