|Celtics’ preseason schedule||08.13.10 at 11:33 am ET|
Wednesday, October 6 – Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Arena
Thursday, October 7 – New Jersey, 7:00 p.m. at Prudential Center
Sunday, October 10 – Toronto, 6:00 p.m. at TD Garden
Tuesday, October 12 – Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. at Wachovia Center
Wednesday, October 13 – New York, 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden
Friday, October 15 - Toronto, 7:00 p.m. at Air Canada Centre
Saturday, October 16 – New York, 7:30 p.m. at XL Center
Wednesday, October 20 – New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden
|LeBron Watch, 1 p.m.: James reportedly prepares for South Beach celebration||07.08.10 at 1:04 pm ET|
Wherever LeBron James decided to play next season, he’ll be in Florida this upcoming weekend for a celebration on his announcement, according to a magazine report.
Two sources confirmed to UsMagazine.com that James has rented six cabanas at the W Hotel South Beach for the weekend, which could be telling after reports that he’s leaning toward playing for the Heat.
Meanwhile, Cavaliers beat writer Brian Windhorst tweeted that Cleveland is in trade talks for Timberwolves point guard Jonny Flynn, who is represented by the same agent as James.
|Nets reach agreement with Outlaw||07.08.10 at 12:32 pm ET|
The Nets and forward Travis Outlaw have reached an agreement on a five-year, $35 million contract, writes Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. The contract is fully guaranteed and Outlaw is expected to officially sign next week.
The 25-year-old played last season with the Clippers after being dealt from the Trail Blazers as part of the trade that sent Marcus Camby to Portland.
In seven NBA seasons, Outlaw has averaged 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds after being drafted by the Trail Blazers in 2003.
|LeBron Watch, noon: Cleveland is ‘cautiously optimistic’||07.08.10 at 12:04 pm ET|
Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com joined Eric Frede and Mike Giardi on the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning to talk about the upcoming LeBron James announcement. Goodman said he hears strong indications that James is heading to Miami but no one can know for sure. Stationed in Cleveland, Goodman gauges the city as being “cautiously optimistic” and having hopes that its hometown star will stick around.
Meanwhile, in Greenwich, Conn., the site where James will make his announcement Thursday night, Jeff Valin of the Hartford Courant writes that everything is normal 11 hours before the event. The Greenwich Boys & Girls Club shut out the media, forcing it to wait outside the building. Fifteen-year-old Knicks fan Mike Correa of Stamford appears to be the first fan to have arrived, hoping to get a chance to see one of his favorite players.
Outside James’ house in Ohio, the Bath Township police department is tightening up security, reports Michael Sangiacomo of the Plain Dealer.
Police Chief Michael McNeeley is hoping to avoid a large gathering outside of James’ home.
“Whether we get loads of happy fans or unhappy fans showing up outside his home, we will be prepared to keep the traffic moving,” he said.
|LeBron Watch, 10 a.m.: NY governor views announcement as ‘big mistake’||07.08.10 at 10:18 am ET|
New York governor David Paterson made his weekly appearance on WOR radio Thursday morning and was asked about LeBron James‘ decision.
Celeste Katz of the New York Daily News writes that Paterson said he would like to see James play in a Knicks uniform but feels that he is making a spectacle of himself with his nationally televised announcement.
“I think it’s a very big mistake to have national televised moment when you tell the people of Ohio, a state that is suffering dearly, that you’re leaving,” Paterson said on WOR.
|NBA roundup: Boozer to Bulls, Durant re-signs with OKC||07.08.10 at 9:18 am ET|
“The Decision” that everyone is waiting for Thursday night on ESPN could be an hour-long waste of time if reports that LeBron James wants to team up with stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami are true. Chris Broussard of ESPN wrote early Thursday morning that unless there is a change of heart by James, he’ll leave Cleveland and try to be a part of a dynasty with the Heat.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, one executive whose franchise was among the initial suitors for James said Wednesday morning that the Akron product was only seriously considering Miami and Cleveland.
Meanwhile, while the LeBron hoopla builds to a crescendo, other notable free agents are making their move. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer will sign a five-year, $76 million contract with the Bulls.
After various reports had New York big man David Lee heading to Phoenix to replace Amar’e Stoudemire, it looks like the double-double machine could be heading farther west to California. Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times is reporting that the Warriors and Knicks are close on a deal which would send Lee in a sign-and-trade to Golden State for forward Anthony Randolph.
Already under contract, Kevin Durant decided to extend his stay with the Thunder in a relatively quiet manner when he announced the deal Thursday via Twitter. Sean Sweeney of Dime Magazine writes that Durant signed a five-year, $85 million extension while showing humility amid the LeBron chaos.
The Celtics, meanwhile, have been busy this offseason as they look to bring back most of last year’s team for another run. After reaching an agreement with Paul Pierce and reportedly agreeing to terms with Ray Allen last Wednesday night, Boston reportedly is going after Jermaine O’Neal to replace the injured Kendrick Perkins at center. According to Wojnarowski and Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics have offered O’Neal near the midlevel exception of $5.8 million over two years. O’Neal is expected to make a decision by Thursday night.
Another O’Neal whom the Celtics have targeted to replace Perkins has been Shaq, who has shown interest in both Boston and Atlanta. Now, Chris Tomasson of AOL FanHouse is reporting that O’Neal’s first choice to try to win his fifth championship is the Spurs. No matter where Shaq lands, Tomasson writes that sources have said that he won’t return to Cleveland for next season.
|C’s win first Summer League game against Bobcats||07.07.10 at 7:53 pm ET|
Celtics 92, Bobcats 71
The Celtics once again got off to a quick start in the first quarter, just like the first two games of Summer League play. Only this time, Boston (1-2) widened its lead and cruised to its first win against the Bobcats.
Tony Gaffney set the tone early as he received the opening tip and finished with a slam dunk. Celtics big men Semih Erden and Luke Harangody led Boston to a 21-10 lead after the first quarter. Erden grabbed four rebounds while Harangody scored eight points, including both of his 3-pointers for the game.
In the second quarter, Harangody was hit under his left eye as he went after a rebound against Alexis Ajinca and was forced to leave the floor as blood flowed. He later returned at the five minute, 11 second mark in the fourth quarter with a patch on his cheek and scored four more points to add to his total of 12.
DeShawn Sims and Ryan Thompson extended Boston’s lead in the third quarter, scoring the first 14 points for the Celtics. With the game in hand, both players got extended playing time while the starters rested. Thompson was 3-of-4 from the field and finished with 11 points in 19:58 of play. Sims caught on fire and put on a show as he scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in only 15:57 of court time.
Charlotte (2-1) suffered its first loss of the summer as it shot 37.5 percent from the field and 11.8 percent from beyond the arc. Derrick Brown led the Bobcats with 12 points while Jeremy Pargo chipped in 10. The Celtics, on the other hand, had five scorers in double digits and shot a blistering 53.8 percent on the day.
Player of the game
Coming off the bench, Matt Janning scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds. The Northeastern product could put up points in college as well, where he became the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history in his four years.
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