|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.
|Report: Celtics optimistic about KG||at 11:35 am ET|
After undergoing knee surgery in May, Kevin Garnett returned to the Boston Celtics training facility in Waltham on Monday, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported. While the organization hopes he will be cleared to participate in full-court scrimmages for the start of training camp, they are proceeding with caution.
According to Spears, Garnett is currently limited to court drills but could be cleared for contract drills as early as a week before training camp begins. The Celtics main concern, though, is not Opening Night but rather the postseason.
“We’re looking for him to be there at the end of the season, not just the start of the season,” Ainge told Yahoo!. “We’re getting him ready for training camp and looking forward to him being healthy in the playoffs. He looks good. Really good.”
Garnett has not played since March 25 when he scored four points in 17 minutes during a loss to the Orlando Magic. The Celtics forward, who has not averaged less than 31 minutes per game since his rookie year, has not played over 30 minutes since February 12.
Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Rasheed Wallace have also been working out at the facility.
In Celtics backcourt news, Ainge told Yahoo! he has not decided whether or not the Cs will offer Rajon Rondo a contract extension before the season. In the meantime, the Celtics are considering the addition of a third point guard. Free agents Tyronn Lue, Dan Dickau, and Mike Taylor worked out at the team’s training facility on Thursday.
|Marbury laughs off retirement talks||09.10.09 at 9:27 am ET|
A day after stirring up talks of retirement with an ambiguous message on Twitter, Stephon Marbury laughed off the notion of calling it quits.
On Wednesday he responded to the rumors with the following Tweet:
“Retire. LOL. They need for you to think I’m going to do that because they know I’m focused and ready to play this year count me in for 5 yrs”
The speculation was sparked after Marbury posted, “Basketball is just a game. I will say it again. 14 years 250 million. Hold that. I’m good.. Thank you jesus for the blessing. Thanks NBA” on Tuesday night.
If Marbury is still committed to playing basketball, the question is, who will commit to him?
|Is Marbury Hinting at Retirement?||09.08.09 at 11:23 pm ET|
From eating Vaseline to performing ballet to crying uncontrollably on camera, Stephon Marbury has kept the NBA world scratching their heads this summer with his unpredictable antics on the video streaming sites Justin.tv and USTREAM. These outbursts seemed damaging to the free agent’s already-tarnished reputation and put his future in the NBA in doubt.
Now one of Marbury’s latest Tweets shifts the question from, “Where will he play basketball next season?” to, “Is Marbury retiring?”
“Basketball is just a game. I will say it again. 14 years 250 million. Hold that. I’m good.. Thank you jesus for the blessing. Thanks NBA,“ he Tweeted on Tuesday.
Earlier this summer there were rumors Marbury may be heading to the Washington Wizards to play for former head coach Flip Saunders. He also talked about the idea of playing ball overseas, saying that he would average 50 points a game if he made the move. No offers, however, have been publicly reported since Marbury turned down a one-year deal to return to the Celtics in July.
In a buyer’s market — one in which marquee guard Allen Iverson has yet to sign a new contract — it is hard to imagine that an organization would bypass dozens of talented free agents to take on a player whose recent actions have deemed him a liability.
So has Marbury decided he’s finished with the NBA after 13 seasons in the league? In spite of his Tweet and amid all the uncertainty he has stirred up this summer, one thing is certain — it is impossible to truly predict Marbury’s next move.