West returns to Boston after choosing Indiana


West returns to Boston after choosing Indiana

WALTHAM When you come to the TD Garden as part of the visiting team, you expect to get booed. A lot.

Maybe not as much as Kim Kardashian's ex -- to some, he's also known as the Nets' Kris Humphries -- but they'll let you know there's no love for you here.

You can expect the reaction to David West likely to be somewhere in the middle.

The C's were on the verge of a sign-and-trade for West during the offseason. But West turned down the C's offer, and instead inked a two-year, 20 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.

There were reports that at least one Celtics player, Ray Allen, was bothered by West's decision.

"Once it got down to the end, I think his ego kicked back in," Allen told ESPNBoston.com. "He wanted the dollars. I guess it comes down to, 'What is a championship worth to you?' "

Shortly after that, West explained his decision in choosing the Pacers over the Celtics.

"What they're dealing with in Boston is a lot deeper than David West," he told reporters last month. "When I was figuring out what I was going to do, everybody that knows me knows that I'm a thought person. I don't rush to judgment and the decisions I make are well thought-out. This was a well thought-out decision on my part."

West added, "There's a reason why I'm in Indiana and not anywhere else. This team is young and deep with some really good pieces. And it's deep."

Although Allen may have some hard feelings towards West and his decision, coach Doc Rivers said West's decision didn't bother him at all.

"I had no problem with it," Rivers said. "He had two good decisions. He had a team that he could look at, us as a team that's trying to win it right now. Or he has a team in Indiana that's going to be in the thick of it as well, and they're young so he can grow with them. To me, he was in a win-win situation. It was a great place to be."

Celtics to begin season with Marcus Smart on the shelf

Celtics to begin season with Marcus Smart on the shelf

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics will be a bit shorthanded for the first few games of the season with Marcus Smart being out with a left ankle sprain injury.
The Celtics were holding out slim hope that it would heal in time for tomorrow’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Smart confirmed a CSNNE.com report shortly after the injury on October 19 that it would likely be at least a couple weeks before he returned to action.
Following Tuesday’s practice, one in which Smart watched from the sidelines, he gave an update on his ankle injury which occurred in the Celtics’ last preseason game, a 121-96 loss to the New York Knicks.
“A couple weeks, that’s the projection (of a return) they gave me,” Smart said. “They want to make sure we can limit this from happening again.”
Smart said the two-week timetable began from the time of his injury, which means it’s likely that he will miss the Celtics’ first four games of the season.
That’s a much rosier timetable than the left ankle sprain injury Smart suffered as a rookie which kept him sidelined for several weeks afterwards.
“It shouldn’t be too long,” Smart said. “Better safe than sorry.”
His absence will certainly have an impact on a Celtics defense that ranked among the NBA’s best a year ago, and has only gotten stronger with the addition of Al Horford.
But the Celtics have been a "next man up" team for since Stevens has been the head coach. With Smart out, that’s not going to change.
“That’ll be a great opportunity for someone else to step up in his place,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
Boston guard Isaiah Thomas echoed similar thoughts.
“When somebody’s hurt, the next man has to step up,” Thomas said. “Guys have to take advantage of these opportunities.”
And for Smart, it’ll mean displaying his leadership skills from the sideline.
He’s totally comfortable taking on that role right now.
For his teammates, it might take a little bit of getting used to. Smart has been very loquacious on the Celtics sideline since suffering the injury.
“These last four days, he has been yelling … I told him to shut up a few times,” quipped Isaiah Thomas. “That’s just him, especially when he’s not playing. He’s very vocal.”
Terry Rozier, the likely benefactor in terms of minutes played due to Smart’s injury, agreed.
“He’s been sitting right there in that seat,” said Rozier, adding, “and he hasn’t shut up yet. It’s good; you’re going to need a guy like that who is going to talk to you. It’s like a guy, he says things … it’s like he’s been in the league 10 years. He knows his stuff.”
Smart’s knowledge bank includes understanding that his current injury will probably happen again at some point. The key isn’t dealing with the injury, but how you move forward from it.
“This isn’t my first ankle sprain and I know it won’t be my last,” Smart said. “I just have to let it heal on its own and let your body do what it does.”