Archive for August, 2009

Former Celtic Brown signs in Turkey

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Former Boston Celtic Kedrick Brown has signed with Bornova BLD of the Turkish TBL, Pro Basketball News reported. Brown was selected by the Celtics out with the 11th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. He averaged just over three points in 101 games for the Celtics over three seasons. Brown went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers before posting nearly 18 points per game for the NBDL’s  Anaheim Arsenal last season.

Brookline native Adrien signs in Spain

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Brookline, MA native and former University of Connecticut forward Jeff Adrien has signed with Leche Rio Breogan in Lugo, Spain, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Adrien, who averaged nearly 14 points and 10 rebounds at UConn, worked out with the Celtics this summer prior to the draft and had garnered praise from Danny Ainge. After going undrafted, he played for the New Jersey Nets/Philadelphia 76ers Orlando Summer League team and the Memphis Grizzlies Summer League team in Las Vegas. Adrien averaged 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19.5 minutes for the Griz. Leche Rio Brogan has welcomed him as a “college star” on its website.

adidas Creates Garnett Soccer-Themed Sneaker

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

As intense as Kevin Garnett is on the basketball court, he is a also a dedicated soccer fan. KG’s favorite club, Chelsea, has partnered with adidas to create a limited edition basketball sneaker that combines his name with the club’s colors and logo . According to EPL Talk:

The adidas TS Commander LT will available from August 29, 2009 exclusively from a Boston-based retailer named Bodega. They’€™ll offer an exclusive CFC (Chelsea Football Club) tribute package consisting of the TS Commander LT x KG x CFC, a CFC Bodega team scarf and CFC replica jersey featuring Garnett’€™s name and number on the back.

Click here for more images of the shoe.

Eastern Conference Preparing for Competition

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Two years ago the Boston Celtics traveled to Europe for training camp. That season they won the championship. The close-knit squad credited the trip overseas for their unwavering chemistry on the court.

“The second we got to training camp in September, we all said, hey, let’s meet in September without the coaches and come together and just start playing with each other, starting to get to know one another, and I think all that stuff really helped us,” Paul Pierce said during the 2008 playoffs.

This summer Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson hopes he can have the same effect on his teammates. Nelson is hosting the Magic at his Philadelphia-area home for ‘€œBuilding Magic,’€ a week-long getaway that combines strength and conditioning drills with team-building activities.

Like the Celtics did in 2007, the Magic traded a handful of core players in exchange for an All-Star (Vince Carter) and added to their bench along the way. After losing Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee, key pieces in their postseason run, and veteran mentor Tony Battie, Nelson understands the importance of this offseason.

He explained to Sports Illustrated in July:

‘€œWe’re trying to piece it together because our team was in transition. For the most part, the big guns have committed — Vince [Carter], Dwight [Howard] and Rashard [Lewis]. After those guys have committed, no one can really back out unless they have some type of serious issue.

This year we’re doing it from the 16th through the 22nd of August. We do it at the same facility every year, same gym at Haverford College. We’ll work out with my trainers — conditioning drills, weightlifting, stuff to get your body right. The basketball stuff we do is later in the afternoon. We do that for about 2-3 hours.

Afterward, we’ll mix up the nightlife. We always do a dinner. Other days we’ll do paintball or bowling, maybe go to the movies.’€

As they gear up in hopes of reclaiming their Eastern Conference title, Rashard Lewis’ Twitpic has the Magic looking ready for battle. (Via Ball Don’t Lie)

NBDL Tryouts to be Held in Boston

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The Maine Red Claws, the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats NBA Development League affiliate, will be holding open tryouts on October 3 at UMass-Boston.  As many as three players will be selected to receive an invitation to participate in the Red Claws training camp this November.

Red Claws head coach Austin Ainge and the Red Claws basketball operations and support staff will evaluate the tryouts, where athletes will participate in team drills, individual skills work, and scrimmages.

‘€œThis will be a tremendous opportunity for players to showcase their talent to the Red Claws’€™ coaching staff and possibly earn a spot at the Red Claws’€™ training camp in November,’€ Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings said in a team-issued statement. ‘€œBy basing the camp in Boston, players from throughout the region will have an opportunity to come to the tryout. New England has an exceptional basketball tradition ‘€“ our hope is that among those who attend the tryout, we will find a future Maine Red Claws’€™ player or two.’€

Tryouts are limited to the first 125 applicants to complete their registration form and submit their registration fee ($150 in advance or $200 at the door) . Registration forms can be downloaded at www.nba.com/dleague/maine/tryoutsnortheast.html.

The Red Claws will also hold open tryouts on September 12-13 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Information is available at www.nba.com/dleague/maine/Tryout_Charlotte.html.

All participants must meet the D-League player eligibility requirements stated on the registration form.

Source: Powe to sign two year deal with Cavs

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

A source familiar with the negotiations has confirmed to WEEI.com that former Celtics forward Leon Powe is in Cleveland and will sign a two-year deal with the Cavaliers upon the completion of the second part of his physical on Wednesday.

After establishing himself as a reliable contributor on the Celtics bench, Powe’s future was in question following a string of knee injuries last season. After missing 13 games with a right knee injury, Powe tore the ACL in his left knee during Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls. He missed the remainder of the postseason.

This summer the Celtics chose not to exercise their option on Powe’s contract, making the injured 25-year-old an unrestricted free agent in a tumultuous economy. According to the source, Powe is expected to return in February. (The Cavaliers will make their first trip to Boston on February 25 for a nationally televised game on TNT.) While he may not have an impact for the first half of the season, a championship contending team like the Cavaliers could benefit from his playoff experience down the stretch.

Powe was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 49th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The Celtics acquired his draft rights in exchange for a future second round pick. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds during his three-year career in Boston, while posting 5.0 points and 2.8 boards in 25 playoff games.

Powe is the founder of Fresh Start Family Services, a non-profit organization in the Bay Area which provides support and education for children who, like himself, are growing up in the foster care system. He will participate in a series of basketball camps and community events this weekend in California.

Celtics lock up Davis, Williams

Monday, August 10th, 2009

By GREG CAMERON

To paraphrase from a certain restaurant chain’€™s commercial campaign, the Boston Celtics got their baby back.

The Celtics announced that the club has re-signed forward Glen ‘€œBig Baby’€ Davis. Terms of the deal were not announced by the club, but WEEI.com and FoxSports.com’€™s Jeff Goodman reports that the two-year deal is worth approximately $6.3 million.

Davis provided the Celtics with much-needed front-court help in the wake of Kevin Garnett‘€™s season-ending knee injury last year. As a starter for all of the 2009 postseason the Louisiana native averaged 15.8 points per game and 5.6 rebounds.

Davis told reporters that he was frustrated a few times this summer with how free agency had been going for him, despite interest from a handful of teams. However as evidenced by yesterday’€™s press conference, both Ainge and Davis are elated to have the 6’€™9’€ forward back in the fold with the Celtics.

‘€œGlen has been a big part of our team’€™s success over the last two years, and we are very excited to have him back,’€ Ainge told reporters. ‘€œHe’€™s young and energetic and we want him to be a part of our team for years to come.’€

‘€œI’€™ll be ready to go out and play, do whatever it takes,’€ Davis said to reporters.

From looking at Celtics GM Danny Ainge’€™s other moves this offseason, the lack of bench depth behind Garnett and center Kendrick Perkins was clearly the top priority of the club. To start the team’€™s search for quality front-court depth, the Celtics signed All-Star forward Rasheed Wallace last month a two-year deal using the team’€™s mid-level exception.

In addition to announcing that Davis will be back with the Celtics for the 2009-10 season, the Celtics officially announced the signing of forward Shelden Williams to a veteran minimum one-year deal worth close to $1.3 million. Williams was a star collegiate player during a sucessful four-year career at storied Duke University.

After graduating in 2006, Williams made his mark on the illustrious program’€™s record books as Duke’€™s leading rebounder and shot-blocker. That collegiate success led Williams to be drafted fifth overall in that June’€™s draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

Since draft night, Williams has bounced around the league considerably playing for Atlanta, Sacramento, and Minnesota before signing with the Celtics this summer. However, the former collegiate phenom has not seen the same success in the professional ranks that he did playing for Hall-Of-Fame coach Mike Kryzyzewski.

‘€œShelden has proven he can defend and rebound,’€ Ainge said to reporters. ‘€œOffensively he hasn’€™t come around as well, but it’€™s about getting an opportunity in this league.’€

Williams has averaged 4.7 points per game for his career thus far in addition to 4.2 rebounds per game. Those numbers pale in comparison from the 18.8 points and 10.7 rebounds a night he averaged as a Duke senior during the 2005-2006 campaign.

With this summer’€™s signings, Danny Ainge is very excited about how the shape his team is taking. The Celtic GM even recalled a very formidable front-court lineup from the Celtics’€™ rich and illustrious history

‘€œWe feel we have a really good front court, maybe the best we’€™ve had since Bird, Parish, McHale, Wegman and Walton,’€ Ainge said to reporters. ‘€œProbably since that era, it’€™s the best front line we’€™ve had.’€

It was sort of fitting that both Davis and Williams shared the stage at today’€™s press conference, after just over three years since both players squared off at Atlanta’€™s Georgia Dome. Williams was a powerhouse for the Blue Devils that night as he put up 23 points and 13 rebounds.

However, Davis’€™s LSU Tigers got the best of their top-seeded opponents in a low scoring affair on March 23, 2006. LSU defeated Duke that night 62-64, earning them a berth to the tournament’€™s Elite Eight. Davis and his LSU cohorts also reached the Final Four that March.