10 Things I Heard About Celtics IX
|11.04.11 at 3:07 pm ET|
On another slow Celtics news day, there’s still plenty to learn about Boston’s green men. Here are 10 C’s links of interest we discovered over the past few days (“10 Things I Heard About Celtics” I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII).
10. I’m not sure why I think these “how to pronounce” videos are so hilarious, but they crack me up every time. The embedded one on Celtics second-round draft pick E’Twaun Moore is the best. Each member of the 2010-11 C’s gets the pronunciation treatment, but the JaJuan Johnson, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley ones are the best of the bunch. Am I the only one who finds these funny?
As an aside, Moore is averaging 6.7 points on 50 percent shooting, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.3 minutes over three games for Italian club Benetton Treviso. Speaking of second-round Celtics draftees, Gabe Pruitt was picked fourth overall in the NBA Development League Draft by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be playing in Italy than South Dakota.
9. While the lockout robbed Celtics fans of hearing Tommy Heinsohn’s dulcet tones during the canceled season opener on Tuesday night, at least the Worcester Telegram’s Bill Doyle let Heinsohn’s voice be heard. After all, he was in NBPA president Derek Fisher‘s shoes once.
- On the lockout: “I’m not coming down on either side at this particular point. I just know that this is a crucial period for the game of basketball. The economy is tough for everybody. … Obviously it’s going to cost both parties money. The reputation of the league has yet to be determined.”
- On NBA’s return: “I have no clue. I agree with the people. I’d love to see a basketball season.”
- On the NBPA: “I’d hate to be Billy Hunter right now. He’s got to stand up and bump his chest for the players, and he’s got to keep the agents happy who are telling their players what to do. So he’s got an audience of players and agents, and then he’s got to go fight the owners.”
God, do I miss NBA basketball. It’s sounds like Tommy does, too. I think we can all agree with colleague Paul Flannery’s most recent column: “Has this really all been worth it?”
8. Former, current and future Celtics will participate in a trio of exhibition games over the next two weekends.
Restricted free agent Jeff Green is scheduled to play in the Monster Slam Pro Exhibition Game in Atlanta on Saturday. Hawks Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Jeff Teague and Damien Wilkins are expected to be joined by Green, Michael Beasley, Rudy Gay, James Harden, Derrick Favors, Jarrett Jack and Shannon Brown.
C’s first-round pick JaJuan Johnson is slated to participate in the “King of the Castle” on Sunday. Johnson will play with fellow Knox Indy Pro-Am stars Zach Randolph, Eric Gordon, Gordon Hayward and George Hill, among others. They’ll face a team led by Mario Chalmers that is expected to include John Wall, Josh Selby, Brandon Rush and Brandon Knight, among others.
Finally, free agent point guard Carlos Arroyo is currently listed among the participants in Dwight Howard’s charity game on Nov. 13, although he recently missed the Pan American games with a hamstring injury.
7. While Avery Bradley is still listed on the Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem team website, Eurobasket.com reported that the Celtics backup point guard elected not to extend his short-term contract with the Israeli club and will return to the U.S. on Tuesday. Bradley is averaging 14.0 points in two games overseas. We shall see if he participates in a third contest on Saturday, when Hapoel Jersualem hosts Elitzur Netanya.
6. Calling all Rajon Rondo fans: You and a friend could hang out with the Celtics point guard in Boston. As Rondo said in this “Red Bull Assist” promotion, “Fly how I fly. Stay where I stay. Play where I play.” If I were Rondo, I’m not sure I’d be comfortable if someone like Aztec Gino won this contest and stayed where I stay.
5. I can’t really picture Glen Davis in China, and neither can he. NIUBBall.com reported earlier this week that Chinese club Zhejiang Guangsha engaged Big Baby in “back-and-forth talks,” but the Celtics free agent ultimately decided to wait until the NBA lockout ends.
“Talks were really, really close. Really, really close,” Davis told CSNNE.com. “I want to stay here in the States and try to wait it out and see if we can start playing some basketball soon. … That was one of my biggest fears, being locked over there watching NBA games. My dream was to play in the NBA and that’s the only place I see myself.”
As for his future with the Celtics, Davis added, “I would love to be in Boston. I would love to be in Boston if the opportunity was there. But if it’s not there, I can’t sit there and just cry about it. I’ve got to [go] somewhere else.”
My favorite part of what was a fantastic interview conducted by Jessica Camerato was this revelation by Davis.
“I was watching the cartoon movie ‘The Incredibles’ and the heroes weren’t wanted by the people anymore, so now they have to blend in and be regular people. The guy on the cartoon was working at a desk job and he didn’t like it. He wanted to be a hero and that’s all he knew he wanted to be. And that’s how we are. We’re considered heroes in the community and for somebody to take your super powers away, how do you deal with somebody taking your super powers away?”
Not only was Davis watching “The Incredibles,” but he’s thinking, “Hey, that guy’s a lot like me.” Big Baby indeed.
4. A strange TMZ-esque Celtics item that qualify as Reasons No. 869 why the lockout needs to end ASAP: E! Online actually put together a list of 15 Super Sexy Basketball Hunks, and under Paul Pierce‘s picture is this description, “Stare into his eyes and try not to feel a love connection. Not only is Pierce an incredibly attractive hunk of man (in case you couldn’t tell) but he’s also a nine-time NBA All-Star! Not too shabby, sir.” Huh? Is this still real life? The only enjoyable part of that drivel is this Freudian slip next to Kobe Bryant‘s photo: “Front and center on our list of the sexist [SIC] NBA hunks.”
And Reason No. 870: Jermaine O’Neal‘s is selling his $3.55 million home in Henderson, Nev., complete with an indoor basketball court. The oddest part about this real estate listing is a pair of photos from his living and game rooms – both of which appear to be showing clips of O’Neal playing for the Pacers. Does he just constantly watch highlights of himself? If only he had a bowling alley in his home like Pierce.
3. Every day, there’s a new revelation from Shaquille O’Neal‘s book written by Jackie MacMullan, “Shaq Uncut,” and Boston.com revealed a number of Celtics-related excerpts.
- On Nate Robinson: I wasn’t surprised at all when he got traded. Nate was always trying to get noticed by the public. He was always tweeting videos of himself punking his teammates. … Some people are a little too focused on Twitter and Nate was one of them.
- On Glen Davis: Baby won’t give me the ball. So I go up to him and say, “If you ever miss me again I’m going to punch you in the face.” I was hot. … I tell Baby, “You’re a selfish player. Everyone on this team knows it.” Hey, all the fans knew it. He takes shots when he shouldn’t.
- On his Achilles: I had been blamed so many times in so many places when things went wrong I didn’t want that to happen again. Not there. Not in Boston. I didn’t want it to be my fault if the Celtics lost. In fact, because I’ve turned into one of those conspiracy guys, I actually put my call with Danny on speakerphone so everyone who was there with me, including Danny Garcia, my massage therapist, and Nikki [Alexander], my girlfriend, could hear me say, “I don’t know if I’m coming back, bro.”
- On LeBron James (via HoopsWorld): I remember one day in a film session LeBron didn’t get back on defense after a missed shot. Mike Brown didn’t say anything about it. He went to the next clip and it was Mo Williams not getting back and Mike was saying, “Yo, Mo, we can’t have that. You’ve got to hustle a little more.” So Delonte West is sitting there and he’s seen enough and he stands up and says, “Hold up, now. You can’t be pussyfooting around like that. Everyone has to be accountable for what they do, not just some of us.” Mike Brown said, “I know, Delonte. I know.” Mike knew Delonte was right.
I can’t wait for the Mike Brown era to begin in L.A. Although, considering the good folks over at Red’s Army completely debunked Shaq’s claims about Davis in a fantastic play-by-play analysis of the two games in contention, it’s hard to believe a word Shaq utters about his Celtics tenure. I’m sure people in Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami and Phoenix would agree.
2. According to several published reports, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are holding their next collective bargaining session on Saturday, but at least two Celtics are among a group of 50-plus players who participated on conference calls this week to discuss the potential of decertifying the union — a move that might either pressure the owners to accept a deal in the next 45 days or cost everyone the 2011-12 NBA season.
As ESPN.com reported, “The most vocal player on both calls, sources said, was Boston’s Paul Pierce. Those same sources identified Miami’s Dwyane Wade as another vocal participant Thursday, with Orlando’s Dwight Howard and Boston’s Ray Allen also speaking up Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, C’s free agent Glen Davis tweeted, “Take the 51% man and let’s play.” Of course, Big Baby was referring to a 51-49 split of basketball-related income between owners and players that never reached the bargaining table, although Mavericks owner Mark Cuban‘s brother Brian Cuban responded (h/t CBSSports.com), “The owners are publicly not at 51 percent but I suspect they have 1 percent in their back pocket to close this out.”
All this business is extremely confusing, but one thing is clear: Nobody is on the same page.
No. 3: The Pierce family Halloween, in “Toy Story” garb: Paul Pierce as Buzz Lightyear, his wife Julie as Barbie, their 3-year-old daughter Prianna as Woody and their infant daughter as Mrs. Potato Head.
No. 2: Jessica Simpson as a pregnant mummy and fiance Eric Johnson of Needham (Mass.) as Larry Bird, complete with short shorts and Chuck Taylors. Johnson last played in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, but this might be his greatest accomplishment.