Friday FT's: Delonte's new ride; Rondo bored


Friday FT's: Delonte's new ride; Rondo bored

Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read. In spite of the NBA lockout, there's still plenty of hoops to talk about.

First, he tweeted his job application to work at a furniture store. Then, he posted photos of his days on the job. Delonte West has been keeping his fans updated on his life without basketball during the NBA lockout, and now hes sharing photos of his new mode of transportation.

Earlier this week he tweeted, "Just brought a 94 all white bronco 4 3stacks...oj Simpson on side of road....broke down before I even made it to gas station," followed by a photo of himself pushing the car to the gas station.

No word if he will be making another freestyle rap video from this car.

Rondos Getting Bored

Rajon Rondo isn't one to need many words to express his point of view. During an exhibition game in Kentucky, Rondo shared his take on the NBA lockout. Its just boring, reported the Kentucky Kernel. He added that he is staying game-ready and that, "'I just live my life and enjoy what Im doing every day.'

Shaq Keeps the Entertainment Coming

After appearing in television shows, movies, and on record albums, Shaquille ONeal is finding new ways to keep people entertained. This week he hosted an Apollo Gong Show at the University of Florida. The Gainesville Sun had details from O'Neal's appearance: "He judged a dance contest between crowd members, traded momma jokes with the audience and tried to live up to a career philosophy that he described as wanting to give people a great time. During the event, he discussed the NBA lockout, adding, Im not worried about it. Im not playing anymore." Click here to read more and see photos from his appearance.

Cousy vs. Paterno: The Story Years Later

While recently recalling his college days at Brown University with, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno shared one memory involving former Celtics star Bob Cousy, who attended the College of the Holy Cross. Paterno said, I played basketball one year until I guarded Cousy and he got 35 points in six minutes. That was the end of my college career."

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@paulpierce34: "About to have my breakfast then off to the gym http:pic.twitter.comWUsvC45w"

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Hall of Famer Dave Cowens turned 63 on October 25. Cowens played 10 seasons with the Celtics, earned seven All-Star selections, and won two championships with the team . . . Rick Carlisle turned 52 on October 27. Before leading the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA title as head coach, he played three seasons with the Celtics during the 1980s and won a championship.

This Week in Celtics History

On October 22, 1997, the Celtics traded Chris Mills, a 1998 second-round draft pick, and a 2000 second-round draft pick to the New York Knicks in exchange for Scott Brooks, Dontae' Jones, Walter McCarty, and John Thomas . . . On October 28, 1965 the Celtics signed Don Nelson as a free agent. Nelson played 11 seasons for the Celtics and won five championships with the C's.

Celtics break ground on new practice facility


Celtics break ground on new practice facility

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- When it comes to finding ways to attract the best talent, colleges and universities often seek to upgrade their training facilities as an enticement to prospective players.
So why should it be any different at the pro level?
The Boston Celtics had a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning for The Auerbach Center at New Balance Headquarters.
“When you think he was hired in 1966 and they’re still honoring him, it’s very humbling,” said Randy Auerbach, Red’s daughter.
New Balance officials echoed similar sentiments about the legendary Red Auerbach, the architect of arguably the greatest dynasty in professional basketball.
“Red Auerbach was a true entrepreneur whose passion for winning and dedication to the sport of basketball and the Boston Celtics was equally matched with his commitment to people and his local community,” said Jim Davis, Chairman and Owner at New Balance.  “New Balance is extremely proud to join with the Boston Celtics in honoring his professional achievements and personal values through ‘Red’s House’ at our Boston world headquarters.”
Celtics president Rich Gotham cited several benefits to moving the team to a state-of-the-art practice facility closer to Boston.
Among the reasons given was the potential for the practice facility to be a potential enticement for free agents.
“Players spend more time in the practice facility than they do in the arena they play in certainly, and maybe more than they do at home,” Gotham said. “So having a place where they feel comfortable, a place where they want to spend time to improve themselves across the board … it’s all coming together in a pretty big way. The best players know it’s integral to their success that make sure that support is there, that infrastructure is there. So when we’re out talking to a player, we’re going to be talking about this practice facility we’re building. Because we do think it’s an important part of our story.”
Some of the features of the new practice facility will include:
·  Two state-of-the-art parquet floor basketball courts where the team will practice
·  Leading edge audio-visual technology throughout the facility
·  Expanded strength and conditioning, training, and recovery facilities
·  Best-in-class locker rooms and players’ lounge
·  Physical therapy areas including hydrotherapy pools
·  Sports science and nutrition facilities
·  Expanded media work room, press conference and broadcast facilities
·  A flexible hospitality area designed for community relations activities, partner gatherings and other guest events
·  Work space for the team’s coaching and basketball front office staffs
While the facility will have all the bells and whistles you would come to expect in a new facility, Gotham said there will be a balance of sorts struck between that and the franchise’s longstanding history.
“What will be clear is it will be … at that intersection of, which is a strange intersection, of innovation but honoring our tradition,” Gotham said. “This will be a building that’s state-of-the-art, moving forward. But at the same time, I think one of the things we’re lucky to have is this treasure trove of great guys who came before us who left great wisdom and great quotes. You can see a lot of that built in. Coach Stevens is big on having motivational phrases around for the guys to see every single day when they come in for practice. If those come from Red Auerbach and Bill Russell, all the better. You’ll see us incorporating those kind of things.”   

Celtics waive R.J. Hunter as James Young makes roster


Celtics waive R.J. Hunter as James Young makes roster

BOSTON – One way or another, R.J. Hunter or James Young was not going to be a Boston Celtic by the end of the day Monday.
The Celtics made their choice by waiving Hunter just hours before the NBA deadline to trim their roster down to 15 players.
Hunter began to show signs of coming around near the end of training camp, but his improved play would eventually be too little too late.

This is certainly good news for Young, who like Hunter, made it clear that he wanted to remain with the Celtics. But it by no means should be seen as a victory for Young who is entering his third NBA season.
The 21-year-old is now part of the 15-man roster, but it still doesn’t address the issue of him playing better to where the Celtics might actually use him with some degree of regularity.
If not for Kelly Olynyk’s shoulder injury, which will keep him out of action until next month, there was a decent chance that Young would begin the season on the inactive roster. But to Young’s credit, he showed a level of dedication to the game that the Celtics had not seen before. He spent most of this past summer in Boston working on his game, trying to get physically stronger. During the preseason, his level of commitment to improving was noticeable as well.
And when he did get a chance to play in the preseason, he did a lot of little things really well, showing the kind of improvement that ultimately put him a leg up on Hunter whom the Celtics drafted last year with the 28th overall pick.
If Hunter isn’t claimed, he becomes an unrestricted free agent who can then sign with any team of his choosing. Do not be surprised if Hunter is claimed off waivers by a team which then assigns him to their Development League affiliate, similar to what the Celtics did with Ryan Kelly over the weekend.