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Friday FT's: KG gets inked; looking out for the scowl

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Friday FT's: KG gets inked; looking out for the scowl

Welcome back to 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.

Jason Terry isnt the only member of the Celtics to get ink lately. After hanging out with Snoop Lion and Rajon Rondo in Canada, Kevin Garnett stopped by FY INK in Toronto for some new artwork on his right pec. Click here to see the FY INKs Facebook page for photos where KG is being, well, still intense (middle finger alert).

Is a Sick Mix of KG a Recipe for NBA Success?

Speaking of Garnett, there are countless basketball players around the world who model their games after the future Hall of Famer. Highly touted Holmes County High School (FL) standout Chris Walker has already committed to the University of Florida. With his eyes set on the NBA, the 6-9 forward believes his game resembles that of Garnett. NBA draft people have said I'm like a sick mix of Kevin Garnett and Perry Jones III, Walker said, according to the Gainesville Sun. Perhaps we will see him snapping photos with Snoop Lion in the future, too

Even the Scowl Needs to Be Looked Out for

Before former Celtic Kendrick Perkins was learning from veterans like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, fellow Texas native Stephen Jackson took the young center under his wing. In an interview with XXL Magazine about his rap career, Jackson also discussed his relationship with Perkins, who is now a veteran leader himself on the Oklahoma City Thunder:

When I used to go back home, I used to go work out with Perk and my high school coach, and I just started raising him from there working out with him, showing him the ropes, keeping him positive. He lost his mom at a very young age, so it was good to see how mature he was with that happening in his life. Kendricks been a man from a young age, and Im not surprised at where hes at now because hes been through a lot and fought through a lot to get to where hes at.

Lights, Camera, Action (and Golf) for Doc

In addition to his analyst work during the Summer Olympics, Doc Rivers also stopped by the Golf Channel as a guest on the Morning Drive show. Check out photos of Rivers on set.

This Week in Celtics History

On August 18, 1992, Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird retired after 13 seasons and three NBA championships. The 12-time All-Star had a career average of 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. (Read more on the Celtics since Bird retired here).

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Antoine Walker turned 36 on August 12. Toine is considering coaching in the next phase of his career. Frank Brickowski turned 53 two days later.

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Who will make the Celtics roster?

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Who will make the Celtics roster?

BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.

But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.

Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.

The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.

But who will they be?

That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.

In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.

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Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

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Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.

That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.

Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:

DATE               OPPONENT                  LOCATION                                                        TIME
Oct. 4               Philadelphia 76ers         UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA)     7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6               Charlotte Hornets          Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8               Charlotte Hornets          Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)                  3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13             Brooklyn Nets               Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)                          7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15             New York Knicks           Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17             Brooklyn Nets               TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19             New York Knicks           TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET