|Giddens eager to prove himself||07.06.09 at 8:36 am ET|
J.R. Giddens wants to show the Celtics just how important he can be. As the team rebuilds its bench this summer, he is eager to capitalize on this opportunity.
This week he will make his case when the Celtics participate in the Orlando Summer League.
‘I just want to go out to Summer League and show the Celtics that I have an all-around approach to the game,’ Giddens said in a telephone interview. ‘I can defend and rebound and I can score. I can bring a lot of different things to the table, and I feel like it’d be beneficial for them if I can show them I can help them win ball games.’
Giddens, 24, understands the importance of a strong performance in Orlando as he looks ahead to his second season.
The 6-5 guard from New Mexico was drafted by the Celtics with the final pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft. He experienced life as a rookie on a championship team, which meant stints in the D-League and more watching than playing. He recorded just eight minutes for the Cs.
Giddens has dedicated this summer to improving his game and continuing to adapt to the NBA. He has hit the gym every day for lifting and conditioning. The coaching staff, he says, has been pleased with this work ethic.
‘[I’ve been] working on my ball handling and my free throw shooting and just trying to extend my range and get used to that three-point line because it’s a lot deeper in the NBA than it is in college,’ Giddens said. ‘So just doing the little things that I need to tighten up on my game.’
Playing time is up for grabs next season and it’s not just reserved for free agent signings. There is basically one spot to fight for between Giddens and fellow sophomore Bill Walker. Giddens wants to be prepared if he gets the nod.
‘There’s a lot of opportunities and you have to realize basketball is a business,’ he said. ‘ A lot of changes are going to be made and you just have to be ready when your name’s called in any situation.’
|Wallace to sign two-year deal with Celtics||07.05.09 at 8:46 pm ET|
Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com has learned from a source Rasheed Wallace will sign a two-year deal with the Celtics for the mid-level, which is worth approximately $5.7 or $5.8 million per season. Free agents can sign on July 8.
The Celtics made an aggressive bid for the four-time NBA All-Star when Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge, and Wyc Grousbeck flew to Michigan to meet with him last week. Wallace had reportedly garnered attention from several championship-contending teams, including the Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs.
Wallace, 34, was selected by the then-Washington Bullets with the fourth pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. Kevin Garnett was selected with the fifth pick. Wallace has a career average of 15.0 points and 6.9 rebounds in over 1,000 games. He currently ranks ninth among all active players in blocks (1375). (Click here to see an example of his recent handiwork against the Celtics.)
Part of Wallace’s appeal is his inside-outside game. Listed as a forward-center, the 6-foot-11 Wallace is also dangerous from long range. Last season he shot 35.4 percent from behind the arc and led the Pistons in three-point shots with 113, just six less than Paul Pierce.
Even more important to the Celtics, he has proven postseason experience. Wallace has advanced to the playoffs in every season since 1997 and averaged 14.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in the postseason. He won the NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks against the Celtics in the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals.
Wallace has also earned a reputation for being an emotional player. He has been suspended for exceeding the limit of 16 technical fouls in a season.
|Report: Teams interested in Marbury||07.04.09 at 2:19 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics may not have Stephon Marbury in their long-term plans, but other teams around the league are reportedly expressing interest. According to the Boston Globe, Marbury was disappointed by the Celtics’ one-year, $1.3 million offer and effectively announced his departure in an email: “Thank you Boston for allowing the world to see me play again after all that went on in N.Y. The fans treated me with open arms and that’s all anyone can ask for.”
The New York Post has reported the Washington Wizards are the favorite to land Marbury while the Sacramento Kings have also inquired about the veteran guard. Marbury played for Wizards head coach Flip Saunders when Saunders coached the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Talks of Marbury reuniting with Saunders began in May when the New York Daily News reported Marbury reached out to his former coach nearly every day during the Celtics playoff run.
|Report: Celtics offered Wallace contract||07.02.09 at 4:35 pm ET|
The Celtics have offered Rasheed Wallace a contract using their mid-level exception, according to Marc Spears of the Boston Globe. The contract was reportedly offered during a three-hour meeting in which Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge, and Wyc Grousbeck traveled to Detroit. Wallace did not make a decision.
|Report: Celtics to meet with Wallace in Michigan||at 11:22 am ET|
Comcast SportsNet’s Gary Tanguay has reported Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge, and Wyc Grousbeck are traveling to Michigan to meet with free agent Rasheed Wallace. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce may join them.
Wallace has garnered interest from several championship contending teams since becoming an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
|Celtics Announce Summer League Roster||at 12:43 am ET|
The Boston Celtics announced the roster for the 2009 Orlando Summer League, which runs July 6-10 at the RDV SportsPlex. Current Celtics Gabe Pruitt, J.R. Giddens, and Bill Walker along with this year’s 58th pick, Lester Hudson, will participate. In addition, invitees include:
(F) Nick Fazekas, Nevada
(G) Coby Karl, Boise State
(G) Chris Lofton, Tennessee
(G) Bryan Mullins, Southern Illinois
(F) Kevin Rogers, Baylor
(G) Bryce Taylor, Oregon
(F) Mike Sweetney, Georgetown
(C) Robert Swift, Bakersfield HS (CA)
(G) Darius Washington, Memphis
July 6, 7pm vs. Jazz
July 7, 1pm vs. Magic
July 8, 5pm vs. Thunder
July 9, 7pm vs. Pacers
July 10, 1pm vs. Nets/76ers
|Powe sponsoring basketball camp||07.01.09 at 2:43 pm ET|
Leon Powe isn’t letting his knee injury slow him down.
Amid free agency and rehabilitation from ACL surgery, he is sponsoring the Leon Powe Basketball Camp in Oakland this summer. The camp is run as part of his Fresh Start Family Services, a non-profit organization which mentors 14-21 year-olds in foster care. All proceeds from the camp will go toward the organization. This year’s camp will run 9am-2pm, August 14 and 15 at the Merritt College Gym. Visit the official site for details.
In addition to the camp, Powe is also behind Fresh Start for Oakland, an event organized to bring the community together for music, food, and fun. This event will take place 10am-4pm, August 15 at the Merritt College campus.
Powe began Fresh Start Family Services to provide support and education for those who, like he did, are growing up in foster care. “I always used to help everybody and some people tell me I help too much,’ Powe told WEEI.com in May. ‘They tell me I can’t save everybody but I say, ‘I will try. I will try to save everybody.'”
He became a free agent on Wednesday when the Celtics did not make a qualifying offer on his contract.
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