|Celtics spend their summer in the community||08.24.09 at 11:35 pm ET|
This summer the Celtics organization has spent countless hours improving its team for the upcoming NBA season. Meanwhile many of its players have dedicated their time to improving the Boston community.
Last week Bill Walker spent the afternoon at the Reebok Youth Basketball Camp, held at Basketball City in Boston, to talk about the importance of hard work on and off the court. Walker served as spokesperson for the six-week camp, which was also held at the Celtics training facility in Waltham and their 2008 training camp facility at Salve Regina University.
This month Eddie House and Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell dedicated a renovated basketball court to the Carter family of Waltham, winners of the RE/MAX of New England Home Court Program contest. The family also received a Celtics-themed bedroom makeover. House and Maxwell conducted a free basketball clinic for 100 children at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club following the dedication.
Walker, Lester Hudson, and J.R. Giddens teamed up with a group of 20 volunteers to help 400 families in need at the Feed the Children Event in Mattapan earlier this month. Together they handed out $45,000 worth of non-perishable food items and personal items at the Mildred Avenue School and Community Center. Walker and Hudson also signed autographs and took photos with the families.
Brian Scalabrine and Walker toured Washington D.C. in June with a group of students from the Harbor Middle School in Dorchester, winners of the tenth annual ASSISTS Community Service Contest. Contest creators Southwest Airlines and the Celtics flew the students for the field trip, where they toured other monuments and attractions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.
(Photos courtesy of the Boston Celtics)
|Ray Ray to Stay?||08.23.09 at 9:16 pm ET|
Ray Allen’s contract expires after the upcoming season but the Boston Globe has reported there is reason to wonder if he plans on staying in Boston a little while longer. According to Peter May, the buzz stems from Wellesley, where Allen lives during the season. Word around town is that Allen’s daughter Tierra, who lives with her mother in South Carolina, may be moving in with her father … and the move could be soon. The reason is Allen’s daughter plays basketball and volleyball, which begins this week.
May pointed out: ‘She would be a junior at Wellesley High (and why would she come if dad wasn’t planning on playing beyond this year? Just an observation). Needless to say, the Wellesley basketball community is watching all this with great interest. With volleyball starting this week, one would think something has to break pretty soon.’
May also noted Celtics president Danny Ainge has reported there have not been any serious talks regarding a contract extension. Allen, 34, will earn $19.8 million in the final season of his deal.
|Former Celtic Brown signs in Turkey||08.22.09 at 4:54 pm ET|
Former Boston Celtic Kedrick Brown has signed with Bornova BLD of the Turkish TBL, Pro Basketball News reported. Brown was selected by the Celtics out with the 11th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. He averaged just over three points in 101 games for the Celtics over three seasons. Brown went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers before posting nearly 18 points per game for the NBDL’s Anaheim Arsenal last season.
|Brookline native Adrien signs in Spain||08.21.09 at 8:54 am ET|
Brookline, MA native and former University of Connecticut forward Jeff Adrien has signed with Leche Rio Breogan in Lugo, Spain, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Adrien, who averaged nearly 14 points and 10 rebounds at UConn, worked out with the Celtics this summer prior to the draft and had garnered praise from Danny Ainge. After going undrafted, he played for the New Jersey Nets/Philadelphia 76ers Orlando Summer League team and the Memphis Grizzlies Summer League team in Las Vegas. Adrien averaged 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19.5 minutes for the Griz. Leche Rio Brogan has welcomed him as a “college star” on its website.
|adidas Creates Garnett Soccer-Themed Sneaker||08.19.09 at 9:57 am ET|
As intense as Kevin Garnett is on the basketball court, he is a also a dedicated soccer fan. KG’s favorite club, Chelsea, has partnered with adidas to create a limited edition basketball sneaker that combines his name with the club’s colors and logo . According to EPL Talk:
The adidas TS Commander LT will available from August 29, 2009 exclusively from a Boston-based retailer named Bodega. They’ll offer an exclusive CFC (Chelsea Football Club) tribute package consisting of the TS Commander LT x KG x CFC, a CFC Bodega team scarf and CFC replica jersey featuring Garnett’s name and number on the back.
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|Eastern Conference Preparing for Competition||08.18.09 at 10:20 pm ET|
Two years ago the Boston Celtics traveled to Europe for training camp. That season they won the championship. The close-knit squad credited the trip overseas for their unwavering chemistry on the court.
“The second we got to training camp in September, we all said, hey, let’s meet in September without the coaches and come together and just start playing with each other, starting to get to know one another, and I think all that stuff really helped us,” Paul Pierce said during the 2008 playoffs.
This summer Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson hopes he can have the same effect on his teammates. Nelson is hosting the Magic at his Philadelphia-area home for ‘Building Magic,’ a week-long getaway that combines strength and conditioning drills with team-building activities.
Like the Celtics did in 2007, the Magic traded a handful of core players in exchange for an All-Star (Vince Carter) and added to their bench along the way. After losing Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee, key pieces in their postseason run, and veteran mentor Tony Battie, Nelson understands the importance of this offseason.
He explained to Sports Illustrated in July:
‘We’re trying to piece it together because our team was in transition. For the most part, the big guns have committed — Vince [Carter], Dwight [Howard] and Rashard [Lewis]. After those guys have committed, no one can really back out unless they have some type of serious issue.
This year we’re doing it from the 16th through the 22nd of August. We do it at the same facility every year, same gym at Haverford College. We’ll work out with my trainers — conditioning drills, weightlifting, stuff to get your body right. The basketball stuff we do is later in the afternoon. We do that for about 2-3 hours.
Afterward, we’ll mix up the nightlife. We always do a dinner. Other days we’ll do paintball or bowling, maybe go to the movies.’
|NBDL Tryouts to be Held in Boston||08.14.09 at 5:08 pm ET|
The Maine Red Claws, the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats NBA Development League affiliate, will be holding open tryouts on October 3 at UMass-Boston. As many as three players will be selected to receive an invitation to participate in the Red Claws training camp this November.
Red Claws head coach Austin Ainge and the Red Claws basketball operations and support staff will evaluate the tryouts, where athletes will participate in team drills, individual skills work, and scrimmages.
‘This will be a tremendous opportunity for players to showcase their talent to the Red Claws’ coaching staff and possibly earn a spot at the Red Claws’ training camp in November,’ Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings said in a team-issued statement. ‘By basing the camp in Boston, players from throughout the region will have an opportunity to come to the tryout. New England has an exceptional basketball tradition ‘ our hope is that among those who attend the tryout, we will find a future Maine Red Claws’ player or two.’
Tryouts are limited to the first 125 applicants to complete their registration form and submit their registration fee ($150 in advance or $200 at the door) . Registration forms can be downloaded at www.nba.com/dleague/maine/tryoutsnortheast.html.
The Red Claws will also hold open tryouts on September 12-13 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Information is available at www.nba.com/dleague/maine/Tryout_Charlotte.html.
All participants must meet the D-League player eligibility requirements stated on the registration form.