Friday Free Throws: Rondo gets animated, Perks got milk

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Friday Free Throws: Rondo gets animated, Perks got milk

Welcome to the return of Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information about the Boston Celtics that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read.

Lets start off this week with the world of video games getting Rondod.

NBA guard Baron Davis has formed the mobile gaming company 5 Balloons Interactive. Davis featured Rondo in the companys first game, Getting Buckets, which also includes Davis, Brandon Jennings, Steve Nash, and Candace Parker.

According to the games description on iTunes, players will, Dribble through the streets of four US basketball hotbeds with Baron Davis, Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings and Candace Parker! Collect buckets on your run while jumping over and sliding under barricades. Avoid Hack and Swat...the Ds on the street that are looking to take you down. Jump over or dribble around Hack and duck or dive under Swat as he's jumping in the air looking to stomp on you!

For those on Rondo headband watch, he is wearing the sweatband in the game.

Perks Got Milk

What goes together better than a fierce scowl and a glass of ice cold milk? Oklahoma City Thunder centerformer Boston Celtic Kendrick Perkins is the face of a milk campaign for the Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education Project that announces, Low-fat Milk Has Perks!

Check out Perkins' "Lactoid Factoids" -- including, 1 low-fat milk is not watered down whole milk. Anyone saying otherwise deserved a technical foul -- and his acting performance in the dairy aisle.

Stiemsma Makes Minnesota Debut

Former Celtics big man Greg Stiemsma was introduced as one of the newest members of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. After a breakout rookie season in Boston, the Wisconsin native is returning closer to home for his second year in the NBA.

During his press conference, Stiemsma gave credit to his former teammates, including Kevin Garnett. KG was great for me," he said, according to TwinCities.com. "He more or less took me under his wing. He was willing to teach me all season."

Stiemsma will wear number 34 for the Timberwolves.

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Carlos Arroyo, who played for the Celtics during the 2011 season, turned 33 on July 30. Seven-game Celtic (1992 season) Tony Massenburg turned 45 on July 31.

This Week in Celtics History

On July 31, 2007, the Boston Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a blockbuster trade that also included Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, and Theo Ratliff. Garnett won an NBA championship his first season with the Celtics.

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
 
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
 
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”

Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
 
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
 
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
 
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
 
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
 
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
 
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
 
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . .  he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
 
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
 
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
 
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”