As the All-Star break approaches, the Boston Celtics face an easier schedule in the month of February. The Celtics own the sixth worst record in the NBA, but the Celtics stand just five games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. While the majority of fans prefer the Celtics to be in the NBA Draft Lottery, the Celtics could climb back into the playoff race if they can get on a lengthy winning streak.
The trade deadline is only two weeks away (February 20th) and Danny Ainge could unload some players to clear some room to get further under the tax line. Currently the Celtics are barely under the luxury tax line at $71.75 million.
The Celtics front office also needs to decide whether they want to keep guard Chris Johnson for the rest of the season. Johnson’s second 10-day contract expires at midnight. The guard has played well in his brief Celtics tenure. He is averaging 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 24.1 minutes during his eight games with the Celtics.
The Celtics have many questions to answer and they need their young players to make progress. As of right now, the Celtics can hold onto Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, and Jared Sullinger. Jeff Green disappears at times, but he has not been able to play much with Rondo. CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely had a piece where he explains Green’s role with the Celtics and the reasons for his frustrating play. Everybody else can be shipped elsewhere for the right cost.
Here are a couple of tweets from Celtics’ players:
Bass retweeted this post from the television series, “Simply Ming” on PBS. Chef Ming Tsai hosts this show that is in its 11th season. The 6-foot-8-inch forward joined Tsai to cook for the children in the YMCA of Boston. This tweet displays a picture of Bass looking on while Tsai is in the process of cooking healthy food.
Olynyk sent out an advertisement for Roster Store in the Natick Mall. Roster Store is giving away an autographed ball by Olynyk. Celtics’ fans can click on the Facebook link underneath the picture and they need to say who is their favorite all-time Celtic for an opportunity to win this basketball.
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley and forward Jeff Green celebrated special occasions last week. Bradley was in Austin with his fellow University of Texas alums like T.J. Ford and Royal Ivey to watch the Longhorns football team open their season against New Mexico State. Green enjoyed a healthy 27th birthday.
Ford had a mysterious tweet about Bradley and his family on Monday.
CSNNE debuts a documentary to highlight the life of Reggie Lewis 20 years after his death.
Comcast SportsNet New England, the TV home of the Boston Celtics, will debut a documentary Sunday July 28th titled “REMEMBER REGGIE: The Reggie Lewis Story.” Boston Sports Then and Now was fortunate enough to be in attendance this week for a private pre-screening of this captivating account of his life.
Celtics fans have fond memories of Bird and crew in the ‘80s and more recent recollections of the success the franchise has had with Pierce and Garnett. There was however a gap in the franchise’s storied dominance. “Remember Reggie” chronicles the reality of that dark part in Celtics history.
The life ofReggie Lewis is articulately conveyed starting with his days under Jim Calhoun at Northeastern to his captaincy of the Boston Celtics. With the team’s torch being passed to Reggie, the future Celtics appeared to be in good hands. That is until Reggie fainted on the court in the ‘93 NBA playoffs and later had a more traumatic episode that summer which cost him his life.
“Remember Reggie” took time to highlight and remember the basketball player and community-oriented individual Reggie was in the city of Boston during his collegiate and professional career. The film grasps you and lets you know exactly who the Celtics lost.
In a true effort to tell the whole story, full disclosure in this documentary brought to the forefront questions about how doctors handled Lewis’ condition after his first episode, as well as allegations that Reggie’s death was linked to cocaine use. CSNNE did a fine job of reliving not only the playing career of Reggie, but the controversial aftermath that surrounded his untimely death.
The Bruins faithful were out in full force tonight as most of the night saw many fans shoulder to shoulder, donned in black and gold, just happy to celebrate the return of their beloved Boston Bruins.
CSNNE‘s A. Sherrod Blakely stopped by the party, and despite admitting to only having gone to one Bruins game, was still impressed by the turnout of the fans. “The Bruins are obviously a big deal in Boston” said Blakely “It’s a great, great atmosphere”. He wasn’t kidding, over 600 fans packed into the Harp Thursday night for the event.
“When I used to cover the ACC in North Carolina, the fans were very rowdy” Blakely continued “Bruins fans remind me of that, they become a part of the game”.
Among the many Bruins die-hards in attendance was a man with a Viking’s helmet and a shield sporting the Bruins’ logo, a gentleman with a fake beard and a Winter Classic jersey with Eddie Shore’s number 2 on the back, and an uncountable amount of Bruins jerseys featuring the numbers of current, former, and retired players.
Those in attendance were treated to an early preview of something they knew all too well. Rene Rancourt sang his rendition of the star spangled banner for the crowd prompting them to sing along. He then said he would be singing the Canadian anthem Saturday in French asking “anyone in here speak French?”. One man in the crowd could and Rancourt gave him the mic. After allowing the fan to sing a few lines Rene took the mic back and said to the crowd “Let’s throw this guy out of here”.
It was announced today that Boston bruins goaltender #30 Tim Thomas is planning to take a year off
In one of the more shocking developments in Boston Bruins news, it appears that Stanley Cup MVP Tim Thomas is preparing to sit out next season. Bruins’ General Manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed the rumors regarding the goaltenders’ “Sabbatical” this afternoon in a conference call “I’m approaching this season as if Tim Thomas won’t be playing next year” said Chiarelli “There’s a strong chance he’ll be taking the year off”. I can’t begin to imagine the many reasons and scenarios which would cause this flurry of drama surrounding the organization given all that is has accomplished in a year. It appears as if Thomas is aware of Tuukka Rask’s readiness to take the reigns as the number one starter which means Timmy will be moved to clear cap room for a new team direction.
The thing here that hurts the most is the fact that Thomas signed a 35 plus contract.
In the NHL a 35 plus contract is one that is payable regardless of what happens in a player’s career whether it be injury, retirement, or sabbatical. Thomas’ cap hit will count regardless of what he decides to do which may throw a huge wrench in the Bruins’ off-season plans. Thomas has always been a peculiar figure; this can be seen in the various interviews and appearances he has done throughout his career in Boston. Another interesting bit of news is the recent emergence of information regarding the goaltenders’ abrupt move to Colorado mid-season. It was reported yesterday by CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty that Thomas had moved his family out of the Boston area. A player looking for a new home isn’t a strange thing, but when they do it in the middle of a stressful season surrounded in controversy it raises a few eyebrows.
After he carried the Bruins to their first Championship in 39 years, Thomas was considered a hero among the Boston faithful.
One article even claimed that he was rivaling the New England Patriots Tom Brady as the most popular athlete in New England. Everything started to unravel when the Cup Champions’ visited to the White House without Thomas in attendance. He later that posted this message on his Facebook page “I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.”