|Source: Rondo, Celts $10 million-$15 million apart||10.27.09 at 1:42 am ET|
A source close to the situation has told Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com that the Celtics offered point guard Rajon Rondo a contract extension worth five years and $45 million, with Rondo’s representatives asking for between $55 million-$60 million over the same number of years. The Celtics presented their offer to Rondo’s reps in a meeting, Monday night. Rondo is eligible to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2009-10 season.
|Report: Davis Suffers Broken Hand||10.26.09 at 8:38 pm ET|
According to Comcast Sportsnet New England, Celtics forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis suffered a broken hand in a non-basketball related right thumb injury and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. The injury reportedly occurred Sunday night when Davis was involved in an altercation with a former teammate.
‘We are aware of Glen Davis‘ injury,” the Celtics said in a statement. “We are gathering all information regarding the injury before making any further comments.’
|Doc Rivers on D&C, 10/6||10.06.09 at 11:38 am ET|
Celtics coach Doc Rivers appeared on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning to discuss the team’s preseason preparations as the C’s get set to play the Houston Rockets in Hidaglo, Texas, on Wednesday night.
Following is a complete transcript. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Do you worry about your guys … when you make a trip like that [to Hidalgo, Texas, on the Mexico border]?
I worry more about [Greg] Dickerson doing it than our players. I’m hoping he actually goes and we can steal his passport so he can’t come back.
No, you do worry about it. Guys like going over and having fun or whatever. We have great guys, and we’ll talk to them about it so you’re not that concerned. But you’d rather [they] not be there, let’s put it that way.
Give us several significant highlights to camp at this point. What are we missing here so far?
I think Rasheed [Wallace] and Marquis Daniels, they really have solidified our bench. It’s a veteran bench, very similar to two years ago. Rasheed’s ability to stretch the floor will be amazing when he plays with [Kendrick Perkins] or Kevin [Garnett], it doesn’t really matter which one he plays with, he still stretches the floor, he has the ability to take 5s out. And Marquis Daniels, he’s really good for our team. He’s a small forward, he plays 2 guard as well. From his position, he can handle the ball, and that frees up Eddie [House]. The old point forward ‘ if you remember the Paul Pressey days in Milwaukee, where he handled the ball, and then Sidney Moncrief and Marques Johnson and those guys came off picks. Well, it will be very similar to us with the second team.
Is Rasheed going to be beloved here in Boston?
Yeah. The one thing we knew about Rasheed was the fact that his teammates that he’s played for loved him. He’s always been a great teammate. He’s one of the more verbal talkers on defense in the league ‘ him and Kevin. And it’s amazing. During camp, I have a lot of college coaches come in and they watch camp. And that’s the one thing they keep saying is ‘ well, there’s two things: “Boy, your bigs have a chance to be really good.” The second thing is, “I’ve never seen a team talk as much on defense, especially Rasheed, Perk and Kevin.” So, those are the things they’ll notice. But they’ll love him. I’m sure there will be a couple of nights where he’ll get into an exchange with someone else in stripes, and we’re going to have to deal with that. But that’s not going to be an issue, in my opinion.
|Celtics lock up Davis, Williams||08.10.09 at 9:35 pm ET|
By GREG CAMERON
To paraphrase from a certain restaurant chain’s commercial campaign, the Boston Celtics got their baby back.
The Celtics announced that the club has re-signed forward Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis. Terms of the deal were not announced by the club, but WEEI.com and FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman reports that the two-year deal is worth approximately $6.3 million.
Davis provided the Celtics with much-needed front-court help in the wake of Kevin Garnett‘s season-ending knee injury last year. As a starter for all of the 2009 postseason the Louisiana native averaged 15.8 points per game and 5.6 rebounds.
Davis told reporters that he was frustrated a few times this summer with how free agency had been going for him, despite interest from a handful of teams. However as evidenced by yesterday’s press conference, both Ainge and Davis are elated to have the 6′9′ forward back in the fold with the Celtics.
‘Glen has been a big part of our team’s success over the last two years, and we are very excited to have him back,’ Ainge told reporters. ‘He’s young and energetic and we want him to be a part of our team for years to come.’
‘I’ll be ready to go out and play, do whatever it takes,’ Davis said to reporters.
From looking at Celtics GM Danny Ainge’s other moves this offseason, the lack of bench depth behind Garnett and center Kendrick Perkins was clearly the top priority of the club. To start the team’s search for quality front-court depth, the Celtics signed All-Star forward Rasheed Wallace last month a two-year deal using the team’s mid-level exception.
In addition to announcing that Davis will be back with the Celtics for the 2009-10 season, the Celtics officially announced the signing of forward Shelden Williams to a veteran minimum one-year deal worth close to $1.3 million. Williams was a star collegiate player during a sucessful four-year career at storied Duke University.
After graduating in 2006, Williams made his mark on the illustrious program’s record books as Duke’s leading rebounder and shot-blocker. That collegiate success led Williams to be drafted fifth overall in that June’s draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
Since draft night, Williams has bounced around the league considerably playing for Atlanta, Sacramento, and Minnesota before signing with the Celtics this summer. However, the former collegiate phenom has not seen the same success in the professional ranks that he did playing for Hall-Of-Fame coach Mike Kryzyzewski.
‘Shelden has proven he can defend and rebound,’ Ainge said to reporters. ‘Offensively he hasn’t come around as well, but it’s about getting an opportunity in this league.’
Williams has averaged 4.7 points per game for his career thus far in addition to 4.2 rebounds per game. Those numbers pale in comparison from the 18.8 points and 10.7 rebounds a night he averaged as a Duke senior during the 2005-2006 campaign.
With this summer’s signings, Danny Ainge is very excited about how the shape his team is taking. The Celtic GM even recalled a very formidable front-court lineup from the Celtics’ rich and illustrious history
‘We feel we have a really good front court, maybe the best we’ve had since Bird, Parish, McHale, Wegman and Walton,’ Ainge said to reporters. ‘Probably since that era, it’s the best front line we’ve had.’
It was sort of fitting that both Davis and Williams shared the stage at today’s press conference, after just over three years since both players squared off at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. Williams was a powerhouse for the Blue Devils that night as he put up 23 points and 13 rebounds.
However, Davis’s LSU Tigers got the best of their top-seeded opponents in a low scoring affair on March 23, 2006. LSU defeated Duke that night 62-64, earning them a berth to the tournament’s Elite Eight. Davis and his LSU cohorts also reached the Final Four that March.
|Steph rolls out more MarburyTV||07.27.09 at 12:32 pm ET|
Marbury TV — a project of former C’s point guard Stephon Marbury — was originally supposed to just run through the weekend, but he’s continued things. Catch the fun right here — press the start button for his live video feed…
|Wallace And Garnett Go Way Back||07.09.09 at 9:35 pm ET|
By Greg Cameron
The newest Celtic has a lengthy history with each of the Celtics‘ Big Three, but the bond is visibly strongest between Wallace and Garnett. The former believes that their journey as friends began on a warm June night in Toronto, some 14 years ago.
“I would have to say it goes all the way back to draft night,” Wallace said. “Going up against him while he was in Minnesota and I was in Portland, it was a battle. It was really the mutual respect.”
That night, Wallace was selected fourth overall that night by the Washington Bullets. Garnett was taken with the next selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It was visible on the dais, that all involved in the acquisition of Wallace believe the partnership between player and team will pay off with big dividends. Like Wallace, Garnett could do little to hide his excitement Thursday at the Celtics’ training facility in Waltham.
“I’m overly excited,” Garnett said. “This isn’t just a key addition to our team, but a major one. We’re like teenagers up here. It feels like AAU basketball all over again.”
“It’s a whole new world, a whole new day,” Wallace said of the new chapter. “I can’t wait to get to training camp and get things going.”
A visible as the excitement was on the faces of both men, both players show a great deal of passion and intensity out on floor. But who is the most fiery of the two of them?
“I would have to say I am,” Wallace said with a wry smile. “He [Garnett] can control his emotions. I don’t think you can match the intensity that either one of us brings to the floor.”
Garnett has a much more succinct explanation of the demeanor both players have on the court.
“That’s called passion,” Garnett emphatically stated.
Garnett’s road to Thursday’s press conference was far more direct than that Wallace — he has played in just two NBA cities, whereas Wallace has cris-crossed the American landscape four times before landing this week in the Hub.
Now, close to a decade and a half later, the former rivals, current teammates, and long-time friends see themselves at the same junction, some 14 years after waiting together in an NBA Draft green room in Ontario. The journey for both men is far from over, and both men hope their joining of forces will lead them to a second title.
|Highlights from Rasheed Wallace Press Conference||07.09.09 at 5:43 pm ET|
Thanks to Jared Shafran, here are some highlights from the Rasheed Wallace press conference from this afternoon:
Rasheed Wallace: I just want to thank all the guys sitting up here on stage, because they didn’t have to come up here today and show their team compassion about having me here in the city of Boston and playing with them.
Q: Why did you come to Boston?
RW: Because I felt that it was a good fit. I think one of the main things that the guys up here do is play defense. They’ve been one and two over the last few years in the defensive categories, so that’s saying a lot about their defense, that’s saying a lot about them, and their whole team scheme and the bottom line is just to win. That pretty much swayed me to come over here and they are a pretty good group of guys. Every time I’ve played against them, I’ve always been on the floor talking to them or joshin’ with them but now I think it will be extra good that we’re all teammates.
Q: What does it mean to have these guys here?
RW: It was definitely great. As soon as I came around the corner into the conference room and to see these three guys there, that I wasn’t expecting. That showed a lot. That showed me that they really want me to be apart of this team. They opened their arms for me and my family to be apart of their Boston Celtic family.
Kevin Garnett: I’m really excited about the year. This is not only a key addition but a major addition to our team. Almost feels like AAU basketball all over again. We’re make the best of this.
Paul Pierce: Obviously we had depth issues last year because of injuries, but just bringing a guy like Rasheed in with experience. I think it fits in just like a piece in a puzzle. Everybody knows what we’re about and that’s winning a championship.
Ray Allen: When the season ended for us we talked about things that we needed to do for the summertime. Rasheed was at the top of the list for all of us. When the opportunity came for us to be in Detroit that day, we knew everything that we needed to do to get there. He was the one guy that was going to get us over the hump moving into the future. We wanted him and his family to know how serious we were about winning and we’re glad to have him.
Q: How tough was it transitioning from Detroit to Boston?
RW: I think this worked out for both of us. They wanted someone of my caliber and vice versa. They saw the frustration on my face some times last year. Now it’s a whole new day and I cant wait until training camp to get it going.
Q: How do you see your role in Boston?
RW: I would say my role is to back up these guys. If Doc wants me to start, then I’ll start. If Doc wants me to come off the bench, then that’s fine I’ll come off the bench. As long as I’m contributing to the team for the W. My thing is bottom line is to win games. I think with the mindset of these guys here, we’ll win a lot of ball games.
Q: Can you describe the relationship between you and Kevin?
RW: I would have to say it probably started on draft night. He was in Minnesota and I was in Portland. It was a battle. I don’t think too many people knew what type of battle it was. It was really the mutual respect. I would say he’s a better rebounder but I’m a better jump shot shooter. Everything else is the same as far as the heart and adrenaline going into the game and wanting to win, everything else is the same except for those two.
Q: What was your thought process about where you might go, and when did the Celtics come into your thought process?
RW: The first couple of days I had a couple of scenarios, I was thinking San Antonio, Dallas, Boston, Cleveland, and Orlando. Those were my top teams that I was thinking about. I didn’t make no decisions for awhile. I just sat back, took advantage of the time, did things with my family and just took it day by day. When this all came up, then that’s when the guys came out there. I talked it over with my wife, talked it over with my kids, and made my decision.
Q: Who’s more intense? You or KG?
RW: I would have to say I am, because he can control his emotions. Of course, everyone knows my history as far as technical fouls. I don’t think you can match the intensity that either of us brings to the floor.
Q: What made it that you didn’t want to go anywhere else?
RW: Just the overall view of the team. Looking at the bench, looking at these guys and the things that they’ve accomplished here in the last few years. Not taking anything away from San Antonio, I would have to say a few of the changes that they made didn’t sit with me too well. I had to go to the best place where I felt as though it was a good fit for myself.
Q: Could you talk about the feeling of winning a championship and how important it is for you to get it back?
RW: It’s a wonderful feeling being king of the hill. No matter if teams or other guys like you or not, they’ve got to respect you because you’re the champ. I was upset when these guys won it but when they beat up on us when I was in Detroit, that’s part of it. It’s a whole new day right now, and we’re just excited.
Q: What did the guys tell you about being in this city?
RW: They definitely said it’s a sports town — not just basketball, but a sports town. They said that bottom line, the fans got your back. When I was playing against these guys, I heard all the remarks so now, hopefully those frowns will turn into some cheers now that we’re all on the same team.
Q: Do you make a conscious effort to control your technical fouls?
RW: For the most part, I don’t think my past teammates see it as a problem. Yes, I go off sometimes, I will admit that, but overall, I would say that I’m a pretty good teammate.