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Report: Kings to make head coach decision ‘pretty quickly’ 06.02.09 at 11:42 am ET
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The Sacramento Kings are looking to make a decision on their head coaching vacancy “pretty quickly,” according to Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee. The organization interviewed Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis on Monday, days after interviewing Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau for the position. They are reportedly interested in former Celtic Paul Westphal.

“They’re great candidates, all three of them,” Kings co-owner Joe Maloof told the Bee. “They’re all really good, so we’ll have to circle back with (President) Geoff (Petrie) a little later and see what he thinks. … We’ll have a decision pretty quickly.”

Earlier this week, the Bee reported Westphal is the leading candidate. Even though Thibodeau has proven postseason experience as an assistant, Amick points out Petrie had specific criteria in mind at the beginning of the job search:

“The mere presence of Thibodeau goes against Petrie’s initial outline of the parameters, as he had called for coaches with ‘some level of success’ as an NBA head coach. Rambis’ 24-13 record as a head coach qualifies, but comes nowhere close to Westphal’s 267-159 record.”

Thibodeau also interviewed for the Philadelphia 76ers head coaching opportunity. They hired former Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan.

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Report: Thibodeau not Kings top candidate 05.31.09 at 10:20 pm ET
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After the Philadelphia 76ers hired Eddie Jordan as head coach, Boston assistant coach Tom Thibodeau met with the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas this weekend regarding their head coaching vacancy. Thibodeau, however, is not the top candidate, according to the Sacramento Bee. The Bee reported former Celtic Paul Westphal is the top prospect, followed by LA Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis.

Celtics President Danny Ainge advocated for Thibodeau, telling the Bee, “[He] should be a part of any (current) coaching search.” Ainge also promoted his former coach Westphal, who he played for as a member of the Phoenix Suns –”I’m a big fan of Paul Westphal. He understands people, and he understands personalities, and he has a very, very creative basketball mind. ”

Thibodeau is the only candidate of the pool without head coaching experience.

(via HoopsHype)

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Sixers pass on Thibodeau 05.29.09 at 11:49 pm ET
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The Philadelphia 76ers have passed on Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau and hired former Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan to fill their head coaching position, according to ESPN.com. Despite expressing an early interest in Thibodeau, the Sixers only interviewed Jordan and Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey twice. Thibodeau is set to interview with the Sacramento Kings for their head coach vacancy. He helped transform the Celtics into one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.

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Celtics named Professional Sports Team of the Year 05.28.09 at 10:00 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics were honored as the 2009 Professional Sports Team of the Year as part of the Sports Business Awards programs on Thursday in Manhattan. The awards, presented by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily, recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry for 2008.

The Celtics were in running for the Professional Sports Team of the Year award against the Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to winning the 2008 NBA Championship, the Celtics set an attendance record after playing to 100 percent capacity and doubled its full-season ticketholders to more than 10,000.

Winners from 16 categories included:

  • Lifetime Achievement – Peter Ueberroth
  • Sports Executive of the Year – Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
  • Athletic Director of the Year – Joe Castiglione, University of Oklahoma
  • Professional Sports Team of the Year – Boston Celtics
  • Professional Sports League of the Year – National Basketball Association
  • Sports Event of the Year – Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic
  • Best in Sports Media – ESPN
  • Best in Sports Television – NBC Sports
  • Best in Digital Sports Media – ESPN Digital Media
  • Best in Talent Representation and Management – CAA Sports
  • Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services – IMG
  • Best in Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services – IMG
  • Sports Event Marketing Firm of the Year – GMR Marketing
  • Sports Sponsor of the Year – Coca-Cola
  • Sports Facility of the Year – Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Best in Sports Technology – MLB Advanced Media for MLB At Bat
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Today in Celtics History: Bird Three-peat at 12:08 am ET
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On May 28, 1986, Larry Bird won his third straight NBA MVP Award. He also won the NBA Finals MVP en route to the Celtics 16th world championship over the Houston Rockets. Bird joined Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to receive the award in three consecutive seasons. Since then four players (Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash) have won back-to-back titles, but no one has accomplished the three-peat.

See how this season’s MVP stacked up to Bird’s award-winning performance: (All stats per regular season game; advantage in bold)

Larry Bird (1986)
Boston Celtics: 67-15 (won NBA Finals)
Points: 25.8
Rebounds: 9.8
Assists: 6.8
FG: 49.6%
3PG: 42.3%
FT: 89.6%
Steals: 2.0
Blocks: 0.6

LeBron James (2009)
Cleveland Cavaliers: 66-16 (down 3-1 in Eastern Conference Finals)
Points: 28.4
Rebounds: 7.6
Assists: 7.2
FG: 48.9%
3PG: 34.4%
FT: 78.0%
Steals: 1.7
Blocks: 1.1

Edge: Bird, 6-3

On the same date in 1978 former Celtics guard, the late Dennis Johnson, blocked seven shots in Game 3 of the NBA Finals as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. No other guard has ever blocked as many shots in an NBA Finals game.

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Reports: Marbury interested in Wizards? 05.26.09 at 9:58 pm ET
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Last week former Boston Celtic Sam Cassell was hired as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Now there are reports indicating another Celtic PG may be interested in the Wiz.

According to the New York Daily News, Stephon Marbury contacted Wizards head coach Flip Saunders nearly every day during the playoffs. The Daily News reported, Saunders “would strongly considering adding Marbury to the roster if there is a vacancy.” Saunders coached Marbury, as well as Cassell and Kevin Garnett, during his tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Marbury is one of five members of the 2009 Celtics squad who will be exploring free agency this summer.

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KG undergoes successful surgery at 2:14 pm ET
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On Tuesday the Boston Celtics issued the following statement regarding Kevin Garnett:

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Kevin Garnett underwent successful right knee arthroscopy and removal of posterior knee bone spurs today at the New England Baptist Hospital. The surgery was performed by Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon and was assisted by Dr. Michael Belkin and Dr. John Richmond.

“After this successful surgery, Kevin can now begin to focus on rehabilitating his knee, returning to top physical shape and fully preparing for the 2009-10 season,” Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge remarked.

Garnett appeared in 57 games this season for the Celtics averaging 15.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.11 steals and 1.19 blocks in 31.1 minutes per game.  Garnett became the youngest player in NBA history to have played in 1,000 career games when he played against the Bulls on October 31, 2008 at the age of 32 years and 165 days.  Garnett was named to the 2009 NBA All-Defense First Team for the second consecutive season and his 10th consecutive season of being named to either the First or Second Team. The Farragut Academy product was named to his 12th All-Star game this past season and his 12 appearances are second-most among active players behind only Shaquille O’Neal.

“I expect Kevin to return to active duty in full force and be that consummate two-way professional that he has shown all of us throughout his fantastic NBA career,” Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers added.

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