Friday FT's: Shaq wouldn't trade Rondo; Marbury update


Friday FT's: Shaq wouldn't trade Rondo; Marbury update

Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read.

With Rajon Rondo - Chris Paul trade rumors buzzing this week, Shaquille O'Neal weighed in on the topic during a recent interview with Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

O'Neal recently revealed in his book, Shaq Uncut, he believes playful insult from President Obama messed with Rondo's head. Nonetheless, he wouldnt trade his former teammates if he was in the front office.

Everyone is tradeable, you could probably get a lot for Rajon Rondo but he is the heart and soul of the team, he said. I dont think that would be a good idea. If I was the general manager, I wouldnt do it.

Shaq followed that up by giving Rondo an edge over Paul on the court.

Chris Paul is not better than Rajon Rondo, he said. Rajon Rondo is the true definition of a point guard, period. He gets everybody involved and he scores when he has to. Chris Paul scores a lot of points, but when was the last time they made it to the playoffs? Thank you very much.

Bias Remembered 25 Years Later

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the Washington Post Magazine took a look at 25 moments that changed Washington. The first moment -- June 17, 1986, the day the Boston Celtics drafted Len Bias with the second overall pick. The photo caption includes, "When he completed his extraordinary basketball career at the University of Maryland, the only question surrounding Len Bias was whether he would dominate the NBA in the same fashion he ruled the Atlantic Coast Conference. Twenty years later, many still wonder."

Johnsons Jersey Already Retired

JaJuan Johnsons college number has been retired before he even suited up for the Celtics. On Tuesday, Johnson was honored by Purdue University with a dedication ceremony in which his jersey was hung in the rafters. It still hasnt sunk in, all of the stuff that Ive done at Purdue, Johnson told the Purdue Exponent. Its kind of weird and I just left last year so I can still enjoy it while Im young. Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter praised the Celtics rookie, noting the 6-10, 221-pound forward is stronger than he may look. Its just special to see somebody develop like that as a player and as a person and achieve some of their dreams, he said.

Marbury Wants a Championship in China

Former Celtics guard Stephon Marbury is hoping to achieve a goal that eluded him in the NBA winning a championship. Marbury, who is playing for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), is focused on one objective this season We have to think of the championships, whether you are able to achieve it or not, he said, according to The report also noted Marbury is learning Chinese and would like to play the rest of his career in the league. "I will retire as a professional player in CBA and that is my aim, he said.

Whats Gabe Pruitt Up To?

As the Celtics look to add depth to their bench this season, lets take a look back at a former bench player. Celtics 2007 second round draft pick Gabe Pruitt (remember him?) is playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA Development League this season. The guard is off to a quick start this season, averaging 22.5 points and 4.5 assists in his first two games.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@Aabradley11: Best bday gift ever.. It's time to hoop

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Celtics guard Avery Bradley turned 21 on November 26 High-flying Dee Brown turned 43 on November 29. He is currently an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons. Jerry Sichting, a member of the 1986 championship team, turned 55 the same day. Five-time All-Star and 1974 championship-winning Paul Westphal turned 61 on November 30. He shares a birthday with Mark Blount (36) and Darren Daye (51).

This Week in Celtics History

On November 27, 2007 the newly revamped Celtics lost, 109-104, in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. LeBron James scored a game-high 38 points and dished 13 assists. Days later, the Celtics fought back at home, beating the Cavs 80-70 on December 2, 2007 at TD Garden. James did not play in that game, and Ray Allen led all scorers with 20 points. On November 26, 1995, the Celtics traded Sherman Douglas to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Todd Day and Alton Lister.

Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit


Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

After the Clippers were elminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, a disappointed Paul Pierce told ESPN that he was "50-50" about retirement. 

In a video after Portland's Game 6 victory posted on, the former Celtics captain said his "heart is broken" by another playoff elimination. 

Pierce signed a a three-year, $10 million contract to return home (he grew up in Inglewood, Calif.) and play for his old coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.  He'll be 39 next season and coming off the worst season of his career. Pierce averaged 6.1 points, 36 percent shooting and 18 minutes a game, all career lows.

How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step


How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

WALTHAM, Mass. -- This past season, Isaiah Thomas took a major step forward to becoming more than just a solid NBA player, but one of the game’s best.
He knows he won’t stay among the elite for long if he doesn’t make some changes with the most notable being to his diet.
“I do not eat good,” Thomas acknowledged following his exit interview this week. “I eat like a young guy, a young guy who got a little bit of money, fast food every day. But I’m definitely going to change.”
The change becomes necessary not only in light of how the season ended for him and the Celtics, but also for his long-term goals, which include playing in the NBA until he’s at least 40 years old.
“I’m not that old but the greatest players took care of their bodies the best,” Thomas said.
Among those cited by Thomas who excelled at taking care of their bodies was former Celtic Ray Allen.
But Thomas was quick to add that he won’t go to the lengths that Allen did in maintaining good health.
“Because he’s a little crazy with that,” quipped Thomas. “I just want to play at a high level for a long time, like Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant. You have to take care of your body. That’s half the battle of performing out there on the floor.
Thomas added, “This is a big summer for me to start doing that.”
Eating right is just part of the transformation process for Thomas.
He’ll also modify is offseason workouts to include some work in the boxing ring with long time friend Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
“I’m definitely work with him a few times, get my conditioning right, probably train, do some boxing stuff on the side, just to get in that type of shape,” Thomas said. “You get in that type of shape you won’t get tired on the basketball floor. This summer is big for me, transforming my body, getting into the best shape possible and coming back and having another all-star year.”
For the Celtics to improve upon this past season, they will need Thomas to continue elevating his play as well as the play of those around him.
It is that latter point that was among the many reasons Boston’s season is over. No matter what he did, those around him could not step their game up to a level needed in order to get past the Atlanta Hawks.
Chalk it up to another lesson learned for Thomas.
“You can’t do it on your own,” Thomas said. “There’s no way you can do it on your own. Nobody can do it on your own; and how hard it is to win playoff games, a playoff series. It’s not easy.”
And when you come up short, for Thomas is created an uneasiness that he never wants to experience again.
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again,” he said. “It really hurt me. I’m going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and to work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you’ll I’ll be back better than ever next year.”