|Grousbeck discusses Davis, Celtics offseason||07.14.09 at 10:42 pm ET|
LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck was in Las Vegas to discuss the state of the league at the NBA Board of Governor’s Meeting. Grousbeck was appointed to the Labor Relations Committee, and will serve as the chairman of the planning committee.
While out West, he told WEEI.com he is also focused on preparing for a successful season back in Boston.
“We are continuing to try to do everything we can to win Banner 18,” Grousbeck said. “We’re looking at our roster and figuring out what other help we need at which positions.”
The Celtics are not zoning in on a specific position, he said, but rather improving the overall team. One player he believes can help the Celtics next season is restricted free agent Glen Davis, whose name has been mentioned as a person of interest to several teams around the league.
“We’d love to have Baby back,” Grousbeck said.
They will also evaluate the players who participated in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month. As is the case with many teams, only a select few will have the chance to be contributors. Even though Lester Hudson broke his finger, Grousbeck mentioned the rookie “started off well.”
“I think we liked seeing Lester Hudson and Billy (Walker) and J.R. (Giddens) and the other guys on the roster,” he said. “Some of them will make the team and some won’t.”
As the Celtics piece together their roster for the 2010 season, the acquisition of Rasheed Wallace has been a hot topic of conversation at the Las Vegas Summer League. The signing, many NBA players have said, has put the Celtics back in contention after an injury-stricken postseason.
Grousbeck won’t argue with that.
“I just looked at the Vegas odds and the Lakers are 2-to-1, Cleveland is 3-to-1, and we’re 4-to-1,” he said. “So Vegas has us at 4-to-1. We’d like to win that bet.”
|Free agency kicks off||07.01.09 at 8:37 am ET|
Free agency officially began at 12:01am on Wednesday morning and there is already news surrounding the Celtics offseason moves:
- Eddie House will return to play out the remainder of his contract worth $2.86 million next season. “Eddie is staying in the contract,’’ his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told the Boston Globe. ‘‘It was a tough decision. We went back and forth the last couple of weeks. But, when it was all said and done, Eddie loved his time in Boston, he feels like he is on a championship contender, he really enjoys playing with his teammates and playing for Doc [Rivers], and the fans have been great to him.”
- The Celtics will not make a qualifying offer to Leon Powe, Danny Ainge told the Metrowest Daily News. After tearing his ACL in the first round of the playoffs, he is not expected to play return for the first half of next season.
- Ainge said earlier this week the Celtics do intend to make a qualifying offer to Glen Davis.
|Perkins, Rondo will not work out with Team USA||05.27.09 at 8:39 am ET|
Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo will not work out with Team USA at their minicamp in Las Vegas this July due to Perkins’ wedding in Houston, the Boston Globe reported. Rondo is one of the groomsmen. Perkins originally indicated he would be attending the minicamp, which will be held July 22-25, but thought the workouts were actually scheduled for June. Glen Davis also received invitations from Team USA and Perkins. He will be joining Team USA.
|Rivers: “We have to improve our team”||05.19.09 at 11:54 am ET|
Last summer the biggest question was simple: Will the Celtics re-sign James Posey? This summer, more than a third of the team could be affected by free agency.
On Tuesday, Doc Rivers discussed the future of the Celtics bench WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan.” With the exception of Glen Davis, who replaced Kevin Garnett in the starting lineup, all of the Celtics free agents are reserves.
“Just think this year if Kevin was healthy and Leon was healthy, that makes our bench 10 deep. … Those two guys being out really shortened our bench,” Rivers said. “But we have to improve our team. There’s no doubt about that. We don’t have to make any changes, but definitely have to make some additions.”
The Celtics will have to decide the futures of Davis, Leon Powe, Eddie House, Stephon Marbury, Mikki Moore, and Gabe Pruitt in the offseason. Davis (restricted) and Marbury (unrestricted) are poised to make the most money of the group. So who is more likely to return to Boston?
“Baby, it will probably come down to what he can get on the open market,” said Rivers. “With Steph, it will probably come down to what we can get on the open market.”
The ironic part is none of the Celtics free agents play the role the Celtics are most looking to fill. They still have not figured out how to account for the loss of Posey.
“Number one, the one spot no one talked about all year, was the small forward spot,” Rivers said. “We need a small forward who can defend, who can make shots and give Paul (Pierce) a blow. I thought Paul, all year, had to guard the best guys all game. Whenever we took him out, we went small.
“We put Ray Allen in at small forward, which is a tough matchup. You could see it in the Orlando series. You were almost scared to take Paul off the floor because when you did, Ray Allen was now guarding the Terkoglus or the Rashard Lewises of the world. They went straight to the post, just like every other team did.”
|The Impact of NCAA Experience in Game 7||05.17.09 at 8:05 pm ET|
Veteran experience can be one of the biggest advantages in the NBA playoffs. The Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, though, are relying on two of their more inexperienced players to help them advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Fortunately for 23-year-olds Glen Davis and Courtney Lee, they have been in high pressure situations before – the NCAA Tournament.
Davis was one of the driving forces on the LSU Tigers’ Final Four run in 2006, the school’s first in 20 years. Playing on a big stage prepared him for performing in the spotlight of the NBA, especially since being thrust into the Celtics starting lineup.
“This is the seventh game, the elimination game. Either win or go home,” Davis said prior to Game 7. “Every game in the NCAA Tournament is either win or go home. So it’s a good experience because it helps you understand the meaning of each game, and you understand the meaning of Game 7. No matter how you look at it, it helps you mentally prepare yourself to win or go home.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Big Baby: My intentions were harmless||05.12.09 at 11:36 am ET|
WALTHAM -Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis said on Tuesday morning that he has already put the biggest shot of his career in the past while also offering an apology of sorts to the 12-year-old boy with whom he collided moments after winning Game 4 at the buzzer.
“I’m a big guy,” Davis said at the Celtics shoot-around prior to tonight’s Game 5 at TD Banknorth Garden. “Imagine if my emotions are going so wild, and if I’m running by somebody, I don’t feel them. If I’ve hurt anybody or if I’ve done any harm to anybody, please forgive me because my intentions were just harmless.
“I didn’t see the kid,” he continued. “I’m a big guy and I’m emotional. If I had seen him, I would have picked up, rubbed his head and tried to make him feel better. I’m a big guy guy. I’m just sorry if I hurt anyone.”
Davis said he’s seen the highlight a couple of times but has moved on from it.
“You like to see it once or twice, but when you keep seeing it, you keep dwelling on it,” he said. “You keep yourself in la-la land and right now I can’t be in la-la land. We’ve got a game today. It’s how fast the quick turnaround is. That shot goes out the door. It’s history.”
As for the shot itself, Davis said he had never hit a game-winner like that one.
“That was my first,” Davis said. “That’s where dreams come true. That’s where good players turn into great players. Sometimes pivotal moments like that makes you understand the competitiveness of the game and just brings out the competitor in you. Hopefully, that’s a shot I can always look back on and a shot that not only boost my confidence and but also boost me playing in this league.”
|Father doesn’t need apology from Davis||at 9:57 am ET|
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