By Jessica Camerato
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Last month Glen Davis debuted his AYO Baby Blog on his website (iambigbaby.com) and posted his first summer training video.
This week Davis continued to keep fans posted on his offseason activities . . . and even made a special appearance on late-night television.
Here's what Davis has been up to this offseason:
Basketball in Puerto Rico
Davis traveled to Puerto Rico and hosted a basketball clinic as part of NBA Cares. During his trip he also visited the corporate office of BBVA, the official bank of the NBA, and participated in an autograph signing at a mall. In his blog, Davis wrote:
On Saturday, I took part in a basketball clinic in inner city San Juan. Wow, I definitely didnt realize how big basketball was in Puerto Rico. The clinic had a ton of kids who were super excited about playing ball. My favorite part is being able to interact with the kids. I learned my Spanish needs a little work, but the kids were able to teach me a few words so we were about to talk basketball. I had an awesome time just hanging!
New Training Video
Earlier in the week Davis posted the second edition of his training videos to his Facebook page. In the clip he works on his footwork and agility through a series of drills. He isnt teaching viewers how to Dougie this time hes showing them how to move on the court.
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Talk about finishing at the rim. Davis appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to compete in the popular Pop-a-Shot Challenge. His opponent? Forty-one-year-old busboy Ricardo Reyes, who had been so successful at the game that he took his shots blindfolded (he has beat Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, among others). In the end, Richard continued his domination and defeated Davis, 48-27. Davis attributed the loss to spaghetti and pancakes.
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BOSTON -- It’s almost impossible not to look at tonight’s Boston-Brooklyn game and not think about where each franchise is currently, and how their statuses are directly bound with one another.
The Brooklyn Nets are preaching patience with their fan base in part because of the 2013 multi-player trade they made with the Celtics that has included them sending a slew of picks Boston’s way.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are a franchise on the rise not only because of the talent it currently has on the roster, but also the potential to add even more difference-making players to the mix courtesy of picks that they will get from Brooklyn in the coming years.
Players for both teams aren’t thinking about their respective franchise’s futures.
Instead, their focus will be on tonight’s game, one in which the Celtics will be heavily favored.
“I’ve been ready [to play],” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “I’ve been ready for the preseason to be over and things to start counting.”
And the season begins with a familiar foe, one that the Celtics have already played twice in the preseason with another four matchups beginning tonight, during the season.
While the Nets are expected to be among the league’s worst teams while the Celtics are predicted to finish near the top of Eastern Conference standings, there’s at least one Celtic who isn’t convinced seeing the Nets so many times is a good thing.
“It’s hard to play teams . . . the more you play them it's like the tougher it is [to win],” Thomas said. “At the same time, they know what we like to do and we know what they like to do. You have to leave it all out there on the floor. Like [coach Brad Stevens) said, ‘Let’s just be us.’ ”
Being themselves more than anything else means delivering a devastating defensive punch, the kind that kept Boston among the NBA’s top defenses a year ago.
The Celtics finished the season with a defensive rating of 100.9 which was the fourth-best in the NBA.
And the mindset among several players is that as good as they were a year ago, the potential of this team defensively is even greater.
One of the keys to that optimism is Al Horford, the longtime Atlanta Hawk who signed a four-year, $113 million contract with the Celtics this summer when he became a free agent.
Horford is a four-time All-Star in part because of his versatility as a defender. Stevens envisions the 6-foot-10 Horford playing both power forward and center depending on the lineup he’s on the floor with at that time.
“He also improves are ability to play big or small,” Stevens said. “You can play him at the four (power forward) and play big, you can play him at the five (center). His mobility defensively and mobility to stretch the floor allows us to do both.”
And to think that as good as the Celtics are now, they are going to be able to add even more talent with a likely top-5 pick next year in the NBA draft courtesy of exercising their option to switch draft positions with the Nets.
Thomas has a lot on his mind heading into tonight’s game.
Increasing Boston’s chances of getting a high first-round pick from Brooklyn next year is not on the list, he says.
“I worry about scoring the ball, getting my teammates involved and winning games,” Thomas said. “I don’t know anything about those first-round picks.”
Thomas, the 60th and final player selected in the 2011 NBA draft added, “And I wasn’t a first-round pick so I don’t care about first-round picks.”