|Mark Your Calendars: Celtics Games to Watch||08.04.09 at 11:34 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics released their schedule for the 2009-2010 season and there are 82 nights to circle on your calendar. Take a look at these must-watch games:
Tuesday, October 27: Celtics @ Cavaliers
Celtics open their season on the road against LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal. It will be the first time the Cs play in Cleveland since last season’s heated Easter Sunday game which resulted in a Ray Allen suspension.
Wednesday, October 28: Celtics vs. Bobcats
Fans will get their first look at Rasheed Wallace in the Celtics home opener against the Bobcats, the Cs D-League affiliate for the Portland Red Claws. Will the Celtics need last-second heroics to take care of the ‘Cats again?
Friday, October 30: Celtics vs. Bulls
The Bulls became very familiar with the Garden after making four trips there during last season’s first-round series. After an entire summer to improve, watch out for an even better battle between Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose.
Friday, November 20: Celtics vs. Magic
The Magic come to Boston looking to build upon their postseason success against the Celtics. This time Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis are bringing Vince Carter along for the ride.
Thursday, December 3: Celtics @ Spurs
It was a dreaded destination for years. The Celtics have turned their luck around but the Spurs have revamped their roster to challenge them yet again in San Antonio.
Friday, December 25: Celtics @ Magic
Celtics will spend Christmas in the sun against the Magic in Florida.
Sunday, December 27: Celtics @ Clippers
Get a first look at the top overall pick in this year’s draft, Blake Griffin. After an impressive Summer League performance, this rookie looks poised to make an impact in the league.
Wednesday, January 20: Celtics @ Pistons
Sheed returns to Detroit to sit on the visitors side for the first time in over five years. A must-watch for Huskies fans as Ray Allen takes on fellow UConn alumni Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon, and Charlie Villanueva.
February 18: Celtics @ Lakers
The championship contenders take the match up to LA in the middle of the Celtics five-game West Coast road trip.
Wednesday, March 17: Celtics vs. Knicks
The Celtics will play in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day for the first time in years. The Knicks already have their own holiday uniforms, so expect a sea of green.
Sunday, April 4: Celtics vs. Cavaliers
The Cavaliers second trip to Boston will mean that much more late in the season when one game can determine postseason standings.
Wednesday, April 14: Celtics vs. Bucks
The last game of the regular season is always a special tribute to the fans as the Cs prepare for the playoffs.
Check out the entire Celtics regular season schedule here.
|Celtics schedule announced||at 1:18 pm ET|
On Tuesday the NBA announced its official schedule for the 2009-2010 season. The Boston Celtics will open their season on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 27. They will return to Boston for their home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats on October 28. Click here for the complete schedule.
|Report: Celtics to sign Williams||08.03.09 at 2:45 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, the Boston Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent forward Shelden Williams. The Boston Herald reported it is a guaranteed one-year deal with worth $1.3 million. Williams was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the fifth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He has averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game during his career.
|Celtics waive Pruitt||07.31.09 at 10:50 pm ET|
On Friday the Boston Celtics announced they had requested waivers on guard Gabe Pruitt. He appeared in 62 games and averaged 2.0 points per game over the last two seasons. He also spent time with the Celtics former NBA Development League affiliate, the Utah Flash. This month Pruitt posted nearly 11 points and five assists at the Orlando Summer League. He was drafted by the Celtics out of USC with the 32nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
As he explains in this NBA TV interview from Summer League, Pruitt had hoped to make his mark on the Celtics next season:
|Starbury TV: Ballet, Bottled Water and Vaseline||07.28.09 at 11:20 pm ET|
- After proclaiming, “I’m just talking and I’m going on and on,” Marbury declared, “I don’t play basketball no more. I’m an entertainer.”
- He later poured a bottle of water on himself while rapping Rocko’s “Umma do me” and laughed that people would question him for doing so. Water dries, he pointed out and then wrapped himself in a towel.
- Showing off his hidden talents, Marbury attempted to perform ballet in his kitchen. “That’s how you stay nasty on the court,” he said.
- Marbury may not know where he is playing next season, but he has a gameplan mapped out should he leave the NBA. “If I go overseas, it’s going to be like playing in high school again,” he said. “I’m going to go over there with the mind frame that I’m going to average 50. That’s my word. I’m going over there with a different mind frame.”
- As for eating Vaseline, Marbury’s done with that — “Oh I’m sorry. The Vaseline, it’s over with. ”
|Report: Delay in Daniels Deal||07.27.09 at 3:54 pm ET|
Even though Marquis Daniels committed to the Celtics over a week ago, the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers have yet to agree on how the free agent would end up in green, whether it is by a sign-and-trade or a biannual exception.
On Monday the Boston Herald reported the talks between the two teams have hit a snag and they are seeking out a third team to help facilitate the deal. According to the Herald, the Pacers are not satisfied with the players the Celtics are offering for a sign-and-trade, reportedly Tony Allen and possibly Gabe Pruitt.
The Herald quoted a source as saying, “They need a third team, and that’s complicated. No other teams have jumped at it so far.”
|July 27: Remembering Reggie Lewis||at 9:18 am ET|
He was the quiet Celtic with a smile that was infectious. He was reserved and somewhat shy but his actions, both on and off the basketball court, spoke much louder than any words could ever do. He was the captain of the Boston Celtics and their leading scorer. He was a devoted husband, father and a friend to all who knew him well. He was the hope of a new Celtics generation. Reggie Lewis was only 27 years old when he died of a heart attack on Tuesday, July 27, 1993. We still tearfully remember him today, 16 years later. (via RedsArmy.com)
Lewis was drafted by the Celtics with the 22nd pick in the 1987 NBA Draft. Highlights of his six-year career included selection to the 1992 NBA All-Star team, leading the Celtics in minutes and points for three consecutive seasons (1991-93), and becoming the only player in team history to record 100 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals, and 100 blocked shots in a season (1992). Lewis’ number, 35, was retired on March 22, 1995.