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


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.

Bradley supporting Olynyk as he returns from shoulder surgery


Bradley supporting Olynyk as he returns from shoulder surgery

WALTHAM, Mass. – Avery Bradley had just returned to the Boston Celtics lineup after having had surgery on both shoulders, eager to put his injury-riddled days in the past.

Then-Celtics assistant coach Tyronn Lue had suffered a similar shoulder injury a decade earlier in 2003, so he knew all too well what Bradley was going through.

“I remember Tyronn Lue took me to the side and said, ‘you’re going to struggle,’” Bradley recalled. “When he said it to me, I was like, ‘what is he talking about?’”

The words of Lue, now the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, were indeed prophetic. And now that current Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk is back to practicing after having surgery on his right shoulder, Bradley plans to be there for Olynyk the way Lue was there for him.

Bradley, who missed the first 30 games of the 2012-2013 season recovering from the injury, recalls struggling with his shot for the first couple of weeks.  

His first game back was Jan. 2, 2013. For the next two weeks, Bradley shot 40.6 percent from the field (28-for-69) and 28.6 percent (8-for-28) on 3s, both below his career averages in those respective categories.

Bradley is hopeful Olynyk doesn’t struggle as much as he did upon his return to the lineup from shoulder surgery.

But just in case, Olynyk knows he has a teammate who literally knows what he’s going through right now in trying to get back on the floor and play good basketball.

“It’s our job as his teammates to help keep him confident in himself,” Bradley said. “I told him, ‘you’re going to have your days when you come in and you might make shots. Then you’ll have your week where you don’t make a shot.’ You just have to stay confident.”

But Bradley admits it’s a lot easier said than done, especially when you’ve had success shooting the ball and now all of a sudden the shots that you normally make in your sleep keep you up at night wondering why they no longer going in.

“It just happens. The muscle memory, you have to get it back,” Bradley said. “It’s just reps; that’s what it took. It took like maybe a good month before my shot felt good again. It’ll probably be the same for Kelly; hopefully not. If it is, I’ll be there to make sure he’s positive and knowing it’s a process and he has to continue to get shots up.”

But there’s more to returning to the game when healthy.

While the body may be ready to go, the mind more often than not hasn’t totally cleansed itself of the injury.

“It’s still in the back of your mind, thinking it’s going to happen again,” Bradley said. “You may not want to drive it to the basket as much or box out the same way or be aggressive. But like I said, we have to give him that confidence and he has to do his work as well, staying in the weight room, making sure he’s strong. We’re here to help.”

And no one is offering the consistent assistance that Bradley has to his injured teammate.

“I’ve taken him to the side like five times already and I told him, ‘I’m here bro. Whatever you need,’” Bradley said. “I’m just happy that he’s back."

Report: Sullinger to miss 'extended time' due to foot surgery


Report: Sullinger to miss 'extended time' due to foot surgery

Former Celtics and current Raptors forward will is expected to miss “extended time” to begin the season due to foot surgery, according to a report from The Vertical. 

Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Sunday that Sullinger, who signed with Toronto after being let go by Boston this offseason, was set to undergo surgery on Monday. 

Chosen 21st overall by the Celtics in the 2012 draft, Sullener spent four seasons in Boston, where he was repeatedly stalled by injuries. In his career with Boston, Sullinger averaged 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

The C’s made him a qualifying offer at the end of the season when he was a restricted free agent, but renounced the offer and let him become unrestricted. Sullinger then landed in Toronto on a one-year, $6 million deal.