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Five things to know about Delonte West’s return to Boston

09.01.10 at 11:57 pm ET
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On Wednesday, the Celtics signed free agent guard Delonte West. It has been three years since West left Boston, and the 27-year-old has taken a long journey ‘€” both professional and personal ‘€” to get back. Here are five things to know about West’€™s return to the Celtics:

1. This Isn’€™t His First Time Around: The Celtics drafted West with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. West was in the same rookie class as Al Jefferson (18th pick) and Tony Allen (25th pick). He played his first three seasons in Boston, averaging 8.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds. During that time, West made his mark with his aggressive play and hustle on the court. However, he was traded to the SuperSonics in 2007 as part of the Ray Allen trade.

2. Short-Lived in Seattle: West’€™s time on the SuperSonics is now a blip in his six-year career, but it was a stop that eventually led him to title contention. West played in 35 games for the SuperSonics (30 off the bench) and averaged 6.8 points in 20.8 minutes.

Just minutes before the 2008 trade deadline, West was sent to the Cavaliers in a three-team deal. He didn’€™t spend much time in Seattle but, as the video shows, it was enough for him to leave his mark on his teammates.

3. Championship Hunting in Cleveland: West jumped right into the Cavs system and started the remainder of the 2007-08 season. That year the Cavaliers reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals before being eliminated by the Celtics in Game 7. West averaged 10.8 points in his first postseason appearance since 2005.

He started every game he played the following season and posted nearly 14 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field during the Cavs playoff run. Last season West came off the bench, contributing 8.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds.

During this time, West played alongside Shaquille O’€™Neal. He proved his versatility as a reserve, a role the Celtics will look for him to fill, while gaining valuable postseason experience.

West was traded from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves this summer, before being waived by the T-Wolves.

4. Troubles Along the Way: West’€™s time with the Cavs wasn’€™t seamless, though. Last September, he was arrested on weapons charges after being pulled over for speeding in Maryland. He recently pled guilty to the charges and will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season.

West also struggled with what has been described as a ‘€œmood disorder’€ and missed part of the 2008 preseason to seek help.

5. A Fan Favorite Returns: In spite of his off-the-court issues ‘€” and the fact that he was a postseason foe ‘€” West remains a fan favorite in Boston. The impact of his quirky personality has lingered since the 2007 trade, and his on-camera comedy is still a must-see by Celtics faithful.

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Former member of the Celtics Rick Fox joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’

09.01.10 at 11:37 pm ET
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Rick Fox is moving further and further from being identified as a former NBA player.

First the former Celtic gets the acting bug, and now he has become a member of the latest edition of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ According to, the 40-year-old Fox is the fifth-best bet, coming in at 15-2. The 6-foot-7 Fox will be teamed with Cheryl Burke, who is just 5-foot-5. The show premieres Sept. 20.

Other members of the cast include David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Brandi, Bristol Palin, Kurt Warner, Audrina Patridge, Jennifer Grey, Margaret Cho, and Kyle Massey.

C’s bring back Delonte

09.01.10 at 4:21 pm ET
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The Celtics have finished off their roster with a nod to their past by reaching agreement with free agent guard Delonte West, the team announced.

West played three seasons with the Celtics, averaging 12.2 points in 2006-07, his final season with the team. He was then traded to Seattle in a draft-day deal that yielded Ray Allen and Glen Davis. West was subsequently moved to Cleveland in a mid-season deal where he spent the next two and a half seasons.

In 2008-09, West started 64 games with the Cavs, but he was involved in an incident just prior to the start of last season where he was arrested on weapons charges during a traffic stop. West, who has said that he suffers from bi-polar disorder, pleaded guilty in July to weapons charges and was sentenced to eight-month home detention, probation and psychological counseling. The terms of the sentence allow him to travel for away games.

In August the NBA announced that he will be suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season.

On the court, this has a chance to a solid fit for the Celtics. While visions of Portland’s Rudy Fernandez may have danced through fans heads, West offers a versatile guard who can handle the ball and defend multiple positions. West is also a decent shooter, although his 3-point percentage took a tumble to 32 percent last season.

With West’s arrival the Celtics now have 15 players under contract and two more on non-guaranteed deals, meaning that the roster is essentially set barring a trade. The key thing to note is the flexibility players like West, Von Wafer and Marquis Daniels offer. This is how it looks:

PG: Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson, Avery Bradley, Oliver Lafayette (non-guaranteed)

SG: Ray Allen, Delonte West, Von Wafer

SF: Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels, Luke Harangody

PF: Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Tony Gaffney (non-guaranteed)

C: Kendrick Perkins, Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Semih Erden

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Shaq nets cameo in new Sandler movie

08.31.10 at 10:20 am ET
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According to a report in, Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal will appear as himself in the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy “Jack and Jill.”

O’Neal will have a small cameo in the film, which co-stars Sandler and Katie Holmes.

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Kobe Bryant says he’s a Laker for life

08.31.10 at 7:02 am ET
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Speaking to Derek Fisher on Jim Rome’s ESPN show, Kobe Bryant said that he plans on staying with the Lakers until the end of his career.

“I’m definitely not playing for another team. It’s hard to say 100 percent, but 99.999 percent sure that I’ll be finishing out my career with the Los Angeles Lakers. I’m happy about that.” (Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo! Sports)

Artest: ‘Doc got one million excuses’

08.31.10 at 1:03 am ET
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On his Twitter page, Lakers forward Ron Artest took issue with suggestions that his team’s triumph over the Celtics in seven games was impacted by the absence of Boston center Kendrick Perkins in the decisive Game 7 after the 7-footer blew out his knee in the previous contest.

Artest seemingly took issue with Celtics coach Doc Rivers‘ contention that the Celtics have never had the opportunity to defend the 2007-08 title with the same core group at full health, noting that the Lakers have been without Andrew Bynum in their title runs.

“Boston lost to lakers because of [the] Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in [2008] when Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured,” Artest wrote in three consecutive tweets. “What about Kobe played with a broke finger …. What about Ron [Artest’s] defense [w]hen the Boston staff said Ron [A]rtest was too slow. … Doc got one million excuses.”

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Doc Rivers’ son schools NBA top pick

08.29.10 at 12:37 pm ET
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Wondering how good Austin Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is? Despite the fact he is going to be a senior in high school, Rivers is already showing the best of the NBA best a thing or two. In this case, Rivers does his thing to John Wall, the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft. First he tortures the No. 1 pick with a cross-over, and then he picks him clean. Check it out:

(Hat tip to ‘The Dagger’ at Yahoo! Sports)

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