|06.19.09 at 12:10 pm ET|
On Friday morning Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo addressed the recent trade rumors on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show. Rondo recently returned from China as part of the Nike All Asia Basketball Camp and has already heard the buzz. While he knows trades are part of the business, he is confident in the Celtics as they stand now.
“If a trade happens, it happens,” Rondo said. “But I think we’ve got a championship team here and I don’t think [a trade] will happen.”
Click here to listen to Rondo discuss the rumors, his offseason plans, and his goals of becoming one of the best PGs in the NBA.
|06.17.09 at 11:07 pm ET|
In the last few weeks there have been rumors of the Boston Celtics trading nearly the entire team, from starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, to role players Tony Allen and J.R. Giddens. In spite of these talks, Paul Pierce let everyone know on Twitter that expects the Cs to return in full force next season.
@paulpierce34: Lakers vs orlando. Looked like a german sherperd vs a poodle that’s ok the rotwieler celtics will b back in 2o10
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|06.17.09 at 8:59 am ET|
Kevin Love has a lot of goals in the NBA. Breaking news was not one of them. But early Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Timberwolves forward unknowingly played the role of the reporter on Twitter.
@kevin_love: Today is a sad day…Kevin McHale will NOT be back as head coach next season.
Love Tweeted about McHale’s status with the Timberwolves before the organization had made any news public. Teammate Mark Madsen also Retweeted the news on his page.
According to the Associated Press, “Upon seeing the posting, a person in the league was told McHale sent a text message to Love indicating he was not coming back. The person requested anonymity because no official announcement has been made.”
Two hours after the initial Tweet, Love offered a clarification:
@kevin_love: P.S. I am not a breaking news guy…I had no idea no one knew..I’ll tell them I stayed at a holiday inn express last night. Always works….
News on McHale’s future had been expected. Last week the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported McHale and president of basketball operations David Kahn met for the third time.
The former Boston Celtic has collected a 39-55 coaching record over the last two seasons with the Timberwolves.
|06.16.09 at 7:03 pm ET|
On Tuesday’s edition of Comcast SportsNet’s Sports Tonight, ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix shed light on the Rajon Rondo trade rumors. Both pointed to same reason for Rondo’s inclusion in offseason talks: Money.
Russillo: Yeah I think there’s a bigger chance that they’d move him than maybe Boston fans would think. I think when it was originally rumored, whatever that Phoenix deal was with Amar’e Stoudemire, I heard a lot of people say oh the Celtics would never trade Rondo. But based on what I’ve heard the last couple days, I don’t think that’s true. Look, I don’t think they’re trying to move him, but I think they’re trying to throw some pieces around and let basketball people know that they’d move some of these guys to avoid maybe having to pay Rondo all the money they’ll have to pay and then pair him with guys that are going to be two years older than they are right now.
Mannix: Well they don’t like his contract demands first of all. Rondo’s not the kind of guy who’s going to take a hometown discount to stay in Boston. He’s going to sign with whoever offers him the most dollars at the end of his contract, whenever it’s up. He’s going to be a guy who’s going to go out there and try to get the most money.
|06.16.09 at 12:22 am ET|
While his name was being floated around in trade rumors, Rajon Rondo was overseas for Nike’s All Asia Camp in China. Rondo made the trip with another young point guard who turned heads in the posteason, Houston Rocket Aaron Brooks.
Rondo shared the details on his Yardbarker blog, including hitting the court with campers, immersing himself in a new culture, and dining with Yao Ming:
“Nihao. I just got back home from Beijing, China. I went over there for Nike’s All Asia Camp. Me and Aaron Brooks made the trip over there for Nike, and I have to admit that I was a little nervous about going because of the 13 hour flight. I don’t like to fly at all, so when I found out that the flight was 13 hours, I was a little hesitant. I’m really glad that I made the trip though-it turned out to be one of the best trips that I’ve ever taken. I got the chance to interact with the campers-I did drills, played some games, and coached the Asia Pacific team in the All-Star game (my team won). I also got to experience some of the city. I went shopping a couple of places, climbed the Great Wall, had an in store Nike appearance, and caught up with Yao for dinner one night.”
|06.15.09 at 11:28 pm ET|
Last year the Boston Celtics were recognized at the White House for winning the NBA championship. This summer two of the Cs returned to Washington D.C., this time to recognize a group of students from the Harbor Middle School in Dorchester for their community service.
On Monday Celtics forwards Brian Scalabrine and Bill Walker toured the nation’s Capitol with approximately 15 students as part of the tenth annual ASSISTS Community Service Contest. Contest creators Southwest Airlines and the Boston Celtics flew the students for a field trip which also included a tour of other monuments and attractions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.
Scalabrine and Stephon Marbury teamed up with students from the Harbor Middle School in April to paint a mural for the 5th annual Southwest Airlines ASSISTS Clean-Up Day. The ASSISTS Community Service Contest was open to all eighth-grade students in the Boston Public Middle Schools.
|06.15.09 at 1:35 pm ET|
Courtesy of Greg Cameron, here are some of the highlights of Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck’s Q-and-A with Dale & Holley this afternoon. (Click here for the audio.)
On if it was painful to see the Lakers win the title: “It was. Having had the trophy it’s always disappointing to see someone else win it. We’re going to try and knock them off their perch next year.”
On Red Auerbach vs. Phil Jackson: “I stand with Red. He assembled and coached his teams. He would even arrange trips to Europe and Russia. Sometimes he’d even drive the bus. His fingerprints are on every single one of those banners.”
On the Celtics’ chances of repeating had they stayed healthy: “I think that’s for losers to think that way. I don’t think that’s an out.”
On Kevin Garnett’s rehab/recovery: “We are extremely excited. He’s been in the facility everyday, and most of the team’s been there as well.”
Comparing Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce: “There are different ways to look at that.
You have to give [Kobe] his due. I like our team and will focus on helping Danny [Ainge] improve it for next year.”
Addressing recently swirling trade rumors: “What not many people realize is how many calls are made and received throughout the league. We had a starting five that went a record 27-2. We can also offer someone a full max contract to someone next summer.”
On his views of the NBA’s salary cap: “I didn’t really care about it as a fan. I wanted to put together an ownership group that would be able to put the best team on the floor and win. I’ll go find the money, and we’ll go in for another banner. The league has things in place to keep a lot of that from happening but we have a good revenue sharing system between the players and the owners in place. There’s a lot of sharing in between.”
On the important free agency summer of 2010: “There is a scenario under which we could do that.”
On the economy’s impact on the Celtics: “We start with the fans and thank them for their support. I think we have something like 110 sellouts in a row, and the stuck with us despite injuries. We’re lucky to have them. They help attract free agents who want to play in front of these fans. We don’t want to be smug about how well we’re doing; we just want to thank our fans. We’re fortunate to also have been able to keep season ticket prices the same for this year.”
On NBA officiating: “I think they’re trying really hard. I can’t say it’s getting better. Each call and non-call gets looked at by the league and gets graded. Just by studying those figures, there’s no lack of effort, but it’s not getting better. Why don’t you worry about winning and the officiating last?”
On how the NBA does business: “If there are issues, the league office will resolve it.”
On how much stock the C’s put into a player’s character before signing: “It’s a big deal. It’s good to see the players we drafted out of high school like Kendrick Perkins go to a charity dinner and then later in the evening ask us if it’s okay to leave. We told him it was perfectly fine. He left this dinner to work out at 10:30 at night. We tell out players that they’re going to participate on and off the court. If not, they’re gone.”
On guard Stephon Marbury: “He did his part character-wise. He lived up to his word that he wanted to be a good teammate. It didn’t entirely work out as we and he had hoped.”
On the impending NBA Draft: “It won’t be a snooze with Danny at the helm. He’s made draft-day trades every year. He’s always working on deals that day, so we’ll see what happens.”
On Danny Ainge: “We’re all on the same page. He’s a busy guy, a great GM. He was a great hire. We wanted Danny and we got him.”
On the coach Doc Rivers’ anticipation for next season: “I received a text from Doc saying, ‘Let’s get back to the finals.”