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.