15 things to know about Terrence Williams

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15 things to know about Terrence Williams

A week after leaving the Guangdong Southern Tigers of China, forward Terrence Williams has signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics. Williams, 25, entered the NBA in 2009 and has been looking to establish himself in the league since then. Get to know Williams with these 15 factoids.

1. The 6-6 wingman is from a close-knit circle of Seattle-area basketball players, which includes current Celtics Avery Bradley and Jason Terry.

2. Williams attended Rainier Beach High School, the same school as former Celtic Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, and Doug Christie.

3. A standout at the University of Louisville, Williams averaged 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists his senior year. He was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2009 NCAA Tournament preview issue.

4. The Nets selected Williams with the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. His name was called after Brandon Jennings and before Gerald Henderson.

5. On October 28, 2009, Williams posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in his NBA debut. He played 31 minutes off the bench against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

6. Williams' second season with the Nets was rocky. He was inactive for games and was also sent to the NBA Development League's Springfield Armor.

7. Williams was involved in a three-team trade between the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 that ended up having ties to the Celtics. In December of 2010, the Nets traded Williams to the Rockets. As part of the the same deal, the Lakers sent a 2011 first round draft pick to the Nets. Six months later, the Nets used that pick to select JaJuan Johnson 27th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, and then traded him to the Boston Celtics along with a future second round pick in exchange for MarShon Brooks.

8. The Celtics will be Williams' fifth NBA team. He has been a member of the Nets, Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons (chronologically). Williams has averaged 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 20.2 minutes during his NBA career.

9. This season Williams played 29 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of China. He averaged 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 27.0 minutes.

10. Williams competed in 140 games (4,510 minutes played) during his four years at Louisville. Since being drafted in 2009, he has played in 129 games (2,604 minutes) in the NBA.

11. Celtics guard Courtney Lee has already suited up with Williams. Lee and Williams were teammates with both the Nets and the Rockets.

12. While in college, Williams listed LeBron James as his favorite NBA player and the Miami Heat as his favorite NBA team on his Louisville player page. (If he could update that today, he probably would.)

13. Williams is featured in the online series "Poor Hungry Driven" about his life. He tattooed the abbreviation "PHD" on his arm (can you find it?).

14. Remember the phrase "wordaapp" Nate Robinson helped make popular while on the Celtics? Williams played a big part in it.

15. Social media savvy, Williams is on Twitter @TheRealTWill and Facebook.

Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

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Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

After the Clippers were elminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, a disappointed Paul Pierce told ESPN that he was "50-50" about retirement. 

In a video after Portland's Game 6 victory posted on oregonlive.com, the former Celtics captain said his "heart is broken" by another playoff elimination. 

Pierce signed a a three-year, $10 million contract to return home (he grew up in Inglewood, Calif.) and play for his old coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.  He'll be 39 next season and coming off the worst season of his career. Pierce averaged 6.1 points, 36 percent shooting and 18 minutes a game, all career lows.

How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

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How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

WALTHAM, Mass. -- This past season, Isaiah Thomas took a major step forward to becoming more than just a solid NBA player, but one of the game’s best.
 
He knows he won’t stay among the elite for long if he doesn’t make some changes with the most notable being to his diet.
 
“I do not eat good,” Thomas acknowledged following his exit interview this week. “I eat like a young guy, a young guy who got a little bit of money, fast food every day. But I’m definitely going to change.”
 
The change becomes necessary not only in light of how the season ended for him and the Celtics, but also for his long-term goals, which include playing in the NBA until he’s at least 40 years old.
 
“I’m not that old but the greatest players took care of their bodies the best,” Thomas said.
 
Among those cited by Thomas who excelled at taking care of their bodies was former Celtic Ray Allen.
 
But Thomas was quick to add that he won’t go to the lengths that Allen did in maintaining good health.
 
“Because he’s a little crazy with that,” quipped Thomas. “I just want to play at a high level for a long time, like Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant. You have to take care of your body. That’s half the battle of performing out there on the floor.
 
Thomas added, “This is a big summer for me to start doing that.”
 
Eating right is just part of the transformation process for Thomas.
 
He’ll also modify is offseason workouts to include some work in the boxing ring with long time friend Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 
“I’m definitely work with him a few times, get my conditioning right, probably train, do some boxing stuff on the side, just to get in that type of shape,” Thomas said. “You get in that type of shape you won’t get tired on the basketball floor. This summer is big for me, transforming my body, getting into the best shape possible and coming back and having another all-star year.”
 
For the Celtics to improve upon this past season, they will need Thomas to continue elevating his play as well as the play of those around him.
 
It is that latter point that was among the many reasons Boston’s season is over. No matter what he did, those around him could not step their game up to a level needed in order to get past the Atlanta Hawks.
 
Chalk it up to another lesson learned for Thomas.
 
“You can’t do it on your own,” Thomas said. “There’s no way you can do it on your own. Nobody can do it on your own; and how hard it is to win playoff games, a playoff series. It’s not easy.”
 
And when you come up short, for Thomas is created an uneasiness that he never wants to experience again.
 
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again,” he said. “It really hurt me. I’m going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and to work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you’ll I’ll be back better than ever next year.”