|Irish Coffee: At what point do NBA players cave?||10.25.11 at 1:27 pm ET|
NBA commissioner David Stern is set to cancel two more weeks of the season. Or he isn’t. Or games through Christmas are in jeopardy. Or an 82-game season is still possible. Or you can torch the entire 2011-12 calendar, including the final years of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen‘s Celtics contracts.
Anything is possible.
If indeed the first 13 games of the Celtics season are canceled, here’s how much money each of the six C’s currently under contract might lose if their first two bi-weekly paychecks are never issued:
Garnett has reportedly made more than $300 million in salary and endorsements, so $1.6 million is chump change (0.5 percent of total earnings) — especially when you consider he has $35 million in deferred salary from his last two contract extensions due to him over the first seven years of his retirement, according to NBA.com.
Bradley made $1.4 million in salary as a rookie this past season, so $117K is a crapload of money (8.4 percent of total earnings). Especially when you consider he could be fired after one game in a Hapoel Jerusalem uniform.
Since the Celtics are still selling merchandise, it’s difficult to tell how much revenue they would lose should those 13 games over 28 days go up in smoke. In the 2009-10 NBA season, the C’s earned $68 million in gate receipts over 53 home games (41 regular season, 12 playoff). With six home games scheduled through Nov. 28, that’s $7.7 million in ticket revenue based on the 2009-10 numbers. And that doesn’t include revenue generated from concessions or media rights. Still, they could be saving nearly as much in player expenses.
At what point do the vast majority of NBA players — who are making closer to Bradley-level money than Garnett-level money — panic about losing these paychecks? No matter how hard Garnett, Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant urge them to hold their ground, at some point they’re bound to cave. And that’s what Stern is counting on.
|Irish Coffee: Celtics, Heat party in NYC’s meatpacking district (not that there’s anything wrong with that)||10.03.11 at 11:58 am ET|
Wake up with the Celtics and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘¦
Enough’s enough. The NBA might still be locked out, but Irish Coffee’s holdout has officially come to an end. It’s October, and NBA training camps should be in progress. Instead, the Celtics and Heat are partying together.
After the C’s swept the Knicks and got out-athleticismed (new word!) by the Heat in five games during the 2011 NBA Playoffs, did you ever think you’d be reading about Carmelo Anthony hosting Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in New York City’s meatpacking district on Oct. 3? At least the Daily News reported that “the Boston boys and Anthony’s crew exchanged little more than ‘hi and bye’ pleasantries.”
Did you think Rajon Rondo would pledge to play alongside Wade, LBJ, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire at an event hosted by Isiah Thomas on Oct. 8? At least its for charity.
Did you think restricted free agent Jeff Green — the crux of the Kendrick Perkins deal that many believe killed the Celtics season faster than an unnamed Red Sox player can slam a beer in the clubhouse — would be discussing the oh-so-difficult process of making smoothies on some lady’s couch (see embedded video)? At least he’s staying healthy. (On an unrelated note, should we tell them that almond milk, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and ice isn’t a protein shake?)
|Delonte West opens up about weapons charges||09.21.11 at 11:14 am ET|
Celtics free agent Delonte West is an enigma. His blue collar approach on the court endears him to Boston fans, but his strange YouTube videos and the weapons charges from two years ago keep us guessing.
Well, thanks to a tremendous profile of West by SLAM’s Tzvi Twersky, we now have answers to at least a few of the questions that stemmed from that latter incident. For the first time, the two-time Celtics combo guard explains his side of the story on the the day he was arrested:
Tucked away in his fully finished basement, West’s studio is his sanctuary. Off limits to children, the sparsely furnished wood paneled room is his home within his home. All of that’s why he thought it was the perfect stash spot. Everything was fine — the guns remained safely hidden — until, on the night of September 17, feeling unusually tired, West went to his bedroom pretty early, took his nightly dose of Seroquel (a drug that treats bipolar disorder) and got in bed. Shortly after falling asleep, he was startled awake by shouting.
‘Ma Dukes came running upstairs into my room, cursing me, saying she wanted all these MFers out of my house,’ recalls West. ‘I came to like, What’s going on? I was already on my Seroquel trip. A few of my cats had found some stuff in the studio and they were living the whole gangsta life thing — guns in the air and this and that,’ continues West. ‘And I said, ‘Oh my God. What the fuck are y’all doin’ in here? Y’all got to go. Momma ain’t on that. Kids are running around upstairs. It’s time to go.’’
Gassed up from the commotion, West decided it would be prudent for him to relocate the guns to an empty house he owned nearby. So, with his other vehicles blocked in by guests’ cars, and expecting it to be a short trip, he haphazardly loaded up his Can-Am and placed the weapons in a Velcro-type of bag — ‘not a desperado, hardcase, gun-shooting-out-the-side type case’ — and set off.
‘I’m on the Beltway, cruisin’,’ West says, voice high, emotional and inimitable. ‘Soon I start realizing I’m dozing in and out. I open my eyes and I went from this lane to that. I’m swervin’, and by the time I wake up, I’m about three exits past my exit.
‘There’s this truck flying beside me –‘ West pauses; this next part is crucial — ‘and I’m scared to death. So I seen an officer coming up and I try to flag him down. I pull up next to him. He slows down and I get up in front of him. I tell the officer I’m not functioning well and I’m transporting weapons. ‘¦ The rest of the story is what it is.
‘I’m not proud of it,’ concludes West, ‘but it looks way worse than it was.’
That’s the most telling portion of the story, but the entire article is filled with gems on West’s life. Before you read the article in its entirety, here are five quick things we learned about Delonte:
|Delonte West has a new nickname: Butterscotch||09.16.11 at 10:42 am ET|
Honestly, I don’t even know how to react to this latest video from Delonte West. Like, not only is Butterscotch wearing some sort of leopard fur Snuggie he calls Cootie Cat, but he’s doling out singles for loosies. Is that what the Celtics will be looking for in their backup point guard? I have no idea. It’s not like the C’s haven’t employed smokers before (cough, Tommy Heinsohn, cough, Dino Radja, cough). Anyhow, at least we got one of Delonte’s greatest quotes of all-time out of this deal: “You come from the sewer baby. You a Ninja Turtle. I’m out.” Genius.
For reference, here’s comedian Kevin Hart‘s NSFW video as alter ego Chocolate Drop to which West refers. Not that any frame of reference can help interpret Delonte’s Butterscotch alias.
And then there’s his new website that greets you with this from Delonte, sandwiched by some evil laughter: “Greetings and welcome to the future. You’ve finally caught up to me. Well, at least you think you have. This world is not what it seems. My name is Two Step, a virtual rep of the infamous. I’ll be your guide as I transport you into the world of the one and only. Please enter at your own risk.”
Simultaneously, West announces his inaugural Celebrity Charity Weekend in his hometown of Washington, D.C. from Sept. 21-25 — promoting what else but health, wellness, athletics and mentorship. He said, “The Delonte West Charity Weekend is about renewing dreams, serving the underserved and making a difference for a community that made the dreams of so many athletes and celebrities possible.”
Like with the whole Home Depot thing, I kind of getting the feeling Delonte is just toying with us and I kind of don’t. Either way, you’ve gotta love him. For more goodness, check out these tracks from his “Lockout” mixtape: “It’s Bout 2 Go Down” and “Mr. Magnificent,” “Livin’ Life Fast” and “M.J. Shwagg.” You a Ninja Turtle. I’m out.
|Delonte West releases latest track: ‘MJ Shwagg’||08.25.11 at 12:17 pm ET|
When Delonte West isn’t applying to Home Depot, Sam’s Club or BJ’s, the free agent Celtics guard/rap star is promoting his “Lockout” mixtape by releasing tracks sporadically. First, we got ‘It’s Bout 2 Go Down’ and ‘Mr. Magnificent.’ Then “Livin’ Life Fast.” And now “MJ Shwagg” (h/t @Jose3030), complete with a Ray Allen reference. Enjoy, as long as you don’t mind the harsh language.
Oh, and if you like that, you’ll definitely enjoy Delonte’s recent Twitter rant about growing up in Virginia. I mean, what other athlete can you get gems like this from: “mike jordan didnt teach me to post up….an old drunk …did …wit a cigerett in his mouth…after he told pretty tonny to hold his beer”
|10 Things I Heard About Celtics II||08.16.11 at 12:07 pm ET|
On another slow Celtics news day, there’s still plenty to learn about Boston’s green men. Here are 10 more C’s links of interest we discovered over the past 24 hours (the first “10 Things I Heard About Celtics” is here) ‘¦
10. As SLAM noted, Celtics free agents and Louisiana natives Glen Davis and Von Wafer both made the top five plays from this past weekend’s Tournament of the Stars Basketball Clinic in Lake Charles, La. Big Baby’s post-clutch-3-pointer “big balls” dance is an instance classic, as is Wafer’s posterization. Both players would like to remain in Boston once the NBA lockout ends, and Wafer has already signed a one-year deal to play in Italy.
9. While every other NBA player tosses his name into the overseas rumor mill, Celtics captain Paul Pierce is content with his hobbies on vacation. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant‘s agents have been busy shopping him everywhere from China to Brazil, but Pierce can’t get enough poker, fishing and scheduling volunteer work — promoting his Truth on Health campaign on HGTV by making over his hometown Inglewood (Calif.) High’s athletic facilities on Aug. 20 and bowling with Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett and Celtics free agent Glen Davis in the 5th Annual Beckett Bowl on Aug. 29.
Of course, Pierce will play overseas — for his country. He and Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley will help form a United States All-Star team at the Continental Club Championships in Beijing from Aug. 20-28. Somehow I doubt Pierce will be earning $375,000 or whatever it is Bryant is seeking per week for his China sojourn. Read the rest of this entry »
|Judge rules Delonte West can’t sign overseas?||08.11.11 at 1:52 pm ET|
Celtics unrestricted free agent guard Delonte West tweeted moments ago, “Can’t even go get that overseas money. Judge said it’s a no go on leaving the country.” In mid-July 2010, West was sentenced to eight months of home detention as a result of the weapons charges that cost him the first 10 games of this past season.
While the home detention ended in March, West still faces two years of unsupervised probation. Based on his Twitter comments, West will not be allowed to seek a deal outside of the country during the lockout.
A couple weeks back, West’s agent Jarinn Akana told ESPN.com, “With any player, there has to be due diligence to see what’s happening [overseas]. That’s basically where [West is] at. But he’d like to be back in Boston. He had a great time there, he loves his teammates and he loves the organization.”
West also tweeted on Thursday, “It’s official. Pride 2 the side. Just filled out a application at Home Depot. Lockout aint a game.” That part doesn’t make as much sense, considering he’s banked $14 million in his NBA career and has his “Lockout” mixtape to fall back on. Then again, you can never really rule anything out with Delonte.
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