Archive for May, 2013

Michael Carter-Williams: Playing for Celtics ‘would be a blessing’

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Even the most trusted experts can’€™t agree on where Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams will go in next month’€™s NBA draft. While many forecast the Hamilton, Mass., native as a top-10 pick, ESPN.com’€™s Chad Ford slotted him to the Celtics at No. 16 as recently as three weeks ago.

‘€œI don’€™t really pay attention to any of the mock drafts,’€ Carter-Williams told WEEI.com’€™s Ben Rohrbach on his Green Street podcast. ‘€œAt the end of the day, they’€™re all pretty much wrong anyway.’€

That’€™s why the point guard was caught off guard when the Boston Herald’€™s Steve Bulpett asked him at this month’€™s NBA scouting combine about playing for the Boston team he grew up rooting for on the North Shore.

‘€œI kind of want to get away and play somewhere else,’€ he told Bulpett.

Given some time to mull the possibility of playing for his hometown C’€™s, Carter-Williams sang a different tune on Rohrbach’€™s podcast this week.

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Phil Jackson says he’d take Bill Russell over Michael Jordan

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Legendary coach Phil Jackson, on an interview tour to promote his new book, gave a surprising answer when asked which player in NBA history he would choose to start a franchise.

“In my estimation, the guy that has to be there would be Bill Russell,” Jackson told Time magazine. “He has won 11 championships as a player. That’s really the idea of what excellence is, when you win championships.”

Jackson coached Michael Jordan‘s Bulls to six championships and Kobe Bryant‘s Lakers to five more. In his book, “Eleven Rings,” Jackson compares the two, noting that Jordan was a better leader, shooter and defender. Asked which one he’d prefer to have on his team, Jackson played it down the middle.

“I would flip a coin,” he said. “Whichever one came up heads or tails, I’d take that person. They were that good.”

Report: Nets denied permission to speak to Doc Rivers

Friday, May 24th, 2013

The Nets asked to speak with Doc Rivers about their coaching vacancy but were denied by Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, according to an ESPN report by Jackie MacMullan.

Ainge has said that he expects Rivers to return to Boston next season. Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract as part of an extension he signed two years ago this week.

“Doc has told me he’s coming back,” Ainge told ESPN Thursday. “I talk to him almost every day about our team and what we are going to do moving forward.”

Ainge would not comment directly about the Nets’ interest, but he acknowledged Rivers is highly regarded around the league.

“We know people want Doc,” Ainge told ESPN. “We know people want [Rajon Rondo] and [Kevin Garnett] and Paul Pierce. They are the Celtics. They’ve all had great success.”

Jared Sullinger: ‘I’ll be 100 percent’ by September

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

As the Celtics honored hundreds of middle school students for their perfect attendance at Thursday’s 22nd annual “Stay in School” celebration at Northeastern University, Jared Sullinger shared the lessons he’s learned since undergoing the surgery to repair a lumbar disk that ended his rookie season in February.

“In life, it’€™s kind of different,” said the recently turned 21-year-old power forward. “Teachers give you a lesson and then the test whereas in life you get the test and then the lesson. I’€™ve learned that through this situation right now. I’€™m getting a test of my patience, my discipline … so I’€™m just learning the lesson now.”

The lesson in patience should be completed by the end of the summer. By his calculations, Sullinger’s 50 percent and on target to return fully healthy before training camp.

“It’€™s a 10-week process,” said Sullinger. “Every two weeks, we’€™re going to bump it up 10 percent. By September or October, I’€™ll be 100 percent to go full. About two weeks ago, I met with the doctor. He said it’€™s a full go. Our medical staff — [strength and conditioning coach] Bryan Doo, [head trainer] Ed Lacerte — we’€™re just taking it slow. You don’€™t want to go right into the pounding, so every two weeks it’€™s just 10 percent bumping it up.”

Sullinger averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes a night over 45 games as a rookie, eventually earning high praise from his teammates for his basketball IQ and a starting role in late January. When he does finally play for the first time since aggravating the injury four minutes into a game against the Kings on Jan. 30, he’s been told the medical issue that’s plagued him since his Ohio State days will be gone.

“Everybody says back with a question mark,” said Sullinger, “but you might as well put an X through that, because I had surgery, I’€™m taking my time and getting back right. There won’€™t be a reoccurring injury.”

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Report: Celtics guard Terrence Williams arrested

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Celtics guard Terrence Williams was arrested Sunday for allegedly brandishing a firearm and threatening the mother of his 10-year-old son, according to multiple reports out of Washington.

On Sunday afternoon, during a scheduled visit to see his son in Kent, Wash., Williams and the woman argued in the parking lot of her apartment building, where he exposed the gun and made verbal threats, she told police.

The first-year Celtics guard’s father Edgar Williams and mother Sherry Jackson both spent time in prison, and his father was murdered shortly after his release from jail on drug charges in 1993, according to The New York Times (h/t SI.com).

The C’s signed Williams out of the Chinese Basketball Association to a series of 10-day contracts in February, and then inked him for the remainder of the season in early March. The deal included a non-guaranteed salary for 2013-14, when Williams was expected to compete for backup point guard duties behind Rajon Rondo.

He averaged 7.1 points (49.5 FG%), 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.3 minutes over 24 games for the Celtics this season. He appeared in five of their six playoff games against the Knicks, averaging 1.0 point, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 9.6 playoff minutes a night.

When Sebastian Telfair was arrested on gun charges soon after the 2006-07 campaign, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck disowned the former C’s guard — announcing the removal of his nameplate from his Waltham locker in an email to The Boston Globe — and the team included him in the deal for Kevin Garnett that summer.

That shouldn’t get your hopes up for a Kevin Love deal involving Terrence Williams.

What Doc Rivers’ return means to Celtics

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

It’s been two weeks since Celtics coach Doc Rivers delivered his cryptic press conference after the Game 6 loss to the Knicks, when he hinted at the possibility of foregoing the remaining three years on his contract.

Meanwhile, Stephen A. Smith speculated Rivers could join Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a trade to the Clippers — a notion C’s president Danny Ainge dismissed, assuring Celtics nation: “I think Doc will be coaching the Boston Celtics.”

On Thursday, it appears we can remove the “I think” from that statement. Rivers will be coaching the Boston Celtics, Ainge told The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn.

So, what does that mean for the 2013-14 edition?

For starters, the Celtics will have one of the game’s great coaches on their bench. Rivers is on USA Basketball’s short list for good reason. If Seattle were granted a franchise tomorrow and had its pick of the litter, Rivers, former assistant Tom Thibodeau and Gregg Popovich would likely be the top three choices to lead a team into the future.

Of course, the future is where things get complicated. Rivers suggested that he, Pierce and KG would discuss their plans together soon after the season, but it’s unclear if that meeting has taken place. At the very least, the coach’s return is a sign that both veterans could also be back, since the opposite would have been true had Rivers left.

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Reports: Doc Rivers is coming back to remain as coach of Celtics

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

According to multiple reports, Doc Rivers will be returning to coach the Celtics next season. Rivers has three years remaining on his current contract, having inked a five-year contract extension in May, 2011. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge confirmed the news to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, saying, “We’ve got a coach everybody would love to have.”

 

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