Friday FT's: Delonte's new ride; Rondo bored

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Friday FT's: Delonte's new ride; Rondo bored

Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read. In spite of the NBA lockout, there's still plenty of hoops to talk about.

First, he tweeted his job application to work at a furniture store. Then, he posted photos of his days on the job. Delonte West has been keeping his fans updated on his life without basketball during the NBA lockout, and now hes sharing photos of his new mode of transportation.

Earlier this week he tweeted, "Just brought a 94 all white bronco 4 3stacks...oj Simpson style.....now on side of road....broke down before I even made it to gas station," followed by a photo of himself pushing the car to the gas station.

No word if he will be making another freestyle rap video from this car.

Rondos Getting Bored

Rajon Rondo isn't one to need many words to express his point of view. During an exhibition game in Kentucky, Rondo shared his take on the NBA lockout. Its just boring, reported the Kentucky Kernel. He added that he is staying game-ready and that, "'I just live my life and enjoy what Im doing every day.'

Shaq Keeps the Entertainment Coming

After appearing in television shows, movies, and on record albums, Shaquille ONeal is finding new ways to keep people entertained. This week he hosted an Apollo Gong Show at the University of Florida. The Gainesville Sun had details from O'Neal's appearance: "He judged a dance contest between crowd members, traded momma jokes with the audience and tried to live up to a career philosophy that he described as wanting to give people a great time. During the event, he discussed the NBA lockout, adding, Im not worried about it. Im not playing anymore." Click here to read more and see photos from his appearance.

Cousy vs. Paterno: The Story Years Later

While recently recalling his college days at Brown University with PennLive.com, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno shared one memory involving former Celtics star Bob Cousy, who attended the College of the Holy Cross. Paterno said, I played basketball one year until I guarded Cousy and he got 35 points in six minutes. That was the end of my college career."

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@paulpierce34: "About to have my breakfast then off to the gym http:pic.twitter.comWUsvC45w"

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Hall of Famer Dave Cowens turned 63 on October 25. Cowens played 10 seasons with the Celtics, earned seven All-Star selections, and won two championships with the team . . . Rick Carlisle turned 52 on October 27. Before leading the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA title as head coach, he played three seasons with the Celtics during the 1980s and won a championship.

This Week in Celtics History

On October 22, 1997, the Celtics traded Chris Mills, a 1998 second-round draft pick, and a 2000 second-round draft pick to the New York Knicks in exchange for Scott Brooks, Dontae' Jones, Walter McCarty, and John Thomas . . . On October 28, 1965 the Celtics signed Don Nelson as a free agent. Nelson played 11 seasons for the Celtics and won five championships with the C's.

Young getting on floor more for Celtics, including key fourth-quarter stints

Young getting on floor more for Celtics, including key fourth-quarter stints

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – For most of his life, basketball has come easy to James Young.
 
So, the idea that in training camp he wasn’t just fighting to get playing time but also to stay in the NBA, was a jarring eye-opener.
 
To Young’s credit, he rose to the challenge and beat out R.J. Hunter for the Celtics' final roster spot.
 
And while Young’s playing time has been sporadic, he has done a much better job of maximizing his opportunities.
 
So, as the Celtics roll into Detroit to face the Pistons, Young finds himself playing his best basketball as a pro, good enough to make coach Brad Stevens not hesitate to put him in the game in the fourth quarter of a close matchup.
 
“It’s exciting to come back home,” Young, who grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., told CSNNE.com. “A lot of my family will be there. I’m not thinking about me. I’m just trying to do what I can to help the team.”
 
And lately, he’s getting an opportunity to do just that beyond being someone who helps in practice.
 
We saw that in the 107-97 loss at Toronto on Friday. Young came off the bench to play four minutes, 36 seconds in the fourth quarter with only two other Celtics reserves, Marcus Smart (8:39) and Jonas Jerebko (5:10) seeing more action down the stretch.
 
“It means a lot,” Young said. “He’s starting to trust me a little bit more. That’s a good thing. I’m just trying to do little things; rebound, get defensive stops and score when I get a chance.”
 
The fact that his scoring is just starting to take shape helps shed some light on why he has been buried so deep on the Celtics bench.
 
For his first couple seasons, Young seemed a hesitant shooter physically overwhelmed by opponents too strong for him to defend as well as too physical for him to limit their effectiveness.
 
But this season, he has done a better job at holding his own as a defender while making himself an available scoring option who can play off his teammates.
 
Young is averaging just 2.9 points per game this season, but he’s shooting a career-high 48.9 percent from the field and 41.7 percent on 3’s, which is also a career-high.
 
Getting on the floor more often has in many ways provided yet another boost of confidence to Young.
 
“I’m getting used to the flow of the game playing more consistently,” Young said. “I know what to do. It’s slowing up a little more and it’s getting easier.”
 

Blakely: Raptors newcomers show Celtics what they're missing

Blakely: Raptors newcomers show Celtics what they're missing

TORONTO – It’s far too soon to say if the Celtics’ decision to stand pat at the trade deadline was a mistake.
 
But the early returns aren’t encouraging.
 
Their 107-97 loss Friday night to the Toronto Raptors wasn’t because of Kyle Lowry (right wrist), who didn’t even play, or DeMar DeRozan, who played out his mind while scoring a career-high 43 points.
 
The game will be remembered by the new guys Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, both acquired at the trade deadline by the Raptors.
 
Ibaka, who was a bad fit, and on most nights a bad player, in Orlando, looked like the O-K-C Ibaka while scoring 15 points to go with seven rebounds against the Celtics – numbers that were better than his two games combined against the Celtics this season with the Magic when he scored a total of just 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds.
 
And then there was Tucker, who got a crash video course on Raptors playbook just hours before the game, and proceeded to show the kind of toughness at both ends of the floor that has made him one of the league’s more underrated defenders as he finished with a near double-double of nine points and 10 rebounds.
 
It was their first game with their new team, but you would have thought they had been with Toronto all season long with how seamless they seemed to fit in.
 
Ibaka draining jumpers, Tucker causing chaos defensively, while absolutely crushing the Celtics on the boards...their play was a painful reminder of what could have been for the Green team.
 
Both were rumored to have been in the Celtics’ crosshairs prior to the Thursday 3 p.m. trade deadline. The Celtics were lukewarm at best on Ibaka (they didn’t want what would have been a 25-game rental) and just couldn’t quite strike a deal and cross the finish line for Tucker.
 
It’s too soon to hit the panic button and rip Danny Ainge for not getting a minor deal done like adding Tucker or Ibaka.
 
Still, his players have to embrace the truth behind what transpired this trade season.
 
Ainge went big-game hunting, focusing most of the team's efforts on landing a major difference-maker, a la Jimmy Butler or Paul George.
 
When that didn’t work out, he settled for the next best thing, which was to keep this group together.
 
The onus is now on them to prove that trust Ainge has in them, was well-placed.
 
Putting too much stock in the first game after the break is a risky proposition that no one should subscribe to.
 
But in the loss, it revealed many of the concerns and weaknesses of this roster that tend to get magnified in defeat while glossed over when they manage to win despite those flaws.
 
Isaiah Thomas may be the best scorer in the fourth quarter, but he’s human.
 
There will be games when Mr. Fourth Quarter can’t get it done.
 
Friday night was that kind of game for him. He scored just four of his team-high 20 points in the fourth.
 
And as the Raptors blitzed him repeatedly with two and three defenders, his teammates failed to step up when the opportunity was there to make impactful, game-altering plays down the stretch.
 
Watching the Celtics’ defense in the second half was painful.
 
DeRozan got whatever he wanted, when he wanted it.
 
And when he missed, the Raptors controlled the boards, got all the 50/50 balls and repeatedly out-worked Boston.
 
It exposed Boston in a way that’s painful to see, especially when those inflicting the greatest amount of damage could have been in the Celtics huddle and not the one on the other sideline.