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10 Things I Heard About Celtics IV

On another slow Celtics news day, there’€™s still plenty to learn about Boston’€™s green men. Here are 10 more C’€™s links of interest we discovered over the past few days (‘€œ10 Things I Heard About Celtics’€ I [1]II [1] and III [2]) ‘€¦

10. The success of the 1985-86 Celtics (67-15; 40-1 home; 15-3 playoffs) stemmed from not only talent but intellectualism, according to this recent NBA.com puff piece [3]. The team featured six future NBA head coaches: Larry Bird [4], Kevin McHale [5], Dennis Johnson [6], Danny Ainge, Rick Carlisle [7] and Sam Vincent. Not to mention quote machine [8] Bill Walton [9]. Here’s what McHale and Walton had to say on the subject …

9. Reason No. 893 Celtics guard Ray Allen [10] is cool: While every other NBA player is seemingly shopping himself overseas or making headlines in exhibition games against questionable competition, the 3-point king works on his golf game as if it were just another off-season.

Last month, Allen played in Lake Tahoe. Two weeks ago, in Connecticut. Next week, in New Jersey at the Liberty Cup Charity Golf Tournament [11] with golfer Natalie Gulbis and “Desperate Housewives” star Kyle MacLachlan [12]. All for charity.

I guess that’s why Allen was cast as Jesus Shuttlesworth in “He Got Game” and not someone like Kobe Bryant [13] (interesting tidbit: Kevin Garnett [14] and Stephon Marbury [15] were reportedly approached for that role [16], but their agent wanted a guarantee that one of them would get the part).

8. As we’ve discussed previously, Austin Rivers and his Duke basketball teammates are traveling China and the United Arab Emirates, crushing every team in their path. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers [17] is also with the team to watch his son make fools out of people internationally. Dubai newspaper Gulf News caught up with [18] the pair that hopes to soon become the third father-son NBA duo in history (Jan Van Breda Kolff and Butch Van Breda Kolff; Mike Dunleavy [19] Sr. and Mike Dunleavy Jr.). Here’s what Doc had to say about his son and vice versa …

Austin isn’t the only one heaping praise on his father. Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank [20] told the Detroit Free Press [21] he’s better for having sat on the bench beside Rivers as a Celtics assistant last season:

“Working for Doc was a tremendous experience. To me, Doc is elite, and I think the reason Doc is elite and is the total package is all the experience he’s had.

“Obviously the most recent memory is the (2008 title), but Doc also was a part of losing a bunch of games in a row, so I think those things helped shape him.”

7. Kevin Garnett was scheduled to appear [22] at the opening gala for the U.S. Open [23] along with Tony Bennett, Alec Baldwin and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. You know, the guys you’d expect KG to be hanging around with. Garnett’s good buddy Mardy Fish played the first match of the tournament on Monday, and defeated Germany’s Tobias Kamke in straight sets.

Meanwhile, sportswriters are imagining [24] KG and Rajon Rondo [25] as professional tennis players. I don’t know about you, but I’d argue Ray Allen would be the best tennis player on the Celtics. He’s got that whole endurance, follow through, repetition thing down pretty good.

6. Rumors continue to swirl around Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo joining John Calipari [26]‘s University of Kentucky men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant during the NBA lockout. Syracuse University blog Orange Slice Sports cited sources who claim Rondo will mentor Wildcats point guard Marquis Teague and Ryan Harrow. Now, I’m not sure whether or not those sources are actually similar reports speculating that Rondo could serve as a student assistant after he recently confirmed that he has been taking credits towards his diploma this summer and may also enroll this fall if the lockout lingers.

5. As former Celtics backup point guard Stephon Marbury is reportedly headed back [27] to the Chinese Basketball Association, Kevin Garnett arrived home safely from his trip to China, as did Paul Pierce [28]. The same can’t be said for Michael Beasley, Pierce’s Continental Basketball Championships teammate (pictures [29]). The Timberwolves [30] forward reportedly injured (broke?) his wrist [31] as their team finished third. According to Red’s Army [32], Pierce scored just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in 14 minutes. That’s a long trip for three points.

At least Pierce got a chocolate figurine of himself [33] from his Chinese fans and placed his 2008 NBA championship ring atop [34] the Great Wall of China. And thankfully he survived this tumble over the scorer’s table in his final game of the Continental Basketball Championships (click on the picture for video footage) …

Oh, and in case you missed Pierce’s renovation of his high school as part of his Truth on Health campaign [35] on HGTV’s “Home by Novogratz” (you’ve got to love the Maria Menounos [36] and McLovin [37] cameos) …

4. Celtics Hall of Famers Bob Cousy [38] and Tommy Heinsohn were the first two National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) presidents from 1954-65, so they have a unique perspective on the NBA labor dispute. Of course, it’s a different perspective from today’s NBA union reps, since the most they respectively earned for a season was $35,000 and $28,500. Here’s what Heinsohn told NBA.com [39] in a recent interview …

Now, if that doesn’t give the players some perspective, then I don’t know what will. Get a deal done, guys.

3. (Recent loser of a game of knockout [41] to a Spanish teenager) LeBron James [42]Kevin Durant [43]. Chris Paul [44]. Carmelo Anthony. Jeff Green [45]? Yup, that’s right. While their league enters its third month of a lockout, members of the NBA elite (and Green) will play on the same floor in one of the most anticipated exhibition games of the off-season on Tuesday night.

James, Paul, Anthony, Gary Neal, Donte Greene, Josh SelbyEric Bledsoe and Eddy Curry [46] will make up Baltimore’s Melo League squad. Durant, Green, DeMarcus Cousins [47], Brandon Jennings [48], Ty Lawson [49], Trevor Booker, Austin Daye, Ater Majok, Arinze Onuaku, AnthonyGumbyWilliams and Omar Weaver will suit up for Washington D.C.’s Goodman League.

Awesome, right? Well, except for the fact that no plans to broadcast the game on television or the internet exist.

2. One non-televised game isn’t such a big deal. But missing two weeks of games twice daily would be just plain dumb. The group of almost 70 NBA players that are planning to participate [50] in an organized Las Vegas league run by Impact Basketball this September would be leaving some serious coin on the table. Among the players with ties to Impact’s training facilities in Vegas and Los Angeles are Celtics Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Glen Davis [51] and Jermaine O’Neal [52].

If this league does happen and all five of those guys participate, they have to be on the same team, right? As long as they’re all working out in the same city, they might as well be playing together. On TV.

1. When I think about members of the Celtics organization who might be commemorated in rap lyrics, the first two I naturally think of are Delonte West [53] and Danny Ainge. Those two are like peas in a pod, I tell you –practically mirror images of each other. Maybe that’s why Curren$y and The Game decided to laud their talents in separate tracks.

First, Curren$y (See what he did there with the dollar sign instead of an “s”? Clever.) released the remix to “Smoke Sumthin’ [54],” featuring Lil Wayne and the lyrics …

You’€™re coward-hearted, yellow, lemon merengue
I’€™m about to change my name from ‘€œDwayne’€ to ‘€œDeranged’€
To be a billionaire I got a shot like Danny Ainge

Then, last week, The Game released his RED album, including the song “Martians vs. Goblins [55]” (also featuring Lil Wayne and Tyler The Creator) and the lyrics …

Then I hit LeBron’€™s mom in bron-bron’€™s coupe
with Delonte West taping, we had bon-bons too.

I’m pretty sure you can figure out what The Game is referring to in that Shakespearean effort. You’d think Lil had some love for the Celtics, but that isn’t the case — as evidenced by this video [56] (NSFW language). Now excuse me while I get that bad taste out of my mouth with the “Brian Scalabrine [57]: Best Player in the NBA for Sheezy” rap (“I watch him in high-def because his body is so cut; from his thighs to his tris to his back to his butt”) …