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  1. Delonte West joins the blogging game

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

    Delonte West

    Delonte West is one of the most bloggable NBA players around. He’s about to find out first-hand, as West has started a once-a-month blog diary with ESPN Boston, in which he’ll pull from his bottomless internal well of blog-worthy material. It may not be Delonte completely unplugged, but his first post covers a lot of…

  2. If Kevin Garnett wants to help you, you’d better listen

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Sure, he can snarl and pound his chest and be all kinds of in-your-face intense. And that’s just in practice. But Kevin Garnett wants to help out the bigs that come in to Celtics camp. You had just better listen, as Doc Rivers warned future Celtics big men (and you too, Luke Harangody), via the…

  3. Heat realize Lakers, Magic and Celtics have a jump

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:13 AM EST

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    Two weeks until the season tips off, and teams are not looking the same in camp. The Miami Heat are still learning the offense, the defense and how to play with each other. All without Dwyane Wade, who is still out with a sore hamstring for at least another week. Eddie House and Carlos Arroyo…

  4. The Celtics bond in the shadow of the Green Monster

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:21 AM EST

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    The Celtics are getting back to that whole “chemistry first” thing that took them so far in 2008. That’s been a primary focus for them at camp and in the preseason, trying to get close to one another like the “Ubuntu” crowd was two years ago.  They’ve spent a lot of nights just doing team…

  5. Pat Riley has Doc at the top of the list.

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:11 AM EST

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    See, now, if this is true, it is neither cool nor fair, nor unexpected. We already told you about the Yahoo! Sports post that indicates Doc might want to hang with the Celtics for a while. But in the middle of that post is another tasty nugget for you. From the inevitable Adrian Wojnarowski: Rivers…

  6. Doc Rivers might want to stay in Boston after big three leave

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Doc Rivers almost didn’t come back to the Celtics this season. He considered taking a year off, watching his Duke-bound son Austin’s last year of high school ball, spend more time with his daughter. But he came back. In part because of the very real shot at another ring. But also because of the bonds…

  7. Delonte West leaves game early with sore back

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:25 PM EST

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    Lingering back issues continue to plague Delonte West this preseason despite playing well for the Celtics in a game against the Nets. West played 18 strong minutes — 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, six rebounds and three assists. It’s the kind of production that — along with the spotty hot nights from Nate Robinson —…

  8. Kevin Garnett admits he's an ass%&@$ (plus talks Heat and losing Game 7)

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett is a private person. Not unreasonable, but on a team that now has Nate Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal, it stands as a stark contrast. The KG we see is the one on the court — focused and intense. He makes no apologies for that. And if you want to use another, more direct…

  9. Celtics shut Jermaine O'Neal down for rest of the week

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:22 PM EST

    Jermaine O’Neal has been penciled in as the Celtics starting center with Kendrick Perkins still recovering. But he will not be the starter this week in the team’s first two exhibition games. O’Neal has a tight left hamstring and because this preseason nobody smart plays through injuries in the preseason. That means he will miss…

  10. If there's an NBA lockout, Nate Robinson wants an NFL tryout

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:04 PM EST

    Nate Robinson was good enough to play major college football — he was a highly recruited football star who played some cornerback at the University of Washington. Then he settled in on basketball. If (cough *when* cough) the NBA locks out next summer, Robinson wants to go back to his football roots, he told the…

  11. Tony Gaffney out in Boston, meaning Von Wafer is in

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:22 AM EST

    Tony Gaffney was on the roster for Boston at the end of last season and through the playoffs, but he couldn’t stick this year. Over the weekend Gaffney was let go by the Celtics and landed a spot playing professionally in Turkey. Which looked beautiful in the shots from the FIBA World Championship, even if…

  12. Video: Nate Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal are two classic comedy peas in a pod

    Oct 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    You might think that the media would wholeheartedly be embracing the Miami Heat. But honestly, they’re covering it, we’re covering it, whatever, mostly out of necessity. It is a story. It will be a story. But if you want to know who’s really being given the sweet treatment? It’s Boston. The refrains goes as such:…

  13. Nate Robinson dunking on Shaq

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    UPDATE 2:35 pm: Shaq and KG got him back. 12:42 pm: You had to know that having the big personalities (and dramatically different bodies) of Nate Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal on the same team was going to lead to some fun. Like Shaq saying he had a special surprise for Nate if he could dunk…

  14. The 1997 Chicago Bulls vs. Genghis Khan. Who ya got?

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

    This may be the best of the NBA 2K11 promo commercials yet…

  15. Kevin Garnett's intensity too much for Rondo — even at media day

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    Pretty classic video from Celtics media day, with Rajon Rondo trying to do an interview while Kevin Garnett goes, well, Kevin Garnett in the other room. (hat tip to Trey “where you goin?” Kerby at Ball Don’t Lie)

  16. Shaq to Kobe: "I don't compete with little guards"

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:41 AM EST

    They are older and a little less petulant, but don’t think the Shaq v. Kobe rivalry is dead. In his post Game 7 press conference last June, Kobe Bryant was quick to say last year that “I got one more (ring) than Shaq.” That rivalry still matters to him (Kobe uses everything for motivation). Shaquille…

  17. Kevin Garnett is rested and healthy. Fear the Celtics.

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett is still the beating heart and key player for the Celtics. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are crucial. Rajon Rondo’s importance grows daily. Kendrick Perkins and the O’Neals matter in the middle. Donkey and Shrek matter off the bench. But last season, Garnett’s health determined the Celtics fate. Which is why this quote…

  18. Celtics draft pick Avery Bradley not ready for start of camp

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

    Celtics fans are going to have to wait a little longer to see what they got with draft pick Avery Bradley, as he will not be ready for the start of training camp. Back in pre-draft workouts Bradley sprained his ankle, which never helps your stock. Boston took him anyway, seeing him as a long-term…

  19. Top 10 training camp questions

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:57 AM EST

    Once training camps get rolling next week, there are going to be a lot of questions around the league — and not all of them are about the Heat. Although it will feel like that for a while. NBC’s Ira Winderman put together a list of those top 10 training camp questions (outside of “What…

  20. Look for Rashad McCants to get a camp invite, beyond that… who knows?

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:22 PM EST

    The Celtics have taken a close look at Rashad McCants this summer, but it turns out they are not alone. McCants agent says the Raptors, Grizzlies and Clippers are in the mix as well as the Celtics, according to a tweet from A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast New England. All of those teams may have…

  21. Brian Scalabrine gets make good deal with Chicago

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:48 PM EST

    We tried to prepare you for this Celtics fans — the Brian Scalabrine era in Boston has come to an end. The team’s victory cigar at the end of its bench has signed a make-good deal with the Chicago Bulls and will attend their camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. This came about because…

  22. Kobe inspired Boston to go get Shaq… and stop pretending that feud is marketing

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:11 PM EST

    Did anybody really buy the whole “Shaq v. Kobe” feud was marketing. Oh, Shaquille O’Neal is smart enough to know how to make these things marketable, but like ancient myths the elaborate stories built up around some kernel of truth. Then when Kobe got ring number five last June and was quick to say he…

  23. Rondo says his heart was not totally in Team USA adventure this summer

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:56 PM EST

    USA Basketball has a consistent history of coming up with excuses for the last cut from the team. But in Rajon Rondo’s case this summer, they were more reasons that he withdrew as the 13th man. He told Ric Bucher of ESPN that he was hesitant to go in the first place (remember the in-or-out…

  24. Shaq: The brilliant buffoon

    Sep 19, 2010, 2:07 PM EST

    Shaquille O’Neal is officially listed at 7’1”, 315 lbs.(Beefy!). But he brings with him a much bigger personality. Shaq has made a career out of not only thundering dunks but bombastic comments. Prolific nicknames, battle raps, and your run of the mill trash talk from O’Neal has filled column inches (and blog posts) for 15…

  25. Brian Scalabrine to the Bulls? It could happen.

    Sep 18, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    We last saw Brian Scalabrine cheering on the Celtics from the bench. This season he could be doing it for the Chicago Bulls. Scalabrine and the Bulls have talked this summer and he still could land a spot, according to Sam Smith writing at Bulls.com. And there actually is some logic here. The Bulls have…

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