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Rondo: ‘I’m thankful for what I’m signing for’ 11.02.09 at 2:22 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  Rajon Rondo acknowledged for the first time following Monday’s practice that he has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Celtics. The deal is worth a reported $55 million.

“I’m thankful for what I’m signing for,” Rondo said.

[To hear Rondo answer questions about his new deal, click here.]

[For audio of Doc Rivers‘ reaction and what it means to Celtics, click here.]

The deal between Rondo’s agent Bill Duffy and the team has yet to be finalized but Rondo acknowledged it’s a formality.

The team made Rondo available following Monday’s practice as the team will fly to Philadelphia for Tuesday’s game against the 76ers.

“Nothing changes,” Rondo added. “Still have one goal in mind. It’s great to have security but we’re still focused on winning a championship.

“No, it’s not, necessarily, happiness is. I couldn’t deal without my teammates,” Rondo said. “I’ve had great teammates for the past four years. When it’s all said and done, we’re still going to have relationships on the court, regardless of whatever certain guys make. The relationships you build with one another in the NBA, you can’t compare it to money.”

Rondo also added that he’s grateful that his young daughter will be taken care of. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rondo on Hornets: ‘It was intense’ 11.01.09 at 10:31 pm ET
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Sunday’s postgame access to Rajon Rondo came with a condition to reporters: No questions about Chris Paul.

After Rondo and Paul traded verbal barbs and even a double-technical midway through the second quarter, the two star point guards of the Celtics and Hornets got into it even more at the end of the fourth, with both teams needing to be separated.

“It was very intense,” Rondo said. “I think it was our first close game. I think we handled it well. We didn’t play extremely well tonight but when they made their run, we got stops and then we scored offensively.”

Ray Allen played next to Rondo all night and he liked what he saw from the intense tete-a-tete between Rondo and CP 3.

‘€œYeah, they’€™re both feisty,” Allen said. “Both aggressive, in your face. They take the ball to the hole. Put you on your heels all game long. So I’€™m pretty sure it can get pretty chippy out there.’€

And Allen didn’t mind seeing that, as long as the teams left the hard feelings on the court and controlled each other coming off, which was a bit of a challenge following Boston’s 97-87 win.

“Walk off the floor and say, ‘€˜Way to compete tonight,’€™” Allen said. “For those 48 minutes, I cannot stand you. I wanted to fight you. I wanted to do everything I possibly could. And when you walk off the floor you say, ‘Way to battle.”€

To hear what Chris Paul had to say for himself, click here.

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Turn up the volume: Rondo speaks out 11.01.09 at 8:54 pm ET
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Everyone wanted to hear from Rajon Rondo before Sunday’s game.

The NBA had extended their deadline to Monday evening for signing players before they can become restricted free agents at the end of the season and Rondo falls into that category.

No deal was announced but Rondo told reporters he’s not worried about the business aspect of his career. Smart move since he was getting ready to face Chris Paul and the Hornets.

Here’s what he had to say before the game.

Rondo said he’s focused on helping the team.

Rondo said he’s not been talking with agent Bill Duffy.

Rondo said he realizes this is a business.

Rondo on facing Chris Paul.

Doc Rivers still considers Rondo an elite point in the NBA.

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Ray Allen is not about to stop now 10.31.09 at 1:41 am ET
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With 3:58 remaining in the fourth quarter of a blow out win against Chicago, and right after the ‘Gino Moment’ when the crowd celebrates another home court win, Ray Allen was recognized for passing John Stockton and moving into 33rd on the all-time NBA scoring list with 19,715 points.

Next up is Tom Chambers with 20,049 at No. 32.

Allen had 20 points on Friday, moving him one point ahead of the man, who on Sept. 11, Allen witnessed head into Springfield and the Hall of Fame.

“I had no idea,” Allen said. “It definitely is a great feeling. Stockton played 18 years. He’s a Hall of Famer. I watched his induction. I was there personally.”

Of course, Stockton didn’t get there so much for his 19,711 points but rather his astronomical assist totals, 15,806 to be exact. That’s an NBA record, as are his 3265 steals.

Allen is a different story. He will be heading to Springfield as a Hall of Famer some day as the most prolific and deadly 3-point shooter in league history. But in his mind that certainly didn’t lessen the significance on Friday of the milestone.

“To be able to be in that company, you think about all the years, all the shots I’ve taken, and not the ones in games but off the court, in practice, it all seems worth it,” Allen said. “It stands for something at the end of the day. People look up, and you’re somewhere among greatness so I’d like to keep pushing.”

Someone who can appreciate Allen’s sharp-shooting skills is teammate Eddie House.

“That’s a big moment,” House said. “Hats off to Ray, a future Hall of Famer. I’m happy for him. But he’s not done. He’s got a lot more points to get.”

Allen’s 20 points also helped the Celtics to another easy win and a 3-0 start to the season.

“Winning any game, the day-and-a-half of preparation we put into it coming down from another game, it’s a lot more I think than people can see from the surface,” Allen said. “For us to go out there and the way we played tonight, moving the ball offensively, defensively we were all in the same accord, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

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Davis: It was a ‘stupid mistake’ 10.30.09 at 8:33 pm ET
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Even though he needed a little prodding from general manager Danny Ainge next to him on the podium stage, Glen Davis characterized his actions that resulted in a fractured last thumb last weekend.

“It was a stupid mistake, a stupid mistake,” Davis said, after Ainge helped him answer the initial question. “Like Danny said, it’s something I most definitely have learned from looking forward.”

Sporting a white cast on his right hand and forearm, Davis continued to express his remorse for getting involved in an altercation last Sunday that has put him out of action for the next six weeks.

Ainge said Davis has made his apologies to everyone, including his team and now it’s time to move forward.

“My teammates are my teammates,” Davis said. “They’re there for me, no matter what. I just am thankful that I have great teammates like that.

“It’s been tough watching those guys play and not being there and be able to experience those experiences with them. I just want to move on, work hard and stay in shape to make sure I’m ready to play.” Read the rest of this entry »

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No suspension for Glen Davis 10.30.09 at 8:09 pm ET
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Saying he wants Glen Davis around the team at practice and in meetings, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge announced before Friday’s game that the forward will not be suspended for his actions that resulted in a fractured thumb two days before the season opener.

“We have decided, as an organization, not to suspend Glen. We’ve levied a fine against him. We want him around the team, we want him with the team on the road. This was an unfortunate incident. Glen has apologized to owners and teammates and coaches and fans and everybody and it’s just time to move forward and put it behind us.”

Ainge had indicated 30 minutes before the season opener on Tuesday in Cleveland that Davis was being suspended, after owner Wyc Grousbeck indicated a suspension was “very likely.”

More from Ainge:

On why Davis was not suspended: ‘€œWe want him around and he’€™s part of the team. And we have that option to either have him around or suspend him and not have him around and so its pretty simple. Glen is well liked by his teammates and I think the better chance of him coming back and being prepared to play when he’€™s healthy is being with the team..’€

On whether he thinks Davis is still think out for 6 weeks: ‘€œYeah we’€™re looking at six weeks, fast healer, maybe five.’€

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Killer C’s 10.29.09 at 1:10 am ET
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When the Celtics rolled to 66 wins and their 17th NBA title two seasons ago, they owned the third quarter.

The Celtics crushed the collective will and spirit of their opposition coming out of halftime. It became a sense of pride among Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

That spirit has resurfaced in the first two games of this season. And on Wednesday night, during their home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Celtics put on a clinic on how to systematically dismatle their opponent by outscoring the Bobcats, 25-10, holding the visitors to a miserable 3-for-17 shooting from the floor.

Even Larry Brown had to stop and pay homage after the game.

‘€œOur team wasn’€™t prepared, weren’€™t ready to play,” Brown said. “That’€™s nobody’€™s fault but the coach. We got a lot of guys scared to death and that’€™s tough. We talked before the game, you know, just don’€™t turn the ball over early and just hang in. I think we had, like, eight turnovers in the first eight or nine minutes, and that led to a lot of their points.”

The Bobcats were actually in the game, trailing just 32-29 when Boris Diaw hit a layup with 4:38 left in the second. The Celtics pushed the lead to 11 with a 10-2 run to close out the first half.

“Then we got back in the game, cut it to five with the ball and then all hell broke loose. But Doc’€™s done a great job with them. Danny’€™s done a great job of getting the right guys. He’€™s just a heck of a lot better coach and better prepared than we are.’€

But as Larry Brown reminded everyone after the game, hell hath no fury like a team motivated. And the starting five of Garnett, Pierce, Perkins, Rondo and Ray Allen came out in the third quarter with a point to prove – or more accurately no points to allow.

The  Celtics scored the first 15 points of the quarter and the game was over. There’s killer instinct for you, just like 2007-08.

‘€œI thought it was terrific; what did you think?” asked Doc Rivers rhetorically. “I thought it was great.  I thought, obviously, very active early.  Tons of deflections.  We keep that number and it was extremely ‘€“ as high as you can possibly probably get it at halftime.  And I thought we carried it over, contested starts.  Last two nights, I thought it has been absolutely wonderful.’€

What was interesting to note on Wednesday was the fact that the intensity began with the starters and continued with the reserves, an encouraging pattern over the season’s first two games.

“It’s very important,” Shelden Williams said. “That’€™s something that we try to do throughout the course of the season where If we got somebody on the ropes we gonna take them out. These guys are great guys. Theres no such thing as a blue out league. You can see that in basketball all the time you know be down 20 next thing you know it’€™s a tie game. We had a chance to get the team on the ropes and step your foot down and go from there.”

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