|Reports: Celtics meet with center Greg Oden||02.02.13 at 8:09 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, the Celtics met with Greg Oden in Boston on Saturday as part of an informational exchange with the free agent center. However, with Oden having stated that he is targeting a return to the NBA in 2013-14, the meeting was described as an opportunity for the two sides to talk without any expectation of a deal being imminent.
“We wanted to talk to Greg to see where he is physically,” Ainge said.
The 7-footer was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007, but he played just 82 games for Portland after sitting out his rookie year with the first of multiple knee injuries. He last played on December 5th of 2009.
The fact Oden is still drawing strong interest from teams despite his medical history is a testament to his talent. He had five double-doubles — including a 13-point, 20-rebound night — in the 21 games he played before being injured in his last year.
“We’re just finding out as much as we can and letting Greg know what we have here,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald. “He’s not ready to play now, but he’s someone who’s very interesting.” Read the rest of this entry »
|NWOA Injury Report: When we can expect Rajon Rondo to return||02.01.13 at 6:32 pm ET|
|Athletes react, send well-wishes to Rajon Rondo on Twitter||01.28.13 at 9:58 am ET|
Following the news that Celtics guard Rajon Rondo tore his right ACL, ending his season, fellow athletes weighed in on the injury on Twitter. Below are some of the tweets.
Gotta give well wishes to Rondo. One of my fav players in the world. My prayers r with u lil bro. I’m here if u need me #respect
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 28, 2013
Tough one today! On to the next one. Hated to hear the news on Rondo though! Don’t wish that on no one. Get back healthy
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 27, 2013
Man, sad to hear about @rajonrondo tearing his ACL, I wouldn’twish that on my worst enemy…get well soon bro
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 28, 2013
My prayers go out to Rondo, hope he has a speedy recovery!
— James Harden (@JHarden13) January 28, 2013
I hope my lil homie get well soon @rajonrondo. Im only a phone call away. Luv bro
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) January 28, 2013
Pray for my man rondo please. Get well soon bro
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) January 27, 2013
Prayers go out to my homie Rondo, strong kid shoot him a tweet to keep pushing if you could!!!! Green nation
— Courtney Lee (@CourtneyLee2211) January 27, 2013
Great win but tough to hear my bro @rajonrondo will be out…get healthy bro
— Jeff Green (@unclejeffgreen) January 27, 2013
|Poll: With no Rajon Rondo, what should Celtics do?||01.27.13 at 6:58 pm ET|
The Celtics are marching through the rest of the 2012-13 season without Rajon Rondo, with the point guard lost for the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell gave their opinion on the latest ‘OT with Grande and Max Podcast.’
So, what do you think?
|Ray Allen ‘will deal with whatever emotions are’ in TD Garden Sunday||01.27.13 at 8:00 am ET|
LeBron James doesn’t anticipate a warm reception for Ray Allen from the TD Garden crowd Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t expect it to be good,” James told the Miami Herald. “If you don’t wear green in that building, they don’t like you. We’re there for him.”
Allen – the guard who spurned the Celtics’ two-year, $12 million offer in favor of the Heat’s two-year, $6 million deal – isn’t quite sure what to expect.
“I will deal with whatever emotions there are,” he told the newspaper. “You never know until you get there. Regardless of how they respond to me, it won’t change how I feel. I have great memories.”
Allen is coming off the bench for the Heat, playing nine fewer minutes per game than a year ago (to 25.5 mpg). He is also averaging a career-low 11.4 points per game. The guard is, however, shooting better than his career average, both from the field (45.8 percent) and on threes (44.3 percent).
“I’ve moved on, but who I was as a Celtic will always be inside of me,” he told the newspaper. “I look back and think about all the great times that we had. I will always cherish those moments there.”
Added Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, “We just want to play well for him.”
|Celtics blow 27-point lead against Hawks on way to sixth-straight loss||01.25.13 at 10:50 pm ET|
The Celtics blew a 27-point first-half lead, eventually dropping a double-overtime, 123-111 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta. It was the Celts’ sixth-straight defeat.
According to Celtics’ play-by-play announcer Sean Grande the C’s had won 153 straight games when leading by more than 19 points, having last blown a lead as much as 27 points on Dec. 5, 2003 in Phoenix.
The Celts, who had jumped out to a 29-10 lead after one quarter, finally succumbed to the affects of playing back-to-back games, being out-scored, 16-4, in the second overtime. The visitors were also outscored 21-2 to start the third quarter.
“I thought it changed once we put the starters in with about five minutes left in the second quarter,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the game, adding, “I told our guys you can’t win without humility. … We started breaking rules you can’t break in grade school.”
Both Kevin Garnett and Jared Sullinger fouled out, with Garnett playing 38 minutes (scoring 24 points), while the rookie failed to score 24 minutes.
Rajon Rondo did manager a triple-double, scoring 16 points, dishing out 11 assists and hauling in 10 rebounds. The Celtics’ bench also produced with the combination of Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry teamed for 45 points.
Atlanta exposed the Celtics from beyond the three-point line, with Kyle Korver making 8-of-12 from beyond the arc.
“It’s me,” Rivers said. “I have to figure out a way to push buttons with each individual. … I keep telling myself and telling my coaches we have the right group. But we have to act right.”
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|Doc Rivers rips Celtics after latest loss: ‘We’re taking the wrong approach’||01.21.13 at 2:25 am ET|
After the Celtics suffered a 103-88 blowout loss to the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday night, coach Doc Rivers blasted his team for its lack of intensity and effort. He hinted at changes to either the lineup or the roster if the team continues the dispassionate play that the coach suggested had characterized not just the team’s three straight losses but even some of the victories towards the end of a six-game winning streak that preceded the current string of defeats.
“I think this team wants everything easy,” Rivers told reporters in Detroit after the Celtics fell back to .500 at 20-20. “They want the easy way out. They want to win easy. And I told them the only way you’re going to win easy is you’re going to have to play hard. The harder you play, the easier the games become. We’re taking the wrong approach. I’ve got to either find the right combination, the right guys, or we’re going to get some guys out of here. It’s the bottom line. Because this group right now, they are not playing right. It’s in them to play right. But right now they haven’t been — either because I’m not getting to them, or they are not getting to each other. But at the end of the day, either we’ve got to do that, or we’ve got to make changes.” Read the rest of this entry »