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  1. Dennis Johnson was very, very good

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    There are plenty of young NBA fans out there — probably even young Celtics fans — who are saying “Dennis Johnson who?” He is maybe the best baller ever to come out of the prettiest college campus in America, Pepperdine. He was the point guard for much of the 1980s Celtics run, the teams known…

  2. Doc Rivers wasn't taking calls from anyone, including president Obama

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Usually, when the President of the United States wants to get in touch with you, he gets in touch with you. Unless you’re Doc Rivers. The day after Boston’s Game 7 loss to Los Angeles, Rivers cell phone rang with a 202 phone number. We’ll let the Orlando Sentinel take the story from there. Doc…

  3. Atlanta is apparently very, very desperate for another center

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    The Hawks were long linked to Shaquille O’Neal, but despite the Hawk’s need for a big, strong post defender (to tackle the challenges Al Horford is ill-suited for) and some interior scoring (ATL was 21st in the league in field goal attempts at the rim last season), it wasn’t meant to be. O’Neal is now…

  4. Brian Scalabrine wants to stay, but may not be long for this NBA world

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

    It may not be the best move for Boston roster-wise or payroll-wise, but part of me wants Brian Scalabrine to stay a Celtic forever. Couldn’t they throw the veteran’s minimum his way, just for old time’s sake? Maybe from now until, well, the end of eternity? Scal just looks so natural in Celtic green/suits on…

  5. Celtics loaded with All-Stars, but that is not a good sign

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Shaquille O’Neal has appeared in 15 All-Star games. He has only danced with the Jabbawockeez at one of them, but he’s been to the game a lot. So have his Celtics teammates — they have 54 All-Star appearances as team. As you might imagine, that is far and away the most in the NBA. That’s…

  6. Can the Heat be beat inside?

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Nobody is going to be better than the Miami Heat at the two, three and four spots. But picture them playing Orlando. Jameer Nelson has the ball (guarded by Mario Chalmers) and Dwight Howard (covered by Joel Anthony) comes out to set the high pick. That is a hard-to-stop P&R combo for any team, and…

  7. Celtics, Bobcats look at bringing in Larry Hughes

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    Last season, Larry Hughes made $33,000 per point scored. Which is what happens when you pay a role player $13.6 million for the season. But that number might be a lot more reasonable at the veteran minimum, and apparently a few teams wouldn’t mind bringing the veteran swingman off the bench for a few minutes…

  8. It's official: Shaq is the Big Shamrock

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    Despite rumors that the deal had been hung up over money, the Boston Celtics have made it official. Shaquille O’Neal is a member of the Boston Celtics. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” said…

  9. Shaq agrees to join Celtics, a smart gamble by both sides

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:22 AM EST

    Is it going to work? Maybe. Maybe not. But it’s going to happen — Shaquille O’Neal has agreed to join the Boston Celtics according to CSN New England, ESPN’s Chris Brossard and a bunch of other sources now. This will be a one-year deal for the league minimum of $1.4 million. Is it a good…

  10. Welcome to the big time Miami — and a tough start to the season

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    You wanted to be big time, you wanted the spotlight Miami. Well you got it. And everything that comes with it. Like a tough first week. First you get the Boston Celtics in Boston. Three nights later you get to host the Orlando Magic. The last two Eastern Conference champions in your first two games.…

  11. Celtics "close" to signing Shaquille O'Neal

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:39 PM EST

    If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet, the Celtics are “close” to signing free agent center Shaquille O’Neal to a contract. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says the Cavs have not been talking to the Celtics about a sign-and-trade, so this deal is very likely…

  12. Shaq still wants to play in Boston. Or wherever they will pay him.

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    It should be Shaq vs. Free Agency. And right now free agency is winning — Shaquille O’Neal remains without a team. But on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Monday night (or early Tuesday morning, if you prefer) Shaq said he would love to play in Boston. “Celtics would be a good program.” Shaq said he…

  13. All of a sudden, Dwight Howard is the voice of reason

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has never been accused of being the coolest cucumber in the refrigerator. He’s generally considered a silly young buck. But in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he showed a tremendous amount of perspective regarding how teams build themselves for the playoffs, and the treacherous nature of building…

  14. NBA to release the big-ticket games Tuesday

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:57 AM EST

    It’s one of NBA-heads’ favorite times of the year. The release of the schedule. And this year, the NBA is capitalizing on that level of interest and making it into a bit of an event. Tuesday night, August 3rd, NBATV will host a one-hour special to announce its opening night, Christmas Day, and Martin Luther…

  15. Shaq sings to Justin Bieber (and not well)

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:55 PM EST

    Yes this is backstage footage of Shaquille O’Neal signing to Justin Bieber. Yes, we are fairly sure this is a sign of the apocalypse. So is Shaq vs., which he also has been shooting this summer. I will try to make one basketball tie in — Shaq is rumored to want to be on the…

  16. Add Kendrick Perkins to the list of players not backing down from Miami

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    The Miami Heat are going to be a regular season force — with little time to prepare for them (and there is little time in the regular season for teams) it will be hard to find and execute the little things that could slow LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But what about in the playoffs? In…

  17. Report: Celtics sign Von Wafer to be designated gunner off the bench

    Jul 29, 2010, 7:48 PM EST

    Von Wafer has never met a shot he didn’t like. That makes him a fan favorite and a coach’s nightmare. Now, he may be Doc River’s problem. Hoopsworld is reporting that the Celtics have signed Wafer to a one year, fully guaranteed minimum deal. Other Celtics sources have yet to confirm this so please drink…

  18. Kendrick Perkins wants to play for Team USA, not New Zealand

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins could likely play for New Zealand’s national team, if he were interested. Not this summer, as Perk is likely to be out of action until December of January with a torn ACL. But supposing the ‘Tall Blacks’ could persuade Perk to play, they could add a physical defensive presence inside that would help…

  19. Rajon Rondo unsurprisingly is not concerned with the Heat

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:37 AM EST

    The defining characteristic of the Boston Celtics is their defense. Their second defining characteristic is arrogance. This isn’t a bad thing. The Celtics, like all great teams, pride themselves on being the team they consider the best. All season long they kept the same mantra: the only team that can beat them is themselves. This…

  20. Shaquille O'Neal's latest delusion involves the Celtics

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Helpful tip for NBA free-agents. If you’re looking at possible teams to join? Try looking at their roster first. If they happen to employ someone who plays your position and plays at well, for more money and is younger? They’re probably not interested. If they employ two, halve that percentage they’re into you. Shaquille O’Neal…

  21. Chris Paul is simply the latest consumer of the NBA arms race that started in Boston

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    In 2007, the Spurs won their fourth title inside of a decade. They defeated a LeBron James-led Cavs team that featured Sasha Pavlovic as the fifth-leading scorer on the team. The arguable second-best team was the Phoenix Suns who would immediately begin a spiral based off of the hyper-reactive initial moves of Steve Kerr. The…

  22. Matt Barnes weighing his options, not loving them

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:53 PM EST

    Matt Barnes is as indecisive about where he will play next year as Jessica Alba is about her hair color. Well, to be fair, Barnes thought he had made a decision, and tweeted he was going to Toronto Monday. Except a few guys in suits forgot to do that math. So he is back on…

  23. After Toronto's stumble, the race for Matt Barnes is now wide open

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:06 AM EST

    The Toronto Raptors thought they were close to acquiring Matt Barnes via sign-and-trade, but apparently somebody didn’t do their homework, causing the deal to go through. With no cap space left to sign Barnes, no Bird rights (or even early Bird rights), and the inability to use salary cap exceptions to sign him and subsequently…

  24. Rajon Rondo is unphased by the Team USA mystique

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:21 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo has never seemed all that interested in playing for Team USA. He kind of brushed off the initial invite to participate in this summer’s tryout (He apparently couldn’t be bothered to get back to Team USA czar Jerry Colangelo), and though he was officially added to the national team’s roster last week, he…

  25. Lawrence Frank steps back into the coaching realm with the Boston Celtics

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:58 PM EST

    Prior to his hiring as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau’s influence was rumored to be the stuff of legend. He was the architect of the NBA’s best defense. A coaching mastermind, waiting in the wings. I heard he once made Kendrick Perkins smile and made Kevin Garnett cry. His pedigree as…

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