|Sheed or Baby for Game 2?||04.19.10 at 5:21 pm ET|
WALTHAM – Now that Kevin Garnett has been suspended for Game 2, a decision that took no one by surprise within the Celtics organization, the immediate question becomes: who will start in his place?
The team tried to keep the decision under wraps, but there were indications that it will be Glen Davis rather than Rasheed Wallace. When the curtain rose on practice Monday afternoon, Davis was on the floor with the first team, while Wallace was in a white practice jersey worn by the second unit.
That may mean something, or it may not, but Rajon Rondo also said, “I think Baby’s starting.”
Maybe he didn’t get the memo. Doc Rivers, Wallace and Davis were all non-committal.
“I don’t know,” Davis said. “I have no idea. It’s either going to be the Ticket-Stub or it’s going to be Sheed.”
Wallace said he’s fine either way.
“It don’t matter as long as I’m in there in that fourth quarter,” Wallace said. “I don’t care if I start, I don’t care if I come off the bench. Like I said before, Doc’s the mad scientist. If he seems me starting, fine. If he doesn’t see me starting, fine.”
Ultimately the decision may have more to do with Miami’s personnel than with the Celtics. More specifically it may have more to do with second-year forward Michael Beasley who scored just six points on eight shots in Game 1.
|Competition among friends||03.18.09 at 10:47 pm ET|
Bill Walker and Michael Beasley were more than roommates at Kansas State. They were each other’s toughest competition.
“Oh man, we competed at everything,” Walker recalled earlier this season. “On the basketball side, out of basketball, video games, we competed in every thing. Everything was a competition.”
On Wednesday night the rookies faced off as Walker and the Boston Celtics took on Beasley and the Miami Heat. (RECAP HERE) Just like their friendship, the game was a back and forth battle. But it still doesn’t compare to their one-on-one games back in college.
“That’s probably the most intense basketball I’ve played in my life,” Beasley said. “When he won, I didn’t want to leave. And I when I won, he’s not leaving. So sometimes you could win three or four straight and he just won’t quit, or vice versa. I remember there were times we were in the gym until four or five o’clock in the morning just playing one-on-one.”
Walker dubbed Beasley, “The Beast from the East,” and the two saw everything has a chance to win. Little things walking to the car became a race. Game days were another opportunity to one up each other.
“Honestly, we prepared for a game by bringing our Xbox into the locker room and then playing games until pregame stuff,” Beasley said. “We’d always play as ourselves and be Kansas State versus Kansas State.”
Their must-win mentalities pushed one another to become better than they were before.
“It teaches you a lot about yourself,” said Walker. “Especially when you go up against somebody that’s just as competitive as you are and he’s skilled in the same manner you are, that really challenges you.”
|This Time Last Year: Bill Walker||10.28.08 at 10:48 am ET|
Life changed instantly for Bill Walker when his named was called this summer in the NBA Draft. Tonight the 21-year-old rookie from Kansas State will join the Boston Celtics to watch them raise the 17th banner to the rafters and receive their world champion rings. As Walker tells us, a ring ceremony is leaps and bounds from where he was this time last year …
Where were you on Opening Night last season?
I was in Manhattan, K-State, probably practicing. It’s about the same time but different levels. I think it’s harder here, though, preparing for a season than it was there.
Take me through the day leading up to your first game at Kansas State.
Get up, probably have class from 8 to 12, you go to study table, knock out all the homework. Usually I’d just go home, get dressed for pre-game, come in for shootaround, and I’d usually stay in the gym and wait for game time.
Must be nice not having study table this year.
It’s a relief but it’s a job now so that’s basically how I go about it. It’s an all day thing. I’m in here, shoot around, go home, rest up, and prepare for the game.
This season you don’t have to go back to a dorm either. How is it living away from campus?
It’s private, more personal. But I don’t know. I kind of miss just knocking on somebody’s door and starting up a conversation.
What do you miss the most about living with your college roommate, the Miami Heat’s Michael Beasley?
I always had something to laugh at in the morning. From something we did yesterday or something we were going to do that day, I always had somebody to laugh at.
How did living with a potential number one draft pick push you to compete?
Oh man, we competed at everything. On the basketball side, out of basketball, video games, we competed in every thing. Everything was a competition. It teaches you a lot about yourself though. Especially when you go up against somebody that’s just as competitive as you are and he’s skilled in the same manner you are, that really challenges you.
So who was the messy one and who was the clean one?
You know what they say about boys, (laughs) we’re not really neat at all.
How do you expect Opening Night at the Garden to compare to the excitement of your first game at Kansas State?
Especially playing for the Celtics just coming off of a world championship and they’re going to raise the banner and get their rings, you can’t get any better than that so I’m pretty lucky.
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