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Friday Free Throws: KG on lockout, Davis fishes

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Friday Free Throws: KG on lockout, Davis fishes

By Jessica Camerato
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Welcome back for the second edition of Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines.

Lets start off in New York City, where Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were among a group of NBA players who met on Thursday for a gathering of the National Basketball Players Association. A few quotes from Garnett on the subject of a possible lockout following the meeting:

There needs to be common ground. Thats what were trying to establish." - New York Times

"It's unfortunate, to be honest, because we have great momentum right now. I think the league is, as far as anticipation and the leading stories and the careers that you can follow, you know Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas finally winning a championship, I mean there's multiple stories that are intriguing right now and it's just unfortunate that we're all going through this right now to sort of slow that down." - USA Today

This is a situation where you set the precedent now for later. We have so many young guys, three or four years into the game . . . The deal thats going to be set in now is going to ffect not only those players but the players coming in behind them. Its more imperative now for us to be on the same page. - NBA.com

At the end of the day, its about control. Its the domination of the game. - Bloomberg

Just Kickin Around
The crew at CounterKicks has previews of two Celtics-inspired sneakers. First, the Air Jordan 13, an exclusive Ray Allen sneaker. Check out the word Ray on the shoes the letter R is created with a silhouette of Allen shooting. Then there is the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011, which Rajon Rondo is expected to wear. The shoes are bright green with a black number nine on the tongue.

Sam Knows Best
Sam Cassell came to Boston in 2008 to add veteran leadership in the Celtics backcourt. Three years (and three championships) later, he is an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards and continues to offer his proven know-how. Twenty-first pick (Portland Trail Blazers) Nolan Smith told GoDuke.com, "I know I have a lot to work on, but I can talk to Sam Cassell about that later hes somebody from my area." Following his predraft workouts with the Wizards, Georgtown's Chris Wright told the Washington Examiner, "First thing about Sam Cassell is that anything he says, you should listen. He got three rings.

Celtics Tweet of the Week
@iambigbaby11: "I have a different respect . For catching lobster. It was hard . Plus I didn't know Maine was so pretty. I love Maine !!! Ayo baby"

Birthdays of the Week
Celtics training camp invitee and former Maine Red Claw Mario West turned 27 on Sunday. West was signed by the New Jersey Nets after spending the majority of the season with the Red Claws . . . Patrick OBryant turned 25 on Monday. OBryant averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds for the Celtics during the 2009 season. He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors 12 picks ahead of Rajon Rondo in the 2006 draft . . . Rodney Rogers, who played 27 games for the Celtics during the 2002 season, turned 40 on the same day . . . The Celtics' 1993 first-round draft pick, Acie Earl, celebrated his 41st birthday on June 23. Earl appeared in 104 games for the C's and averaged 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds . . . Hall of Famer Sam Jones, who won 10 championships during his 12-year career with the Celtics, turned 78 on Friday . . . Alaa Abdelnaby, the only Egyptian-born player in the NBA, turned 43 on the same day.

This Week in NBA History
On June 24, 1992, the Orlando Magic drafted Shaquille O'Neal with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. Check out Shaq's draft night interview.

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Celebrating Red Auerbach's 100th Birthday

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Celebrating Red Auerbach's 100th Birthday

In this week's special episode of "Celtics Talk," we celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the legendary Arnold "Red" Auerbach. Mike Gorman sits down with Red in his final interview with us, plus we hear from Tommy Heinsohn, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and others on the man that engineered and built the most successful franchise in NBA history.

Brown ready to embrace role with new-look Celtics

Brown ready to embrace role with new-look Celtics

BOSTON – Like most of us, Jaylen Brown watched intently as the Boston Celtics overhauled their roster in a way in which no one on the payroll could untouchable.

Armed with the number one overall pick in last June’s NBA draft, the Boston Celtics traded down two spots to pick up a wing player (Jayson Tatum) who plays the same position as Brown.

Later on, the Celtics traded away Avery Bradley to Detroit.

Soon after, Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas were Cleveland-bound in a deal that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston.

Things have changed, quickly.

MORE: Celtics storylines: Who fills out the starting lineup?

But being a high-profile high school player who spent one year in college before entering the NBA, Brown is well-versed on how to adapt quickly to new surroundings.

Brown might find himself getting used to yet another new role as an NBA starter this season.

When training camp opens next week for the Celtics, there will be at least two positions in the starting five up for grabs courtesy of Bradley and Crowder being in Detroit and Cleveland, respectively.

Thomas’ starting job will be handled by Irving who will be joined in the starting lineup by Al Horford and another new face to the Celtics roster, Gordon Hayward who signed a four-year, $127.8 million contract with Boston this summer after having spent his first seven NBA seasons in Utah.

Brown said he hadn’t put too much thought into all the changes that Boston was making this offseason.

“I knew a lot of stuff was going on and it was a lot of changes but it was above my pay grade,” Brown said. “Right now my job is to come in and play basketball and leave the politics up to the front office and you guys. It had nothing to do with me. I just try to come out and play hard, and try and be the best person and basketball player. . .  I can be. I try not to think too much of it.”

But it’s hard to ignore the possibility that he could be in the starting lineup on opening night, an opportunity he will have to earn with his play in training camp.

“(Head coach Brad Stevens) is going to do whatever he feels is best for the team and I support that,” Brown said. “Whatever it is that he decides, is what he decides. But I’m here, I’m available and I’m ready to work. It’s going to be a good year.”

The possibility that Brown could be in the regular starting lineup in his second season isn’t all that unusual for a player taken with the third overall pick in the draft.

But unlike most rookies, Brown wasn’t selected by a team where playing time was a given.

He joined an experienced squad that had its sights on a deep playoff run, something that runs counter-intuitive to what most high draft picks experience their first year.

But the Celtics advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference finals before falling to Cleveland in five games.

And as Boston went deeper into its season, Brown steadily worked his way into regular minutes which has helped put him here, potentially on the cusp of being a regular starter.

“My mindset is the same in a lot of ways, and is different in a lot of ways,” Brown said. “It’s the same in the sense where I’m just working, trying to get better each and every day just like last year; just constantly push myself for greatness. Where it’s different now, my mindset is I know a little bit more, I have my feet under me. A little bit more is expected of me.”

Throughout the summer, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has been pleased with the growth he has seen in Brown’s game.

But for him to help the Celtics this season, Stevens believes it’ll have to come on the defensive end of the floor.

“Jaylen has to become a lockdown defender for us," Stevens said on the Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, earlier this summer. "That's where, as you go into an offseason and you are an individual player, there's a ton of things that you want to get better at, and there's a ton of things you want to add to your game. But ultimately, when you get back to your team, it's what do you do that's different to make your team unique to give yourself the best chance of adding value to winning. We need him to become that."

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