Tag:Boston Celtics
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:37 pm

Report: Paul Pierce to miss Christmas opener?

Posted by Ben Golliverpaul-pierce-bos

Paul Pierce may not make it home in time for Christmas.

ESPNBoston.com reports that the Boston Celtics All-Star forward might be forced out of the team's Dec. 25 season opener against the New York Knicks because of a bruised heel.
Asked if he was concerned about Pierce's health, Rivers said not in the long-term, but very much so for the start of the season when the Celtics play three games in four days.

"We have [three] games right off the bat and he's really gone only one practice and that's basically it," said Rivers. "So, yeah, I'm concerned about it. It's just a heel bruise and he went real hard [Monday] and it got real sore. We just want him to rest. The problem with that is, it'll be a lot of rest, and then he may be ready, but with no play, there's that."

Rivers said he'd like to get Pierce on the floor on Friday and hopes he'll be able to go in time for Sunday's season-opener in New York. They simply don't want to rush him after the setback on Monday.

Pierce, 34, has been fairly durable in recent years, missing a combined 16 regular season games over the last four seasons. 

His absence will be felt mightly by the Celtics, who are still reeling after forward Jeff Green was advised to undergo season-ending heart surgery and free agent target David West opted to sign with the Indiana Pacers instead. If Pierce can't go, Rivers will turn to wing Marquis Daniels, who suffered a scary season-ending spinal injury last year, to match-up against Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. Good luck with that.
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:39 pm

Ray Allen calls out David West for picking Pacers

Posted by Royce Young

For a couple of hours, the Boston Celtics thought they landed a premier power forward to help make one more run at a championship. But then David West changed his mind and went to the Pacers, taking more money in the process.

West took a two-year, $20 million deal from the Pacers, turning down a three-year, $29 million offer from Boston. (The Celtics deal was a sign-and-trade thing and really complicated.) And while that deal is better for West in three ways -- a) he gets more money b) it's less years meaning he can get back on the market after proving his knee is fine and c) he gets to be a starter whereas in Boston he'd be playing behind Kevin Garnett.

Yes, he'd have a better chance at a championship, but that dog doesn't always rule for some players. They all want it, but there are other factors. Doesn't matter to Ray Allen though, who told ESPN Boston that West done messed up.

“Once it got down to the end, I think his ego kicked back in,” Allen said. “He wanted the dollars. I guess it comes down to ‘What is a championship worth to you?’

“Think of all the guys who have made $20 million and could be considered one of the best ever, but they get chided because they never won. We [the Big Three] all had to do less when we won. We’re still taking less to make it work. But it’s worth it. No one can ever say to KG, Paul or me, ‘You guys never got your ring.’”

Let's break it down: West gets $10 million a year in Indiana. He would've gotten $9.6 million a year in Boston. I'm pretty sure an extra $400,000 a year didn't make this decision for West. And for Allen to think that West just took money over the chance to win a title is a pretty serious charge. Because in professional sports, the desire for a championship is supposed to be what it's all about and to challenge a guy on not having that isn't holding back.

There was really no questions for me when West picked Indiana. It's not like he went to the Raptors or something. He went to a team that's ready to compete now. He went to a team that was in the playoffs last season and had they figured out how to score in the fourth quarter, might have upset the Bulls. And guess what? West could very well be a major part of figuring out how to score in the fourth quarter.

Allen is understandably miffed that West passed over the Celtics. This offseason has been rough on Boston. They lost Jeff Green for the season, didn't score Chris Paul while pretty much hanging Rajon Rondo out to dry in trade talks. It wasn't pretty for the Celtics and Allen might feel like their window is slowly closing shut.

Or he just felt like calling out David West. Either way, it was pretty weak.

Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:10 am

Video: Kevin Garnett is still Kevin Garnett

By Matt Moore

On Sunday, Kevin Garnett did what Kevin Garnett does. He unnecessarily taunted a European player in a preseason game in which his team won. See, look, video. 


I know. Big shock. 

And you can point to Bargnani having more points and rebounds, and more points-per-minute and rebounds-per-minute than Garnett, but of course, it was preseason, so that doesn't matter. 

Garnett has been doing this so long, it's either a friendly, familiar tradition in your eyes or a worn-out act. It's Andrea Bargnani we're talking about here. Garnett doesn't need to pysch him out to get him to play badly or weakly. But for Garnett, it's not about that. He's not able to turn it off. And for some reason, we really love that.

It's probably because so many NBA players seem so disinterested all the time, versus Garnett, who genuinely seems to care about 75 percent of the time, down from 90 percent of the time two years ago. Garnett does coast through long stretches of the season, now, along with his Celtics teammates. And more and more often he's actually blown by and dunked on as age starts to diminish his impact. But mentally and emotionally, he's still the same lunatic he's always been, and he'll still be revered for that.  
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 3:34 pm

Chuck Hayes fails physical; Kings void contract

Posted by Ben Golliverchuck-hayes-kings

Sacramento Kings president Geoff Petrie announced in a brief statement on Monday that free agent center Chuck Hayes, signed last week to a contract worth a reported $21 million over four years, will not join the team this season for medical reasons.

"This morning, in one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life, Chuck Hayes was notified that he failed his physical exam with the Sacramento Kings," Petrie's statement read. "Subsequent to that, the contract signed on December 9th has been voided. At Chuck’s request, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this week that Hayes was undergoing tests on his heart after a stress test revealed an undisclosed abnormality.

Hayes, 28, is a 6-year NBA veteran who spent his entire career, until this offseason, playing for the Houston Rockets. An undersized center with a major motor, Hayes has posted career averages of 4.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 424 NBA games. He was expected to get major minutes in Sacramento as part of a frontline that also includes DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson, Jason Thompson and Travis Outlaw.

The Boston Celtics announced last weekend that forward Jeff Green did not pass his physical and will undergo open heart surgery that will force him to miss the entire 2011-2012 season.
Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:11 pm

Jeff Green tweets about losing his season

Posted by Royce Young

Jeff Green got some bad news Saturday, but in reality it's great news.

After he failed his physical following signing a one-year, $9 million deal with Boston, doctors couldn't nail down an odd medical ailment. It was finally announced that Green had an aortic anuerysm, something that if ruptured, could end Green's life.

But it was caught, and most importantly, before any real harm to Green happened. Which is great. Green, who is one of the most positive and kind players I've ever been around, tweeted a simple message Saturday.

Green will have heart surgey and while it will end his 2010-11 season and void his contract with the Celtics, it also means his life potentially has been saved. Amazing to think that Oklahoma City's trade for Kendrick Perkins sending Green to Celtics could be what essentially saved his life.

But Green will be back. He can recover from surgery and have a normal career after. I covered Green in Oklahoma City for three and half seasons and there was no one more professional and hard-working than him. Just like he said, he'll be back.
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 6:48 pm

2011 NBA Free Agency Winners and Losers

By Matt Moore

All the big names have landed, and while there are still a handful of guys working out where they'll be playing in 2011-2012, we have a pretty clear image of how free agency worked out this year. So to give you a recap on how teams managed to do, here are your winners and losers for NBA free agency.


New York Knicks: It takes a lot for them to get a winning status when they picked up Mike Bibby and re-signed Jared Jeffries. Tyson Chandler is a lot. Chandler gives them exactly what they need at center, for a reasonable price considering he's coming off winning the Finals as a difference maker starter and compliments Amar'e Stoudemire well. This could wind up as a disaster, but for pursuing defense over offense and size over speed, they get into the winner's circle.

Los Angeles Clippers: Two days ago I would have planted the Clippers in the losers circle with a dunce cap. $24 million for Caron Butler over three years? DeAndre Jordan for a ridiculous price? Are they stoned in Clipperland? Chauncey Billups who may or may not hate the ground you walk on for denying him free agency? But then they landed Chris Paul. And you go "Oooooooh" like you just figured out that they got off the island and it's a flash-forward not a flash-back. Shooters to go with Paul, veteran defenders to go with Paul, and the big man to provide long-term support for Griffin. The Clippers avoided disaster by getting CP3. But funny how that makes everything seem better.

Miami Heat: Eddy Curry already looks like a waste (has had conditioning issues already). Mario Chambers is a divisive point guard, but he's good enough to start for a team with no cap space. Landing Shane Battier, though, genius. Battier is going to miss threes like all Heat spot-up shooters do. But he's going to make their defensive rotations even better, their team chemistry even better, their basketball IQ even higher. He's worth the money and a win for them.

Indiana Pacers: We were all convinced the Pacers were going to splash onto the scene and overpay for a big man in such a way as to cripple the franchise. Instead, they got David West on a low eight-figures, 2-year deal that guarantees if his knees or production go, they have options and are not stuck. They re-signed Jeff Foster to give them another center, and they were prudent with not re-signing Josh McRoberts for more than he was worth. Good upgrade for them.

Phoenix Suns: Shannnon Brown is a great fit for the system, and they managed to convince Grant Hill to return. Brown in the run-and-gun system under Gentry should excel with Aaron Brooks stuck in China. Hill still played brilliantly last season and staying in Phoenix means he stays with that training staff which has extended his career after one filled with injury issues. The Suns didn't make any significant step forward, but in terms of just making good value signings, they did as well as most. 

Mid-level centers: Kwame Brown got one-year, $7 million. DeAndre Jordan made out like a bandit. Marc Gasol walked away with more money than Kendrick Perkins and Nene (though Gasol is arguably the best free agent in this class, just without the name value). It's a league short on legitimate star centers, and while the biggest free agent center names (Chandler, Nene, Greg Oden) did not land monstrous deals, the mid-level centers available rose up to meet in the middle of the band. Good year to get paid. 


Boston Celtics: They had David West stolen out from under them in the midst of the Chris Paul debacle. They re-signed Marquis Daniels which isn't bad but isn't great. They traded Glenn Davis in a sign-and-trade for Brandon Bass which is pretty good but doesn't address most of their concerns. They gave Jeff Green a big one-year deal after which it was discovered he will miss the entire season after surgery when a heart condition was revealed after a stress test. Their bench is unbearably thin with starters that can't log big minutes. No, it was not a good few weeks for the Celtics.

Orlando Magic: Giving Jason Richardson and Glen Davis mid-size contracts is not the way to keep Dwight Howard, I don't care how good a friend he is with them. The Magic sacrificed their future, which is going to become very important to them in the next six months, in order to try and make another run with the same team that didn't succeed last year, plus Davis who is a big who doesn't help their issues in rebounding and has conditioning issues. Re-signing Earl Clark doesn't make a big enough impact to matter.

Detroit Pistons: Re-signing Tayshaun Price at that price makes no sense whatsover, especially not for four years. They need to be looking to the future. I understand the desire to reward Prince for his time and send him off in Detroit white, but this team has questions it has to answer quickly, and Prince gets in the way of development for Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko. Rodney Stuckey's re-signing gets in the way of Brandon Knight's development and continues his very mixed-results stay in the Motor City. 

Dallas Mavericks: Maybe 2012 will make up for it. But if we're just judging the Mavericks on what they gave up and what they got back, this wasn't a good offseason. Even outside of the trades which brought in a quality player and sent two out, Dallas lost its starting center and part-time starting two-guard in agency, without really bringing in anyone. They're deep enough to survive it but this was a team that would have been considered favorites had they brought back the gang. As it is, there are questions about the Mavericks this season and beyond.

New Orleans Hornets: Setting aside losing Chris Paul in trade and impending free agency, the Hornets re-signed Carl Landry for a high one-year deal and brought back Jason Smith for three years. The deals are cheap. It's not a bad set of deals. But it's still a little perplexing considering the overwhelming need for this team to tank in order to ensure a top five pick to go with  

Arron Afflalo: Afflalo hasn't signed yet, which isn't a problem but the fact that no team was willing to bother with making him an offer knowing the Nuggets would match means he may not sign for as much as he could have. Bear in mind DeAndre Jordan is a less established player than Afflalo and was helped by the Warriors' attempt to free him from Los Angeles. Afflalo could have likely wound up with top dollar as an unrestricted free agent. Denver may wind up as the best thing for his career, though.
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: December 17, 2011 5:42 pm

Celtics' Jeff Green to miss entire 2012 season

By Matt Moore

The Celtics announced Saturday morning that forward Jeff Green will miss the entire 2011-2012 season after surgery to repair a heart condition. During a stress test in his physical upon agreeing to his one-year, $9 milllion deal with the Celtics, doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm, which involves swelling in a valve in the heart. He will undergo surgery, miss the entire year, and the Celtics announced he should be able to return to action for the 2012-2013 season assuming everything goes well with surgery and subsequent treatment. 

With no symptoms, discovering the condition may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Green and his long-term health. For the Celtics, they move forward with no legitimate back-up small forward and a dangerously thin bench. The Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins for Green and the Clippers protected 2012 draft pick at last season's trade deadline. Despite considerable criticism for the move, Celtics GM Danny Ainge has repeatedly defended the move indicating his belief in Green's long-term value to the franchise. 

Due to Green's failure to pass his physical, the Boston Herald reports Green's contract has been voided

The Celtics official press release: 
The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Jeff Green will undergo surgery on Monday January 9, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic and will miss the 2011-12 season.

A team of leading cardiac specialists who consulted with Green and the Celtics indicated that surgery should completely repair Green’s condition and that he can expect to resume his NBA career next season.

During his team physical Friday, December 9th, an aortic aneurysm was detected. As a precautionary measure, Green underwent extensive additional testing, after which doctors recommended surgery.

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”

At Jeff’s request, neither Jeff nor the Celtics will have any additional comment at this time.
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:16 pm

Kevin Garnett calls out Stern for rushed season

Posted by Royce Young

Most every player, coach and general manager is giving the stock answer when asked about how a shortened season and training camp affects their team.

"Everyone's got to do it," they'll say. Or something close to that.

But not Kevin Garnett. He's a bit angry. Via ESPN Boston:

"I think what you see, we're a rushed league right now," Garnett said. "Everybody is paying attention to the Chris Paul situation. But I don't know why everyone's shocked, because Stern has been pretty adamant about when he wants to do things and how he does things.

"Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don't just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, Heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y'all know what I'm talking about. If y'all can't cook, this doesn't concern you."

Most college students disagree, as putting anything in a tortilla makes it a quality meal. But that's beside the point. Garnett is frustrated with the hurried state of the NBA. I don't really know what else he wants, but that's the way it is. I suppose the season could start later and there could be fewer games, but that's less money for everyone and you know nobody is going to be for that.

Ray Allen and Paul Pierce feel the same way as their Big 3 teammate.

"I feel very rushed," Allen said. "I can't say that I've been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks, but I think everybody is in a situation where we just have to do the best with what we have. We have to adjust to the situation at hand, and it's a challenge for all of us. We're all going through it, so there's nothing more you can do about it but prepare yourself physically and mentally."

Pierce: "We talk about it. This is something that could have been avoided, especially when you see all the different trades falling through, the disorganization of rosters at this point. There probably should have been a period where you had a free-agent signing period and then training camp. Christmas Day was something that was really pushed amongst the players as a key day, and that's why we've rushed the way we've been rushing."

That just comes with the territory of a lockout shortened season though. There will be 66 games in a short amount of time and teams are going to pay the price. Fans will probably pay the price by having to watch bad basketball at times. In truth, some games might be sort of like a can of beans thrown in a pot mixed with Honey Nut Cheerios with a bit of cheese and cinnamon on top. In a tortilla.

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