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Thibodeau: 'Really no defense' for Rondo

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Thibodeau: 'Really no defense' for Rondo

Few people would know how to defend the Celtics better than Tom Thibodeau. The former C's assistant and current coach of the Bulls may probably knows the strengths and weaknesses of the Big Four better than anyone other than Doc Rivers.

That said, Celtics fans will be encouraged to hear that Thibodeau believes one member of the Big Four to be impossible to guard.

"There's really no defense for Rondo," Thibodeau told the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday. "He's an offense unto himself. You can defend him perfectly, you can defend their team perfectly, and he'll still find a way to create a good shot for somebody. He's a great decision maker, he has great vision, he's very smart, he knows how to read defenses, he knows what you're trying to take away, he knows where the holes are, and he was in attack mode right from the start in Game 3 against the Sixers."

Rondo finished the game with 23 points, 14 assists and 6 rebounds as the C's smacked the Sixers, 107-91.

Thibodeau praised the elder statesmen of the Big Four, too.

"When Pierce is aggressive, they're impossible," he said. "They've been in so many wars . . . And you can't overlook Ray Allen. Even though he only had a bucket, the floor's gonna be spread when he's out on the floor. That's the core of their championship team. And of course Doc. That team is very very dangerous."

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Welsh: Hearing Durant will meet with Celtics on July 4th in The Hamptons

Welsh: Hearing Durant will meet with Celtics on July 4th in The Hamptons

On CSN's Sports Tonight, Tim Welsh says he is hearing the Boston Celtics will be meeting with Kevin Durant on Monday, July 4th in The Hamptons.

The free agent superstar reportedly set to meet with the Thunder on Thursday, Warriors on Friday and the Spurs on Saturday.

The dates are currently unknown for his upcoming meetings with the Heat and Clippers.

Watch the video above for Welsh's appearance on Sports Tonight.

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

ROXBURY, Mass. – The Boston Celtics shocked many on draft night last week when they selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick.

Well here’s another unexpected twist involving Yabusele: He said he plans to be on the Celtics’ summer league team which begins play next week in Salt Lake City.

“My agent is working in France to do something for me, to be able to play in summer league,” Yabusele said.

Like most NBA rookies, Yabusele is eager to get on the floor and get his first taste of NBA basketball this summer.

“That’s a dream come true,” Yabusele said. “When I was young thinking about the NBA all the time. I knew it would happen at some point.”

But the 20-year-old forward isn’t focused on testing the NBA waters and returning to overseas play soon.

“Not just stay three years or four, but stay all my life in the NBA,” he said.

Yabusele made the announcement following the Boston Celtics’ rookies (minus Ante Zizic) all participating in a basketball clinic at the Madison Park Community Center as the Boston Celtics celebrated their 50th Renovation project since 2008.

The news isn’t quite as optimistic for fellow international Celtic Ante Zizic who is not likely to have his contract situation overseas worked out in enough time to join Boston for summer league play in Salt Lake City and afterwards in Las Vegas.

Still, Yabusele getting a shot to play now is huge both for his own personal growth and that of the Celtics to get a better feel for how their first-round pick stacks up against fellow rookies and young teammates like Jordan Mickey.

This past season, Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes with Rouen Metropole Basket in the LNB Pro A league in France. He appeared in 34 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 11 times while tallying eight double-doubles.