|Doc: ‘Baby is not a bad person’||10.27.09 at 8:00 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge both sounded like upset brothers before Tuesday’s game when they spoke of Glen Davis’ indiscretions that resulted in a fractured thumb and a team-mandated suspension.
“Baby is not a bad person,” Rivers said before the game, speaking at length for the first time since details surfaced about Davis’ Sunday scuffle. “He made a bad mistake and he made a bad judgment. Unfortunately, it only takes one second or five seconds to make a mistake and then you have to live with it at times. And right now, he has to live with that mistake.
“But he’s not a bad kid. He’s growing, he’s maturing. Obviously, he has some ways to go. But we want to help him do that. I really feel that’s part of my job as a coach to help him as a person and not put him in ways like that.”
|Ainge: Rondo talks continue||at 7:43 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said discussions continue with the agent of point guard Rajon Rondo.
“I won’t talk about that other than to say we’re just having discussions with Rajon and Bill Duffy, his representative and we’ll continue to have discussions with them, probably all the way up until the 31st [of October],” said Ainge, who also denied reports that contract talks had broken off.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not aware of any discussions ending,” he added.
The Celtics have until Saturday to negotiate a new deal or Rondo becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
|Ainge: ‘It’s no fun dealing with this stuff’||at 7:23 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – Celtics general manager Danny Ainge confirmed before Tuesday night’s opener in Cleveland that forward Glen Davis has been suspended indefinitely for fracturing a bone in his right thumb in a fight with a former LSU teammate on Sunday.
[To hear Ainge's comments before Tuesday's game, click here]
“We’ll suspend Glen for the game tonight and tomorrow night and we’ll have further discussions on how long that susupension [will last],” Ainge said. “We’ll probably keep it more internal but we will suspend him. It’s very disappointing and very unfortunate.
“He’s a big part of our plans right now and in a game like tonight, we’d love to have him. I think he let his team down by making a bad decision. I feel bad for the players in the locker room, I feel bad bad for the coaches and I feel bad Glen. It’s not a fun position to be in.”
Ainge said Davis has expressed his remorse to him and coach Doc Rivers but will address his teammates on Wednesday. Ainge said it will be six weeks before Davis is able to play.
“I’m really excited about this team and the events of the last 24 hours really hasn’t dampened that,” Ainge added.
|Rondo on contract talks: ‘It’ll take care of itself’||at 6:51 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – Rajon Rondo said he is aware of the ongoing effort to get his contract done by the end of the month.
But before the opener in Cleveland, he said his focus is all on basketball.
“The focus is on Cleveland,” Rondo said. “It’ll take care of itself. I just have to worry about doing my job tonight. Crazy timing, that’s all.”
Meanwhile, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is expected to address the Glen Davis story in a meeting with reporters before the game at Quicken Loans Arena.
|Celtics confirm injury, apology from Davis||at 5:32 pm ET|
CLEVELAND — The Celtics released their official statement on Tuesday regarding the injury to forward Glen Davis.
The team confirmed the injury and subsequent surgery on his right thumb. The statement, included below, also included an apology from Davis, who did not travel to Cleveland for tonight’s season opener.
The statement from the Celtics:
The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Glen Davis underwent successful surgery to reduce and fix a right thumb fracture. The surgery was performed by Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and was assisted by Dr. Hervey Kimball and Dr. Drew Terrono at New England Baptist Hospital. Davis is expected to miss the next six weeks.
“I would first like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches and the entire Celtics organization,” Davis said. “I am extremely disappointed that this incident occurred and that it will prevent me from starting the season with the rest of my teammates. My teammates and the entire Celtics organization are extremely important to me and I will do my best to expedite the healing process and be back on the court as soon as possible.”
|Leon will cheer on Cavs for now||at 2:11 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – It’s not hard to keep thinking what might have been if Leon Powe hadn’t torn the ACL in his left knee in that first round series against the Bulls in April.
Maybe it’s Powe who would have stayed and Glen Davis might have moved on – to someplace like Cleveland.
Instead, Powe had reconstructive surgery and signed on as a free agent in August with the Cavaliers. He is already working out lightly with his new team, including shootaround on Tuesday morning at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavs take on his old teammates, the Celtics.
“Almost identical,” Powe said of the two teams. “For the offense, they just call it something different and sometimes it’s the same thing, same motion. I should have no problem figuring that because that’s the same thing as Boston ran, defense, too.”
Powe said last week he is targeting a return just after the All-Star break in February, something he reiterated on Tuesday morning.
“I’m not in a rush to get back,” he said. “I wanted to get back tonight, actually. I told coach, give me 10 minutes and I’ll give you 10 [points] and eight [rebounds]. But he wasn’t going for it tonight so I’ve got to wait till February. There is no rush because this team is already good. I just want to come over here and flow right into things. Pick up energy, anything I can do to help them win.”
|Shaq: Celtics are a ‘damn good’ team||at 2:01 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – Shaquille O’Neal acknowledged on Tuesday morning that the Cavaliers will have their hands full with the Celtics, not just tonight but all season.
“A lot of teams made a lot of moves,” O’Neal said. “They’re the former champs and really didn’t have a chance to defend their crown because Mr. Garnett was hurt during the postseason. We know they’re going to be ready. We know a lot of other teams will be ready. It’s not going to be easy for us but we accept all challenges.”
O’Neal may have been quite formal but all pleasantries will likely end tonight as Garnett and the Celtics feel they have something to prove to the Cavaliers and the rest of the Eastern Conference.
O’Neal is just looking to fit in and begin meshing with another star by the name of LeBron.
“Very excited but you learn not to get too excited,” O’Neal said. “It’s a long season. I’ve been around every situation imaginable. We know what we have to do. We know we’re going up against a damn good opponent. We just have to try to keep our poise and play hard and hopefully, we can get started on the right foot.”
O’Neal has been a lightning rod in his most recent stops around the league, stops included Miami and most-recently Phoenix.
“Difference here is I’ve been inserted into a really good team,” O’Neal said. “So, my role is going to be a little different and I accept that. I’m not really coming here to stir things up, just come in here and be the piece they were missing. The whole world realizes they were just one piece away and hopefully, I’m that piece.”