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Paul Pierce can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to Boston and its fans 07.16.13 at 5:15 pm ET
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Paul Pierce was always at the leading edge of social media among Boston athletes in his 15 years in Boston.

He showed again why on Tuesday, taking to Instagram, creating an account [paulpierce] with a similar handle to his Twitter account of @paulpierce34, to say thank you to the city of Boston and its fans for their support over his time with the Celtics.

He created a hastag of #THANKYOUBOSTON for those on Instagram wishing to surface all of the photos he has collected over the years.

His home page features a photo of him with a youngish Tom Brady (circa the 2001-02 season).

Pierce was formally traded on July 12 to Brooklyn along with fellow future hall of famer Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry for Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace and Kris Joseph and three first-round picks. In one of his first acts as a member of his new team, he wanted to show Tuesday that he hadn’t forgotten all that was accomplished with the team that brought him into the NBA.

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Stephen Curry, Tom Brady and the NBA All-Defensive power of Avery Bradley 02.28.13 at 6:33 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Celtics coach Doc Rivers and captain Paul Pierce both had high praise for Avery Bradley before Thursday’s practice. The C’s guard will have the unenviable task Friday of guarding Warriors counterpart Stephen Curry, who scored 54 points against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

  • Pierce: ‘€œI think every great team needs a player like that, especially a great defensive team. With so many great scorers in this league and great individual play, you need that one guy who can go out there and kind of slow those types of guys down. We have that in Avery Bradley. He’€™s shown a willingness to sacrifice so much. I believe he can give us a lot more defensively, but he’€™s so great on the defensive end that it has an impact on this whole team. You don’€™t have to double as much, you don’€™t have to give as much help when you’€™ve got a guy like that who can defend at a high level. In my eyes, he’€™s probably the best on-the-ball defender in the NBA. I’€™d be very surprised if he didn’€™t make the All-Defensive Team.’€
  • Rivers: ‘€œThey’€™re picking him now. They’€™re getting him off of [his assignments], and that’€™s what they should do, but it’€™s nice to have a guy that can pressure the ball. I don’€™t know if Avery’€™s going to shut down everyone, but I know he’€™s going to give you the attempt to pressure, and ball pressure is important. I just use a football analogy: If you didn’€™t blitz Tom Brady and you just let him sit back there all day, he’€™s going to pick you apart. It’€™s the same in basketball. If you let the passers just sit there with no pressure, they’€™re going to pick you apart. And Avery is our blitzer.’€

For more on the NBA All-Defensive case for Bradley, read this column.

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Doc Rivers: ‘Have to give [Rajon Rondo] room to do what he wants’ during injury 01.30.13 at 7:42 pm ET
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Doc Rivers believes his team is equipped to handle life without Rajon Rondo.

The first test for the Celtics is handling a Kings team that beat them like a drum in the fourth quarter of a 118-96 loss in Sacramento.

“Not really, I’d rather have him,” Rivers said when asked if coaching without his top point guard represents a unique opportunity. “But the coach in me and the players understand they don’t have him. It’s another challenge and hopefully, we’re up for it.”

Will Rondo be around the team before and after his upcoming ACL surgery?

“I don’t know,” Rivers said. “I don’t ever ask. I don’t really care. I want him to do what he needs to do. It’s very hard to come to every game. I had that same injury. There are days you want to be around the guys and there are days you don’t. I think you have to give him room to do what he wants.”

Apparently, what Rondo wants right now is the very best advice before going ahead with right knee reconstruction. According to injury expert Will Carroll, Rondo is consulting the “Big 3” of knee doctors, including Neal ElAttrache, James Andrews and Walt Lowe. ElAttrache, you’ll recall, did the ACL reconstruct for Tom Brady in 2008.

Rivers also said one of the advantages of having Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley in the backcourt together is that they’re a more physical combo than Rondo and Bradley.

As for the Kings, Wednesday represented a chance at redemption against DeMarcus Cousins, the 22-year-old who went off for a triple-double on Dec. 30.

“He’s not athletic but he’s very [smart] and instinctive,” Rivers said in a moment of pre-game frankness.

As for the Kings, who entered Wednesday 17-29, Rivers had this assessment.

“They’re a talented, young team and there are nights when they get all activated and all together as a group and they’re really good.”

For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics.

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Doc Rivers has learned a lot from Bill Belichick 12.11.12 at 9:58 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Doc Rivers had a special chance to go inside the Patriots game preparation minutes before kickoff Monday night. He learned a lot from the invitation from Patriots coach Bill Belichick. On Tuesday, he was asked about his experience and was asked if anyone on his team compares to Tom Brady.

“Rondo is our Tom Brady, as far as being the point guard/quarterback,” Rivers said after Tuesday’s practice. “Kevin [Kevin Garnett] probably as far as all of the relationship stuff. Tom Brady has got to be right there [as one of the best in history]. It’s surgical watching him play. Then to have that, plus the relationship with [Belichick], I don’t know if there’s been a better great quarterback relationship with their coach ever. Bill Walsh and Joe Montana would be the only other one that comes to mind for me. That’s pretty neat. And they’re so different as people. That’s pretty cool.”

Rivers was on the sideline with Mark Wahlberg while Rondo was also in attendance wearing a Wes Welker jersey. Rivers took in the game from the suite belonging to Belichick and watched with Belichick’s girl friend Linda Holliday.

“I was there most of the game,” Rivers said. “I left in the middle of the fourth. I asked Linda could I leave now? Is it safe so it was. I love watching that team play. I was telling our guys that today. It’s just really awesome watching them execute, how professional they are. Every time I go to a Patriots game, I get so much out of it.

“I got to sit in their offensive gameplan meetings before they went out on the field. It’s just really cool. It’s a neat atmosphere. You can’t be around it enough, you really can’t.”

Rivers was amazed at the Patriots’ execution of their game plan.

“To me, their execution and how serious and how they prepare for it,” Rivers said. “Obviously, it’s different, they have one game to prepare for a week. It does make a big difference when we have five in a week, four in a week, it’s a little harder to do. Everybody knows their job and they do their job.

“It’s a neat atmosphere,” Rivers added. “Football [teams] in general [game plan weekly] but the Patriots do it on another level. Just the execution. Listening to what they said they wanted to do on offense before the game and then watching them actually do was pretty impressive.”

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He’s no Tom Brady, but Rajon Rondo thinks he could’ve played in the NFL at 7:20 pm ET
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WALTHAM — The Celtics sure enjoyed themselves at the Patriots game on Monday night. After Tuesday’s practice, Jason Terry dubbed coach Doc Riversthe Bill Belichick of basketball,” Rivers called Rajon Rondoour Tom Brady” and Rondo left believing he could’ve played in the NFL.

“I don’€™t take what those guys do lightly,” said Rondo, “but I think I could’€™ve played. I could’€™ve given it a shot.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Rondo grew up playing quarterback in football, point guard in basketball and pitcher in baseball before focusing on hoops at Eastern High (Louisville, Ky.) and Oak HIll Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).

“I didn’€™t think about playing at Kentucky,” said the former Wildcats basketball star. “High school days, but not college. When I got to college, it was just one-track minded, which was basketball and getting to the league.”

The closest Rondo came to playing college football was warming up Kentucky’s QB (Although, his brother Will Rondo played briefly at Murray State), but at least Rondo’s not putting himself in Brady’s class. “Quarterback and point guard are pretty much the same thing,” he said of the comparison, “but I don’€™t know about Tom Brady.”

In classic Rondo fashion, he ended his interview after Tuesday’s practice with one last quip that made everyone wonder whether he was ever serious for the previous five minutes.

“I don’€™t know Tom at all,” he said. “I tried to get his autograph. I just couldn’€™t reach him.”

Considering Rondo has attended Patriots practices in the past and developed a friendly relationship with avid Celtics fan Vince Wilfork, it’s hard to imagine he’d have a hard time getting Brady’s signature if he really wanted it.

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Doc on Nash: ‘He’s Brady and Manning’ 11.06.09 at 8:26 pm ET
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Doc Rivers can appreciate point guard greatness when he sees it.

He can also draw analogies unlike any other NBA coach. Rivers, a huge NFL fan, sees Steve Nash and he sees not just a point guard but a supremely gifted signal-caller on the floor.

Nash, a spry 35, is off to another other-worldly start for the Suns. He entered Friday’s game on the parquet averaging 19.6 points, 10.8 assists and three rebounds per contest.

“That’s who he is,” Rivers said. “He’s a great quarterback. He’s [Tom] Brady and [Peyton] Manning and all those guys combined at times, it looks like. He can shoot, he can pass. He does a lot for their team. And they have some great players around him.”

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KG on knee questions: ‘That [stuff] is getting old’ 10.23.09 at 3:57 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  Kevin Garnett reached his breaking point on Friday afternoon with questions about whether he is physically ready and back to 100 percent following surgery last May to remove bone spurs behind his right knee.

“Next question,” he answered when asked.

But the question was asked moments later, in a different way.

“I just told you. That [stuff] is getting old, now. That [stuff] getting real old. You’re going to have to sit in your offices and come up with some new questions. Drink a little more beer now or whatever gets you going to come up with your questions.”

Told that he’s likely going to hear that same question all season long, Garnett replied, “You’re going to get the same answer, alright?”

Eddie House drew a comparison to another famous New England athlete returning from a knee injury.

“I’m very happy he’s back, he’s moving well,” House said. “He’s even taken a few blows to the spot where he had the surgery and he bounced back up. It’s kind of like the Tom Brady effect. At first, he’s kind of ginger. He doesn’t really know until he gets hit a couple of times. ‘I can plant, I can throw.’ Like Kevin, now he can catch lobs, can plant, step-backs. He’s doing everything Kevin Garnett does.”

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