Friday FT's: KG gets inked; looking out for the scowl

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Friday FT's: KG gets inked; looking out for the scowl

Welcome back to 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.

Jason Terry isnt the only member of the Celtics to get ink lately. After hanging out with Snoop Lion and Rajon Rondo in Canada, Kevin Garnett stopped by FY INK in Toronto for some new artwork on his right pec. Click here to see the FY INKs Facebook page for photos where KG is being, well, still intense (middle finger alert).

Is a Sick Mix of KG a Recipe for NBA Success?

Speaking of Garnett, there are countless basketball players around the world who model their games after the future Hall of Famer. Highly touted Holmes County High School (FL) standout Chris Walker has already committed to the University of Florida. With his eyes set on the NBA, the 6-9 forward believes his game resembles that of Garnett. NBA draft people have said I'm like a sick mix of Kevin Garnett and Perry Jones III, Walker said, according to the Gainesville Sun. Perhaps we will see him snapping photos with Snoop Lion in the future, too

Even the Scowl Needs to Be Looked Out for

Before former Celtic Kendrick Perkins was learning from veterans like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, fellow Texas native Stephen Jackson took the young center under his wing. In an interview with XXL Magazine about his rap career, Jackson also discussed his relationship with Perkins, who is now a veteran leader himself on the Oklahoma City Thunder:

When I used to go back home, I used to go work out with Perk and my high school coach, and I just started raising him from there working out with him, showing him the ropes, keeping him positive. He lost his mom at a very young age, so it was good to see how mature he was with that happening in his life. Kendricks been a man from a young age, and Im not surprised at where hes at now because hes been through a lot and fought through a lot to get to where hes at.

Lights, Camera, Action (and Golf) for Doc

In addition to his analyst work during the Summer Olympics, Doc Rivers also stopped by the Golf Channel as a guest on the Morning Drive show. Check out photos of Rivers on set.

This Week in Celtics History

On August 18, 1992, Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird retired after 13 seasons and three NBA championships. The 12-time All-Star had a career average of 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. (Read more on the Celtics since Bird retired here).

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Antoine Walker turned 36 on August 12. Toine is considering coaching in the next phase of his career. Frank Brickowski turned 53 two days later.

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

We knew back on the night of the draft that as the Cavaliers desperately looked for a way to pry Paul George out of Indiana, they started involving third teams in the talks (because Indy had no interest in Kevin Love for Paul George straight up, not should they). Phoenix was involved, but that fizzled. So did talks involving Denver.

But those latter ones didn’t die the night of the draft, according to reports that came out over the weekend. Denver, Cleveland, and Indiana were still talking about a three-team deal that would land Love in Denver and George in Cleveland. The challenge for Cleveland was finding the combination of young players and draft picks that Indiana wants in a deal — Indy is rumored to want a lottery pick (preferably high lottery) and a young player or players.

Now that Denver three-team is “very unlikely” to happen, according to Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Click here for the complete story.

Bradley left off NBA's all-defensive teams

Bradley left off NBA's all-defensive teams

BOSTON – Avery Bradley was one of the NBA’s better defenders this past season, even as injuries limited him to just 55 games played. 

The lack of court time may have been a factor in Bradley being left off the NBA’s all-defensive first and second teams which were announced on Monday. 

Bradley, a member of the NBA's all-defensive first team last season, received 12 first-place votes as part of a 46-point voting total which was tops among the players who did not make the first or second team. 

Golden State’s Draymond Green, Utah’s Rudy Gobert and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard were the top three vote-getters, which explains why they are the three finalist for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award which will be announced tonight during the NBA Awards show which begins at 9 p.m. on TNT.

In addition to Green, Gobert and Leonard, the first team also included Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul who was named to his seventh all-NBA defensive team, with this being the sixth straight time being on the first unit. Houston’s Patrick Beverley, a second-team all-NBA defensive selection following the 2013-2014 season, was also named to the first team. 

The second unit included Memphis guard (and former Celtic) Tony Allen, San Antonio’s Danny Green, New Orleans center Anthony Davis with Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo rounding out the second team. 

In addition to Bradley, other Celtics receiving votes for one of the two all-defensive teams included Marcus Smart (five first-place votes, 21 points total); Jae Crowder (five points total) and Isaiah Thomas (one point total).