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.

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

WALTHAM, Mass. – As the final horn blew in Boston’s 108-98 win over Charlotte on Monday night, the game was a win-win kind of night for Avery Bradley.

The Celtics (26-15) continue rolling over opponents at the TD Garden, and he played a relatively pain-free 33 minutes in the win.

It was Bradley’s first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right Achilles injury.

And the fact that he was back on the practice floor on Tuesday (be it a light practice, mind you), bodes well for his injury being a thing of the past now.

“I felt good. It wasn’t sore at all in the game,” Bradley said. “I felt I was moving good. After the game I was a little sore and this morning, but otherwise I felt good.”

Despite Boston being 4-1 this season when Bradley doesn’t play, he has immense value to this Celtics team at both ends of the floor.

Offensively he has been Boston’s second-leading scorer most of this season and currently averages a career-high 17.7 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds which is also a career high.

And defensively, Bradley is coming off a season in which he was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive First Team for the first time.

Any questions or concerns about the Achilles affecting his play defensively were put to rest Monday night when he put the defensive clamps on Nicolas Batum who missed nine of his 11 shots from the field while primarily being guarded by Bradley.

Now his offense, that’s another story.

Bradley failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time this season as he missed seven of his nine shots on Monday to finish with just five points.

But part of that had to do with Bradley passing up shots he normally takes, as well as him missing some he normally knocks down.

Considering his lay-off and the rhythm his teammates have been in shooting the ball in his absence, Bradley wisely decided to get his defensive bearings on track and gradually bring his offensive game around. 

“I have to get my (shooting) rhythm back,” said Bradley who is making a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers this season. “I’m fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”