Friday FTs: Teach and travel


Friday FTs: Teach and travel

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA

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.

This week Kevin Garnett touched down in China, and then got up for a slam dunk. Garnett is spending time overseas as part of his multi-city tour with Anta. The tour began in Guangzhou and he traveled to Wuhan on Wednesday, where he jammed for fans and played a game of table tennis.

When asked about the possibility of playing in China, Garnett told reporters, I haven't really given it much thought, to be honest. I'm going to take in some offers when offers come or when I feel like it's that time. Other than that, no not at this time.

Check out CCTV for photos, videos, and coverage of Garnetts tour.

Mr. Rondo Teaches a Lesson

His nickname on the blacktop is Quick-Quick Turbo-Toed Road-Runner Mach 1 Cheetah-Foot Applesauce. But, in the classroom, you can call him Mr. Rondo.

Mr. Rondo?

Last month I mentioned Rajon Rondos tweet from a Nike shoot and included a very scholarly photo. Turns out the beret wasnt part of a new fall wardrobe.

Rondos get-up was for his role as a drama teacher in The Educators 2, part of The Foot Locker Advantage Academy featuring Nike gear. He co-stars with fellow NBA players Amar'e Stoudemire and Blake Griffin, NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and runner Anna Pierce in the campaign.

Each athlete has their own web page, featuring their Nike sneaker (Rondo wears the Zoom Hyperfuse 2011) and a series of lessons. Rondos include: Ruthless Mr. Rondo, Mean Muggin,' In Your Head, Head Fakin' Fool, True or False, Mr. Rondo's Multiple Choice, Sitting is for Suckers, and You Better Believe. (My favorite performance? Don't miss Rondo's "quickness faces in lesson 2.)

Looks like Paul Pierce might have some competition on the big screen

Davis and Wafer Put on a Show

Glen Davis and Von Wafer were among NBA players who participated in the Tournament of the Stars pro-am last weekend in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The event also featured DJ Augustin, James Harden, Stephen Jackson, and TJ Ford. Check out this highlight video by (via SLAM) to see Wafer throw down a monster dunk and Davis send the game into overtime and then well, youll have to watch the rest for yourself.

Celtics Tweet of the Week
@aa000G9 (Tony Allen): Twitter world I'm so proud 2 be a dad!! So 2 all the dads who take their kids 2 school in the morning!! Alarm set 7:20 am !! 1st day

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Chucky Atkins, who played 24 games for the Celtics during the 2003-04 season, turned 37 on August 14. Atkins averaged 12.0 points per game in his short time with the team. Frank Brickowski turned 52 on the same day. He played the final season of his career in Boston, scoring a total of 81 points in 17 games. Roy Rogers, the only player to wear number 99 for the Celtics, turned 38 on August 19. Rogers was traded to the Celtics from the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1997 and dealt to the Toronto Raptors as part of the Chauncey Billups deal months later in 1998 after playing nine game for the Cs. Rogers was an assistant coach on the Celtics for the 2010-11 season.

This Week in NBA History
On August 18, 1992, Celtics legend and Hall of Famer Larry Bird announced his retirement from the NBA. Bird played all 13 of his seasons in Boston, winning three NBA Championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. He averaged 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists during the regular season and 23.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in 164 playoff games. Read more on Birds legacy here.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at!JCameratoNBA.

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with crunch time coming in the NHL.

*Jack Todd says that the Hall of Fame needs to reserve a spot for Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov. Is he Hall of Fame material, or Hall of Very Good material?

*The playoff streak is coming to an end for Joe Louis Arena as the Detroit Red Wings finish out a lost season.

*Thanks to PHT writer James O’Brien for providing the kind of relaxing hockey moment that any dog lover could appreciate.

*Boston College standout Colin White has signed an amateur tryout deal with the Senators, but it remains to be seen if the entry level contract is coming.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mitch Melnick offers his hot takes about the Canadiens after a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

*The US men’s hockey team may join the women’s team in boycotting the world championships if there isn’t a resolution soon.

*A group of longtime Leafs writers share some of their best stories from the press box

*In the shameless interest of self-promotion, here’s my hit with Toucher and Rich this morning talking about riding the hot hand with Anton Khudobin.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers wonders if a lopsided loss will snap the Blackhawks out of their malaise.

*Sidney Crosby fires back at Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk after he called the NHL star a whiner recently.

*For something completely different: getting to know new baseball analyst John Kruk, who we all should know pretty well at this point.



Jaylen Brown steps away from social media to prepare for playoffs

Jaylen Brown steps away from social media to prepare for playoffs

BOSTON –  Like most of the NBA’s Millennials, Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown is active on social media.

But if you holla at him on Twitter or Instagram these days, don’t be surprised if you don’t hear back anytime soon.
That’s because Brown is stepping away from the social media game to better focus on his first postseason journey with the Celtics, which begins next month.
Brown said he isn’t the only player inside the Celtics locker room who has pledged to do things differently leading up to the playoffs.
More than anything, the changes Brown speaks of are symbolic to illustrate the need for everyone to make sacrifices critical for a team’s success.
“I’ve paid attention to that, how a lot of guys are making the sacrifices necessary to add to this team,” Brown said. “Some guys are only drinking water. Some guys are cutting out cursing or other aspects. Some guys have some personal stuff...Everybody is putting themselves in that mind frame to sacrifice for the betterment of the team.”
He added that taking a step back from social media was just one of a handful of changes he has made leading up to the playoffs.
“Some are personal, but some, just being a lot more focused and more locked in, eliminating distractions,” Brown told “This generation, we’re so social media dependent. So just eliminating that, filling that in with other stuff whether it’s gym time or film or just time to yourself instead of it being so predicated on the cell phone.”
Brown understands the battle Boston (48-26) is in for the top spot in the East heading into the playoffs and how important getting that would be to this team.

“It means a lot, especially being a rookie from my perspective, being on a team that’s number one seed in the East and being a contributor.” Brown said. “What more could you ask for, coming in to the league, coming into the NBA. It’s been great for me. It’s been a blessing.”
While Brown has had his share of ups and downs as a rookie, there’s no ignoring the fact that he’s progressing at a brisk rate.

“Offensively, I’m getting a little more comfortable scoring the ball; mid-range game, I’m developing,” he said. “Defensively, being in the right spot at the right time, stuff like that. I’ve come a long way and I still have a long way to go.”