Dooling issues thanks for those who helped him


Dooling issues thanks for those who helped him

This is like my retirement speech, Keyon Dooling said with a laugh.

Dooling is stepping away from the game after 12 years in the NBA. The veteran guard has a long list of those he would like to thank for their roles over the course of his basketball career, from growing up to the pros.

"I would really love to thank John Hammond, Alvin Gentry, Dennis Johnson, Stan Van Gundy, Pat Riley, Eric Spoelstra, Brian Hill, Stan Van Gundy again, Scott Skiles, Mike Dunleavy, Doc Rivers, Lawrence Frank, and all those assistant coaches who poured into me, all the trainers who helped me get through my injuries, all the community people who allowed me to go and be a blessing in the communities, all the PR people who allowed me to get my voice out there, David Stern, Adam Silver, Chrysa Chin, all those great people from the NBA who poured into me, Derek Fisher, all the people who served on the board, Theo Ratliff, Mo Evans, Roger Mason, James Jones, Billy Hunter, Todd Hunter, all these great people, all the great media people who connected with me. Thank you for loving me, thank you for respecting me, thank you for helping me, thank you for everything that everybody has ever done. My family my wife Natosha, my children Deneal, Gabrielle, Jordan, and Keyon Jr, my mother-in-law Gwendolyn Smart, my brother Cedric Johnson, my god brother Harry Turner, my brothers Leroy and Eric Dooling who taught me how to play ball, my father, my mother, Clarence Westbrook, my best friend and college teammate, my brother-in-law Kevin Smart who's locked up, and Dirk Minnifield, my NBPA mentor, all my high school coaches. Norm Stewart and all the college coaches, my AAU coaches, and all these great people. Kenge Stevenson, Stan Remy my trainer, and all my former agents and pastors, my therapist Timothy Benson for aiding through my issues! We all need help. I was literally raised by a village and it takes a village to raise a child. I think Im a strong enough man that I can finally give back with purity. So thank you to all for recognizing Keyon Dooling. Thank you."

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics were in control most of the first half, but the Brooklyn Nets managed to stay within striking distance most of the first half which ended with the Celtics ahead, 64-58.

It was a high-scoring first half, the kind that one of the league’s top defenses shouldn’t experience.

But it is the first game of the season and the Celtics clearly have some kinks defensively to work out.

The Celtics led by as many as 13 points in the first half with contributions coming from several players in the starting unit as well as off the bench.

Boston has spent a good chunk of the preseason preaching the importance of good ball movement.

It was indeed on full display as Boston had 19 assists in the first half on 23 made baskets.

As for the Nets, Bogan Bogdanovic kept Brooklyn within striking distance most of the first half as he tallied 10 points through the first two quarters of play. Brooklyn also got a nice lift from Justin Hamilton who had 14 first-half points off the Brooklyn bench.

Here are our halftime Stars, Studs and Duds



Isaiah Thomas

Thomas was a more assertive player in the second quarter and it paid off for the him and the Celtics. He finished the half with a team-high 11 points in addition to doling out a game-high seven assists.

Jae Crowder

Boston displayed some crisp ball movement in the first half, and Crowder seemed to benefit from this more than any other Celtic. Through two quarters of play, Crowder has a team-high 10 points which included him making his first four shots from the floor.



Sean Kilpatrick

The Nets only have five players on their roster from last season’s disastrous 21-win club, and Kilpatrick showed why he’s one of the few holdovers. At the half, he had nine points off the bench to go with three rebounds.



Brook Lopez

He’s supposed to be the Nets’ best player, but you would not have known this by his play in the first half, The 7-foot Lopez was a non-factor through the first two quarters of lay, missing four of his five field goal attempts to go into the half with just three points.

Beyond the numbers: The dual threat of Avery Bradley


Beyond the numbers: The dual threat of Avery Bradley

BOSTON – Another year, another season in which Avery Bradley plans to showcase a new and improved skill that will benefit the Boston Celtics.
But with each improved skill, Bradley moves just that much closer to being an all-around, two-way talent that creates problems for teams at both ends of the floor.
We all know about Bradley’s defense, which was good enough to land him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive first team last season. He also gets props for steadily improving his game offensively in some area every summer, but defenses might have their hands full more than ever with Bradley.
According to NBA stats guru Dick Lipe, the 6-foot-2 Bradley was the only guard in the NBA last season to shoot better than 70 percent in the restricted area among players who took a minimum of 200 field goal attempts.
He is among a list that includes Los Angeles Clippers big men DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin; Miami’s Hassan Whiteside; current teammate and former Atlanta Hawk Al Horford; San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge; Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Atlanta big man Dwight Howard.
But if you’re thinking about keeping him away from that part of the floor, Bradley also made the 3-point shot a bigger part of his offensive game last season; as in, 40 percent of his shots came from beyond the 3-point line.

Having that kind of diversity makes him a difficult player to get a clear read on how to defend. And because of that, it may open things up even more so for his teammates.
Bradley can shoot from the perimeter; he can score close to the rim. His ball-handling skills have improved in the offseason to where it no longer looks as though it’s a major weakness.
And he defends at a level few players in the league can match.
Collectively it makes Bradley one of the many challenges awaiting teams whenever they face the Celtics, a player who is poised to showcase his diverse set of skills beginning tonight against the Brooklyn Nets.