BOSTON -- Dionte Christmas turned down opportunities to play overseas for a chance to make the Boston Celtics this season. On Tuesday, the 6-5 guard was waived prior to the C's preseason game against the New Jersey Nets.
Christmas, 26, appreciated his chance to play for the title contenders, which included a team-bonding trip overseas to Turkey and Italy.
"Thanks to the Celtics for the opportunity, I really appreciate it," he told CSNNE.com via text message. "Thanks to the fans that were behind me through my ride with the C's."
Christmas average 3.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in four preseason games. He signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Celtics following standout Summer League performances in Orlando and Las Vegas.
Im just not going to stop here, he told CSNNE.com after signing his deal in July . This is definitely just the beginning. The door is halfway open. Ive just got to kick it all the way open.
Tommy Heinsohn breaks down Jaylen Brown's impressive game against the Magic, and how impressive Terry Rozier was as well.
Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming.
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either.
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim.
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort.
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points.
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise.
And that dunk over Vucevic?
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”