|02.27.09 at 5:45 pm ET|
We are live from a side room inside the Boston Garden for the much-anticipated and heavily-covered Stephon Marbury introductory press conference. The press gathering is fairly large, almost playoff level for this, which was conveniently timed to make the 6 p.m. local news broadcasts.
We’ll bring you the soundbites as they happen because that’s the kind of mobile news-gathering organization we are here at WEEI.com.
Interesting question: When was the last time there was a press conference of this size in February for a bench player? Now, obviously, Marbury is no ordinary bench player. In addition to being a former All-Star he needs his own skycap to carry around all his baggage.
The eyes of the NBA world will be on him to see if he can pull it off, which ought to be incentive enough. And here he is.
Marbury is wearing No. 8. Hello Antoine Walker.
He says he’s been working out since the summer.
Doc says they’re going to throw him out there. They don’t have a lot of stuff in for him. Obviously.
Marbury will play tonight. “If he screws up a play,” Rivers said. “It’s because he doesn’t know it.”
Q: Are you willing to buy into the Celtics system? A: I’m just happy to play basketball again, let alone what my role is.
Marbury says this is where he wanted to be and he didn’t really look at any other teams.
Doc thinks it will help Eddie House because it will move him off the ball.
His mother thought he and KG would play again.
Any concerns about fitting in? Marbury: You just got to watch and wait and see.
Very wise by the Celtics bringing Doc into the press conference with Marbury, by the way. It already makes him feel like a part of the team and Doc is able to deflect any tough questions.
“I’m human. I make mistakes and I’ve learned from my mistakes,” Marbury said.
On this year with the Knicks: “It was a humbling experience for me.”
“I’m coming here to try and help the Celtics win another championship.”
Much, much more coming…
|02.27.09 at 2:13 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics have suspended guard Gabe Pruitt two games for conduct detrimental to the team. Pruitt was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Thursday morning in Los Angeles following the Celtics loss to the LA Clippers. “I recognize that my behavior was inappropriate and accept the consequences of my action as determined by the Celtics,’ said Pruitt in a statement issued by the team. Pruitt is averaging 2.3 points and 8.8 minutes per game this season.
|02.27.09 at 2:05 pm ET|
Stephon Marbury has signed with the Boston Celtics, according to the Boston Globe. Marc Spears reported Marbury will undergo a physical and is expected to attend a closed practice prior to tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers. It has not been confirmed whether or not Marbury will be in uniform.
|02.27.09 at 8:57 am ET|
Stephon Marbury has told Marc Spears of the Boston Globe that he plans on being at the Boston Celtics shootaround this morning once he clears waivers at 10am. The Globe reports he will sign with the Celtics for a prorated veteran minimum $1.3 million. “This is the happiest I’ve been since being drafted, man,” he told the Globe in a telephone interview. “I’m so happy that it doesn’t even feel real. It feels, it just feels like, it feels different to finally be able to get the opportunity to go play for a team that’s established. Everyone is on the same page. There is one goal, and that’s winning a ring, winning the trophy.”
|02.27.09 at 1:24 am ET|
On Friday the Boston Celtics (46-13) will return to the TD BankNorth Garden to take on the Indiana Pacers (25-35). It has been nearly three weeks since the Celtics played on their home court, and since then a lot has changed:
- February 13-15: Big Three participate in All-Star Weekend
- February 17: Sam Cassell traded to the Sacramento Kings
- February 19 (day): Patrick O’Bryant traded to the Toronto Raptors
- February 19 (night): Kevin Garnett strains right knee; Celtics lose 90-85 to Utah Jazz
- February 22: Rajon Rondo celebrates 23rd birthday with 32 points in 128-108 win over Phoenix Suns
- February 23: Brian Scalabrine suffers cervical strain; Celtics beat Denver Nuggets 114-76
- February: 24: Stephon Marbury is bought out by the New York Knicks; Mikki Moore signs with the Celtics
- February 25: Moore debuts; Paul Pierce dislocates right thumb; Celtics lose 93-91 to Los Angeles Clippers
- February 26: Gabe Pruitt is arrested in LA for suspicion of DUI; Marbury tells New York Times he will sign with Celtics and be in uniform on February 27
The actual game between the Celtics and Pacers is overshadowed by the question of whether or not Marbury will be a Celtic prior to tip off. While the Celtics may make an addition, both teams are shorthanded. Garnett (knee), Tony Allen (thumb), and Brian Scalabrine (neck) are unavailable for the Celtics. Danny Granger (foot) and Mike Dunleavy (knee) will not play for the Pacers. The Celtics are 2-1 since losing Garnett. The Pacers are 3-1 without Granger.
Tip-off is at 7:30 EST.
|02.27.09 at 12:37 am ET|
Kevin Garnett’s injury could have created a window of opportunity for the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull ahead in the Eastern Conference. But now they too are down a starter. On Thursday night forward Ben Wallace broke his right leg during a 19-point loss the Houston Rockets. TNT’s David Aldridge reported Wallace will miss 8-10 weeks.
This injury is a blow to the Cavaliers front court. Wallace, 34, is one of the most experienced players on the team. Instead of having his veteran leadership down the stretch, the Cavaliers will have to rely on J.J. Hickson to step up in his rookie season. Wallace was averaging 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 points, and 24.3 minutes per game this season. Hickson is averaging 4.5 points and 2.9 boards in 12.2 minutes per game.
The Celtics will play the Cavaliers next Friday, March 6 in Boston.
|02.26.09 at 3:35 pm ET|
Stephon Marbury has told the New York Times he will sign with the Boston Celtics and be in uniform for Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. Marbury also said that he has already spoken with members of the Celtics.
‘The great thing is that they want me to play with them,’ Marbury told the Times from his home in Purchase, New York.
The Times also reports that Marbury is scheduled to meet with the media on Friday morning in Boston.
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