|Big Baby returns to LSU||09.17.10 at 11:44 am ET|
Glen Davis returned to Baton Rouge to check out the new practice facility at his alma mater and took some time to chat with LSU Sports. Obviously one of the questions was about new Celtic, and former Tiger, Shaquille O’Neal.
“It’s crazy. I can remember days when I was just a little boy watching him play here at LSU. Shaq was everywhere in the city. To be in the NBA and play against him and now having him on the same team it’s unbelievable. I’m so glad he’s on our team and he can help us get back to that championship.”
Davis is a legend at LSU. He won SEC Rookie of the Year honors, SEC Player of the Year as a sophomore and led the Tigers to the Final Four.
|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.
|Video games didn’t kill the basketball star … just ask Rajon Rondo||09.16.10 at 8:49 am ET|
Rajon Rondo checks in from the NBA 2K11 shoot, promoting the latest version of the video game.
(Thanks to Yahoo! Sports)
|Celtics looking at McCants and Morrison||09.15.10 at 1:24 pm ET|
WALTHAM — Two former college stars are in Waltham this week, working out with the Celtics, a source familiar with the team told WEEI.com.
Former North Carolina star Rashad McCants and Gonzaga standout Adam Morrison are in town this week working out for the Celtics. Morrison worked out on Tuesday and had a second session scheduled for Wednesday. The third overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Bobcats, Morrison spent 2½ seasons in Charlotte ‘ missing one season with a knee injury ‘ before being traded to the Lakers, where he played limited minutes while his team won two NBA titles.
McCants starred on the 2005 Tar Heels team that captured the NCAA title and played with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings and was involved with reality TV star Khloe Kardashian before she met and married Lamar Odom.
Yahoo! Sports reported that the Celtics are set to hire Nets assistant Roy Rogers to coach the big men. He would replace Clifford Ray. Rogers briefly played for the Celtics during his three seasons in the NBA in the late 1990s.
|Lawsuit accuses Shaq of hacking, destroying evidence||09.15.10 at 12:13 pm ET|
A lawsuit filed recently in Florida accuses new Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal of hacking into a former girlfriend’s phone system, attempting to frame a former employee for another crime, and destroying evidence of his misdeeds.
According to RadarOnline.com, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit, Shawn Darling, a former personal IT representative for O’Neal who has an extensive criminal background, made a variety of accusations against the player as part of his suit for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and civil RICO (racketeering). Among the charges:
‘¢ Shaq hacked into the voicemails of Darling and Vanessa Lopez, a mistress who is suing O’Neal for harassment.
‘¢ Shaq used his law enforcement contacts to obtain restricted information about another mistress, hip-hop singer Alexis Miller, while involved in a legal dispute with her.
‘¢ Shaq disposed of a personal computer with much of the evidence in a lake behind his Phoenix-area house.
‘¢ Shaq contacted current and former law enforcement officials in an attempt to frame Darling for possession of child pornography.
Shaq recently became engaged to reality show star Nicki Alexander, one year after splitting from his wife, Shaunie, and starting protracted divorce proceedings.
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