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Doc Rivers on D&C: ‘Disappointed’ in Danny Ainge’s portrayal of his Celtics departure

09.05.13 at 10:04 am ET
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It’s been more than two months since Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge played the blame game over how exactly the former Celtics coach landed in Los Angeles in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round pick from the Clippers.

Ainge claimed it was ultimately Doc’s decision.

Rivers presented it as part of the Celtics plan.

“Honestly, I was very disappointed in that part of Danny’€™s press conference,” Rivers said during an appearance on Dennis & Callahan to promote September’s Hoop Dreams event at TD Garden to benefit Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD). “Other than that, Danny and I have no issues. Danny knows, just like I know, that that’€™s not true.

“Listen, guys, this is old stuff. I’€™m here, and Danny’€™s in Boston. You can ask Danny that more and more, but there were two people in that room, and it was Danny and I, and anyone else who has a comment about what went on doesn’€™t really know because they weren’€™t in that room. It was more than one day. It was several days, and it was an agreement.”

Regardless, Rivers and the Celtics president of basketball operations are still in communication. “We’€™ve had our disagreements when I was there, and we’€™ve moved on,” added Rivers. “That was a disagreement on how that was presented. Danny knows that, and I know the truth, but you move on and we’€™ve talked many times since.”

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Jared Sullinger apologizes in statement for ‘embarrassing’ situation

09.03.13 at 3:10 pm ET
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Jared Sullinger issued a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding his arrest earlier in the day. Sullinger was charged with assaulting his girlfriend during a confrontation Saturday. He turned himself in Tuesday morning and was released on $5,000 cash bail after a court appearance.

“I voluntarily reported to the Waltham police this morning to respond to charges against me,” Sullinger said in the statement. “The experience was humbling and embarrassing for me. Yet I know that this situation has brought both sorrow and embarrassment to my girlfriend, my family, the Boston Celtics organization, my teammates, and my fans. To all of you, I apologize from the bottom of my heart.

“My lawyers have advised me not to discuss the case at this time. But I wanted to immediately and publicly apologize to everyone affected by this situation.”

For more on Sullinger’s arrest and court appearance, click here.

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Celtics ‘disappointed to learn of the allegations’ against Jared Sullinger

09.03.13 at 2:58 pm ET
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The Celtics issued a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding Jared Sullinger‘s arrest on charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation.

“The Celtics were disappointed to learn of the allegations against Jared and are currently gathering more information on the situation, which we are taking very seriously,” the team said in the statement. “We will reserve further comment until such point that we have sufficient additional information.”

For more on Sullinger’s arrest and subsequent release on bail, click here.

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Jared Sullinger released on $5,000 bail after being charged following domestic dispute

09.03.13 at 12:25 pm ET
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Celtics forward Jared Sullinger appeared in Waltham District Court on Tuesday after being arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend during a confrontation Saturday. He was released on $5,000 cash bail.

Sullinger, wearing a gray Ohio State T-shirt, showed no emotion as the charges against him were read aloud. He was handcuffed as he sat in the docks.

The state claims Sullinger, upset after an argument over perceived infidelity, pinned his girlfriend to the bed, pushed her, grabbed her iPhone and smashed it when she attempted to call police. He was charged with assault and battery, destruction of an iPhone and intimidation of a witness.

Sullinger’s lawyer said the player had flown to Ohio for a planned visit with his parents, and when he learned that his girlfriend had called police 10 hours after the incident, he immediately flew back and turned himself in at 6 a.m. Tuesday, after meeting with his attorney an hour earlier.

Sullinger’s girlfriend attended Tuesday’s proceeding and told the judge she did not feel that she was in danger. Sullinger was told he can contact her by phone or see her with another person present.

Sullinger, who left the courthouse with his father, is due back in court Sept. 19.

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Jared Sullinger reportedly arrested following domestic dispute

09.03.13 at 8:50 am ET
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Celtics forward Jared Sullinger turned himself in to police in Waltham on Tuesday morning to answer to accusations of domestic violence over the weekend, according to a report from Fox 25 Boston.

Sullinger reportedly was arrested and charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation related to an incident involving his girlfriend Saturday night. He is due in Waltham District Court later Tuesday.

Sullinger, 21, was drafted in the first round last year after a standout career at Ohio State. The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in a promising rookie season that was cut short after 45 games so he could have back surgery.

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Cosmic relief: Bill Russell’s effect on Brad Stevens

08.29.13 at 11:36 am ET
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Sports Illustrated’s profile of Celtics coach Brad Stevens is fantastic for many reasons, particularly the portions about his complex defensive schemes and in-game offensive adjustments, but one cosmic detail stands above all others: Bill Russell‘s team-first philosophy had a profound effect on Stevens.

In Stevens’s first year at Butler, then assistant and future coach Todd Lickliter would introduce Stevens to Bill Russell’s book Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Winner. In it Russell sets forth the concept of “team ego,” writing, “I was the most egotistical player they would ever meet. My ego is not a personal ego, it’s a team ego. My ego demands — for myself — the success of my team.”

Stevens says, “You have a choice to make when you’re not playing: Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or you’re not. There were times, early on, where I wasn’t a great teammate. It’s a difficult concept, learning the we over me attitude. I’m glad I got to that point, because it really helped me as a coach.”

Good stuff from Sports Illustrated. Be sure to read the article in its entirety here.

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What would a full Avery Bradley season look like?

08.28.13 at 10:59 am ET
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Like so many of his Celtics teammates this season, Avery Bradley is an X Factor.

Of course, losing a game to a few teenage girls after presenting New Hampshire’s Barker-Jobin family with a new basketball court courtesy of RE/MAX of New England probably isn’t the best sign of what’s to come.

“Yeah, the girls beat me at knockout,” Bradley joked. “That’€™s OK, though. I’€™m not used to this hoop.”

Whether it was the ankle injury that delayed his rookie year, Doc Rivers‘ reluctance to “play the kids” or the shoulder injury that cut his already lockout-shortened sophomore season even shorter, leaving him sidelined until January of this past season, we’ve never seen a complete Avery Bradley season.

“Most of the time, every summer for me has just been watching film or just going to watch people play, but this whole summer I’€™ve bee playing every single day,” said Bradley, who has added 16 pounds of muscle to the 180-pound frame he entered the NBA with in 2010. “I think I took three weeks off. My girlfriend kept telling me, ‘You need a break; you need to rest.’ But I was so excited to get back on the court and I’€™ve been here in Boston for two months, working out every day for two-a-days. Me, Jared [Sullinger] and some of the younger guys.”

Bradley may now be the second most tenured Celtics player behind Rajon Rondo, but at age 22 he’s still one of those younger guys. And if he ever combines his 2011-12 offensive game — 72 percent shooting (18-25) on right corner 3-pointers and 71 assisted buckets inside of 5 feet — with the on-ball defense that earned him an Second Team All-Defense bid last season, the Celtics could stack their backcourt up against the NBA’s best.

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