|09.18.10 at 5:09 pm ET|
Jamar Smith considers himself ‘blessed beyond belief’ to be invited to the Celtics training camp, he told the Evansville Courier & Press. Smith, a shooting guard, shared his excitement about getting the call to come to Boston:
“I’ve been working out like crazy,” said the former University of Southern Indiana star and Division II Player of the Year.
By “crazy,” he means several hours per day on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, sometimes with members of the Illini basketball team and coach Bruce Weber, who originally signed Smith.
Now Smith has a chance to fulfill a dream. But sometimes that chance seems to be a dream.
“When my agent told me (about the Celtics’ invitation), I was, ‘Are you serious?’ ” said Smith. “Now I’m in the gym two or three times a day. My dad called me and asked, ‘Are you working hard?’ When I said I was, he said, ‘Well, you have to work harder.’ “
Smith averaged 21.6 points per game last season at USI.
|09.18.10 at 12:16 pm ET|
Scalabrine has made numerous charitable appearances for the Celtics this summer and maintained that he still wants to play, but there don’t appear to be many offers for his services, either here or elsewhere.
NBA.com’s Sam Smith cracks the door open for Scal a little when he mentioned in a chat that the Bulls have had interest in bringing him aboard. Smith writes in answer to a question about Scalabrine and Michael Finley:
I think Finley is too old at this point, but Scalabrine is a guy the Bulls have talked with a lot this summer and especially with [Tom] Thibodeau I can see him as possible depending on what goes on regarding [Rudy] Fernandez. You need a good team guy willing to root a lot and Scalabrine would be that.
New coaches often bring former players with them to help implement their system and Scalabrine wouldn’t be a bad resource for Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls also have roster spots available.
Still, the Bulls have also been linked to rumors for the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Fernandez, which would make Scal, at best, a fallback option.
|09.17.10 at 1:11 pm ET|
Earlier this summer Paul Pierce suggested that the Celtics should go away for training camp so the team can bond, much like they did before the 2007-08 season that ended in a championship. That’s not going to happen.
The Celtics will spend a week at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island before returning to their regular home in Waltham for the rest of camp.
Here’s their exhibition schedule:
Oct. 6: Celtics vs. Philadelphia; Manchester, N.H. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7: Celtics at New Jersey, 7
Oct. 10: Toronto at Celtics, 6
Oct. 12: Celtics at Philadelphia, 7
Oct. 13: Celtics at New York, 7:30
Oct. 15: Celtics at Toronto, 7
Oct. 16: New York vs. Celtics, Hartford, 7:30
Oct. 20: New Jersey at Celtics, 7:30
|09.17.10 at 11:44 am ET|
Glen Davis returned to Baton Rouge to check out the new practice facility at his alma mater and took some time to chat with LSU Sports. Obviously one of the questions was about new Celtic, and former Tiger, Shaquille O’Neal.
“It’s crazy. I can remember days when I was just a little boy watching him play here at LSU. Shaq was everywhere in the city. To be in the NBA and play against him and now having him on the same team it’s unbelievable. I’m so glad he’s on our team and he can help us get back to that championship.”
Davis is a legend at LSU. He won SEC Rookie of the Year honors, SEC Player of the Year as a sophomore and led the Tigers to the Final Four.
|09.17.10 at 11:05 am ET|
Tickets for Celtics games are on sale now. Here’s the release from the team:
Individual game tickets for all Boston Celtics home games will go on sale September 17 at 11 a.m. A limited number of seats are available for purchase and fans are encouraged to reserve their seats early as games are anticipated to sell out.
There are many highlights on the schedule for the upcoming season beginning with the highly anticipated Opening Night matchup vs. the Miami Heat on Tuesday, October 26 at the TD Garden. Other highlights of the schedule include the 2010 Finals rematch vs. the Lakers at the TD Garden on Thursday, February 10 as well as Miami’s second trip to Boston on Sunday, February 13. Eastern Conference rivals, the Orlando Magic visit town on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17 and also on Sunday, February 6. The Celtics will also host the New Orleans Hornets in a New Years Eve Day matchup on December 31.
For additional schedule information, please visit Celtics.com.
Fans are able to purchase tickets beginning tomorrow at 11 a.m. by logging onto Celtics.com, by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX (866-462-2849) or by visiting the TD Garden Box Office. Tickets for all Celtics home games start at just $10. There is a four (4) ticket limit per game for each customer. Additionally, there is a two (2) ticket limit on all $10 seats.
Season tickets for the upcoming season are currently sold out in the loge and balcony, however, fans are encouraged to enroll in Club Green, the official fan membership program of the Celtics, to join the season ticket waiting list, as well as receive information on special offers for individual game tickets. Also, a limited number of Premium Seating season tickets and game night suite rentals are available now by calling the Celtics Sales Office at 866-4CELTIX (866-423-5849) or by visiting Celtics.com.
|09.17.10 at 8:23 am ET|
You may remember that Ron Artest didn’t care much for Doc Rivers comments that the Celtics starting five has never lost a playoff series when healthy. “Doc got one million excuses,” is how Artest put it on Twitter.
With training camp right around the corner, Artest is letting this one go. “Me and Doc, we should start a comedy act,” he now says.
Maybe they should team up for Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam at the Wilbur.
|09.16.10 at 11:26 am ET|
During the Las Vegas summer league, representatives from the Celtics attended a workout for Adam Morrison, the former Gonzaga star who would rank as Michael Jordan’s biggest draft blunder if not for taking Kwame Brown first in 2000. The Celtics worked him out again Wednesday at their facility in Waltham along with Rashad McCants, Cuttino Mobley and Trenton Hassell.
Morrison came into the NBA with the reputation as a shooter, but he has never cracked 37 percent from the floor in his three seasons and hasn’t even seen much playing time since his disastrous rookie year. Morrison was traded to the Lakers for Vladimir Radmanovic and barely saw the court.
To date the Celtics have not so much as issued an invitation to Morrison, or anyone else from Wednesday’s workout, but they are clearly not done tinkering with the roster.
When Tony Allen left for Memphis, Danny Ainge moved to shore up the wing by re-signing Marquis Daniels and coming to terms with Von Wafer and Delonte West. The contracts for Wafer and West are not fully guaranteed, which leaves an opening for an actual competition in training camp. (You can throw Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney into the mix as well).
At issue is the backup small forward slot behind Paul Pierce, which was also an issue last year and the year before that. Daniels has the inside track for the job and rookie Luke Harangody could also work into the rotation provided he can make jumpers and play defense at an acceptable level.
But the Celtics lack size at the position and have a general need for shooting everywhere off the bench. That’s because Doc Rivers is already envisioning a second unit that can work off Shaquille O’Neal’s work in the post.
Like Morrison, McCants has been a first round bust, albeit one with a strong college track record. Hassell has more experience and just finished a very generous long-term contract granted by Kevin McHale when he was with the Timberwolves, but he is known more as a defender than a shooter.
Of the four, Mobley is the most intriguing. He enjoyed a long and underrated career as a top-notch scorer for the Rockets and Clippers. Mobley was traded to the Knicks in late 2008, but he retired with a serious heart ailment. In June, Mobley told the New York Daily News that he was contemplating a comeback.
It’s not clear what Ainge’s intentions are yet, but with the start of training camp looming at the end of the month, it does appear that he’s continuing to look for the right pieces.
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