|Rajon Rondo ‘unlikely’ to return for Celtics’ season opener||09.24.13 at 1:41 pm ET|
MILTON — Over the past month, the Celtics have rapidly backed away from their projections this past spring that Rajon Rondo would be healthy for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, and on Tuesday the organization essentially announced the four-time All-Star would not be in the lineup come Oct. 30.
“My understanding and the last time that we’ve had discussions about it is that it’s very indeterminate still, but it sounds like it would be unlikely that he would be playing at the very start of the season,” C’s coach Brad Stevens said from the team’s annual charity golf tournament. “What that means beyond that, I think that’s going to be on his doctors, the training staff and him making the call on when he’s ready. I’ve told him from Day 1, ‘Come back when you’re ready,’ because I think it’s really important that he feels really good when he’s back and ready to play.”
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge put it more succinctly: “I would be shocked.”
No players participated in the golf portion of the event, but Rondo was expected to arrive in Boston on Tuesday. He’s also expected to join the team when training camp begins on Oct. 1 in Newport, R.I.
“I’ve been in constant contact with him, and so has Brad,” added Ainge. He seems to be in a really good place emotionally and mentally, and now we’re just trying to get the physical part done. And he’s got a ways to go.”
So, when exactly can we expect to see Rondo in a Celtics uniform again?
|Paul Pierce eyes return to Boston — someday||09.23.13 at 12:49 pm ET|
Paul Pierce wants to return to Boston. Just not as a basketball player.
Maybe as a restaurant owner.
“Ultimately, what I would like to do is have a business in Boston,” the former Celtics captain told The Boston Globe. “Maybe like a sports bar. I would love to do something like that here. None of the former Celtic great players have come and done that. I thought about it, and why hasn’t anyone come and opened up a nice restaurant? You see the Don Shula restaurant, the Michael Jordan restaurant, and Magic [Johnson] got the theaters in LA. Why nobody here? All this history, all these championships and love, why has nobody done that?
“I am going to still have relationships here. I’m always going to come to this city. Every year, when I’m done, I’m going to have a reason to come here.”
Or maybe as a front office executive.
“Who knows? I may be working for Wyc Grousbeck or Danny Ainge,” he added. “A lot of players don’t understand it. I’ve always understood it. And [other players] let their pride and ego get in the way. I’ve made a lot of money here, I’ve built relationships, won a championship here, I thank y’all for everything y’all gave me. How can I be mad for everything they’ve given me. I’m thankful.”
So, if it’s any consolation, Pierce still loves Boston.
Here’s hoping his restaurant will be more Ray Bourque‘s Tresca than David Ortiz‘s Big Papi’s Grille. Either way, Pierce better get the 2008 Celtics together to recreate the Scotch ‘n Sirloin commercial from 1986.
|Celtics waive forward Donte Greene||09.17.13 at 1:53 pm ET|
As expected, the Celtics waived forward Donte Greene.
By waiving Greene, whom they acquired in exchange for Fab Melo on Aug. 15, the Celtics shave the $1.0 million necessary to get under the NBA’s $71.7 million luxury tax line. The C’s were forced into a hard cap as the result of the myriad pieces involved in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.
The 6-foot-11 Green has averaged 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 16.8 minutes over 253 career games since being selected 28th overall in the 2008 NBA draft.
The move doesn’t mean much in Boston, especially considering Greene will reportedly play in China next season, but it officially stamps the C’s first-round selection of Melo last season as a failure. And not just because he fell off a chair and concussed himself on a door frame in separate incidents as a rookie.
The Celtics now have $71.2 million dedicated to 14 players, so this move allows Danny Ainge to sign an undrafted rookie for the $490,180 minimum out of training camp or a prorated veteran at some point later this season.
In general, this season hasn’t been a good one for Syracuse products turned Celtics. First they waived Kris Joseph for the second time in a calendar year after the Nets deal, then traded Melo and finally this Greene news.
This also closes another chapter of the Green(e) Curse. Donte joins Gerald Green, Rickey Green, Orien Greene and Sihugo Green on the list of Green(e)s who lasted no longer than two seasons in Boston. In fact, when Jeff Green suits up for the C’s this season, he will become the first Green to make it to Year 3 in green (#reporting).
|Doc Rivers sells his Boston condo for $3 million||at 10:24 am ET|
Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who claimed Boston “is it for me as far as a city” back in April, sold his Boylston Street luxury condo in the Four Seasons almost exactly a month after leaving The Hub for Los Angeles.
Rivers sold the 1,801-square-foot, two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condo for $3 million on July 26, according to public records. The Celtics announced their decision to allow their coach of nine years to pursue an opportunity with the Clippers in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick on June 25.
For those counting at home, that’s almost as much as the annual salary of new Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who signed a six-year, $22 million deal in early July. Needless to say, Stevens wasn’t the purchaser of the penthouse condo.
Rivers walked away from the final three years on his five-year, $35 million contract with the Celtics to sign a similar three-year, $21 million deal in L.A. Rivers paid $2.2 million for the condo on Aug. 5, 2011 — a few months after signing that five-year extension — so he made another cool $800,000 on real estate upon leaving Boston.
Photos of the condo are available from that original listing two years ago.
|The reason Celtics traded Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett?||09.16.13 at 9:18 am ET|
— SHO_PR (@SHO_PR) September 15, 2013
I knew there had to be a reason other than, “We knew that this time was coming,” that the Celtics traded the heart and soul of the organization and the face of the franchise to the Nets for any deal that involves Kris Humphries. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce wear sunglasses at night and fraternize with Magic Johnson. Even if they were at the Floyd Mayweather fight in Las Vegas over the weekend, those are two of the biggest taboos going in Boston.
(h/t Red’s Army)
|Doc Rivers on D&C: ‘Disappointed’ in Danny Ainge’s portrayal of his Celtics departure||09.05.13 at 10:04 am ET|
It’s been more than two months since Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge played the blame game over how exactly the former Celtics coach landed in Los Angeles in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round pick from the Clippers.
“Honestly, I was very disappointed in that part of Danny’s press conference,” Rivers said during an appearance on Dennis & Callahan to promote September’s Hoop Dreams event at TD Garden to benefit Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD). “Other than that, Danny and I have no issues. Danny knows, just like I know, that that’s not true.
“Listen, guys, this is old stuff. I’m here, and Danny’s in Boston. You can ask Danny that more and more, but there were two people in that room, and it was Danny and I, and anyone else who has a comment about what went on doesn’t really know because they weren’t in that room. It was more than one day. It was several days, and it was an agreement.”
Regardless, Rivers and the Celtics president of basketball operations are still in communication. “We’ve had our disagreements when I was there, and we’ve moved on,” added Rivers. “That was a disagreement on how that was presented. Danny knows that, and I know the truth, but you move on and we’ve talked many times since.”
|Cosmic relief: Bill Russell’s effect on Brad Stevens||08.29.13 at 11:36 am ET|
Sports Illustrated’s profile of Celtics coach Brad Stevens is fantastic for many reasons, particularly the portions about his complex defensive schemes and in-game offensive adjustments, but one cosmic detail stands above all others: Bill Russell‘s team-first philosophy had a profound effect on Stevens.
In Stevens’s first year at Butler, then assistant and future coach Todd Lickliter would introduce Stevens to Bill Russell’s book Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Winner. In it Russell sets forth the concept of “team ego,” writing, “I was the most egotistical player they would ever meet. My ego is not a personal ego, it’s a team ego. My ego demands — for myself — the success of my team.”
Stevens says, “You have a choice to make when you’re not playing: Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or you’re not. There were times, early on, where I wasn’t a great teammate. It’s a difficult concept, learning the we over me attitude. I’m glad I got to that point, because it really helped me as a coach.”
Good stuff from Sports Illustrated. Be sure to read the article in its entirety here.