|Garnett finds way to stay in the game||09.17.09 at 11:18 pm ET|
He seems like the same guy to Doc Rivers.
“He’s normal again,” the Celtics coach said of Kevin Garnett.
Well, there is one change.
“He’s happy, he’s talking more, which I didn’t think was possible,” Rivers said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. “He’s got his quickness back and he just looks normal again.”
Over the last 14 years, Garnett has developed a reputation as one of the most vocal players in the league. This offseason his words have a different message.
Garnett has been joining his teammates at the Sports Authority Training Center in Waltham as they prepare for training camp. Even though the Celtics forward, who is coming off season-ending knee surgery, has not been cleared for contact drills, he has found his own way to participate during workouts.
“His presence has been felt. He has been talking more, but you don’t know when he starts playing, maybe he’ll talk less,” Brian Scalabrine said with a laugh. “But he has been leading us in a very instructional kind of way. Before he was like that, but now, like he pulled me aside the other day. He was like, ‘You know, you have to play the game within the game. If you’re trying to get something done later, you want to set it up with something early.’
“And it helps. I went out there and I did it, and it worked right away. He’s a really intelligent guy.”
|Scalabrine Supports Pagliuca’s Senate Run||at 8:09 pm ET|
Brian Scalabrine understands the importance of a strong campaign. Over the last few years fans have lobbied on Facebook to vote the Celtics forward to the All-Star team. Although Scalabrine never won the vote, he thinks he has a good eye for a deserving candidate.
On Thursday Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca announced his candidacy in the special election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s vacant seat, and Scalabrine is already on board.
“I back him 100 percent,” Scalabrine said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club inn Concord. “I feel like he’s the kind of guy that’s going to go out there and get things done. From a position in the state of Massachusetts right now, that’s what you’re going to want — people that are going to get things done.”
Scalabrine has experienced Pagliuca’s accomplishments firsthand. He is among a group of Celtics who won an NBA championship following a 24-win season the previous year. The organization’s instant turnaround is just one reason why Scalabrine believes Pagliuca can achieve positive change.
“[He got] Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the same team. You think that stuff’s easy to do? No. To do that you have to be thoughtful, ahead of your time, and that’s him,” Scalabrine said. “Obviously he’s not the only guy, but if you’re a Senator you’re not the only guy making decisions, you’ve got people working underneath you. And how about just the ability to buy the Celtics? How about that? I mean to have that ability to do that, that’s something special in itself.”
Less than an hour after Pagliuca announced his candidacy, Scalabrine already had a campaign in mind.
“I got a sign going in my front yard. For sure,” he said. “It’s big, big like a billboard. It says like this: ‘Pags for Senator. My name is Brian Scalabrine and I approve this message,’ and it can have my face on it.”
|Celtics to Tee Off for Second Annual USI Shamrock Classic||09.15.09 at 7:36 pm ET|
On Thursday, September 17 the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation will host the Second Annual USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. This event, presented by Consolidated Printing, will feature a celebrity golf tournament, dinner, awards program, and live and silent auctions to benefit the Shamrock Foundation.
Those slated to participate include:
- Ray Allen, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker, J.R. Giddens, and other members of the 2009-10 Celtics
- Head Coach Doc Rivers
- President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge
- Co-Owners Wyc Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca and Bob Epstein
- Team President Rich Gotham
- Celtics Legends Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, JoJo White and Dana Barros
- New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg
- Comcast SportsNet’s Greg Dickerson, Donny Marshall and Mike Gorman
All proceeds from Shamrock Classic will go toward the Shamrock Foundation, which benefits Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music.
For more information, visit www.celtics.com.
|Celtics draft pick Erden helps Turkey in EuroBasket||09.12.09 at 9:36 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics 2008 second round draft pick Semih Erden has yet to play in an NBA game, but he has already defeated one of the Los Angeles Lakers. On Saturday he helped Turkey defeat Pau Gasol and the Spanish team in the EuroBasket 2009 Group F qualifying round.
The 6-11 center led the team with six rebounds and scored 11 points, including two free throws that secured Turkey’s 63-60 victory over Spain. He also contributed two rebounds, an alley-oop from Hedo Turkoglu, a block, and a steal in the final five minutes of the back-and-forth match up. Turkey remains undefeated (3-0) and plays Serbia on Monday.
Erden was selected by the Celtics with the 60th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds with Fenerbahce Ulker last season.
|Celtics get assist from Cameron Diaz||09.11.09 at 6:33 pm ET|
J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker received an unexpected helping hand on Friday while hosting a basketball clinic at the Young Achievers Pilot School in Mattapan.
Actress Cameron Diaz, who is in the area to film the upcoming “The Untitled Wichita Project,” stopped in to help build flower beds for the U.S. National Day of Service and Remembrance.
“We had a great day helping to improve the school through many projects,” Walker said. “I was very impressed with the dedication of employees from the Celtics, Harvard Pilgrim and City Year. Teaming up for this day of service has really made a difference in the school’s community.”
Diaz, Giddens, and Walker were joined by a team of 125 volunteers who helped complete projects at the school including a basketball court, outdoor classroom, and a picnic table area. Celtics Dance Team Director Marina Ortega also led a dance clinic. The day of service was organized by Boston Celtics, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, City Year, and the Dartmouth Medical School Urban Scholars.
For a look back at the Celtics community service this summer, click here.
|Pruitt signs with Knicks||at 5:06 pm ET|
Former Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt has signed a contract with the New York Knicks, according to statement issued by the team. Terms were not disclosed per team policy. Pruitt became a free agent this summer when the Celtics did not pick up the option on his contract. A former second round pick in the 2007 draft out of USC, Pruitt appeared in 62 games and averaged 2.0 points per game over the last two seasons for the Celtics.
|Ray’s Sneaker Scavenger Hunt||at 2:56 pm ET|
Ray Allen has decided he has more pairs of basketball sneakers than he needs so he is simply giving them away … if you can find them.
Today Allen began a scavenger hunt for his sneakers through his Twitter page. So far he has left them hanging on trees and at a pond, offering photo clues on Twitpic.
Tonight he plans to hide more shoes in the Springfield area while he heads to the Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
If you want to snag a pair of Allen’s kicks, follow him on Twitter (@sugarray20) and then follow the clues.
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