|President Obama: Why doesn’t Ray Allen teach Rajon Rondo to shoot?||08.17.11 at 12:02 pm ET|
An excerpt of Jackie MacMullan‘s forthcoming biography of Shaquille O’Neal, entitled “Shaq Uncut,” provides some insight into why Rajon Rondo may have struggled after the trade of his close friend and Celtics teammate Kendrick Perkins — and the reason will come as a surprise.
According to the excerpt, published by SLAM Online, a joke by President Barack Obama during a fundraiser on March 8 at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts may have sent Rondo into a tailspin. Here’s the passage in its entirety:
|10 Things I Heard About Celtics II||08.16.11 at 12:07 pm ET|
On another slow Celtics news day, there’s still plenty to learn about Boston’s green men. Here are 10 more C’s links of interest we discovered over the past 24 hours (the first “10 Things I Heard About Celtics” is here) ‘¦
10. As SLAM noted, Celtics free agents and Louisiana natives Glen Davis and Von Wafer both made the top five plays from this past weekend’s Tournament of the Stars Basketball Clinic in Lake Charles, La. Big Baby’s post-clutch-3-pointer “big balls” dance is an instance classic, as is Wafer’s posterization. Both players would like to remain in Boston once the NBA lockout ends, and Wafer has already signed a one-year deal to play in Italy.
9. While every other NBA player tosses his name into the overseas rumor mill, Celtics captain Paul Pierce is content with his hobbies on vacation. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant‘s agents have been busy shopping him everywhere from China to Brazil, but Pierce can’t get enough poker, fishing and scheduling volunteer work — promoting his Truth on Health campaign on HGTV by making over his hometown Inglewood (Calif.) High’s athletic facilities on Aug. 20 and bowling with Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett and Celtics free agent Glen Davis in the 5th Annual Beckett Bowl on Aug. 29.
Of course, Pierce will play overseas — for his country. He and Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley will help form a United States All-Star team at the Continental Club Championships in Beijing from Aug. 20-28. Somehow I doubt Pierce will be earning $375,000 or whatever it is Bryant is seeking per week for his China sojourn. Read the rest of this entry »
|Celtics eBay Friday: Arnie Risen’s 1957 Celtics contract||08.12.11 at 12:00 pm ET|
After the raging success of our new running feature, we’ll continue with the third edition of Celtics eBay Fridays, taking you into the weekend with a poll question along these lines: “Would you pay [ridiculous amount] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’s get started.” (Ok, it’s not a raging success. It’s more of a mild-to-apathetic response.)
Two weeks ago, we featured Celtics guard Ray Allen‘s Air Jordans, and the people let their voice be heard: 160-of-267 voters said “Hell no!” they wouldn’t buy the Nike Air Jordan VIII sneakers for $1,450.
Then, Celtics eBay Fridays earned international acclaim last week when former UMass standout Tony Gaffney — now playing in Germany via a short stint with the Celtics — weighed in and denied the 1-carat diamond earrings and “autographed” receipts being sold for $3,950 under his name were actually his. Still, with that knowledge, 6-of-90 people said “Hell yes!” they would buy the overpriced jewelry. Not to mention Gaffney gave Celtics eBay Fridays his seal of approval: “This is kinda funny.” (Ok, it’s not a full-blown approval, but we’ll take it.)
Now, without further ado, let’s move on to this week’s Celtics eBay Friday item and poll question of the week. Someone is selling an original contract signed by Arnie Risen, who averaged 8.0 points on 38.8 percent shooting and 1.2 assists per game as a member of the 1957 NBA champion Celtics (their first of 17!).
While Kevin Garnett made $235,000 per game for the Celtics this past season, Risen made 50 bucks a game, so it would make sense that Arnie himself would be selling his old contract for $1,200. Except for the fact it’s advertised as Artie Risen’s signed contract, although he is 86 years old. I guess we’ll never really know, since I’ll assume he won’t pull a Tony Gaffney and comment on this blog over the weekend. Anywho, onto the question …
|Judge rules Delonte West can’t sign overseas?||08.11.11 at 1:52 pm ET|
Celtics unrestricted free agent guard Delonte West tweeted moments ago, “Can’t even go get that overseas money. Judge said it’s a no go on leaving the country.” In mid-July 2010, West was sentenced to eight months of home detention as a result of the weapons charges that cost him the first 10 games of this past season.
While the home detention ended in March, West still faces two years of unsupervised probation. Based on his Twitter comments, West will not be allowed to seek a deal outside of the country during the lockout.
A couple weeks back, West’s agent Jarinn Akana told ESPN.com, “With any player, there has to be due diligence to see what’s happening [overseas]. That’s basically where [West is] at. But he’d like to be back in Boston. He had a great time there, he loves his teammates and he loves the organization.”
West also tweeted on Thursday, “It’s official. Pride 2 the side. Just filled out a application at Home Depot. Lockout aint a game.” That part doesn’t make as much sense, considering he’s banked $14 million in his NBA career and has his “Lockout” mixtape to fall back on. Then again, you can never really rule anything out with Delonte.
|Twitter bird logo named Larry after Celtics legend||at 1:31 pm ET|
Celtics fun fact of the day: Twitter’s iconic bird logo is apparently named “Larry” after C’s legend Larry Bird. Celtics director of interactive media Peter Stringer confirmed the logo’s rumored identity on Thursday with Twitter co-founder Isaac “Biz“ Stone, a native of Wellesley, Mass. No word yet on whether Google’s logo is nicknamed “Tom” after Celtics not-so-great Tom Gugliotta.
|Doc’s son Austin Rivers is still pretty unbelievable||at 12:35 pm ET|
The oft-highlighted run of Duke University’s No. 1 recruit Austin Rivers — son of Celtics head coach Doc Rivers — finally came to an end at the Greater NC Pro-Am (aka, “Rucker of the South”), but not before he entered a few more highlights into the fray. First, he dunked on former Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace. Then, he made NC State’s Lorenzo Brown look ridiculous. Now? Austin just makes everyone look silly. I mean, the two crossover spin moves in the embedded video are absurd.
All of which made me wonder: Why didn’t the Celtics just spend the No. 55 second-round pick they used to select E’Twaun Moore on Austin Rivers, wait for him to play one season at Duke and sign him in 2012 — a la Larry Bird in 1978? Read the rest of this entry »
|Celtics targets: Michael Redd, Grant Hill, Tayshaun Prince?||08.10.11 at 10:52 am ET|
Whether or not they can get a deal done after the NBA lockout, the Celtics will be in prime position this summer to encourage prominent free agents Michael Redd, Grant Hill and Tayshaun Prince to at least consider signing in Boston if and when the season begins.
I’ve heard Milwaukee Bucks management approached Michael Redd before the lockout about returning for another season, although my impeccable sources insist he’s going to wind up with one of the Eastern Conference’s title contenders.
Redd averaged 20-plus points for six straight seasons from 2003-08 before suffering a series of knee injuries that kept him from 185 games over the final three years of a six-year, $90.9 million deal with the Bucks. Playing the final 10 games of this past season, he averaged 4.4 points (40.0 FG%) and 1.2 assists in 13.4 minutes.
Assuming Redd targets legit Eastern Conference title contenders, that should limit his potential landing spots to Boston, Miami and Chicago. While the Heat and Bulls could offer Redd more playing time, no team would allocate much more than the veteran minimum to the almost 32-year-old shooting guard — and the Celtics have one appeal those other teams don’t: Redd’s old friend and former Bucks teammate Ray Allen.
During a Celtics road trip to Milwaukee in March, Allen and Redd shared dinner the night before the C’s defeated the Bucks, discussing their three seasons together from 2000-03. Here’s what Allen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about that conversation: Read the rest of this entry »
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