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Canceled games mean Celtics' savings

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Canceled games mean Celtics' savings

With Friday's all-too-predictable announcement by the NBA that all games through November are canceled, it means players are finally going to feel the financial impact of the lockout.

Players are paid bi-weekly during the season, with the first check coming around Nov. 15, and the last one being in May.

From the outset, players knew that fighting for the best deal possible would come at a cost.

And while no one is going to feel sympathy for multimillionaires missing out on a few paychecks, that doesn't diminish the reality that the players in their desire to get what they believe is the best deal possible, are leaving a lot of money on the table that they're unlikely to ever recoup.

The Celtics are no different in that regard, than any other franchise.

While the C's only have a handful of players under contract for this upcoming season, they're all well paid which means each canceled game comes at a hefty price for them all.

But how much?

At CSNNE.com, we've taken a look at just how big a financial hit the C's under contract -- there are six of them, a tally that does not include Jeff Green, who is a restricted free agent -- will take now that the all games in November have been wiped out.

When it comes to figuring out per-game salary, each game represents 190th of the season which includes eight preseason games and a full 82-game schedule.

For the Celtics, that amounts to a total of 22 lost games lost (eight preseason, 14 regular season).

To put in perspective how big a loss this is, those 22 games missed account for 24.4 percent of their entire season (preseason and regular season games combined).

We all know that the Boston Celtics have had one of the league's highest payrolls ever since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were traded to Boston in 2008.

But how much is this lockout REALLY costing them?

While the money they're losing out on is significant, don't expect to see KG, Rondo or Allen at a grocery store near you whipping out coupons anytime soon.

And if you're wondering why the owners have been so willing to see games missed, consider this: with no preseason games or games in November, the C's will save nearly 16 million in salaries, a number that would be substantially higher when you consider they would have a roster with at least seven more players.

Player 2011-2012 salary Salarygame missed The lockout cost so far ...

Kevin Garnett 21.247M 236,078 5.2M
Paul Pierce 15.333M 170,370 3.748M
Rajon Rondo 10.045M 111,616 2.455M
Ray Allen 10M 111,111 2.444M
Jermaine O'Neal 6.226M 69,180 1.521M
Avery Bradley 1.524M 16,938 372,416
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Total 64.375 M 715,293 15.7 M

OFFSEASON

Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

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Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

Veteran forward Larry Sanders, who hasn’t played since December of 2014, has taken to Twitter to get feedback on “Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best?”

So far, it’s his last team, the Milwaukee Bucks leading, with the Celtics edging the Cavaliers for second place.  

Sanders, 27, has been away from basketball after two drug-related suspensions and issues with anxiety and depression led him to accept a buyout from the Bucks.  The 6-11 Sanders was a solid rim protector. He averaged 1.8 blocks a game in his career. Could the Celtics, with an already crowded roster, take a flyer on him as a low-cost option? 
 

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Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

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Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

By Dan Feldman, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Michael Jordan might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

But that quote has defined him politically.

Whether the perception has been fair or not, he’s clearly trying to change it.

Jordan in ESPN's The Undefeated:

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

You can read Jordan’s full statement here.