Celtics Summer Leaguer Lasme signs with team in Greece

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Celtics Summer Leaguer Lasme signs with team in Greece

Stephane Lasme is taking what he learned during two stints with the Boston Celtics overseas to Greece after signing a deal with Panathinaikos Athens.

The University of Massachusetts alum participated in the Celtics 2010 Training Camp and played on their Summer League teams this July.

"The Celtics have so much history, it gave me extra confidence," Lasme told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. "To have one of the greatest teams in history tell me that I'm good, I think it's a confidence boost."

The 29-year-old forward continued to soak up as much knowledge as he could playing a second time with the Celtics this summer. He still texts occasionally with former teammates, including Kevin Garnett, and is always seeking out advice.

"(Head coach Doc Rivers) told me to focus on learning the Celtics identity," he said. "I remember we talked a couple of times and he always told me not to worry about trying to show off the things think that I can do, just worry about playing my game."

The Golden State Warriors drafted Lasme with the 46th pick in 2007. During his rookie season, he also played for the Miami Heat and Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBA Development League) before heading to Europe in 2008. After two seasons of Euroleague basketball, Lasme returned to the United States in 2010 for training camp with the Celtics. In spite of a strong showing, the C's waived him and he appeared in 10 games for the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics D-League affiliate, that year.

Lasme once again went back to Europe last season, averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Obradoiro CAB in Spain. In July he joined the Celtics in Las Vegas and Orlando for Summer League action, where he posted six points, six rebounds, and two blocks in his final game. Now his main goal this season is to help Panathinaikos Athens earn 'W's.'

"I just want to win," he said. "I just want to show that I'm a winner. I'm not too worried about showing anybody what I can do. I just want to win games and then after that season I'll go from there."

Jae Crowder talks about constant trade rumors; love for Boston and Brad Stevens

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Bradley knows the risks of his all-out brand of defense

Bradley knows the risks of his all-out brand of defense

WALTHAM – There are a number of NBA players we have seen through the years whose effort level has been questioned.
 
But when it comes to Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, that has never been an issue.
 
In fact, Bradley’s all-out style of defense has been a major factor in him being sidelined for an extended period of time in each of his six NBA seasons.
 
Although he’s only 25 years old, Bradley is starting to embrace the idea of less all-out defense might not be such a bad idea.
 
“It’s hard to control my injuries because I play hard every single possession,” Bradley told CSNNE.com following the team’s first practice. “I can’t say that every NBA player doesn’t, but I know there’s not a lot. I play hard every single possession especially on the defensive end. That can take a toll on your body. I just have to make sure I’m taking care of myself and picking my spots a little better.”
 
Prior to the Celtics selecting Bradley with the 19th overall pick in the 2011, he suffered a dislocated shoulder injury. Throughout his five NBA seasons, the veteran guard has a long list of injuries which has sidelined him for at least five games every season in addition to missing some playoff games.
 
Knowing the risks involved in continuing his all-out brand of basketball, the fact that Bradley is even open to the idea of picking when to assert himself defensively and when to be more passive, is progress.
 
“I’m pretty sure someone like (ex-Celtics) Tony Allen …  he’s not going to go hard like every possession,” Bradley said. “He’s going to pick his spots, still play good defense.”
 
Which is exactly what Bradley is striving to do this season, and show that last season’s all-NBA First Team Defense nod wasn’t a fluke.

But as we have seen with Bradley throughout his career with the Celtics, he has a way of coming back every season having made a significant stride in some facet of the game to become closer to being a two-way player.
 
“That’s my goal; I want my teammates to be able to count on me playing well at both ends of the floor,” Bradley said.
 
And as I mentioned earlier, Bradley is still a relatively young guy who turns 26 years old in November.
 
‘I’m still a 90s baby’ just like everybody on this team,” quipped Bradley.
 
Being so young puts a premium of sorts on players to learn all they can as quickly as they can in relation to their respective team.
 
“I feel young; I feel young,” Bradley said. “I feel young. I still haven’t even played a full season yet. This will be my first season playing a whole season.”
 
Listening to Bradley talk about adjusting how he plays defensively, it’s pretty clear that he’s having an internal tug-of-war between continuing to play elite defense and easing up defensively.
 
“That’s just me. Some people can do it. Maybe I could take some (plays) off, play passing lanes,” Bradley said. “But I don’t think I’ll ever change into that. It could help our team out a little bit.”