Larranga gets a seat on the bench as Celts assistant

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Larranga gets a seat on the bench as Celts assistant

The Boston Celtics will have a deeper bench this season -- and it's not just the players, either.

D-League coach Jay Larranga has been added as a Celtics assistant coach this season.

Larranga, the son of George Mason coach Jim Larranga, spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Erie BayHawks and took the BayHawksto the playoffs in both seasons.
Of all the teams in the NBA, Larranga's first NBA gig with the Celtics seems to be an ideal fit.

After growing up in an Irish-American household,Larranga attended Bowling Green University with former NBA veteran Antonio Daniels and thenspent several years playing overseas.
In addition, Larranga was named head coach of the Ireland Senior Men's National Team in 2008.

"My wife and I are very proud of Jay," his father said when Larranga was named the Irish National Team's head coach. "Jay was born to be a coach."

How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

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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.”
 

Maxwell: Celtics weren’t ready to play at that level

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Maxwell: Celtics weren’t ready to play at that level

Cedric Maxwell joined Arbella Early Edition to analyze the biggest takeaway from the Celtics-Hawks series.

But you also have to wonder if the Celtics could have interest in signing Kent Bazemore or Al Horford, both free agents for the Hawks.

Dickerson: Celtics loss ‘leaves a bad taste in my mouth’

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Dickerson: Celtics loss ‘leaves a bad taste in my mouth’

Greg Dickerson and Dalen Cuff discuss the Celtics loss in Game 6 to the Atlanta Hawks. Dickerson believes the team took a small step forward, but the loss left him with a bad taste in his mouth.