Friday FT's: Scal says Ciao, C's get personal

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Friday FT's: Scal says Ciao, C's get personal

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 have not made the headlines but are still worth a read. In spite of the NBA lockout, there are still plenty of hoops to talk about.

The Scal-a-bri-ne chants left the Garden last season, and now they have left the country. On Thursday night Sportando.net reported Brian Scalabrine signed with Benetton Treviso of Italy's Lega Serie A. Scalabrine was listed on the teams roster page as well.

Scalabrine, 33, played in 18 games for the Chicago Bulls last season. He will join Celtics 2011 second round draft pick, ETwaun Moore, who signed with the team earlier this summer.

As Scalabrine signs in Italy, lets take a look back at some of his classic NBA moments:

Who can forget the infamous post-championship press conference in 2008?

After a year with the Bulls, Scalabrine returned to Boston to give his two cents on CSNNE.

And finally, Scal showed off his dance moves not once . . . but twice for your viewing pleasure.

Celtics Opening Up

Over the past few days, the Celtics have been sharing insight into their lives off the court.

Delonte West opened up to SLAM Magazine about the night of his 2009 arrest stemming from guns charges. He also talked about the repercussions, which included house arrest during last season. When I broke my wrist they took me straight to the hospital, West told SLAM. I got into trouble because I didnt call and let them know I was going to the hospital. They said, If something happens on the way to the hospital, I dont know where youre at, so you better call in advance next time. Thats how they was on me.

In his Boston.com blog, Paul Pierce talked about the birth of his daughter in May: "It used to be my wife, our oldest daughter Prianna, and me. Now were up to a squad of four, and Im lovin it. I know people say the transition from one to two kids is the biggest change and I think they were right. Twice the diapers, twice the baby formula, twice the tears!"

While in Portland, Maine for a fundraiser for Day One, an organization that deals with teen drug and alcohol abuse, Glen Davis opened up about his difficult childhood in Louisiana. "I didn't have a person in my household (making the right decisions), he told the Portland Press Herald. I was stuck in the cycle of kids raising kids until I found basketball. I didn't have my mom make me go to school. I made myself go to school. I washed the clothes I wore to school."

Frank Prepping for New Job

It is uncertain when Lawrence Frank will be able to start coaching the Detroit Pistons, but when he does, he has plenty of proven knowledge to share with his new team.

In an interview with mlive.com, he emphasized the importance of -- what else coming from a former Celtics assistant coach? -- defense. Last season the Pistons gave up 100.6 points per game (16th in the NBA), compared to the top-ranking Celtics who held their opponents to 91.1 during the regular season.

In order to win a championship, you have to be able to defend at the highest level," Frank said. "You need balance. You have to be able to play at both ends of the court. But for us, in terms of establishing our foundation and basically reclaiming our pride here, its going to start first on the defensive end."

Frank spent one season on the Celtics coaching staff and was hired by the Pistons in July.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@Kevin Eastman: Sometimes the best way to stand out is to not try to stand out--just grind. True "everyday effort" people get noticed!

Birthdays of the Week

Red Auerbach would have celebrated his 94th birthday on September 20. Many websites posted tribute videos, including RedsArmy.com.

September 17 was a busy day in the world of former Celtics birthdays: Rasheed Wallace, who played for the Celtics in the 2009-10 season, turned 37. The 15-year veteran averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds during his career, earned four All-Star selections, and won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Doug Smith, who appeared in 17 games for the Celtics during the 1995-96 season (1.9 points, 1.3 rebounds), turned 42 the same day. Smith was the sixth overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. Kermit Washington celebrated his 60th birthday on September 17 as well. Washington played 32 games for the Celtics during the 1997-78 season (11.8 points, 10.5 rebounds). He was traded by the Cs to the San Diego Clippers in 1978 as part of the Tiny Archibald deal (which included the 1981 second round pick used by the Celtics to select Danny Ainge). September 18th marked the 57th birthday of the late Dennis Johnson. The Hall of Famer, who passed away in 2007, played the final seven seasons of his career with the Celtics (15.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds career average). He won three championships (two in Boston), the 1979 NBA Finals MVP award with the Seattle SuperSonics, and earned five All-Star Game selections. Greg Minor turned 40 on the same day. He played all five years of his career with the Celtics, averaging 6.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. Sidney Wicks turned 62 on September 19. He played for the Celtics during the 1977 and 1978 seasons. Former Celtics guard Ricky Davis turned 32 on September 23. Davis played with the Cs for over three seasons before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Wally Szczerbiak trade in 2006. He averaged 4.4 points and 1.1 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. 1994 first round draft pick Eric Montross turned 40 on the same day. Montross played his first two seasons with the Celtics and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1996 for picks that were used to select Antoine Walker and Ron Mercer.

This Week in Celtics History

On September 22, 1995, the Celtics signed Dana Barros as an unrestricted free agent. Barros played five seasons with the Cs and later rejoined the team for the final game of his career during the 2003-04 season. He is still involved with the organization today.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA.

Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

BOSTON –  Terry Rozier was having a rough stretch where his minutes were limited and when he did play, he didn’t play particularly well.
 
Among the voices in his ear offering words of encouragement was Avery Bradley who knows all too well what Rozier was going through.
 
For all his time as a Celtic, Bradley has let his work on the floor do the talking for him.
 
But as the most tenured Celtic on the roster, his leadership has to be about more than just getting the job done, but servicing as a vocal leader as well.
 
For a player whose growth from one year to the next has been a constant, being a more vocal leader has been the one dynamic of his game that has improved the most during this past season.
 
And it is that kind of leadership that will carry into the summer what is a pivotal offseason for both Bradley and this Celtics franchise which was eliminated by Cleveland in the Conference finals, the first time the Celtics got that deep in the playoffs since 2012.
 
He is entering the final year of the four-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014. And it comes at a time when his fellow Tacoma, Wash. native and backcourt mate Isaiah Thomas will likely hit free agency where he’s expected to command a max or near-max contract that would pay him an annual salary in the neighborhood of $30 million.
 
At this point in time, Bradley isn’t giving too much thought to his impending contract status.
 
Instead, he’s more consumed by finding ways to improve his overall game and in doing so, help guide the Celtics to what has to be their focus for next season – a trip to the NBA Finals.
 
While Celtics players have said their focus has always been on advancing as far into the playoffs as possible, it wasn’t until this past season did they actually provide hope and promise that Banner 18 may be closer than you think.
 
It was an emotional time for the Celtics, dealing with the unexpected death of Chyna Thomas, the younger sister of Isaiah Thomas, just hours before Boston’s first playoff game this season.
 
And then there were injuries such as Thomas’ right hip strain that ended his postseason by halftime of Boston’s Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland.
 
But through that pain, we saw the emergence of Bradley in a light we have seldom seen him in as a Celtic.
 
We have seen him play well in the past, but it wasn’t until Thomas’ injury did we see Bradley showcase even more elements of his game that had been overlooked.
 
One of the constant knocks on Bradley has been his ball-handling.
 
And yet there were a number of occasions following Thomas’ playoff-ending injury, where Bradley attacked defenders off the dribble and finished with lay-ups and an occasional dunk in transition.
 
Among players who appeared in at least 12 playoff games this year, only Washington’s John Wall (7.9), Cleveland’s LeBron James (6.8) and Golden State’s Stephen Curry (5.2) averaged more points in transition than Bradley (4.7).
 
Bradley recognized the team needed him to be more assertive, do things that forced him to be more front-and-center which is part of his evolution in Boston as a leader on this team.
 
“It’s weird but players like Al (Horford) definitely helped me get out of my shell and pushed me this year to be more of a vocal leader,” Bradley said.
 
And that talent combined with Bradley doing what he does every offseason – come back significantly better in some facet of his game – speaks to how he’s steadily growing into being a leader whose actions as well as his words are impactful.