Archive for July, 2010

Agent: Celtics still considering House

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

It was reported earlier this month that the Celtics had interest in bringing back sharpshooting guard Eddie House. On Monday, House’s agent told The Boston Globe that he has spoken with the team, although he didn’t sound too optimistic.

“It’s something Danny [Ainge] and I have discussed,” agent Mark Bartelstein said. “But nothing’s imminent.”

House, who made $2.5 million last season between the Celtics and Knicks, could be offered only $1.35 million by the C’s.

Other reports have indicated the Bulls and Heat might consider making an offer to the 10-year veteran who shot 38 percent from the floor and 34.8 from 3-point range last season.

Also Monday, the Celtics officially announced the re-signing of Marquis Daniels.

Father: Perk won’t play for ‘Tall Blacks’

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Don’€™t look for Celtics center Kendrick Perkins to be suiting up for the New Zealand national basketball team ‘€” the ‘€œTall Blacks’€ ‘€” anytime soon.

Perkins’€™ estranged father Kenny Perkins lives in New Zealand and was a veteran of that country’s National Basketball League in the 1980s and 90s. However, a few days after New Zealand men’€™s basketball assistant coach Dillon Boucher said Perkins could play for their national team if he met FIBA eligibility criteria, his father said the Celtics’€™ big man will never play for the Tall Blacks.

‘€œHe has no intention of playing for the Tall Blacks ‘€” not now or ever,’€ Kenny Perkins told the Waikato Times. ‘€œThey tried this a long time ago when Tab Baldwin was the coach and I would never let him play for Tab Baldwin.

‘€œHis main goal is to play for the United States.’€

Perkins is currently out of action for six months with a knee injury suffered in Game 6 of the NBA finals against the Lakers.

Tony Allen: I felt ‘overshadowed’ while with C’s

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Former Celtics guard Tony Allen, who recently signed a free agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, said Friday he felt ‘€œkind of overshadowed’€ by Paul Pierce and Ray Allen while he was with Boston.

The 6-foot-4 Allen, who spent six seasons with the Celtics and averaged 7.2 points per game and 1.04 steals per game in his career, developed a reputation as a defensive stopper with the defending Eastern Conference champions. Along the way, he was part of a team that made two appearances in the NBA finals, and won a title in 2008.

But he sounded like someone who was anxious to get a new start and make his own name with a young ballclub in Memphis.

‘€œBeing in Boston I was kind of overshadowed by those guys, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen,’€ he told reporters on Friday. ‘€œHere’€™s a ballclub who’s on the rise and a lot of guys can make names for themselves. It’€™s a coming-out party for a lot of guys on this team.

‘€œI’€™m definitely going to try to start early defining a role, try to bring some sort of toughness to the ballclub,’€ Allen said. ‘€œIt’s obvious I have experience, and I’€™m just looking forward to just letting that marinate amongst the players that’s in this locker room.’€

Allen hinted that while he enjoyed his role in Boston as a stopper, it may have caused people to forget he had more to offer than just an ability to defend.

‘€œI don’t mind embracing the role, but there is more to my game. Let’€™s not get that twisted,’€ Allen said. ‘€œWhatever I could do to win ballgames. If that’s just passing out Gatorades or flashing towels or giving somebody a high five, I’€™m willing to do that.’€

Report: Daniels re-signs with Celtics

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

According to multiple reports, Marquis Daniels has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with the Celtics.

On Thursday night Daniels (@marquis_daniels) tweeted, “Let’s try this again #celticnation I’m happy to be back.”

Daniels averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds last season. He was sidelined for 27 games by a thumb injury and appeared in just 51 games during the regular season. Daniels also suffered a concussion during the Eastern Conference finals.

A healthy Daniels fills the Celtics need for a perimeter defender. The C’€™s were left with a hole in their second unit after Tony Allen signed with the Grizzlies and Daniels was still on the market.

In spite of his limited role on the Celtics, Daniels had expressed an interest in returning to Boston last season.

‘€œThe locker room is great, it’€™s a great atmosphere, the coaching staff, everything is good,’€ he previously told WEEI.com. ‘€œSo it’€™s something that I’€™d like to be part of. Hopefully it will work out. If not, then I have to deal with everything that happens.’€

Click here to read what else Daniels does during the offseason when he’s not playing basketball.

New contract gives Robinson a new beginning

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Nate Robinson is entering his sixth season in the NBA, but in a lot of ways, his career has a new beginning.

After more than four seasons with the Knicks, and a few months with the Celtics, Robinson is returning to Boston with a two-year deal that gives him a fresh start.

‘€œFor me, I think it will be a good start for me to just come in and start from scratch,’€ he said in a conference call. ‘€œI loved my time there in Boston. The fans welcomed me with open arms, the team, coach Doc (Rivers), Danny Ainge, everybody, the whole organization, they were real good to me. I decided they’€™re a great, winning organization, a lot of history, and I think I fit in well with the guys. So I was like, why not?’€

Even though Robinson was only been traded to the Celtics in February, he is preparing for next season like a player who has been with the team for years. He immediately embraced the tradition of the organization and was struck by the Celtics relentless drive for victory.

Robinson spends his days in Seattle gyms with hometown friends including Brandon Roy, Jamal Crawford, and Aaron Brooks. They work out three times a week and play games for two. (Robinson will also throw out the first pitch at Friday’s Red Sox – Mariners game in Seattle.)

For the first time in his career, he is spending his offseason preparing to contend, not just compete.

‘€œThe main thing that stood out to me was just their will to win,’€ he said. ‘€œThey expect to win every night. I was like, ‘€˜Wow, this is awesome.’€™’€

Robinson says he never experienced such strong team chemistry on the Knicks like he did on the Celtics. It makes his return that much sweeter knowing that Doc Rivers, the coach who expressed confidence in him when he wasn’€™t seeing major minutes, will be back on the sidelines and the core of the team is still in tact. (more…)

VOTE: Rondo or CP3?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

With Chris Paul reportedly wanting out in New Orleans, the airwaves have been burning with debate over whether the point guard could potentially be a fit in Boston and whether it would be worth replacing incumbent Rajon Rondo. Now we ask you for your opinion.

Which point guard would you rather have on the Celtics?

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Pierce weds in California

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Just days after officially re-signing with the Celtics, Paul Pierce had another reason to smile. He wed his girlfriend, Julie Landrum, on Saturday in Newport Coast, Calif. According to People.com, Doc Rivers, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett were in attendance. Click here for the full story and photo.