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Walker committed to Boston 01.22.09 at 12:10 am ET
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Bill Walker has close ties to his community. So close, in fact, that he tattooed the numbers of his childhood address on his neck. When the Boston Celtics rookie got recalled from the NBA Development League this month, he was eager to give back to the city he’s now calling home.

Last weekend Walker, along with Kendrick Perkins, Gabe Pruitt, and J.R. Giddens, served home-cooked meals to 150 men and women at the Boston Rescue Mission. The food was prepared by members of the Celtics staff as part of the Shamrock Foundation.

‘€œ[The best part was] just them being so happy that we’re there,’€ Walker said. ‘€œJust being somebody who actually could take enough time to come down there and just sit and talk with them, serve them food, things like that. Little things like that do mean a lot to people.’€

Boston is one of the many places where Walker, 21, wants to make a difference. Even though he is just starting his NBA career, he already has made plans for years to come.

‘€œThat’s just something I want to do when I’m done with basketball, just to try to help the communities that I’m in first and then expand,’€ Walker said. ‘€œSo that was just fun, going back and trying to cheer up a couple people.’€

For more information on the Celtics community outreach, visit www.celtics.com.

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Cousy’s All-Star history 01.21.09 at 8:57 am ET
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On Thursday the 2009 NBA All-Star teams will be revealed. While a lack of fan votes has put Rajon Rondo‘€™s selection in question, it was 55 years ago today that another Celtics PG made his mark on the game. On January 21, 1954, Bob Cousy scored 10 of his 20 points in overtime to lead the East to a 98-93 win. It was the first overtime in All-Star history. Cousy won All-Star MVP honors and appeared in 13 All-Star Games over his career.

The 2009 All-Star teams will be announced on TNT prior to the Celtics-Magic game.

Read More: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Rajon Rondo
Rondo makes Suns pay 01.19.09 at 11:52 pm ET
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On Draft Night 2006, the Phoenix Suns selected Rajon Rondo with the 21st pick and traded him to the Boston Celtics. It was a move to stay under the salary cap, avoid the luxury tax, and free up money for future acquisitions. Three years later, nearly $75 million in payroll could not stop him.

‘€œThe challenge is what everybody’s challenge is with him ‘€“ keeping him in front,’€ said Suns head coach Terry Porter following the Celtics 104-87 victory. ‘€œHe does a great job of penetrating, getting to the paint, and causing havoc that way.’€

This season Rondo is set to earn $1.3 million, a bargain by NBA standards and nearly one-tenth of Steve Nash’s salary. On Monday night he proved he was worth every penny the Suns did not pay for him. Rondo posted 23 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, six more than Amar’e Stoudemire (RECAP HERE).

‘€œThere were a lot of fast break opportunities for me,’€ he said after the game. ‘€œThey missed shots, that was key for us all night long. We got stops on defense and that allowed me to push it up on the break and get easy looks at the basket.’€

Rondo scored more than half of his points in the paint against the Suns $35 million front court of Shaquille O’Neal and Stoudemire. Whereas other teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have collapsed on Rondo, the Suns let him have his way at the hoop.

‘€œHe’€™s improving all the time. He’€™s emerging as one of the elite guards in the league,’€ Nash said. ‘€œI think regardless of whether he’€™s shooting the ball well and he needs to improve there, his game has improved. I think it’€™s made the shooting not as big a question. He’€™s become a better and better passer. He’€™s a great athlete who does a lot of things for his team on the floor. He’€™s emerging as one of the elite guards in the league.’€

Even though Rondo says he does not think about being traded, his performance only accentuated the Suns’ Draft Night loss. Over the years they have also drafted and dealt point guards Nate Robinson and Sergio Rodriguez, as well as forward Luol Deng. After missing out on Brandon Rush in the 2008 Draft, the Suns are left with little depth at the one-spot and a point guard who turns 35 next month.

‘€œWell, we’€™ve had a few draft night trades to stay under the salary cap that were difficult in the big picture,’€ said Nash. ‘€œOur franchise is built on a business model that tries to stay under the cap as much as we can. It’€™s just how it’€™s been.’€

It’s games like this that could have the Suns wondering what might have been. But for Rondo, it’s just another game.

‘€œI just try to get better every game,’€ he said. ‘€œNo one particular night I can try to say my confidence has been boosted, but I just try to stay consistent as possible because there’€™s a lot of ups and downs in the NBA. I had a good night tonight, shooting the ball but it’€™s all about the win.’€

Three years ago it was all about the money for the Suns. On Monday night it was all about the win for Rondo.

Read More: Amare Stoudemire, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Rajon Rondo
Suns expecting big game from Shaq at 7:38 pm ET
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The Phoenix Suns have the size advantage almost every game with Shaquille O’Neal. Take the Boston Celtics biggest player off the court and the Suns are feeling good about the mismatch.

‘€œAny time we get an opportunity to have a size difference with Shaq in the paint, we always try to go to him,’€ Amare Stoudemire said prior to Monday’s game. ‘€œWe try to feed it to him, see if he can take advantage of that. And if not, we go to our other options. So tonight will be a pretty good night for Big Fella if he can dominate out there and stay out of foul trouble.’€

The Celtics have to alter their plan of attack without Kendrick Perkins (shoulder). Doc Rivers is looking for Kevin Garnett to use his quickness to outplay Shaq, while the biggest mission for back ups Leon Powe, Glen Davis, and Brian Scalabrine is keeping a body between O’Neal and the basket. The Suns, though, aren’t changing their gameplan.

‘€œI think it changes the fact that having Scalabrine starting as opposed to Kendrick Perkins, that’s a bit of a difference. But as opponents we can’t look at it that way,’€ said Stoudemire. ‘€œWe’ve got to attack it as if he were playing, so we should go inside to the big fella. Shaq should have a pretty good game tonight.’€

The Suns are one of the few teams who figured out the key to beating the Celtics last season. Stoudemire scored 28 points off of 10-for-23 shooting and Steve Nash added 18 in the Suns’ 85-77 victory. Combine that with former Charlotte Bobcat Jason Richardson’s success against the Cs and the Suns think they know how to get it done tonight.

‘€œI’m pretty sure he knows how to defend the guards out there,’€ Stoudemir said of Richardson. ‘€œAs a team, we’ve just got to pull together. We beat them last year, Bobcats beat them. What we’ve got to do is just keep playing how we’ve been playing.’€

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Uncovering Allen’s Game at 12:13 pm ET
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Ray Allen makes basketball look easy. He could knock down three-pointers in his sleep, right? Allen is featured on the cover of the latest issue of The Improper Bostonian, where he explains that his game isn’t as effortless as it seems.

A long time ago, somebody told me that they thought God had blessed me with a jump shot, and the ability to be a great NBA player. That surprised me. I was like, ‘€˜Do you really believe that?’€™ God blessed me with health, a healthy family and the ability to go out and find for myself what I wanted to do. He granted me with the competitive drive to want to be the best and the sound mind to accomplish my goals. But that came through focus and dedication, not from some Godgiven right.

Allen’s dedication to his professional and personal life made him an easy choice for the cover story. Away from basketball he is involved with the Joslin Diabetes Center, where his son Walker received treatment for Type 1 Diabetes.

“Since it’s our Man issue, Ray Allen seemed like the perfect fit,” said Megan Lisagor, editor of The Improper Bostonian. “He embodies the qualities of a good guy–dedicated on the court to his craft and off the court to causes like juvenile diabetes. He’s focused and humble. Not to mention, he’s incredibly smooth!”

This issue of The Improper Bostonian hits newsstands this week.

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Celtics to serve 150 home-cooked meals 01.16.09 at 11:01 am ET
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This Sunday members of the Boston Celtics will serve home-cooked meals to 150 homeless men and women at the Boston Rescue Mission. Kendrick Perkins, Patrick O’Bryant, Gabe Pruitt, and Bill Walker will distribute meals prepared by members of the Celtics staff as part of the Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Martin Luther King Day. For more information on the Celtics Shamrock Foundation’s community outreach, visit www.celtics.com.

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Sounds of the game… Celtics 118, Nets 86 01.15.09 at 10:37 am ET
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When the Celtics were in the midst of a slump that had them losing seven of nine, captain Paul Pierce said they needed to get their swagger back, especially on defense.

Well they can thank the Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets for helping them to regain some of the confidence that was on display when they opened the season 27-2.

Pierce hit all five of his three-pointers in the third quarter as the Celtics romped to their thrid straight win. This looked more like the romps that were common place in the first two months of the season. The defense forced 20 turnovers and even without Kendrick Perkins, the Green dominated the glass. And on the offensive side, Rajon Rondo, when he wasn’t throwing in half-hooks, dished out 12 assists helping the Celtics ease to their 32nd win, by 32 points.

Doc Rivers said the team’s rhythm isn’t back but it’s getting there.

Paul Pierce feels the team’s confidence is coming back slowly but surely.

Pierce on his five three-pointers in the third quarter.

Rajon Rondo said the team is playing better after their 2-7 dip.

Rondo said he can sense the team is starting to play better together.

Eddie House said the Celtics are getting back to where they were early in season.

Bill Walker said his improved defense will keep him up with the Celtics.

Nets coach Lawrence Frank said the Celtics just kicked the Nets good.

Next up for the Celtics, after a day off on Thursday and practice on Friday, a rematch with the Nets in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

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