Archive for November, 2008

Battle the NBA’s Best in Guitar Hero

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

The Memphis Grizzlies may not have winning down yet but their young point guard does. Mike Conley Jr. has been dubbed the best Guitar Hero player in the NBA and now he is looking for his next challenger. If you think you can beat Conley, check out his contest on Yardbarker.com.

Watch that temper…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Kendrick Perkins will never be compared to bad boys Ron Artest or Rasheed Wallace, at least if he can find a way from earning technical fouls as fast as he hauls in rebounds.

Perkins didn’t come into the season intending to become the NBA’s new bad boy. But if people want to draw that comparison after drawing eight technical fouls in the first 15 games of the season, then so be it.

“It doesn’t matter, they’re two great players in this league so I hope so,” Perkins said following Tuesday’s practice. “Nobody is getting under my skin. I really start all the problems. It’s not like they’re starting stuff with me. I pretty much start everything.”

One of those eight techs occurred with Jermaine O’Neal (below) in the Nov. 10 game against Toronto. 
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Celtics captain Paul Pierce is more than experienced in the ways of emotional warfare on the court.

“I use it to get in my opponents’ heads,” Pierce said Tuesday. “I don’t use it to start anything. I use it to frustrate my opponent, sort of what Larry Bird used to do in the day, Michael (Jordan), Gary Payton, these guys. I use it more as a tactic. I’m not trying to fight anybody. I do it in practice.”

Perkins, meanwhile, has always had a fierce but quiet demeanor on the court.

“I don’t really worry about it. It is what it is. They’re either going to like me or they’re not. I’m not saying anything to them. I’m just going to go out there and play my game. I’m an emotional guy but it’s not anything I can’t change. I can control it. It’s more getting into with (other players) than anything.”

Now, this season, opposing players have chosen to ride the Celtics big man to see if they can draw him into verbal, and sometimes, physical encounters that result in technical fouls.

Well, 15 games into the season, Perkins has eight. Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, if you collect 16, you earn yourself a seat on the bench in civilian clothes for a game.

Not what Doc Rivers and the Celtics are looking for.

“Last year was more techs toward the refs,” said Perkins, who picked up his eighth T on Sunday, jabbing and jarring with Jose Calderon in Toronto. “This year is more getting into with people. I’ve just been trying to keep my head. Last game, I wasn’t trying to get a tech. I’m trying to get it overturned.”

But in fairness to Perkins, Rivers was quick to point out that he thinks at least two of the instances should be reviewed and repealed.

“I’m concerned,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, sounding somewhat worried about Perkins’ rep. “We’re sending a lot of the tapes to the league because a lot of the double-technicals are where someone saying something to him and he turns around and they get a double-tech. That’s, to me, where the officials have to do their job. I think it’s easy to say say, ‘double-technical’ instead of saying this guy started it. We’re going to try to get a couple of them rescinded. It won’t happen but we’re going to try.”

Rivers then had this message for Perk.

“You want them to be emotional but not be emotionally sabotaged,” Rivers said.

Perk wasn’t looking for any shelter on Tuesday, continuing his reputation on the team as a stand-up guy.

“I blame it on myself,” he said. “I’m a man. Nobody makes me do that. I do it on my own. It’s very hard because you’re emotional and you’re going to get into with sometimes, especially at the position I play, you’re going to bang with people a lot. It’s a lot of physical contact. It gets emotional at times.”

Remembering a true player…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Helen Heinsohn was one of the first ladies of the Boston Celtics.

Her presence was always felt in and around the team, including the media dining area where she would spend time with her more famous husband.

But truth be told, Helen was just as popular as she socialized before, during and after games, all the while maintaining an strong front as she battled cancer.

On Monday, Helen lost her battle with the disease but her impact was remember by none other than Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.

“She was a true player on our basketball team in a lot of ways, when you think about what she did last year, having chemo and still making it to basketball games,” Rivers said following Tuesday’s practice. “She was just a courageous lady and will be severely missed by me, especially, and the whole team.”

Helen is survived by her husband, two step-sons and five grandchildren. Her funeral mass will be at noon Wednesday at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Needham for relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Helen’€™s memory to the New England Baptist Hospital C/O Development Office 125 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120.

Visiting hours are today from 4:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home 1305 Highland Avenue in Needham (Exit 19B off 128).

For directions and guestbook please visit www.gfdoherty.com George F. Doherty & Sons, Needham, or call 781-444-0687

Cassell and Perkins to Serve 250 Turkey Dinners

Monday, November 24th, 2008

On Tuesday Sam Cassell and Kendrick Perkins will serve 250 turkey dinners at the Walter Denney Youth Center in Dorchester. Full dinners, including a choice of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, Smart Water, and Vitamin Water, will be provided by the Sam Cassell Foundation and Mark Wahlberg Foundation. Today Ray Allen will provide 275 dinners at the Vine Street Community Center as part of his Ray of Hope Foundation.

No McDyess for Celtics

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

It has been a question asked of Doc Rivers for weeks, are the Celtics interested in Antonio McDyess?

Rivers no longer has to avoid addressing free agency — McDyess chose to return to the Detroit Pistons.

On Sunday night McDyess chose his former team over 18 other organizations, including the Boston Celtics. Marc Spears of the Boston Globe reported Celtics President Danny Ainge had made phone calls to both McDyess and his agent, Andy Miller. Miller also represents Kevin Garnett. McDyess was traded to the Denver Nuggets earlier this month as part of the Allen Iverson deal but never had any interest in playing for the Western Conference team. He will be eligible to suit up for the Pistons on December 7.

Sunday Afternoon NBA Analysis

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Checking in on a couple of fairly big developments in the NBA this weekend, while watching the Celtics and the Raptors. On Friday night, the Knicks moved two big contracts (Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford) and moved closer toward fulfilling their rebuilding plan, while out in the place that stole the Sonics from Seattle, the Robber Barons axed P.J. Carlesimo.

First, the Knicks. Most fans are already sick of hearing about the 2010 free agency class, but for roughly half the teams in the league, getting cap space is their reason for being. The Knicks, meanwhile, have put a big blinking sign on the marquee at Madison Square Garden saying “OPEN FOR BUSINESS–2010,” ever since Donnie Walsh to clean up the toxic spew that Isiah Thomas left behind.

On Friday, the Knicks traded Randolph and Mardy Collins to the Clippers for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley and dealt Crawford to Golden State for unhappy forward Al Harrington. Those moves were genius in that they replaced three players who would be due $30 million in 2010-11 with three players who will be due nothing. Nada.

Small wonder then that ESPN’s Mark Stein was floating speculation that had the Knicks going for LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Steve Nash in 2010. (more…)

Moon Eyes Return to Dunk Contest

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

On Sunday Jamario Moon’s biggest concern is taking on he Boston Celtics. And while he is focused on each game at hand, the Toronto Raptors high-flyer can’t help but think ahead to February. That’s when Moon would like to redeem himself in the Slam Dunk Contest.

‘€œIt was big to be on the stage with a lot of the greats like (Michael) Jordan and Dominique (Wilkins). So to be able to be part of that, man, it was something big,’€ Moon said on a recent trip through Boston. ‘€œI would love to go back, love to go back because I feel like I’ve got something to prove.’€

This past February Moon finished third behind Dwight Howard and Gerald Green during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. He entered the contest as an underdog but later realized he was his biggest competition.

‘€œI just don’t feel like I gave it my all,’€ he said. ‘€œI don’t know, I don’t know. I wasn’t nervous at all. I think I was holding back. I was trying to save my best for last when I should have just brought the best out and made it better at the end.’€

Just as defending champ Howard did after losing in the 2007 Dunk Contest, Moon is already planning a comeback. He would like to return to the contest another year wiser.

‘€œAlready, already,’€ Moon said of drawing up new dunks. ‘€œYou know what, I learned something about it. It’s really not too much about the dunk as it is the dramatics of it and what leads up to it. I learned a lot from it so if I go back, I know what to expect.’€

The 2009 Slam Dunk Contest will be held during All-Star Weekend, February 13-15 in Phoenix, Arizona.