If there is in fact an NBA season on the horizon, Danny Ainge has a lot of work cut out for him terms of building a roster.
One thing the team doesn't have much of is depth beyond the aging starting lineup. But one player, although he doesn't help much in the age department, can certainly provide some sort of backup for Rajon Rondo -- that is, if he can accept the role.
That player is Allen Iverson, and according to his agent, Gary Moore, would love to play on the Celtics in a backup role.
I have already spoken to Allen about that and many other opportunities, and of course he would be interested in anywhere in the NBA but Boston is particularly attractive to him, Moore told the Boston Globe, because of Danny Ainge, the organization, and one of the most respected coaches he knows in the business in Doc Rivers."
Unlike a lot of NBA teams, Rivers is a coach that can attract many players to his team based on his time in the league as a player and a coach, and the way he handles the current veterans on the team.
Iverson has the utmost respect for Doc Rivers and the current roster of players," Moore said. "Allen would relish the opportunity to play in that organization.
Iverson couldn't find any NBA team to take him on last season, mostly due to his attitude on and off the court. He's coming off calf surgery in January of 2011 that ended his season with Besiktas, a Turkish Basketball League team that he was a member of for just one season.
Would Danny Ainge be willing to take on a personality like Iverson's on short change? He's made similar signings in the past.
The Washington Wizards plan to roll into tonight’s game against the Celtics donning all-black clothes, as in a funeral procession, a sign of solidarity and an omen of sorts for a game that they hope ends with them burying the Celtics.
When Jae Crowder was asked about the Wizards all-black gear, his initial response...“That’s cute!”
More than anything, the Wizards (24-20) are putting a significant amount of value into tonight’s game. A victory would extend their home winning streak to 14.
Meanwhile, the Celtics (26-17) come in looking to snap a two-game losing streak.
“This is definitely not Game 7 or the playoffs,” said Isaiah Thomas. “But if they want to take it that serious, they can.”
The idea to arrive at the Verizon Center donning all-black was hatched by Bradley Beal, who has some contentious moments, to say the least, with the Celtics recently.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens knows all about the funeral talk which to him is just that, talk. He’s more concerned with his team doing what they need to do in order to win.
“At the end of the day, good basketball teams are physical,” he said. “There’s a line you don’t want to cross. Ultimately, you have to be appropriately physical at a high level. It’s about playing well, focus on your next task at hand. This is a great opportunity to see where we’re at.”
In the Celtics' 117-108 win over the Wizards on Jan. 11, Beal was whistled for a flagrant-1 foul after getting into it with Marcus Smart.
Last season, Beal was on the receiving end of a left forearm to the face from Smart, who was driving to the basket at the time. The blow resulted in a broken nose for Beal in addition to spending time in the league’s concussion protocol program.
And then there’s his backcourt mate John Wall.
He was fined $15,000 for his role in a postgame incident with Jae Crowder (who was fined $25,000). Crowder pushed Wall’s nose with his finger, which led to Wall retaliating with a slap towards Crowder’s face.
And when the two met back on Nov. 9, Wall was hit with a flagrant-2 foul (an automatic ejection) when he threw Smart down hard to floor in the final moments of a Wizards win.
The Celtics have a few games that have become more physical than others recently, but there’s something about this Celtics-Wizards matchup that brings out an elevated level of feistiness.
“It’s just all talk; that’s all it is,” Thomas said. “I guess they taking it and running with it. I don’t know what it is. I [saw] the funeral and the all-black thing last night and I just laughed about it. We’ll be there tonight for a game, not a funeral.”
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