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Celtics Tweets of Interest: Jared Sullinger’s Well-Wishes to Perk; Kelly Olynyk Cheers for Canada

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This has been a newsworthy week for the Boston Celtics. The team came off a four-game road trip without a win on the West Coast.

On Tuesday, Danny Ainge commented on 98.5 The Sports Hub that Rajon Rondo celebrated his 28th birthday in Los Angeles instead of traveling with the team to Sacramento.

Apparently, Rondo’s camp claimed there was a miscommunication between himself and the team. Earlier this month, Rondo stayed in Boston while the Celtics played in Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back.

The airwaves on sports radio was filled with some hosts and callers discussing Rondo’s lack of leadership. While I’m not excusing Rondo, this could be misconstrued as a simple mistake.

Here is an example of a former Celtics captain who made a mistake. Paul Pierce was ejected late in a tight Game 6 of the 2005 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers. After Jamaal Tinsley intentionally fouled Pierce and hit him in the neck, Pierce swung his elbow at Tinsley. With the Celtics holding an 84-83 lead, the officials handed Pierce a second technical foul. In the post-game press conference, Pierce created a sideshow with a bandage wrapped around his head. The Celtics were facing elimination and they were fortunate to come away with an overtime victory. Pierce’s ejection could have been costly.

Both Pierce and Rondo had to fight criticism of their attitudes throughout their early years in the NBA. George Karl called out Pierce after the 2002 World Championships for Pierce’s selfishness.Of course, Pierce was able to change  perception over the course of his career. Rondo should be given the same opportunity to overcome his errors in judgement.

I would be more concerned if Rondo was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm like New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton on Monday night.

Here are notable tweets:

Jared Sullinger never played with Kendrick Perkins when Perkins was a member of the Celtics. Sullinger is sending well-wishes to the Oklahoma City Thunder center because Perkins underwent surgery on his left groin earlier this week. The injury occurred in the third quarter of the Thunder’s loss to the Miami Heat last Thursday. Meanwhile, Sullinger missed the last three games because he suffered a concussion in the Celtics’ 101-92 defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday. Here is well-wishes to both Perkins and Sullinger and they can both recover from their ailments quickly.

Kelly Olynyk is from Toronto so obviously he was cheering for Canada’s hockey team during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Canada shut out both the United States and Sweeden in the medal round to win their second consecutive gold medal.

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Rajon Rondo Recommends “RoboCop;” Jared Sullinger Supports Alma Mater

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The Boston Celtics have won four out of their six games in the month of February. They are entering the All-Star break on a sour note after their 104-92 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.
 
With a week until the trade deadline, the rumors are swirling. Earlier this week, there were reports from the New York Daily News that Danny Ainge was shopping Jeff Green to the Atlanta Hawks. Sam Amick of USA Today mentioned the New York Knicks are willing to take Green or Gerald Wallace in a package that included Rajon Rondo. In the exchange, the Celtics would receive Amar’e Stoudemire and young players. Some Celtics fans are running a swap of Rondo for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in the ESPN Trade Machine.
 
The most likely scenario is Ainge will look to unload some of the bigger contracts such as Brandon Bass, Green, Kris Humphries, and Wallace for future draft picks or veterans on short deals. In New York, the Knicks are desperate to add another star next to Carmelo Anthony and they are still holding out hope that Ainge loses his mind. The Knicks do not have any first-round picks to offer unless they swap choices with the Celtics. While fans would like to dream of Westbrook and Kevin Love (reunite UCLA stars) in a Celtics uniform, it would not make any sense for Thunder General Manager Sam Presti to ship his injury-riddled point guard for another point guard who just returned from ACL surgery last month. This does not even take into account that the Thunder extended Westbrook’s contract last year while Rondo will become a free agent in the summer of 2015. While Ainge has been known to make bold moves, my prediction is if he does trade Rondo, then it will come this off-season. The Celtics still have a trade exception from the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce deal this past summer. There is a possibility that multiple moves could happen from the Celtics, but the team is looking to take unwanted money off their books.
 
The Celtics signed guard Chris Johnson to a contract for the rest of the season. Johnson will cost $320,000 and a non-guaranteed season for next year. This will give the Celtics time to develop Johnson or use him in a trade. The Celtics have one roster spot open and they have less than $1 million to use in a trade before the deadline on February 20th.
 
Here a couple of tweets while everyone enjoys All-Star Weekend:

Rondo wants his followers to go see the remake of “RoboCop.” The original film with Peter Weller and Joan Allen was great, but Hollywood doesn’t have any unique ideas. This new movie opens on Friday. Hopefully, Rondo is correct and this new “RoboCop” is just as good as the first one.

Sullinger is showing his support for his high school Alma Mater. The 6-foot-8-inch forward played for Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio.They are competing in the Ohio state tournament. Sullinger’s teammate was Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz.

Celtics Tweets of Interest: Jared Sullinger Selected to Rising Stars; Phil Pressy’s Community Work

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On January 26th, fans of the Boston Celtics were able to display their appreciation for Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. In an ugly game, the Celtics fell 85-79. The return of Garnett and Pierce provided a welcome distraction from the Celtics’ losing streak.
The Celtics continued their slide with a lackluster performance in New York as the Knicks rolled to a 114-88 victory. In Wednesday night’s buzzer-beating defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics set a record for the most losses in a month (15). January was not a kind stretch for the Celtics. The team went 2-15 in January and have lost 19 of their last 22 games.
Currently, the Celtics own the third worst record in the NBA, yet they are only five and a half games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Such is life in the putrid Eastern Conference. The Celtics seem like they are in full-out tank mode. Rajon Rondo sat out against the Sixers for rest on the second night of a back-to-back. While Jerryd Bayless returned against the Knicks, Avery Bradley remains out of the lineup.
Jeff Green continues to disappear at times and the Celtics lack a go-to-scorer down the stretch. They are not talented enough to pull away from their opponents. The fans who are looking towards the Draft Lottery in May have smiles on their faces.
Here are a couple of noteworthy tweets:

Second-year forward Jared Sullinger was selected along with rookie Kelly Olynyk to the BBVA Compass NBA Rising Stars game on Friday February 14th in New Orleans. This game will be televised on TNT at 9 PM. In this game, rookies and second-year players compete against each other. The rookies and sophomores will be mixed together for the third consecutive season. The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Draft will be held on February 6th on TNT at 7 PM. There are nine players for each side.

Phil Pressey spent time last week with Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh to teach children about practice. The event was sponsored by New England Baptist Hospital. Pressey tweeted some pictures with the youth of Boston and Waslh.

Celtics Circuit: Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce Tributes (VIDEO)

Paul Pierce (left) and Kevin Garnett (right) were greeted with applause from Celtics' fans.

The TD Garden was rocking on Sunday night as the Boston Celtics honored Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with separate video tributes. Fans shared tears with both Garnett and Pierce. The crowd gave a standing ovation for the two stars and chanted their names even when current Celtic Kris Humphries shot free throws.

The Garnett tribute came during a television timeout near the end of the first quarter. In the video, there were clips of Garnett’s introductory press conference and when he shouted, “Anything is possible.” The latter moment was after the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals. Garnett spent six seasons with the Celtics. The Celtics made two appearances in the Finals (winning in 2008) and the Celtics lost in the Eastern Conference finals in 2012 to the Miami Heat. He was the defensive anchor as he played both power forward and center. Garnett averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

 

Pierce’s video occurred after the opening quarter concluded on Sunday night. Pierce spent his whole career with the Celtics before he was traded along with Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets this summer. In Pierce’s 15 years with the Celtics, he made the organization relevant again with multiple playoff appearances. He hit many clutch shots in his career with the Celtics and was named MVP in the 2008 NBA Finals. The 6-foot-7-inch forward was not only embraced on the court, but he was an inspiration off the court with his charity work in the community. In 1998, the Celtics drafted Pierce with the 10th overall selection. Pierce became the second leading scorer in Celtics history with 24,021 points behind only John Havlicek (26,395). Pierce’s nickname was “The Truth” (given by Shaquille O’Neal) and he will go down as one of the greatest scorers in Celtics’ history.

 

The Nets defeated the Celtics, 85-79. The fans at the Garden enjoyed a truly special night.

Celtics Circuit: C’s Trade For Jerryd Bayless

The Boston Celtics added another volume scorer with an expiring contract in Jerryd Bayless.

The Boston Celtics added another volume scorer with an expiring contract in Jerryd Bayless.

The Boston Celtics continue their attempts to increase their cap space for the summer of 2014.

On Sunday evening, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported the Celtics executed a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies to swap reserve guard Courtney Lee for Jerryd Bayless. Both teams had trade exceptions that allowed the contracts to work in this deal.

 

Both Lee and Bayless share a similar position as guards who can come off the bench and play both spots in the back-court. They can handle the ball as well as play off-the-ball. Bayless is a scorer and he has been known to knock down some clutch shots with the Grizzlies. Lee is a versatile defender who can hit corner three-pointers.

Celtics fans remember Bayless because he scored all 15 of his points in the Grizzlies’ 95-88 home victory over the Celtics on November 4th. This deal does not necessarily make the Celtics a better team. From an optimistic view, if Rajon Rondo returns to the court and Bayless can perform like he did for the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter, the Celtics could compete for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Like all shooters, Bayless can run hot and cold. The sixth-year veteran has played for three teams.

Lee has two more years left on his contract for about $11 million. Bayless will be a free agent after this season.

When the Celtics acquired Lee, they believed that he would fill in for Avery Bradley because both had similar skill sets. Bradley also was coming off multiple shoulder surgeries in the summer of 2012.  The 28-year-old Lee never fulfilled those hopes. Even though Lee has been solid this season, the Celtics wanted to clear salary this year.

 

BST&N’s Top 5 Celtics Moments Of 2013 (VIDEO)

Although this year brought many memorable moments in Boston sports as the city dealt with tragedy (the Boston Marathon bombings) and celebrated the triumph of the Red Sox capturing the World Series, we are reminded that the Celtics were the lone team in the four major professional sports leagues to not play in a championship game. They have given us some exciting moments, but Celtics fans also waved goodbye to Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.

Here are the top five moments in 2013 for the Celtics:

5. Celtics lose to New York Knicks in Eastern Conference quarterfinals in six games:

Nobody knew this would be one of Paul Pierce's final shots in a Boston Celtics uniform.

Nobody knew this would be one of Paul Pierce’s final shots in a Boston Celtics uniform.

The Celtics fell 88-80 to the Knicks in Game 6 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. This team was playing without point guard Rajon Rondo. Even though the team went on a run after Rondo tore his right ACL in January, the Celtics clearly displayed their flaws against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. The Celtics nearly forced Game 7. They fell behind by over 20 points in Game 6 at TD Garden before they cut the deficit down to two possessions late in the game. The Knicks hung on to survive and move on to the next round. This game proved to be the final game for Rivers, Garnett, and Pierce. It was not the ending that any Celtics fan hoped for when the Big Three formed in 2007. All good things must come to an end.

4. Celtics honor victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in Toronto:

The Celtics were supposed to square off against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden on April 16, but the game was cancelled as the city mourned the tragic events that transpired at the Boston Marathon. Instead, the Celtics wrapped up their 2012-’13 season in Toronto on April 17th. Toronto held a pregame ceremony with both the Celtics and Raptors players and coaches meeting at halfcourt for a moment of silence.

3. Celtics Hire Brad Stevens:

Danny Ainge (left) was all smiles after the Boston Celtics gave Brad Stevens (right) a six-year contract.

Danny Ainge (left) was all smiles after the Boston Celtics gave Brad Stevens (right) a six-year contract.

Most media members were expecting the Celtics to replace Rivers with a young coach since the team was rebuilding. The prevailing rumor was the Celtics would promote Jay Larranaga, who is the son of the University of Miami (FL) head coach Jim Larranaga. Jay Larranaga was coaching the Celtics’ Summer League team and Rivers was reportedly trying to lure Larranaga onto his staff with the Los Angeles Clippers. On July 3rd, Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge shocked everyone when he tabbed Butler’s lead man, Stevens. Stevens had previously rejected several top-flight college programs to remain at Butler University. The hiring of Stevens brought both optimism and pessimism. People recognized the success that he had at a mid-major program like Butler and other people looked at his age (37 years old) as well as lack of experience on the professional level.

2. Celtics send Rivers to the Clippers for 2015 unprotected first-round pick:

 Doc Rivers joined the Los Angeles Clippers after a lengthy negotiation for his trade.

Doc Rivers joined the Los Angeles Clippers after a lengthy negotiation for his trade.

On May 3rd, Rivers said after the Celtics’ defeat to the Knicks that he would need time to think about coming back to the Celtics. Over the next month and a half, Ainge commented that he believed Rivers would be back. Then there were reports that the Celtics were shopping Rivers and Garnett to the Clippers for a package that included center DeAndre Jordan and point guard Eric Bledsoe. NBA Commissioner David Stern stepped in and said that teams cannot make a transaction that involved both a head coach and a player. Instead, the Celtics managed to receive a first-round choice and Rivers was granted his wish to coach a contender for the NBA title. While Rivers’ exit was unceremonious, this did not have an effect on the relationship between Rivers and the Celtics’ fans. When Rivers returned to Boston on December 11th, the Celtics’ faithful gave him a standing ovation. The organization compiled photos of Rivers’ days with the Celtics on the JumboTron. Rivers was forced to wipe away tears and expressed his love for Boston in his postgame press conference.

1. Celtics trade Garnett, Pierce, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn Nets for Keith Bogans, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, and three-first round draft picks (2014, 2016, and 2017).

Paul Pierce (left), Kevin Garnett (middle), and Jason Terry (right) show off their Brooklyn Nets jerseys.

Paul Pierce (left), Kevin Garnett (middle), and Jason Terry (right) show off their Brooklyn Nets jerseys.

The Celtics were able to clear money from their salary cap and the Nets believed they were closer to a championship at the NBA Draft on June 27th. The trade was not made official until the NBA moratorium period ended on July 12th. Both teams can swap first-round picks in 2017. This showed that the Celtics were clearly in rebuilding mode. Pierce was a Celtic for all fifteen years of his career up until this past summer. Garnett spent six memorable years with the Celtics. Both players helped the Celtics capture the organization’s 17th title. They nearly won another championship in 2010 when they lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Lakers. This trade was already seen as a steal for the future because the Celtics received three first-round picks. The Nets are currently a team in disarray with a 10-20 record while the Celtics are in a better position than what most people thought they would be early in the 2013-’14 season. The Celtics are competing with the Raptors atop the Atlantic Division while the Nets are at the bottom.

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