|Doc Rivers to Clippers official; Celtics to hold press conference at 6:30||06.25.13 at 5:38 pm ET|
The Celtics made the conclusion of a long coaching saga official, announcing that the team had permitted Doc Rivers to walk away from the final three years (and $21 million) of his deal to coach the Clippers in exchange for a future first-round pick. Celtics GM Danny Ainge will address the media in a press conference at the team’s practice facility in Waltham at 6:30 p.m.
According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com (via twitter), the deal prohibits any player trades between the Celtics and Clippers until after the 2013-14 season — something that would prevent the C’s from dealing Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce directly to the Clippers.
|A mom’s NBA draft diary: Michael Carter-Williams visits Dallas, New Orleans, OKC as draft approaches||06.21.13 at 12:46 pm ET|
Hamilton resident Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, the mother of Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams and the girls basketball coach at Ipswich High School, is chronicling the days leading up to the June 28 NBA draft through blog entries for WEEI.com. Carter-Williams, who prepped at Hamilton-Wenham High School and Rhode Island’s St. Andrews School before spending two seasons at Syracuse, is projected to be a lottery pick.
When I started to write this, there were 10 days until the draft. Between my twins’ last week of school and all the eighth-grade events that go with it and dealing with our insurance company for the fire, my week got a little crazy!
Michael went from Sacramento to Dallas. He arrived in Dallas on the 12th. Jeff [Schwartz], his agent, sends him a full itinerary for each trip via email. Michael just has to follow the instructions and be on time. I had a feeling Michael was going to like Dallas, and he did. He liked everything about it. The people, the coach, the GM, the facility and his stay. It felt good. He played well. He was very happy with his workout and enjoyed dinner after with the coach and GM. I think Dallas would be a great fit. The Mavericks need a point guard, it is a terrific marketing venue and they have won there. Joining a franchise that has won presents different opportunities than a team that is building.
It is tough to spend your first years on a team that has lost a lot. The fans are edgy waiting for wins and the team attitude can be overcome with frustration. Losing over 50 percent of your games when you play 82 games makes for a long season.
The Orlando Magic lost 62 games this year. It has to be very hard for a rookie to manage proving himself to a team, moving to a new city and learning to live as a young adult on your own. Then add losing a lot of games and the stress that comes with that, and life in the NBA can quickly become overwhelming. Many players are asked if they would rather go later in the draft to a team with a winning record or go high in the lottery to a team that has lost a lot. If you go high in the lottery, you make a lot more money your first two to three years and you play on a team that has lost a lot of games and needs to win. Playing on a losing team, unless you are the type of player who really does not care about winning, takes the fun out of your job.
I spoke to a player who played on a team that was in the lottery last year and is in the lottery again this year. For those of you who don’t know, that means that this team’s record finished in the bottom 14 of all NBA teams. That is a lot of losing in two years. He was a rookie last year. I asked him if he was enjoying himself. Without hesitation he said he would prefer to be back in college and the only thing he enjoys are Thursdays. Thursdays are payday. Now, to be fair, I asked him at the end of the season. After that conversation, reality hit that the NBA is a job whether you are winning or losing. You can’t pick the team that you go to, but we can hope that Michael lands on a team that is a good fit.
What makes a good fit? I really can’t completely answer that. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out where he should go. Some teams have a new coach, new GM and even new owners. I think it may be tough for a rookie to walk into a new system, but it could also turn out great if everyone meshes right away. Michael is great in the open court, so it would be nice if he was with a team that likes to run. Coaches all have a style of play, and a coach that likes to push the ball would be good for Michael.
|Podcast: LeBron’s legacy and a Celtics circus||06.21.13 at 11:32 am ET|
Former WEEI.com Celtics beat writer and current SB Nation NBA columnist Paul Flannery joined Ben Rohrbach on the Green Street podcast to discuss the legacies of LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Boston’s latest Big 3 era — all amidst a legendary NBA Finals and a C’s circus involving Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.
|Update: Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge press conference postponed||06.21.13 at 10:19 am ET|
The Celtics announced that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers will take part in a press conference at noon on Friday at the team’s practice facility in Waltham. Presumably, the status of Rivers for the forthcoming season — chiefly, whether he will return to the Celtics or head to the Clippers — will be resolved at that time.
UPDATE: Shortly after the press conference was scheduled, the Celtics confirmed to WEEI’s Mike Petraglia that it had been postponed and rescheduled for noon Monday. Whenever it takes place, the press conference will be carried live on WEEI.
|Heat hold off Spurs to claim second straight championship||06.20.13 at 11:52 pm ET|
After trailing for much of the third quarter, the Heat got a buzzer-beating 28-footer from Mario Chalmers as time expired at the end of the period to claim a 72-71 lead that they never relinquished, finally pulling away from the Spurs late to claim a 95-88 victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. With the victory, the Heat claimed their second straight title.
While Chalmers hit the game-changing shot at the end of the third, it was LeBron James who again dominated. In 45 minutes, he poured in 36 points while shooting 12-of-23 from the floor, making all eight of his free throws, pulling in a dozen rebounds and recording four assists. Dwyane Wade contributed 23 points and 10 boards, while Shane Battier added 18 points on 6-of-8 from behind the arc.
In defeat, Spurs forward Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points, but he missed an opportunity to tie the game in the final minute, missing a layup and a tip-in attempt with San Antonio trailing, 90-88. A James jumper allowed the Heat to claim a two-bucket lead, and the Spurs never again threatened.
For a detailed recap, click here.
|Stern: No deal can be made involving coaches contracts||06.20.13 at 3:48 pm ET|
The Celtics and Clippers were informed “days ago” that a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett going to Los Angeles is not permitted under league trade rules, even if the deals were separated into two different transactions, a league source told CBSSports.com on Thursday.
Speaking on ESPN Radio in New York, commissioner David Stern said, “The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts.”
Stern added that there is no separating the two deals at this point because everyone is aware that the two deals would be part of the same negotiation.
“If you think those, at this point, having been all over the media for the last week, are separate transactions, I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you,” Stern said.
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|Report: ‘Strong mutual interest’ between Doc Rivers, Clippers||06.13.13 at 6:25 pm ET|
there is “strong mutual interest” between Rivers and the Clippers. The report cites “sources close to the situation.”
The report suggests that the Celtics “are determined to prevent [Rivers] from coaching another NBA team next season since he has three years and $21 million left on his contract. But sources added that Boston could be moved to let Rivers out of his contract depending on the level of compensation they get from the Clippers, whether that’s a veteran player or future draft picks. The thought in coaching circles is that the close relationship between Ainge and Rivers might help the coach get out of his obligation.”
Meanwhile, Rivers would be the top candidate to succeed fired coach Vinny Del Negro, the report says that the Clippers would be leery of “[mortgaging] their future by giving up an exorbitant amount of assets to get him.”
Rivers is two years into a five-year, $35 million deal he signed with the Celtics after the 2010-11 season. He has a 416-265 record (.533) in nine seasons in Boston, a stretch that includes a championship in 2007-08 and a 59-47 record (.557) in the playoffs.
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