|Celtics tickets on sale||09.17.10 at 11:05 am ET|
Tickets for Celtics games are on sale now. Here’s the release from the team:
Individual game tickets for all Boston Celtics home games will go on sale September 17 at 11 a.m. A limited number of seats are available for purchase and fans are encouraged to reserve their seats early as games are anticipated to sell out.
There are many highlights on the schedule for the upcoming season beginning with the highly anticipated Opening Night matchup vs. the Miami Heat on Tuesday, October 26 at the TD Garden. Other highlights of the schedule include the 2010 Finals rematch vs. the Lakers at the TD Garden on Thursday, February 10 as well as Miami’s second trip to Boston on Sunday, February 13. Eastern Conference rivals, the Orlando Magic visit town on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17 and also on Sunday, February 6. The Celtics will also host the New Orleans Hornets in a New Years Eve Day matchup on December 31.
For additional schedule information, please visit Celtics.com.
Fans are able to purchase tickets beginning tomorrow at 11 a.m. by logging onto Celtics.com, by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX (866-462-2849) or by visiting the TD Garden Box Office. Tickets for all Celtics home games start at just $10. There is a four (4) ticket limit per game for each customer. Additionally, there is a two (2) ticket limit on all $10 seats.
Season tickets for the upcoming season are currently sold out in the loge and balcony, however, fans are encouraged to enroll in Club Green, the official fan membership program of the Celtics, to join the season ticket waiting list, as well as receive information on special offers for individual game tickets. Also, a limited number of Premium Seating season tickets and game night suite rentals are available now by calling the Celtics Sales Office at 866-4CELTIX (866-423-5849) or by visiting Celtics.com.
|The comedy stylings of Ron Artest and Doc Rivers||09.17.10 at 8:23 am ET|
You may remember that Ron Artest didn’t care much for Doc Rivers comments that the Celtics starting five has never lost a playoff series when healthy. “Doc got one million excuses,” is how Artest put it on Twitter.
With training camp right around the corner, Artest is letting this one go. “Me and Doc, we should start a comedy act,” he now says.
Maybe they should team up for Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam at the Wilbur.
|What to make of Adam Morrison||09.16.10 at 11:26 am ET|
During the Las Vegas summer league, representatives from the Celtics attended a workout for Adam Morrison, the former Gonzaga star who would rank as Michael Jordan’s biggest draft blunder if not for taking Kwame Brown first in 2000. The Celtics worked him out again Wednesday at their facility in Waltham along with Rashad McCants, Cuttino Mobley and Trenton Hassell.
Morrison came into the NBA with the reputation as a shooter, but he has never cracked 37 percent from the floor in his three seasons and hasn’t even seen much playing time since his disastrous rookie year. Morrison was traded to the Lakers for Vladimir Radmanovic and barely saw the court.
To date the Celtics have not so much as issued an invitation to Morrison, or anyone else from Wednesday’s workout, but they are clearly not done tinkering with the roster.
When Tony Allen left for Memphis, Danny Ainge moved to shore up the wing by re-signing Marquis Daniels and coming to terms with Von Wafer and Delonte West. The contracts for Wafer and West are not fully guaranteed, which leaves an opening for an actual competition in training camp. (You can throw Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney into the mix as well).
At issue is the backup small forward slot behind Paul Pierce, which was also an issue last year and the year before that. Daniels has the inside track for the job and rookie Luke Harangody could also work into the rotation provided he can make jumpers and play defense at an acceptable level.
But the Celtics lack size at the position and have a general need for shooting everywhere off the bench. That’s because Doc Rivers is already envisioning a second unit that can work off Shaquille O’Neal’s work in the post.
Like Morrison, McCants has been a first round bust, albeit one with a strong college track record. Hassell has more experience and just finished a very generous long-term contract granted by Kevin McHale when he was with the Timberwolves, but he is known more as a defender than a shooter.
Of the four, Mobley is the most intriguing. He enjoyed a long and underrated career as a top-notch scorer for the Rockets and Clippers. Mobley was traded to the Knicks in late 2008, but he retired with a serious heart ailment. In June, Mobley told the New York Daily News that he was contemplating a comeback.
It’s not clear what Ainge’s intentions are yet, but with the start of training camp looming at the end of the month, it does appear that he’s continuing to look for the right pieces.
|Shaq turned down more money for C’s||09.09.10 at 9:39 am ET|
Shaquille O’Neal really wanted to sign with the Celtics. He told John Reid of the New Orleans Picayune that he could have signed higher offers from either the Pistons or the Hawks to join the C’s.
“A lot of people said I only got the league minimum salary,” O’Neal said. “But that’s all right. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I’ve had four max contracts in one lifetime, I don’t care about that little million. Did I want $10 million? I’m always going to put the number high. I could have gotten $8 million from Atlanta and Detroit, but it wasn’t about that. It was about being somewhere and being seen and winning.”
Shaq also said that his two-year deal with the Celtics would be his last in the NBA.
|Perk talks rehab and everything else||09.08.10 at 9:58 am ET|
Kendrick Perkins has become known as the best talker in the Celtics locker room; no easy feat when competing with the likes of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. But what separates Perkins is his honesty. Ask him a question and he’ll give you a thoughtful response.
Slam’s Tzvi Twersky caught up with Perkins and asked a lot of questions, to which Perk gave his usual candid answers. [Go here for the full interview]
A few highlights:
On his rehabilitation from knee surgery: It’s going great, man. I’m going to rehab everyday. It’s getting a whole lot better. I’m walking without crutches and a brace, so things are moving along. I’m not rushing anything, but things are moving at a great pace. It’s not as bad as everybody thinks. It’s difficult, obviously, but it’s not as bad as people think. If you mentally strong, you can get through it.
On statistics: I feel like stats are overrated, because stats—you could have an impact of the game and not have a huge number of stats. I feel like stats are overrated because—they just are.
On Tony Allen feeling overshadowed by the team’s stars: And to say you got overlooked a little bit—I ain’t trying to go against TA—but without them, people probably wouldn’t even know your name. We wouldn’t be on TV as much, or anything like that. So don’t take situations for granted. That’s why I say you should be grateful for every opportunity.
On locker room chemistry: The thing is, we all got open minds. So we all willin’ to listen. And that’s one thing Doc that says: ‘Listen to your teammate. At the time it might not come out how you want it to come out, but listen.’ And we got to be able to tell each other what we’re doing wrong. And I think that’s what makes our team different from everybody else. We keep our chemistry on the court. You wouldn’t know if we had an argument in the locker room or not—nobody would know. It wouldn’t show on the court in no kinda way.
On his future: Well, I’d love to be a Celtic for life, honestly. But, I know this is a business. So we’re gonna see how this year works out and just go from there. But I wouldn’t want to leave Boston; I love my situation. But we just gotta see and go from there, play this year out.
|C’s bring back Delonte||09.01.10 at 4:21 pm ET|
The Celtics have finished off their roster with a nod to their past by reaching agreement with free agent guard Delonte West, the team announced.
West played three seasons with the Celtics, averaging 12.2 points in 2006-07, his final season with the team. He was then traded to Seattle in a draft-day deal that yielded Ray Allen and Glen Davis. West was subsequently moved to Cleveland in a mid-season deal where he spent the next two and a half seasons.
In 2008-09, West started 64 games with the Cavs, but he was involved in an incident just prior to the start of last season where he was arrested on weapons charges during a traffic stop. West, who has said that he suffers from bi-polar disorder, pleaded guilty in July to weapons charges and was sentenced to eight-month home detention, probation and psychological counseling. The terms of the sentence allow him to travel for away games.
In August the NBA announced that he will be suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season.
On the court, this has a chance to a solid fit for the Celtics. While visions of Portland’s Rudy Fernandez may have danced through fans heads, West offers a versatile guard who can handle the ball and defend multiple positions. West is also a decent shooter, although his 3-point percentage took a tumble to 32 percent last season.
With West’s arrival the Celtics now have 15 players under contract and two more on non-guaranteed deals, meaning that the roster is essentially set barring a trade. The key thing to note is the flexibility players like West, Von Wafer and Marquis Daniels offer. This is how it looks:
PG: Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson, Avery Bradley, Oliver Lafayette (non-guaranteed)
SG: Ray Allen, Delonte West, Von Wafer
SF: Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels, Luke Harangody
PF: Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Tony Gaffney (non-guaranteed)
C: Kendrick Perkins, Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Semih Erden
|Celtics waive Wallace||08.10.10 at 8:37 pm ET|
After one frustrating season the Celtics and Rasheed Wallace have agreed to part ways. The team announced Tuesday night that they waived him after coming to a mutual agreement and that Wallace will retire.
“We would like to thank Rasheed for everything that he did for this team and organization last season,” said Danny Ainge in a statement released by the team. “We would like to wish Rasheed and his family the best as they move on into the next phase of their lives. He will always be a member of the Celtics family.”
Wallace signed a three-year deal last offseason for the full mid-level exception, but his play in the regular season was inconsistent at best. Wallace rebounded with a strong postseason but he was battling several injuries including a bad back in the finals against the Lakers.
The Celtics had tried to trade his contract this summer but couldn’t find a deal to their liking. The waiver process is a procedural formality. It’s highly unlikely anyone will put in a claim. Once he clears waivers, he will become a free agent.