|Magic’s Lewis suspended for 10 games||08.06.09 at 4:49 pm ET|
Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis will be suspended for the first 10 games of the 2009-10 season without pay for failing a league drug test, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Lewis tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a testosterone-producing steroid. The Sentinel reported it is common in several over-the-counter supplements but it banned by the NBA.
The Sentinel published the following statement from Lewis:
“First and foremost I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty. Toward the end of the season I took an over-the-counter supplement which at the time I did not realize included a substance banned by the NBA. I apologize to Magic fans, my teammates and this organization for not doing the research that should come with good judgment. I hope this unintentional mistake will not reflect poorly on our team and its great character. I hope every athlete can learn from my mistake that supplements, no matter how innocent they seem, should only be taken after consulting an expert in the field.”
Lewis averaged 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds against the Celtics in the 2009 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
|Celtics preseason schedule announced||08.06.09 at 2:29 pm ET|
On Thursday the Boston Celtics released their preseason schedule for the 2009-10 season:
October 7 @ Houston Rockets
Dodge Arena (Hidalgo, TX)
8:30 p.m. ET
October 9 vs. New York Knicks
TD Garden (Boston, MA)
7:30 p.m. ET
October 11 vs. New Jersey Nets
TD Garden (Boston, MA)
1:00 p.m. ET
October 13 @ New Jersey Nets
Prudential Center (Newark, NJ)
7:00 p.m. ET
October 14 vs. Toronto Raptors
XL Center (Hartford, CT)
7:30 p.m. ET
October 18 @ Toronto Raptors
Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)
3:30 p.m. ET
October 20 @ New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
7:30 p.m. ET
October 21 @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Value City Arena (Columbus, OH)
7:00 p.m. ET
|Walker, Giddens, Hudson team up to give back||08.06.09 at 10:39 am ET|
This week Bill Walker teamed up with J.R. Giddens and rookie Lester Hudson to help out 400 Boston families in need at the Feed the Children Event in Mattapan. The three Celtics and a group of 20 volunteers handed out $45,000 worth of non-perishable food items and personal items, including pasta, canned goods, body wash, and laundry detergent, at the Mildred Avenue School and Community Center.
Each family, pre-selected by Horizons for Homeless Children, Children’s Hospital Boston Community Health Center, MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), and Boston Centers for Youth and Families, received three boxes.
Prior to the event, the players and volunteers unloaded 1,200 boxes from a packed 18-wheeler that had been driven from New York to Boston. They also placed boxes in the families’ cars once they arrived.
Walker and Hudson took time out for autographs and photos during the event. For more information on the Celtics community involvement, read about the Shamrock Foundation at www.celtics.com. Check out more photos with the link below.
|Mark Your Calendars: Celtics Games to Watch||08.04.09 at 11:34 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics released their schedule for the 2009-2010 season and there are 82 nights to circle on your calendar. Take a look at these must-watch games:
Tuesday, October 27: Celtics @ Cavaliers
Celtics open their season on the road against LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal. It will be the first time the Cs play in Cleveland since last season’s heated Easter Sunday game which resulted in a Ray Allen suspension.
Wednesday, October 28: Celtics vs. Bobcats
Fans will get their first look at Rasheed Wallace in the Celtics home opener against the Bobcats, the Cs D-League affiliate for the Portland Red Claws. Will the Celtics need last-second heroics to take care of the ‘Cats again?
Friday, October 30: Celtics vs. Bulls
The Bulls became very familiar with the Garden after making four trips there during last season’s first-round series. After an entire summer to improve, watch out for an even better battle between Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose.
Friday, November 20: Celtics vs. Magic
The Magic come to Boston looking to build upon their postseason success against the Celtics. This time Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis are bringing Vince Carter along for the ride.
Thursday, December 3: Celtics @ Spurs
It was a dreaded destination for years. The Celtics have turned their luck around but the Spurs have revamped their roster to challenge them yet again in San Antonio.
Friday, December 25: Celtics @ Magic
Celtics will spend Christmas in the sun against the Magic in Florida.
Sunday, December 27: Celtics @ Clippers
Get a first look at the top overall pick in this year’s draft, Blake Griffin. After an impressive Summer League performance, this rookie looks poised to make an impact in the league.
Wednesday, January 20: Celtics @ Pistons
Sheed returns to Detroit to sit on the visitors side for the first time in over five years. A must-watch for Huskies fans as Ray Allen takes on fellow UConn alumni Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon, and Charlie Villanueva.
February 18: Celtics @ Lakers
The championship contenders take the match up to LA in the middle of the Celtics five-game West Coast road trip.
Wednesday, March 17: Celtics vs. Knicks
The Celtics will play in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day for the first time in years. The Knicks already have their own holiday uniforms, so expect a sea of green.
Sunday, April 4: Celtics vs. Cavaliers
The Cavaliers second trip to Boston will mean that much more late in the season when one game can determine postseason standings.
Wednesday, April 14: Celtics vs. Bucks
The last game of the regular season is always a special tribute to the fans as the Cs prepare for the playoffs.
Check out the entire Celtics regular season schedule here.
|Celtics schedule announced||08.04.09 at 1:18 pm ET|
On Tuesday the NBA announced its official schedule for the 2009-2010 season. The Boston Celtics will open their season on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 27. They will return to Boston for their home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats on October 28. Click here for the complete schedule.
|Report: Celtics to sign Williams||08.03.09 at 2:45 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, the Boston Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent forward Shelden Williams. The Boston Herald reported it is a guaranteed one-year deal with worth $1.3 million. Williams was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the fifth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He has averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game during his career.
|Celtics waive Pruitt||07.31.09 at 10:50 pm ET|
On Friday the Boston Celtics announced they had requested waivers on guard Gabe Pruitt. He appeared in 62 games and averaged 2.0 points per game over the last two seasons. He also spent time with the Celtics former NBA Development League affiliate, the Utah Flash. This month Pruitt posted nearly 11 points and five assists at the Orlando Summer League. He was drafted by the Celtics out of USC with the 32nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
As he explains in this NBA TV interview from Summer League, Pruitt had hoped to make his mark on the Celtics next season: