By Jessica Camerato
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Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that may not have made the headlines but are still worth a read.
Shaquille O'Neal starred in Kazaam. Ray Allen stole the show in He Got Game. Rajon Rondo made a cameo appearance in Just Wright. Glen Davis was a top candidate for the lead role in The Blind Side.
Now Paul Pierce is showing off his theatrical skills.
Pierce tweeted a YouTube video promoting the Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year contest. While there may not be an Emmy Award in his future, Pierce was a good sport as he committed to each and every one of his characters. A sneak preview of his many roles:
Football player: "Touchdown! Wooooo!"
Top student: "Ooh ooh ooh me! The Louisiana Purchase . . . X equals 34 . . . Photosynthesiiiiiis!"
Crossing guard: "Attention little old ladies: I'm here to help you cross the street."
As mentioned a few weeks back, Pierce will also appear on an episode of HGTV's "Home by Novogratz" this month.
State of Nate
3,000 miles away in Boston, there was never any question the city of Seattle always stayed near to Nate Robinson's heart. (The city skyline on his neck was a prime example.) Prior to being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, I even had a discussion with him about the sting he felt every time he played in OKC , where the SuperSonics had relocated to -- "When we play in Oklahoma City, I kind of get pissed. It kind of eats me alive, knowing were in Oklahoma and we could be in Seattle." This summer Robinson is bringing the spotlight back to his hometown in "State of Nate," an online documentary about his life during the lockout. Among his goals of the videos: "show the people that life's not all about basketball" and "put Seattle on the map." And to make his dedication to the city known from the start, he introduces himself as "Nate Robinson, playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, aka: Seattle SuperSonics." Check out the first episode on www.stateofnate.com.
Scholarships from the Shamrock Foundation
This week the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation provided full scholarships to 13 sixth grade students from Boston area schools during a week-long summer program at the Museum of Science. During this program, students learn about being a medical student at the Mini Med School and explore forensic science at the Crime Lab Boston. Lucky was on hand to celebrate with the students.
Celtics Tweet of the Week
@iambigbaby11: "Look at me when I was a baby!!! Ayo baby http:lockerz.coms127918017"
Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Former Celtics draft pick Lester Hudson turned 27 on August 7. Hudson, selected with the 58th overall pick in 2009, played 11 games for the Washington Wizards last season . . . Togo Palazzi, drafted by the Celtics with the 5th overall pick in the 1954 NBA Draft, turned 79 on August 8. He played for the C's during the 1955-57 seasons . . . Hall of Famer Bob Cousy turned 83 on August 9. Among Cousy's accolades include multiple NBA Championships, 13 All-Star Game appearances, an MVP Award, two All-Star Game MVP Awards, and a career average of 18.4 points, 7.5 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game . . . Antoine Walker turned 35 on August 12. Walker, a three-time All-Star, was drafted by the Celtics with the sixth overall pick in 1996 and played the first seven seasons of his career in Boston. He returned to the C's during the 2005 season and played in 24 games.
The Week in Celtics History
On August 6, 2004, the Celtics traded Chucky Atkins, Jumaine Jones, and Chris Mihm to the Los Angeles Lakers for Rick Fox, Gary Payton, and a 2006 first-round draft pick. The Celtics went on to trade the pick to the Atlanta Hawks, who dealt it to the Phoenix Suns. In 2006, the Suns used that pick to select Rajon Rondo 21st overall in the NBA Draft and traded him to the Celtics.
Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA.