Friday Free Throws: Rondo interns at GQ, the Dooling Effect


Friday Free Throws: Rondo interns at GQ, the Dooling Effect

Last summer Rajon Rondo starred in Nikes Educators sneaker campaign.
This offseason, hes being educated.
The stylish point guard will intern for GQ during Fashion Week in New York City. According to, Rajon will be interning at GQ for the next few days, helping our game out and learning a thing or two about menswear and the magazine industry.
Rondo also posted photos from his day in the GQ office on his Facebook page.
The runway is about to get Rondod.

Erman Promoted in Warriors Staff
Putting in countless late night and early morning hours is paying off for former Celtics coaching assistant Darren Erman. Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Erman has been promoted to the number three assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors following the Wes Unseld Jr.s departure. He served four seasons as a member of the Celtics coaching staff before joining the Warriors in 2011. Prior to his NBA career, Erman was a lawyer.

Former Celtics to Play for Charity
While Rajon Rondo is in the Big Apple, some of his fellow University of Kentucky alum are preparing for the Alumni Charity Game, taking place at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. on September 15. Members of the 1996 championship team, including former Celtics Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty, are expected to play. (Rondo was six years old when that squad won it all.) Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster and proceeds will benefit four charities.

The Dooling Effect
Keyon Dooling has been sharing his wisdom and enthusiasm throughout the NBA during his entire career with his eagerness to connect and catchy phrase, Whats driving you? His outreach goes beyond his own teammates. Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight, who attended high school in Doolings hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently discussed Doolings mentorship.
"Hes given me so much advice; I talk to him all the time," Knight told the Sun Sentinel. "A lot of the advice he gives me is off-the-court stuff, not necessarily basketball.
The Celtics re-signed Dooling as a free agent this summer.

And Ones
Ray Allen, who spends his summers in Connecticut, played pickup at Gampel Pavilion this week with members of the Huskies basketball team, according to the Hartford Courant.
Former CelticOklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will be making an appearance with Thunder mascot, Rumble the Bison, at the Second Annual Weatherford Wind Festival on September 15. Perkins is slated from 11:30am 1:30pm. Visit the citys website for complete details.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Hall of Famer Tiny Archibald was born on September 2, 1948. Archibald played five seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning a championship in 1981. He averaged 18.8 points and 7.4 assists during his 13-year NBA career. Another Hall of Famer, John Thompson Jr., turned 71 on the same day. Thompson won a pair of championships (1965, 1966) in his two-year career with the Celtics. He went to become a top college basketball coach. Celtics big man Chris Wilcox celebrated his 30th birthday on September 3. Wilcox re-signed with the Celtics this summer after undergoing season-ending heart surgery. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game off the Cs bench last season. Kevin Stacom, a member of the 1976 championship Celtics team, turned 61 on September 4. John Thomas, who played half of his rookie season with the Celtics in 1998, will celebrate his 36th birthday on September 8. The Celtics traded Thomas to the Toronto Raptors as part of the Chauncey Billups trade.

This Week in Celtics History
On September 2, 2009, the Celtics signed Marquis Daniels as a free agent. He re-signed with the team in 2011. The Celtics traded Quinn Buckner to the Indiana Pacers on September 3, 1985 for a 1989 second round pick. The C's made a pair of trades on September 6: In 1985, the Celtics dealt Cedric Maxwell and a 1986 first round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Bill Walton. In 1979, the C's traded Bob McAdoo to the Detroit Pistons for two first round draft picks.

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.

Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.

The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.

The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.

But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.

When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.

The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.