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Wallace And Garnett Go Way Back 07.09.09 at 9:35 pm ET
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By Greg Cameron

WALTHAM — Competition breeds success. When talking about Kevin Garnett and new Celtic teammate Rasheed Wallace, it could also be said that competition breeds friendship.

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
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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.

Transcript of Wyc Grousbeck with Dale & Holley 06.15.09 at 1:35 pm ET
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Courtesy of Greg Cameron, here are some of the highlights of Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck’s Q-and-A with Dale & Holley this afternoon. (Click here for the audio.)

On if it was painful to see the Lakers win the title: ‘€œIt was. Having had the trophy it’€™s always disappointing to see someone else win it. We’€™re going to try and knock them off their perch next year.’€
On Red Auerbach vs. Phil Jackson: ‘€œI stand with Red. He assembled and coached his teams. He would even arrange trips to Europe and Russia. Sometimes he’€™d even drive the bus. His fingerprints are on every single one of those banners.’€
On the Celtics’€™ chances of repeating had they stayed healthy: ‘€œI think that’€™s for losers to think that way. I don’€™t think that’€™s an out.’€
On Kevin Garnett‘€™s rehab/recovery: ‘€œWe are extremely excited. He’€™s been in the facility everyday, and most of the team’€™s been there as well.’€
Comparing Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce: ‘€œThere are different ways to look at that.
You have to give [Kobe] his due. I like our team and will focus on helping Danny [Ainge] improve it for next year.’€
Addressing recently swirling trade rumors: ‘€œWhat not many people realize is how many calls are made and received throughout the league. We had a starting five that went a record 27-2. We can also offer someone a full max contract to someone next summer.’€
On his views of the NBA’€™s salary cap: ‘€œI didn’€™t really care about it as a fan. I wanted to put together an ownership group that would be able to put the best team on the floor and win. I’€™ll go find the money, and we’€™ll go in for another banner. The league has things in place to keep a lot of that from happening but we have a good revenue sharing system between the players and the owners in place. There’€™s a lot of sharing in between.’€
On the important free agency summer of 2010: ‘€œThere is a scenario under which we could do that.’€
On the economy’€™s impact on the Celtics: ‘€œWe start with the fans and thank them for their support. I think we have something like 110 sellouts in a row, and the stuck with us despite injuries. We’€™re lucky to have them. They help attract free agents who want to play in front of these fans. We don’€™t want to be smug about how well we’€™re doing; we just want to thank our fans. We’€™re fortunate to also have been able to keep season ticket prices the same for this year.’€
On NBA officiating: ‘€œI think they’€™re trying really hard. I can’€™t say it’€™s getting better. Each call and non-call gets looked at by the league and gets graded. Just by studying those figures, there’€™s no lack of effort, but it’€™s not getting better. Why don’€™t you worry about winning and the officiating last?’€
On how the NBA does business: ‘€œIf there are issues, the league office will resolve it.’€
On how much stock the C’€™s put into a player’€™s character before signing: ‘€œIt’€™s a big deal. It’€™s good to see the players we drafted out of high school like Kendrick Perkins go to a charity dinner and then later in the evening ask us if it’€™s okay to leave. We told him it was perfectly fine. He left this dinner to work out at 10:30 at night. We tell out players that they’€™re going to participate on and off the court. If not, they’€™re gone.’€
On guard Stephon Marbury: ‘€œHe did his part character-wise. He lived up to his word that he wanted to be a good teammate. It didn’€™t entirely work out as we and he had hoped.’€
On the impending NBA Draft: “It won’€™t be a snooze with Danny at the helm. He’€™s made draft-day trades every year. He’€™s always working on deals that day, so we’€™ll see what happens.’€
On Danny Ainge: ‘€œWe’€™re all on the same page. He’€™s a busy guy, a great GM. He was a great hire. We wanted Danny and we got him.’€
On the coach Doc Rivers‘€™ anticipation for next season: ‘€œI received a text from Doc saying, ‘€˜Let’€™s get back to the finals.’€

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Doc Rivers on Dennis & Callahan 05.19.09 at 10:01 am ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers offered a look back at the 2008-09 season, as well as a look ahead to his team’€™s needs going forward, during an interview with the Dennis & Callahan Show this morning. He admitted a sense of disappointment that his team did not have the opportunity to pursue another championship without a full complement of players.

‘€œThe only thing that bothers me about the way the postseason ended was, you look at Kevin (Garnett), you look at Leon (Powe) and you just say, ‘€˜Darn’€”we didn’€™t have a real chance to defend our title with our best stuff,’€™’€ said Rivers. ‘€œThat’€™s real tough for a coach and for a team.’€

Rivers addressed a number of topics during his interview, including ways in which the Celtics need to improve and his own coaching future. Among them:

WHETHER THE SURGERY ON KEVIN GARNETT’€™S KNEE MIGHT BE MORE FAR-REACHING THAN PREVIOUSLY SUGGESTED:

I don’€™t think there will be much more (than reported). I think it will be the strained tendon and the bone spur. What they started thinking at the end was that maybe the bone spur had something to do, maybe it started rubbing against the tendon and that’€™s what kept it inflamed. But they don’€™t know that. That’€™s just an assumption.

ON OTHER INJURIES THAT IMPACTED THE TEAM AND THAT MAY REQUIRE SURGERY

Ray Allen had a hamstring problem throughout the Orlando series that was not getting better. Paul had some bone spurs that may need to be removed as well. (Kendrick Perkins) may have to have a procedure on his shoulder’€¦ In Ray’€™s case, I thought his hamstring was bothering him a lot. That could have had an effect on him (during the Magic series).

ON THE TEAM’€™S NEED TO ADD DEPTH TO ITS BENCH THIS OFFSEASON

Just think this year if Kevin was healthy and Leon was healthy, that makes our bench 10 deep’€¦Those two guys being out really shortened our bench.

But we have to improve our team. There’€™s no doubt about that. We don’€™t have to make any changes, but definitely have to make some additions.

No. 1, the one spot no one talked about all year, was the small forward spot. We need a small forward who can defend, who can make shots and give Paul (Pierce) a blow. I thought Paul, all year, had to guard the best guys all game. Whenever we took him out, we went small. We put Ray Allen in at small forward, which is a tough matchup. You could see it in the Orlando series. You were almost scared to take Paul off the floor because when you did, Ray Allen was now guarding the Terkoglus or the Rashard Lewises of the world. They went straight to the post, just like every other team did.

ON THE IMPACT OF KEVIN GARNETT’€™S DEFENSIVE ABSENCE ON THE REST OF THE TEAM

We didn’€™t run out of gas in the playoffs. We ran out of gas trying to get to the playoffs in a lot of ways. Every game was different and harder once Kevin left. Our defense suffered. (Rivers noted that opponents averaged 88 points per game against the Celtics last postseason, and 102 points per game this year.) I don’€™t think much more needs to be said about our defense, and how important Kevin Garnett is.

HOW MANY 15- TO 18-FOOT JUMPERS SHOULD RONDO TAKE THIS OFFSEASON?

He can’€™t take enough, obviously. I thought the series changed when Orlando decided that they basically weren’€™t going to play Rondo anymore. It’€™s very difficult for him to be effective from that point on. Obviously, he did on the rebounding side of things for us, but as far as creating plays, that not only hurt Rondo, but that hurt Paul and Ray as well, because they were using his man to double-team.
That’€™s a shot he’€™s going to have to make. We knew that. We knew that two years ago. It made it easier for them to do that because Kevin wasn’€™t out on the floor. When you have three other shooters out on the floor, it’€™s not as easy.

DO YOU REASSESS YOUR OWN FUTURE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR?

I do it every year. I have every intention of coming back, but I would be lying to you if I said that every year, I didn’€™t sit back over the last couple, with the family. We sit back and we think, ‘€˜What do we need to do, and what do I need to do?’€™ I just try to gauge it on how my kids are doing and if they’€™re happy. I’€™m sure there will be a day or some time when I’€™ll say no, I’€™ve got to stay and do family things. But I have every intention of coming back.
I love coaching. I see myself coaching a long time. But I also see myself as a coach who will take a break to re-energize. I believe in that. I love, what’€™s the analogy? A teacher taking a sabbatical and coming back. I clearly will do that someday. In the next two or three years, I think that has to happen. I just think it’€™s good for a coach to do that. It makes him a better coach.

WHO IS MORE LIKELY TO RETURN: MARBURY OR DAVIS?

Baby, it will probably come down to what he can get on the open market. With Steph, it will probably come down to what we can get on the open market.

WILL TOM THIBODEAU BE BACK?

I hope he’€™s not back…(The 76ers job) will be a tough one to get. Tom’€™s not a good guy ‘€“ he’€™s a great guy. And he’€™s a terrific coach. So I’€™m really pulling for him.

WHO WILL WIN THE TITLE?

I don’€™t know. Honestly, I can tell you I really don’€™t care.

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Celtics’ Game 6 Airing on WRKO 680AM 05.14.09 at 7:07 pm ET
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Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic will be aired on WRKO 680AM starting at 7PM tonight. WEEI is currently broadcasting the Red Sox – Angels game and will join the Celtics game in progress when the Red Sox game concludes. For the start of the Celtics game, please tune in to WRKO 680AM.

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Doc Rivers on Garnett: ‘There’s No Way’ 04.16.09 at 11:14 am ET
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Here is a transcript of Doc Rivers‘ comments about Kevin Garnett this morning on Dennis & Callahan (transcript courtest of intern Drew Scott). To listen to the full interview, click here:

D&C: Hey Doc after a 62 and 20 regular season, are you more weary from the grind, or more weary from answering KG health questions?

Doc Rivers: Well probably the grind, it was an exhausting year in that way, it was fun, I mean it was really interesting being attacked every night, especially on the road, I mean every night but on the road you just saw the energy in the crowd, and teams coming in and trying to beat the champs. So it was an interesting journey.

D&C: You knew that was coming, you knew you were going to get everyone’€™s best every night. What you didn’€™t know was coming were the injuries and the man hours lost to injuries. If somebody told you at the beginning of the season, and made a list of all the things you had to deal with from an injury standpoint would you have said 62 wins?

Doc Rivers: No, no especially with them at the same time. I mean having Leon and Kevin out at the same time, and I don’€™t know if people really understood what we lost, not just the defensive part, but we didn’€™t have a post game. I mean you lose both of those guys, that’€™s your low post game and so we played perimeter basketball for the last fifteen games and still won games and that was impressive.

D&C: How will you know, and this is the obligatory KG question, how will you know after two days of practice if he’€™s ready? I’€™m guessing he’€™s not going to tell you the truth.

Doc Rivers: Well I’€™m just going to say this, I just finished watching him run, this is the first time I’€™ve said because it’€˜s the first time I’€™ve really watched him, he’€™s not going to be ready. After watching him run, there’€™s no way, so we’€™re going to move without him and the way I saw him move today guys I don’€™t know if he’€™ll be ready.

D&C: Describe it for us.

Doc Rivers: He’€™s just limping, he just can’€™t run and you know this was an honest run today, you couldn’€™t fake your way through it if, you know what I’€™m saying.  You know the guy is a warrior and you can see him trying to mask it, but after twenty minutes of running there’€™s just no way.

D&C: And you’€™re talking about round two, round three, round four, you don’€™t know if he’€™ll be ready at all? Read the rest of this entry »

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