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Report: Rondo would be happy to stay in Boston

09.22.09 at 11:06 pm ET
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Sports Illustrated recently caught up with Rajon Rondo to discuss hot topics surrounding the upcoming season, including the return of Kevin Garnett, the addition of Rasheed Wallace, and the possible outcomes of his current contract situation. As long as the Boston Celtics want Rondo on their team, he told SI he’d be happy to stick around:

SI.com: You could sign a contract extension this fall or you could test free agency next summer when a number of teams will be looking to buy talent. Is that an enticing possibility?

RR: That could be, but it’s still early so I’ve got some time to see how things settle in Boston. If it doesn’t, I’ll play out the fourth year and see how things go next summer.

SI.com: Is it safe to assume you’d prefer to stay with the Celtics?

RR: If the Celtics want me, then I’d be happy to stay.

Click here for the rest of the interview.

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Scalabrine plays it safe

09.21.09 at 12:24 am ET
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After suffering three concussions in less than a month last season, Brian Scalabrine wants to play it safe. That’s why he chose not to play at all this summer.

‘€œI didn’t play any basketball,’€ Scalabrine told WEEI.com last week at the USI Shamrock Classic. ‘€œI didn’t want to risk getting a concussion in that environment. So I just didn’t play any basketball and then I’ve been playing since I got back here.’€

The Celtics forward began playing basketball nearly three weeks ago when he returned from Washington to Boston for the upcoming season. Up until that point he had been following the training routine outlined by the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Bryan Doo.

Scalabrine suffered a series of concussions over the course of a month last January through February. The first came on January 25 when he was dealt a blow to the chin by Dirk Nowitzki in a game against the Dallas Mavericks. Two days later he banged his head during practice. Scalabrine returned the next month only to suffer a neck injury, one that he would later say was ‘€œ99 percent’€ caused by a concussion, during a February 23 game against the Denver Nuggets. Doctors later determined he had postconcussion syndrome.

He missed the remainder of the regular season and returned for the playoffs sporting a protective headband.

While these injuries kept Scalabrine off the courts this summer, he won’t let them hold him back this season.

‘€œWe’re just going to take it day by day and see what happens,’€ he said. ‘€œThe only time you’re really going to know is until you take a blow. It’s going to happen one time or another, just how I respond to it is going to be key.’€

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Former Celtic West arrested on weapons charges

09.18.09 at 3:39 pm ET
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Former Boston Celtics guard Delonte West was arrested Thursday night in Maryland for weapons possession, according to the Plain Dealer Reporter:

“According to the police report, West was charged with at least two counts of handgun on person, and for driving the vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed. He was pulled over on his motorcycle in Upper Marlboro, Md. on I-495.

WUSA, a television station in Washington D.C., reported that West was pulled over at 10 p.m. Thursday for making an unsafe lane change on his motorcycle. The station reported that police said West had two handguns and a shotgun in his possession and was arrested.

The Plain Dealer reported West was released and is scheduled for a court appearance on November 20.

West was drafted by the Celtics with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics as part of the Ray Allen deal before being dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last season he averaged 11.7 points and 3.5 assists for the Cavs.

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Celtics raise over $150,000 in charity golf tournament

09.18.09 at 12:40 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics teed off for charity before they tipped off the regular season.

On Thursday current and former players along with members of the organization raised over $150,000 in the Shamrock Foundation’€™s second annual USI Shamrock Classic, presented by Consolidated Printing, at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA.

Ray Allen, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker, and J.R. Giddens, head coach Doc Rivers, and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge were among those who participated. They were joined by former Celtics Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy and Dana Barros, as well as co-owners Wyc Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca, and Bob Epstein.

“It was a great day at Nashawtuc and even better day for the many children who are supported by the Shamrock Foundation,” Pagliuca said in a team statement. “We are very thankful to our sponsors and donors who supported this event. This support means even more in today’s tough economy.”

Allen added, “My teammates and I enjoyed playing golf to aid these wonderful charities. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.”

All proceeds from the event, which included a live and silent auction, went toward the to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, benefiting Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music.

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Garnett finds way to stay in the game

09.17.09 at 11:18 pm ET
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He seems like the same guy to Doc Rivers.

‘€œHe’s normal again,’€ the Celtics coach said of Kevin Garnett.

Well, there is one change.

‘€œHe’s happy, he’s talking more, which I didn’t think was possible,’€ Rivers said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. ‘€œHe’s got his quickness back and he just looks normal again.’€

Talking more?

Over the last 14 years, Garnett has developed a reputation as one of the most vocal players in the league. This offseason his words have a different message.

Garnett has been joining his teammates at the Sports Authority Training Center in Waltham as they prepare for training camp. Even though the Celtics forward, who is coming off season-ending knee surgery, has not been cleared for contact drills, he has found his own way to participate during workouts.

‘€œHis presence has been felt. He has been talking more, but you don’t know when he starts playing, maybe he’ll talk less,’€ Brian Scalabrine said with a laugh. ‘€œBut he has been leading us in a very instructional kind of way. Before he was like that, but now, like he pulled me aside the other day. He was like, ‘You know, you have to play the game within the game. If you’re trying to get something done later, you want to set it up with something early.’

‘€œAnd it helps. I went out there and I did it, and it worked right away. He’s a really intelligent guy.’€

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Scalabrine Supports Pagliuca’s Senate Run

09.17.09 at 8:09 pm ET
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Brian Scalabrine understands the importance of a strong campaign. Over the last few years fans have lobbied on Facebook to vote the Celtics forward to the All-Star team. Although Scalabrine never won the vote, he thinks he has a good eye for a deserving candidate.

On Thursday Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca announced his candidacy in the special election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s vacant seat, and Scalabrine is already on board.

‘€œI back him 100 percent,’€ Scalabrine said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club inn Concord. ‘€œI feel like he’s the kind of guy that’s going to go out there and get things done. From a position in the state of Massachusetts right now, that’s what you’re going to want ‘€” people that are going to get things done.’€

Scalabrine has experienced Pagliuca’s accomplishments firsthand. He is among a group of Celtics who won an NBA championship following a 24-win season the previous year. The organization’s instant turnaround is just one reason why Scalabrine believes Pagliuca can achieve positive change.

‘€œ[He got] Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the same team. You think that stuff’s easy to do? No. To do that you have to be thoughtful, ahead of your time, and that’s him,’€ Scalabrine said. ‘€œObviously he’s not the only guy, but if you’re a Senator you’re not the only guy making decisions, you’ve got people working underneath you. And how about just the ability to buy the Celtics? How about that? I mean to have that ability to do that, that’s something special in itself.’€

Less than an hour after Pagliuca announced his candidacy, Scalabrine already had a campaign in mind.

‘€œI got a sign going in my front yard. For sure,’€ he said. ‘€œIt’s big, big like a billboard. It says like this: ‘Pags for Senator. My name is Brian Scalabrine and I approve this message,’ and it can have my face on it.’€

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Celtics to Tee Off for Second Annual USI Shamrock Classic

09.15.09 at 7:36 pm ET
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On Thursday, September 17 the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation will host the Second Annual USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. This event, presented by Consolidated Printing, will feature a celebrity golf tournament, dinner, awards program, and live and silent auctions to benefit the Shamrock Foundation.

Those slated to participate include:

  • Ray Allen, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker, J.R. Giddens, and other members of the 2009-10 Celtics
  • Head Coach Doc Rivers
  • President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge
  • Co-Owners Wyc Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca and Bob Epstein
  • Team President Rich Gotham
  • Celtics Legends Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, JoJo White and Dana Barros
  • New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg
  • Comcast SportsNet’s Greg Dickerson, Donny Marshall and Mike Gorman

All proceeds from Shamrock Classic will go toward the Shamrock Foundation, which benefits Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’€™s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music.

For more information, visit www.celtics.com.

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