Tiger Woods speaks out on lockout; Celtics quiet

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Tiger Woods speaks out on lockout; Celtics quiet

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

Aside from Rajon Rondos Halloween costume last year, there are not too many ties between Tiger Woods and the Boston Celtics.

But a day after the NBA canceled games scheduled during the first two weeks of the regular season, Woods was asked about -- what else? -- the lockout during the Chevron World Challenge Media Day.

The California native expressed his disappointment about the current situation . . . and found a silver lining for the Celtics.

Yeah, of course I'm bummed, he said. I think anybody who is an NBA fan is certainly bummed. I know that probably one person who is happy is probably Doc Rivers. I mean, with the age of his team, it's nice for them to only play half-a-season. It's true. It's a fact, come on.

Woods then shifted gears to the his hometown team.

But as far as us out west, I'm looking forward to the Lakers getting back there and we'll see what they do, he continued. The problem is, you can't talk to anybody. You can't see who is potentially on the block of being traded, what kind of deals can we do? Nothing can be happening.

So as a fan, it's disconcerting because I'm excited about what we could add to the team, but it's also I understand this is business, and everyone in this business wants to make money. I know the owners were losing a bunch of money, and some of the markets were feeling the effects. They can't draw certain players, so they're just trying to make it fair for everybody so everybody can win.

While Woods shared his take on the NBA lockout, many of the Celtics themselves have been mum on Twitter since the cancellation.

Leading up to the announcement, Carlos Arroyo (@carlosarroyopr) encouraged his followers to retweet LET US PLAY StandUnited, a hashtag many other NBA players used as well. The following day, Glen Davis (@iambigbaby11) tweeted, "Let us play!!!!!!

Since then, Rondo (@RajonRondo) has tweeted about products he is involved with a reminder for a live tweet chat with iRenew Products coming up on Friday and a link to his cover story on Red Bulletin from Red Bull.

Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) continued to promote his Truth on Health Campaign, linking to a post on TruthonHealth.org about teamwork.

Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13), who went on a tweeting spree after landing a new job at a furniture company, has not tweeted since September 29. Jermaine ONeal (@jermaineoneal) has not posted anything since September 7, when he engaged in some friendly banter with Jared Dudley about the Impact Training Competitive Basketball Series.

Another yet to comment? @SHAQ.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA.

Horford believes Celtics give him best chance at 'ultimate goal' of NBA Championship

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Horford believes Celtics give him best chance at 'ultimate goal' of NBA Championship

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Pinpointing the exact moment Al Horford made up his mind to become a Boston Celtics isn’t clear, but the seeds of that decision can be traced back to last year’s playoffs – and no we’re not talking about the playoff series between Boston and Atlanta, either.
 
It was the Hawk’s second-round playoff series back in May against Cleveland, a team that swept them out of the Conference finals in 2015 and did so again last about five months ago.
 
Horford had every intention of returning to Atlanta, but as the free agency period wore on two things became quite clear: Winning an NBA title would have to go through Cleveland and it happening with him in Atlanta was becoming more and more unlikely.
 
In came the Celtics with a pitch that was heavy on present-day and down-the-road potential that wouldn’t require him to do anything other than continue to play the way he has for the past nine seasons.
 
“It (becoming a Celtic) became real for me real late and real quick,” Horford told CSNNE.com on Wednesday.
 
After mulling it over for a couple days, Horford said he was ready to become a Celtic.
 
“This could be a great opportunity even though I’m leaving a lot behind,” Horford said.
 
As you listen to Horford speak, it’s clear that the Celtics mystique played a role in his decision to sign with Boston.

 But as much as the Celtics’ lore and its on-the-rise status helped, there were certain events that Boston had no control over that actually helped their cause.
 
First the Hawks got in on a three-team trade in June with Utah and Indiana which sent Hawks All-Star point guard Jeff Teague to the Pacers while Atlanta received Utah’s first-round pick which was 12th overall and was used by Atlanta to select Baylor’s Taurean Prince. The move allowed Atlanta’s Dennis Schroeder to slide over into the now-vacant starting point guard position.
 
While it may help Atlanta down the road, it did little to move them closer towards knocking off Cleveland anytime soon.
 
And then there was the Hawks coming to terms on a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Dwight Howard early in the free agency period. That deal coupled with Atlanta’s desire to bring Kent Bazemore back, cast serious doubt as to whether Horford would return.
 
Horford, who inked a four-year, $113 million deal with Boston, told CSNNE.com that at the time of Atlanta’s deal with Howard, he was still open to the idea of returning.
 
But if Horford did, he knew figuring out the best way to play him, Howard and Paul Millsap who by the way has a player option that he’s likely to exercise which would make him a free agent next summer, was not going to be easy.

“It was definitely going to be different,” Horford said, then adding, “For me, the Celtics were becoming more and more a realistic option. After talking with my family, we felt this was the best for me.”
 
And while it’s still very early in his tenure as a Celtic, Horford has no regrets or second thoughts about his decision.
 
“As a player you always want to be in the best position you can,” Horford said. “I felt for me being on this team would put me in a position to be able to contend and win an NBA championship. That’s my ultimate goal.”
 
And that alone makes him a good fit with this franchise which from ownership to the front office to the coaching staff and of course the players, are all focused on one thing and that’s bringing home Banner 18.
 
 “Look at the resume. He’s been a winner wherever he’s played,” said Boston’s Amir Johnson. “It’s good to have a guy like that, with his talent and with his winning, playing next to you.”