|10.17.08 at 5:09 pm ET|
In between the first and second quarter Sam Cassell pulled Kendrick Perkins away from the huddle. The point guard demonstrated post up moves to the center, who scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in the first quarter. Despite their difference in size and position, Cassell has been working out with Perkins during shootarounds as well.
Celtics lead 26-22 after 12 minutes.
|10.17.08 at 4:41 pm ET|
After sitting out of last night’s game in New Jersey, the Big Three are back on the court. Doc Rivers is starting the usual starting five of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins. Chris Duhon, Jamal Crawford, Quentin Richardson, David Lee, and Zach Randolph got the nod for the Knicks.
|10.17.08 at 4:23 pm ET|
It’s nearly impossible to avoid the 2008 World Champion signs plastered around the Garden. But somehow Knicks head coach Mike D’Antonio was able to block that all out. He has tunnel vision for one team and one team only … even if he is going up against the defending champs.
“None. It’s preseason,” D’Antoni said of the significance of playing the Celtics. “It’s significant if we played the Nets, which we will be on Monday, if it was Philadelphia it’d be significant. It’s significant because we’re worried about the Knicks.”
“Boston’s the best team out there ‘ I can’t help that one,” D’Antoni said. “But we can worry about the Knicks and that’s what we’ll do in preseason.”
|10.16.08 at 1:05 pm ET|
The Celtics are having a fairly boring training camp, which is good when you’re the defending champs. There are no contract squabbles, no petty animosities and no feuding.
The only actual decision still to be made is who will be the odd man out. With 16 players in camp, and 15 roster spots available, someone has to go. Some were calling for Brian Scalabrine’s head, but Danny Ainge squashed that notion, which was never a realistic possibility anyway considering that Scal has two years and more than $6 million coming to him.
Assuming the rookies are safe, that leaves Darius Miles, Sam Cassell, and Gabe Pruitt fighting for one spot, and Miles is the only one without a guaranteed contract. After the jump, the case for, and against, D-Miles. Read the rest of this entry »
|10.16.08 at 12:30 am ET|
There’s no question that Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris are poised to become two of the league’s best point guards in years to come. The question is, would Rondo get schooled like Harris did?
Check out the video to see Harris, dressed in New Jersey Nets gear, get shown up by UK streetballer Stuart Tanner, who took a page out of KG’s v-neck sweater collection, while the Nets were overseas for preseason basketball.
|10.15.08 at 12:08 pm ET|
Later today, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is going to unveil a plan that will cut 1,000 state jobs and $700 million from the budget. Earlier this week, the NBA announced that they are laying off 80 people in anticipation of the fiscal crisis.
These are tough times, obviously, but the real story to keep an eye on is the groundbreaking on the New Jersey Nets new building in Brooklyn, which could be set back at least six months, “after an appellate court declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed by foes of the plan.”
The Nets move was planned to coincide with the 2010 season, which is ground zero for the biggest NBA free agency shopping period ever. The big prize, of course, is LeBron James, and the mere thought of Bron-Bron in New York has pushed the Knicks and Nets into one cost-cutting move after another in an attempt to clear cap space. Both teams have essentially abdicated the next two seasons.
|10.15.08 at 7:18 am ET|
42 years ago today, Bill Russell made history when he became the first African-American head coach in the NBA. Russell was named player-coach of the Boston Celtics on October 15, 1966. The Celtics started the ’66-’67 season 10-1 and finished 60-21 before falling to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Russell coached the Celtics to back-to-back NBA Championships the following two seasons and left his post in Boston with a 162-83 record. He averaged nearly 20 rebounds and 12 points in just over 40 minutes per game as a player-coach.