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Friday Free Throws: Former Celtics Training Camp Edition

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Friday Free Throws: Former Celtics Training Camp Edition

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

With the Boston Celtics currently in Europe for Training Camp, let's go around the league and take a look at what some former Celtics are up to this preseason:

Glen Davis: Orlando Magic

With Dwight Howard now on the Los Angeles Lakers, Glen Davis has emerged as the mouthpiece for the rebuilding Orlando Magic, which essentially guarantees a season of memorable quotes from the talkative forward.

When Howard was asked last season what Davis, then in his first year with the Magic, "brings to the table," he simply replied, "Food." Now it's Davis' turn to return the compliment. Asked what he will miss most about Howard, Davis answered,"his farting ability," the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins tweeted.

Davis moved on to metaphors this week when discussing the state of his team. "Right now you've got to take one step at a time, just like a baby," Robbins reported. "A baby doesn't come out walking. A baby, he crawls first."

Tony Allen: Memphis Grizzlies

Once one of Celtics toughest defenders, Tony Allen has brought that mindset to the Grizzlies over the past two years. Now entering his third season in Memphis, the 2012 All-Defensive First Team member set the tone early in training camp. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported:

One of the livelier scenes happened when veteran guard Tony Allen celebrated after a defensive drill. Allen's team, the white squad, earned three consecutive stops.

"Get on my team if you want to win a defensive drill!" Allen yelled as he strutted around the gym.

And-one: Tony isn't the only member of the Allen family in training camp this season. His younger brother Ryan is in camp with the Chicago Bulls. Ryan is also Derrick Rose's roommate and has known Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau for years since his days as Celtics assistant coach when Tony was on the team. Check out the full story on CSNChicago.com.

Kendrick Perkins: Oklahoma City Thunder

After undergoing surgery in July to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, Kendrick Perkins could miss the the Thunder's entire preseason as he continues to recover. NewsOK.com reported General Manager Sam Presti said on Media Day, What we're trying to do is have him ready for the first game or the beginning of the regular season. His conditioning, his fitness and his levels, he's done a fantastic job. His wrist is a thing that we have to be very cautious with and we will be. Perkins also underwent surgery for a groin injury this offseason.

Greg Stiemsma: Minnesota Timberwolves

Greg Stiemsma battled plantar fasciitis in his left foot during his rookie year with the Celtics last season and will be limited during during camp because of it. According to the Star Tribune, Stieimsma will be limited in 5-on-5 play as a precautionary measure.

Sasha Pavlovic: Portland Trail Blazers

Sasha Pavlovic received praise from Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts during Media Day when describing the team's bench. Pavlovic is among veteran reserves whom Stotts believes will help his young team. "Sasha Pavlovic is another guy who is relatively young and has been in the NBA Finals," he said, according to BlazersEdge.com. "He's versatile, he can shoot, he can pass."

Celtics Tweet of the Week

And we r off to Istanbul ill holla twitter.compaulpierce34s Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) October 1, 2012

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Alton Lister turned 54 on October 1. The seven-footer played two seasons for the Celtics in the 1990's. Tom Boswell, a member of the 1967 championship Celtics team, turned 59 on October 2. The former 17th overall pick played his first three seasons in Boston. Current Celtics guard Courtney Lee turned 27 on October 3 while the team is in Europe for training camp.

This Week in Celtics History

On September 30, 2005, the Celtics waived Rick Fox and acquired Dan Dickau from the New OrleansOklahoma City Hornets in exchange for a 2006 second round pick. On October 1, 1999, Kevin McHale was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Celtics signed Stojko Vrankovic as a free agent on October 2, 1990. On October 3, 1985, the C's traded a pair of second round draft picks to the Indiana Pacers for Jerry Sichting. The Celtics waived Qyntel Woods on October 4, 2005. On October 5, 1950, the Celtics drafted Bob Cousy from the Chicago Stags in a dispersal draft. That same day in 1989, the Celtics acquired John Bagley from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for two second round picks. The Celtics signed Mario West as a free agent on October 6, 2010. 20 years earlier on that day, they released Jim Paxson.

No longer the little team that could, Celtics may need time to jell

No longer the little team that could, Celtics may need time to jell

Fireworks have been ablaze in the NBA all summer long, with the latest electrifying salvo being tossed by the Boston Celtics in trading for Kyrie Irving from Cleveland in exchange for a package of playerscentered around Isaiah Thomas and a first-round pick centered around Isaiah Thomas. Without question the Celtics were among the biggest winners this offseason as they went about transforming their roster significantly despite having the best record in the East while advancing to the conference finals. But good wasn’t good enough, a similar mantra by a number of teams in the NBA. We’ll take a look at all 30 teams in the next 30 days as they prepare for the 2017-2018 regular season, which is when the real fireworks begin!

BOSTON – Expectations for the Celtics this season are the highest they've been in the Brad Stevens Era.
 
The past couple of years, Stevens’ crew was seen as a scrappy bunch.
 
That all changed Tuesday night when the Celtics pulled off a blockbuster trade in acquiring Kyrie Irving from Cleveland for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.

MORE ON THE KYRIE IRVING BLOCKBUSTER:

 
Acquiring the four-time All-Star would have made this offseason one of the best ever for the Celtics. But prior to landing the 25-year-old point guard, Boston was able to sign Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $127.8 million contract after he spent his first seven seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz.
 
The new guys join a Celtics team that returns just four starters, a group led by Al Horford, who stands as the lone returning starter from last season’s squad which finished with the best record in the East (53-29) while advancing to the Eastern Conference finals before losing in five games to Cleveland.
 
Adding a pair of All-Stars to the mix will certainly benefit the Celtics for this upcoming season. But for their continued growth, they will also need to get more from their youngsters.
 
Second-year forward Jaylen Brown had a strong offseason and is poised to build off of a rookie season in which he was named to the All-Rookie second team. Boston will also look to get quality play from rookie Jayson Tatum who was selected by Boston with the third overall pick in the NBA draft.  
 
For Boston, the biggest concern has to be chemistry.
 
There’s no question there’s more talent on this roster from top to bottom.
 
But with this being the first go-around for most of the players, it remains to be seen just how long it will take for all of the core players to get on the same page and find success.
 
That challenge won’t be easy, especially with the Celtics opening with seven of their first 11 games on the road.

Even with all the new faces and a challenging schedule out the gates, that won’t diminish the heightened level of expectations for a team that will surely have a bull’s-eye on its back all season for a journey that should result in yet another deep playoff run.
 
Key free agent/trade additions: Kyrie Irving (from Cleveland); Gordon Hayward (from Utah); Aron Baynes (from Detroit); Marcus Morris (from Detroit).
 
Key losses:
Avery Bradley (traded to Detroit); Amir Johnson (Philadelphia); Jonas Jerebko (Utah).
 
Rookies of note:
Jayson Tatum; Semi Ojeleye.
 
Expectations:
60-22 (First in the Atlantic Division, first in the East)

CSNNE SCHEDULE

BST PODCAST: What grade would you give the Celtics trade for Kyrie Irving?

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BST PODCAST: What grade would you give the Celtics trade for Kyrie Irving?

0:41 - What grade would you give the Celtics for their trade for Kyrie Irving? Michael Holley, Kayce Smith, Tom Curran, break it down and give their grades.

4:32 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakley discuss how Kyrie Irving will fit in the Celtics system and how Brad Stevens will handle the roster with new egos.

8:50 - We take a look back at the Pierce and Garnett trade to the Nets that landed the Celtics multiple 1st round picks. Are you pleased with how the Celtics used those picks? Is Danny Ainge a Hall of Fame executive? Michael Holley, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Tom Giles discuss.

14:30 - Our BST crew talk about the Red Sox getting the win over the Indians, Eduardo Nunez being hit intentionally by Corey Kluber, and if Chris Sale will retaliate.