Friday FT's: Inside Terrys World; Rondos Top Picks


Friday FT's: Inside Terrys World; Rondos Top Picks

Welcome to another edition 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.

The Jet has landed in Weston, MA. Jason Terry let cameras into his new home in the suburb 25 minutes outside of Boston in a video for Reebok.

Terry admitted he is still smiling about receiving his first call as a free agent from Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge. A call from head coach Doc Rivers followed.

I just lit up because at this stage of my career, Im 13 years in, he said. Ive won one championship, Ive had three or four contracts, and nows a situation where its all about winning. Im playing for a winning franchise, a winning organization. This is what its all about. Who better to be playing for than the Boston Celtics?

The veteran sixth man said he is looking forward to bringing emotional leadership to his new team with Kevin Garnett Putting those two forces together and then going into the Boston Garden in front of those great fans, its going to be incredible.

After spending the last eight years with the Dallas Mavericks, Terry is getting acclimated with his new city. On Tuesday he attended a Boston Red Sox New York Yankees game at Fenway Park with Celtics rookie Dionte Christmas.

9 Picks His 1 in Fashion

Last week we told you about Rajon Rondo interning at GQ during New York City Fashion Week. Among his assignments, writing the playbook for mens winter wear. He contributed the article, Rajon Rondo, Pom-Pom Editor, breaking down his four favorite winter hats. And if you dont know about Moncler, Coal, Topman, or Bally, Rondo will break them down for you.

Nets Inspired by Garden Parquet

The TD Gardens parquet is one of the most iconic basketball courts in the NBA. As the Brooklyn Nets open their new arena, they hope the Barclays Centers herringbone court makes a strong impression, too.

"The vision all along was to have something that was truly identifiable and unique and when people turned on their TVs at home, know they were in Brooklyn," Nets CEO Brett Yormark said on the Nets website. "When you turn on the TV and you turn on a Celtics game and you look at that court, it's a parquet that has become very recognizable. We want this to be the same -- it's our version of the parquet. I think it truly delivered against all of our expectations."

The Celtics will get their first glimpse of the Nets new court on October 18 in preseason action.

A New Generation of Pitinos

There is a new Pitino on the sidelines. Richard Pitino, son of former Boston Celtics head coach Rick Pitino, is entering his first season as the head coach of the Florida International University mens basketball team. The 30-year old Pitino previously worked on the University of Louisville coaching staff. In an interview with, he remembered the difficulties of his fathers time coaching the Celtics while he was growing up:

"It was hard for me," Richard said. "I went to every game and seeing them lose and people boo him like that was difficult. But it taught me a lot. He was never humbled until he went to Boston, but that was a dose of reality for him."

Rick Pitino coached the Celtics during the 1998-2001 seasons with a 102-146 record.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

Your best player has to ask himselfherself: what will the team see everyday from me and about me. Responsibility of being the best! Kevin Eastman (@kevineastman) September 13, 2012

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Gene Guarilia turned 75 on September 13. He won two championships with the Celtics (1960, 1962) during his four-year career with the team. Travis Knight celebrated his 38th birthday on September 13 as well. The University of Connecticut alum played one season for the Celtics (1997-98), averaging 6.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 74 games. Sean Williams turned 26 on the same day. Williams, who attended Boston College, played three games for the Celtics last season. He was traded to the Houston Rockets in July as part of the Courtney Lee trade. Former Celtics guard Sherman Douglas will turn 45 on September 15. Douglas spent over four seasons with the Celtics in the 1990's before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1995 in exchange for Todd Day and Alton Lister. Douglas shares a birthday with current Celtics Jason Terry (35) and Dionte Christmas (26), both who signed with the C's this summer. Terry has a career average of 16.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game while Christmas is entering his rookie season after playing years overseas.

This Week in Celtics History

On September 9, 1982, the Celtics traded Dave Cowens to the Milwaukee Bucks for Quinn Buckner. On September 10, the Celtics signed Nate Driggers in 1996 and Xavier McDaniels in 1992. The Celtics signed David Thirdkill as a free agent on September 12, 1985. Ennis Whatley signed as a free agent with the Celtics on September 14, 1988. The C's signed Chris Corchiani on September 15, 1993.

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.