|Scalabrine Makes Season Debut||10.31.08 at 5:36 pm ET|
Celtics fans rose to their feet as Brian Scalabrine made his regular season debut with 1:07 to go in the first quarter. He subbed in for Ray Allen. The “Scal-a-bri-ne” chants started immediately, as imagined. Scal showed a new side to his game at the end of the quarter. Rather than settle for outside jumpers, he attacked the lane before dishing it off to Leon Powe who drew the foul.
|First Impressions of Derrick Rose||at 5:19 pm ET|
What can a first pick get you these days in the NBA?
This summer it didn’t seem like much when Derrick Rose struggled at the Orlando Summer League. Tonight, however, he is showing more signs of potential.
Rose is fast so the match up between him and Rajon Rondo is a quick-moving battle to the basket. Both point guards like to drive the lane and Rose has already proved that like Rondo, he isn’t afraid to take on the big guys.
Early in the first quarter Rose drove to the hoop against Kendrick Perkins and drew the fouls. He blocked out “De-riiicck” chants from the crowd to nail both free throws.
Of course you can’t base an opinion on a few minutes of basketball but tonight Rose is coming out strong against the defending champs.
|New Intro for the Champs||at 5:11 pm ET|
The Celtics have at least 82 games to enjoy being World Champs and they are making it known in the Garden. The new pregame introduction is kicked off with highlights from Tuesday’s ring ceremony, including John Havlicek carrying the trophy out of the players’ tunnel, Paul Pierce overwhelmed by emotion, and the 17th banner being raised to the rafter. The video montage then switches to clips from the NBA Finals and Eastern Conference Seminfals. It’s a medley of slam dunks and screams that is capped off by a few words from Pierce to get the crowd riled up.
|Celtics Exercise Option on Rondo||at 9:22 am ET|
In three years Rondo has become one of the many “told you so’s” of Danny Ainge’s career. Ainge had been heavily scouting Rondo for years before landing him in a 2006 Draft Night deal with the Phoenix Suns.
1. Andrea Bargnani
2. LaMarcus Aldrige
3. Adam Morrison
4. Tyrus Thomas
5. Shelden Williams
6. Brandon Roy
7. Randy Foye
8. Rudy Gay
9. Patrick O’Bryant
10. Saer Sene
11. J.J. Redick
12. Hilton Armstrong
13. Thabo Sefalosha
14. Ronnie Brewer
15. Cedric Simmons
16. Rodney Carney
17. Shawne Williams
18. Oleksiy Pecherov
19. Quincy Douby
20. Renaldo Balkman
21. Rajon Rondo
Looks like the Celtics hit blackjack with stealing Rondo at 21.
|Lakers Lock in Bynum for Four Years||10.30.08 at 1:55 pm ET|
Today Bynum agreed in principle to a four-year contract extension worth around $58 million. According to the Los Angeles Times, he will earn $42 million in the first three years. The fourth year is reported to be a team option worth $16 million.
Bynum, who turned 21 this week, is currently making just over $2 million this season. The contract is based on potential despite the fact that he started less than 80 games in his first three seasons. He missed the entire 2008 playoffs with knee injuries.
The Celtics and Lakers will meet again on Christmas Day in Los Angeles.
|Leon the Mutant Ninja Turtle…||at 12:14 pm ET|
‘Tis that time of year when we all dress up or know people who embarrass themselves by dressing up in costumes. I am in the latter category because I consider myself too mature to delve into such childish behavior. After all, when you have two awesome girls dressed as a witch and a bumble bee, what’s the need?
And if that’s not enough of an argument for you as to why I prefer civilian clothes, let Leon Powe try to convince you.
Asked by CSN’s Greg Dickerson if he ever dressed up as anything special on Halloween, Powe recalled a downright frightening and ghoulish experience.
“I remember I was a Ninja Turtle. I swear I don’t wear costumes anymore because of that. I was a Ninja Turtle and all my friends teased me because of that. I had the real nunchucks and I tried to do the stuff like Michelangelo does and I hit myself in the head. Man, I was all messed up that day.”
When not detailing a harrowing Halloween nightmare, Powe also recalled a happier time… this past summer when he took a group of 15 friends and family away to the Bahamas to celebrate the Celtics championship.
“When I went home, I’m all about family, I took all my family on a trip, all expenses paid for, everything. No one needed to spend any money or anything. Just 15 people, my family, my girl’s family and just had fun in the Bahamas. I just cleared my head and came back to work.”
And the best thing about the Bahamas, you don’t need to bring your nunchucks with you to enjoy fun in the sun.
Other tidbits from Thursday’s practice…
Bill Walker, when asked the same Halloween-themed question by Dickerson, said, “I like candy, I just don’t like going door-to-door for it.”
Paul Pierce was schooling everyone in one-on-one drills to the basket in the open portion of practice, including rookie J.R. Giddens, sans shirt. “We’re making each other better,” Pierce said. “We challenge each other and it’s fun, too.” … unless your name is J.R. Giddens.
The Celtics will not be caught off-guard by Chicago rookie sensation-to-be Derrick Rose. “Derrick Rose, it’s funny just watching him. He didn’t have a great game but you see greatness. He’s going to be a great player. He is already controlling that team, they’re running at a better speed. His decision-making is what stood out.”
|Opening Night … the Day After||10.29.08 at 4:12 pm ET|