|Celtics officially hire Scott Morrison as Red Claws coach||09.16.14 at 2:19 pm ET|
As expected, the Celtics officially announced Prince Edward Island native Scott Morrison’s hiring as head coach of the Red Claws, their NBA Development League affiliate in Maine.
In a press conference last month, Morrison stepped down from the same position at Ontario’s Lakehead University, where he compiled a 185-174 record over 10 seasons. He had been working as an assistant for the Red Claws under Mike Taylor during a leave of absence from Lakehead this past season.
“I am truly honored to have this opportunity,” said Morrison. “I want to thank both the Boston Celtics and the Maine Red Claws, two top-notch organizations, for believing that I am the right coach for this job. I was fortunate enough last year to spend the season with the Red Claws, and I am excited to be coming back to this great community with the best fans in the NBA D-League.”
Morrison has also coached the Canada National Junior Team for the past three years, mentoring 2014 first-round selections Andrew Wiggins and Tyler Ennis as well as projected 2015 lottery pick Trey Lyles. He served on the World Team staff at the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit, guiding future lottery picks Emmanuel Mudiay and Karl Towns Jr.
The Red Claws are one of 17 D-League teams solely affiliated with an NBA club, meaning Morrison will be tasked with developing anybody the Celtics designate for assignment this winter in Brad Stevens‘ system.
|Chris Babb impresses, signs second 10-day contract||03.09.14 at 10:27 pm ET|
Chris Babb will be staying for at least another 10 days in a Celtics uniform.
Babb indicated after Sunday’s 118-111 win over the Pistons that he had agreed to accept a second 10-day contract after the first one expires Sunday at midnight.
The move will keep the rookie guard on the team for at least six more games. The Celtics signed the undrafted rookie after an impressive showing in camp in October and after Avery Bradley went down with an ankle injury, leaving the team short on off-guards who could defend. Bradley is expected to return on Friday at home against Phoenix but the Celtics clearly like the determination Babb has shown in practice and games and is willingness and ability to pick up the system.
“Hopefully I make a couple more shots, but that will come,” said Babb, who was 1-for-3 from the floor and had an assist in 12 minutes off the bench Sunday. “I’m just really focusing on just playing hard when I get into game, when I get my opportunities. Play hard, be prepared, and know the role. Just continue to do what I’ve been doing.”
Babb has appeared in four games, averaging 3.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 13 minutes of action after playing most of the season for the Maine Red Claws of the D-League.
“That’s 90 percent of the battle, just getting a shot, because there’s so much talent,” said Babb. “In the D-League, [there are] guys coming out of college and veterans, so all it takes is for some guys like me is a chance. I was fortunate enough to get one.”
“I’d really like to have him around,” added coach Brad Stevens said before Sunday’s game. “All indications are that everybody feels that way within our organization.”
|Former Celtics draft pick Kris Joseph traded by Red Claws||02.10.13 at 6:34 pm ET|
Kris Joseph has a new start with a new team in the NBA.
Joseph cleared waivers and was released last month after appearing in six games for the Celtics. He was subsequently re-signed by the Red Claws. Joseph averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game in 12 games with Boston’s D-League affiliate.
As for Mays, he was invited to Brooklyn Nets training camp and cut before being assigned to the Springfield Armor, the D-League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. Mays was undrafted in 2008 before signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Nuggets. Mays is averaging 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in 26 games, earning him a spot on the D-League All-Star team.
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|Celtics recall Fab Melo in time for Nuggets||at 2:50 pm ET|
The Celtics announced Sunday that they have recalled center Fab Melo from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. The 7-foot center will be dressed and available for duty against the Nuggets in the 6 p.m. contest at TD Garden.
In his one game on assignment to the Red Claws, Melo scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and had one assist in just under 23 minutes against the Bakersfield Jam on February 8. He is averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.45 blocks in 27.4 minutes per game in his 20 contests with Maine this season.
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|Fab Melo sent back to D-League||02.08.13 at 6:05 pm ET|
Celtics announced Friday that they have assigned center Fab Melo to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Since returning from his last assignment to the Claws, Melo, a 7-foot center, appeared in two games with the Celtics. Melo played three minutes against the Magic before playing the final five minutes Thursday night against the Lakers.
Melo recorded his first two career points in the blowout win, to go along with a steal and a block.
In 19 games (17 starts) for the Red Claws, Melo is averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks a game while averaging 27.7 minutes.
|Mainer hit most consecutive no-look half court shots||08.23.11 at 12:52 pm ET|
Bath, Maine native Jason “White Shadow” Gibbons set the (world?) record for most consecutive no-look half court shots earlier this year as part of the Maine Red Claws’ “Shot 4 a Cause” charity program (h/t Record Setter). Gibbons claims he made 49 half court shots last season during breaks of Red Claws games (the Celtics‘ NBA Development League squad). He currently travels the country as a member of the Harlem Superstars comedy basketball team and can be hired through White Shadow55 Outreach.
The obvious question is: Shouldn’t the Celtics sign this guy to an NBDL deal? I mean, this guy just drains shots from half court without looking, and that shot is pretty much impossible to stop. It’s like Kareem’s sky hook or Jordan’s fade away. Just straight butter. He can’t be any worse than Jason Kapono, right?
|Report: Red Claws target Bruce Pearl for head coaching job||05.20.11 at 3:28 pm ET|
According to a report by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Maine Red Claws have contacted former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl about their head coaching job. The Red Claws have been affiliated with the Celtics and Bobcats since their debut in the NBA’s D-League in 2009.
Austin Ainge, the son of the Celtics president, coached the Red Claws for the last two seasons and recently joined the Celtics front office as director of player personnel. The Red Claws are run by former Celtics assistant coach Jon Jennings and have enjoyed two sellout seasons in Portland.
Pearl was fired after six mostly successful seasons at Tennessee after lying to NCAA investigators during an inquiry into major violations at the school.