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Irish Coffee: The NBA CBA, the Celtics and the future

Wake up with the Celtics [1] and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

By now, you’ve probably heard the NBA is on the precipice [2] of a collective bargaining agreement that would end the lockout. Good news, obviously. How such a deal would affect the Celtics is an entirely different matter, so let’s examine five issues that could impact the team this season.

Issue: Scheduling

Issue: The Amnesty Clause

Issue: Bird Rights

Issue: Mid-Level and Bi-Annual Exceptions

Issue: Draft Age Minimum


Larry Brown [19] and Doc Rivers are expected to visit college practices at Kentucky [20], Butler and Indiana, hoping to pick up coaching tactics (a la Bill Belichick [21] and Urban Meyer [22]), according to the Herald [23].

“The greatest thing about Doc is that he wants to learn,” Brown told Mark Murphy [24]. “He told me earlier this summer, if there’s a lockout, let’€™s go see some coaches and learn. But when the lockout came, they told him he couldn’t do that until last week. So we’re going to do it now.”

While Brown is open to the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach on the Celtics, it’s not in the cards for Rivers, who prefers to promote from within. …

Celtics first-round pick JaJuan Johnson [25] is listed among the participants [26] for the Knox Indy Pro-Am All-Stars against the Rio All-Stars on Nov. 6 in Indiana. His teammates include Eric Gordon [27], George Hill, Gordon Hayward, Zach Randolph [28], Jeff Teague [29] and D.J. White, among others. Rio is expected to feature Mario Chalmers [30], Josh Selby, Darrell Arthur, Brandon Rush and Brandon Knight [31], among others. …

University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar said [32] Kevin Garnett [33] is the best high school player he’s ever seen. Or LeBron James [34]. Or Kobe Bryant [35]. …

As expected, former Celtics forward Antoine Walker [36] re-signed [37] with the Idaho Stampede. He reportedly said he couldn’t wait to get back to Boise, which is what nobody else in the history of earth said ever.

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee? Send a message to @brohrbach [38] on Twitter.)