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Paul Pierce doesn’t see Brittney Griner making NBA 04.09.13 at 2:59 pm ET
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While Mavericks owner Mark Cuban claimed he might select Baylor women’s basketball sensation Brittney Griner in the second round of this June’s NBA draft and Heat wing Shane Battier suggested a woman will make the league in his lifetime, Celtics captain Paul Pierce doesn’t foresee either scenario playing out anytime soon.

“I think it will be a little difficult, just because of the physicality of the sport,” said Pierce, who has watched the many highlights of Griner. “The men are much faster, much stronger and much more athletic. Will it happen one day? I don’t know. They have a women’s league, where they are the best women in the world. Honestly, I can’t tell you if I can see a woman right now playing in the NBA. Not in the next couple of years. No.”

The 6-foot-8 senior set NCAA women’s career records for dunks and blocks, won the national title as a junior and claimed her second straight Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year trophy this season.

“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban told reporters before a game last week.

Added Battier: “There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player.”

As usual, Celtics coach Doc Rivers did a better dancing around the issue than anyone.

“If I find a green man walking down the street and I think he can rebound, I’m going to draft him,” he told reporters prior to Friday’s loss to the Cavaliers. “So, I don’t think anyone cares. Obviously, it would make a huge story and it would be really cool. I just don’t know the answer. I don’t watch it enough to know, but it would be great.”

Perhaps Pierce and Griner should play a game of 1-on-1 to settle this NBA debate once and for all.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Brittney Griner, Mark Cuban, NBA
Doc Rivers compares gay NBA player coming out to Jackie Robinson, and other practice notes at 1:53 pm ET
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Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

WALTHAM — Sometimes movies imitate real life. And sometimes, it’s the other way around.

With news last week that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would welcome an openly gay player on his team and the coming out announcement by Magic Johnson‘s son, the subject has been a topic of discussion.

Doc Rivers was asked before Tuesday’s practice about the potential impact on the NBA if a player came out as openly gay. Rivers drew a comparison to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball and major professional sports in 1947.

“There’ll be a lot of talk about it and then I think it will go away,” Rivers said. “It’s [interesting]. As a team, I took the team to see ’42′ [on Monday]. There was a lot of talk and then all of a sudden, everybody starts playing. And I think the same thing will happen. So, that’s the way I look at it.”

Rivers also said there was much about the movie that reminded him of the ‘Ubuntu’ concept he brought in during the 2008 championship season.

“It was really good. It was fantastic,” Rivers said. “It was a great team message. It’s funny, you think race, but, really, it was more of a team message, when players on the Brooklyn Dodgers accepted Jackie. And a lot of it was because he was their teammate. Actually, one of the guys said that, he said, ‘What do you expect? I’m your teammate.’ And I just thought that was really a cool honor.”

Rivers was asked if his players knew the historical impact and the story behind Robinson’s MLB debut and breaking the color barrier.

“Yeah, I think a lot of players know the history,” Rivers said. “Some may not have, I don’t know that. But I always go by — I thought guys were at their full attention throughout the movie, and engaged, which I thought was really cool.”

Other practice notes:

  • Rivers said he has a plan in place for resting Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, both of whom participated in practice on Tuesday, prior to Wednesday’s game with Brooklyn.

    “Obviously, we have to take care of our position,” Rivers said. “But, for Kevin, rest is always important, and Paul as well. But, other than that, we’ve thought about (resting them), we’ve talked about it.”

  • University of Louisville product Terrence Williams celebrated his alma mater’s third national championship on Monday night by wearing a Cardinals jersey at practice.
  • Jared Sullinger, two months removed season-ending back surgery, was back on the practice court on Tuesday. But Sullinger was taking it easy. He was shooting free throws and working with assistant coaches before observing practice. Sullinger is expected to be ready for the starting of training camp in September.
  • Speaking of college, University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga was at Celtics practice visiting with his son Jay, who is an assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff. Larranaga spent time talking to the coaching staff and Rivers as well before practice began.
  • There are too many lines for the next item. Rivers was asked if he heard the hilarious story of Cleveland Indians manager and good friend Terry Francona getting lost on his two-minute walk to Cleveland’s Progressive Field Monday for the Indians’ home opener.

    “Yeah, that’s a sad, sad thing,” Rivers laughed. “I’m so disappointed in Terry. I mean, getting lost going out to have a drink with me — I can see that. But getting lost going to the ballpark, my gosh. And he lives two blocks away, and he was walking! I didn’t know you could get lost walking. But, I guess you can.”

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    LeBron Watch, 5 p.m.: Cuban believes LeBron staying in Cleveland 07.08.10 at 5:02 pm ET
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    Mark Cuban, the omnipresent and free-speaking owner of the Dallas Mavericks, took to his blog Thursday afternoon to give his take on where LeBron James will end up.

    Saying he believes King James will end up re-signing with Cleveland, Cuban explained, “The sports world is full of uncertainties. When in doubt, go for the love.”

    James, who joined the Twitter world Tuesday afternoon, already has over 300,000 followers and gave his fans an update Thursday morning, encouraging them to send questions regarding where he will end up.

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    Hold the Fries for Pierce 12.14.08 at 9:33 pm ET
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    “I got a rotisserie, so you can pretty much throw anything in that and just sit it and forget it,” Paul Pierce said with a laugh.

    Pierce's go-to off the court

    Pierce's go-to off the court

    If only his weight loss program was that simple. This summer Pierce estimates he dropped between eight to ten pounds, a step he took to enhance the quality of his career. Pierce, 31, had seen plenty of players gain weight around the same age and he couldn’t afford to do the same. Not when there is a championship to defend.

    “You always want to improve. I’m at the stage and the age where I’m not getting any younger and it’s going to be more difficult to keep off weight,” he said. “But it’s just making a conscious effort, especially as my career winds down for the last four or five years, to just be in the best shape possible.”

    Pierce became his own personal chef and said goodbye to many of the foods he had grown accustomed to.

    “I just cut back on a lot of meats, like red meats. I don’t eat a lot of steak as much as I did before, hamburgers, stuff like that,” he explained. “It’s more chicken and fish, salads, pasta. Not as much pasta either, but you gotta sneak it in there sometimes. There are some great Italian places out here in Boston.”

    The NBA season keeps Pierce out of his kitchen so he has to be extra cautious on the road. The combination of eating in the locker room after games, late-night meals, and dining out are red flags he has to avoid, or pay the price the following day.

    “It’s hard, especially when you go to Dallas and Mark Cuban puts all that food in [our locker room],” he said. “I’m not saying I don’t cheat though. I just know I’ve got to get some extra work in the next morning.”

    Pierce's toughest competition

    Pierce's toughest competition?

    While Pierce decided to lose the weight on his own, he was impressed by how much shedding pounds transformed his teammate’s career. Kendrick Perkins lost 16 pounds heading into last season.

    “Just seeing him where he was day one,” Pierce said. “I watched him from a kid to now and if you look at his pictures from his rookie year, you’d be like, ‘Man, who was that?’”

    So now that Pierce has traded in fried food for fresh fruit, what guilty pleasure does he miss the most?

    “Man, Mexican food,” he said. “Growing up in Los Angeles you’ve got all the good Mexican places. I’m a taco guy, burritos, stuff like that. I cut back on those but I kind of sneak those in here and there. My mom makes the best chicken enchiladas. (Pauses) Man!”

    Read More: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Kendrick Perkins, Mark Cuban
    Mark Cuban and the SEC 11.17.08 at 10:56 am ET
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    Just finished reading the complaint against Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, that was filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission today. The SEC (not the one with Knowshown Moreno and Tim Tebow) is charging Cuban with insider trading and asking for 750K in connection with a PIPE (econ talk for when a public company asks for money).

    The gist of the argument is Cuban sold his shares in something called mamma.com (now known as Copernic) before he was legally allowed to divest after learning information about the PIPE. That would be ‘insider trading.’

    Government documents are always fun, so let’s see if there’s anything in the complaint that might make our Monday more interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

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