|Report: Celtics ‘Unlikely’ to Sign Sweetney||10.22.09 at 4:10 pm ET|
Despite playing better than expected this preseason, the Celtics are ‘unlikely’ to commit to a guaranteed contract to keep Michael Sweetney, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Sweetney averaged 3.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in five preseason games after being out of the NBA for two years. He shot 67% from the field and 86% from the line.
Sweetney has not been shy in expressing his enthusiasm to play for the Celtics. Prior to the first preseason home game he told WEEI.com, ‘Coming here is just a great moment. Coming in the building was like, wow. But coming into this locker room and the history and just being on this team is just amazing … I’ve never been on a team at the beginning of the season and everybody says, ‘We’re going to make the playoffs.’ But this team has won championships, so it’s a different feeling surrounding it.’
He also gelled quickly with the team’s chemistry, including some friendly trash talking with Rasheed Wallace over football.
UPDATE: The Celtics waived Sweetney on Thursday.
|Football a Touchdown for Celtics Chemistry||10.12.09 at 12:26 am ET|
With seconds left in regulation between Wallace’s favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs, and Perkins’ hometown club, the Chiefs scored a touchdown to force overtime. It was enough to send Perkins back into the trainer’s room while Wallace gloated in the last-second comeback.
‘Everybody has their own teams and they’re rooting for their hometown,’ said Michael Sweetney while he watched the game from his locker. ‘Especially with ‘Sheed with Kansas City, Perk with Dallas, Paul [Pierce] likes the Patriots, and I’m from D.C. so I’ve got the [Washington] Redskins, we all just get around and talk trash. It brings us together. We have a good time.’
For the Celtics, following football is another experience to strengthen their team chemistry. Many of the players, including Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels, played in high school. Their passion for the sport now brings them together in the pros.
‘We’re all football fans,’ said Davis, a New Orleans Saints follower. ‘Football’s an American sport. Every guy likes football, we like to talk about football, and everybody talks about athletes.’
According to Daniels, this game is a common thread among many NBA players. The Orlando native, who is a fan of any Florida football team, recalls friendly rivalries among teammates when he played for the Mavericks and Pacers. In many cases a lost prediction would result in having to wear the opposition’s jersey.
Sweetney, however, has never played for a team where Sundays are so significant.
‘This is my first team being around something like this, just the camaraderie, everything,’ he said. ‘It’s just something special right now. Like I told you before ‘ and I’m not bad mouthing other teams ‘ the two teams I’ve been on [Bulls and Knicks], we’ve never done this. Guys enjoy each other, not just on the floor.’
In that moment, Wallace enjoyed himself as he continued his celebration. Even though his initial outburst was directed at Perkins, Sweetney was not exempt from the cheers. As Sweetney explained, Wallace is a ‘true diehard fan’ who would stick by the Chiefs even if they only won one game this season.
‘Yeah, Sweet, say something now, Sweet!’ Wallace jokingly yelled out.
‘I was talking trash to him all week,’ Sweetney admitted, ‘and we lost today.’
|Garden Debut has New Vets Feeling Young Again||10.09.09 at 10:26 pm ET|
Marquis Daniels is entering his seventh NBA season, and he can’t help but feel like it’s his first.
‘I’m very excited. I told the guys the other day, I’m like, ‘I feel like a rookie,’ ‘ Daniels said before the game. ‘I’m very excited to be playing here. I’ve played in here on the other team and I knew there’d be a big difference. The fans play a big role and they’re great.’
Daniels was one of five Celtics who played their first games on the parquet as a member of the home team. Rasheed Wallace, Michael Sweetney, Shelden Williams and rookie Lester Hudson also made their Celtics debuts.
‘Coming here is just a great moment,’ said Sweetney, who had not played in the NBA since the 2006-07 season. ‘Coming in the building was like, wow. But coming into this locker room and the history and just being on this team is just amazing.’
Newcomers such as Williams point to the Celtics’ deep tradition as something they have never experienced in the NBA. Williams has played for the Hawks, Timberwolves and Kings over the course of his career.
‘It’s a great feeling,’ he said. ‘I know it’s not the same gym as the Boston Garden, but there’s still a lot of history here and in the city wearing green. It’s still a great feeling to be part of history.’
With the titles and electricity of the TD Garden come high expectations for the upcoming season.
‘I’ve never been on a team at the beginning of the season and everybody says, ‘We’re going to make the playoffs,’ ‘ Sweetney said. ‘But this team has won championships, so it’s a different feeling surrounding it.’
This has Daniels looking forward to the feeling he has wearing a Celtics uniform.
‘[The difference with the Celtics is] just knowing that we have a chance to be real special and we have a chance to do great things,’ he said. ‘There are a lot of great, hard-working guys, great veterans, great franchise, coaches and everything. It’s going to be a great situation.’