Dwyane Wade: Celtics 'better than Heat' right now


Dwyane Wade: Celtics 'better than Heat' right now

By Jessica Camerato

The Miami Heat were heralded by many as the team to beat before they even played a minute of basketball together. But two early losses to the Boston Celtics and a 7-4 record have proved nothing is guaranteed in the NBA.

In an interview with Esquire Magazine, Dwyane Wade discussed the road ahead for the Heat and the opposition he expects to face along the way. He also gave credit to Shaquille O'Neal for doing more than helping him win a title in Miami.

"We'll be the Yankees of basketball. It's already true a lovehate thing, but you know what? We're fine with that. We understand that we did something we wanted to do. As an individual, you don't get an opportunity to do that often in this game. That's what it came down to with us myself and Chris and LeBron we all felt for the first time we were able to control our own destiny."

"This team has a lot of work to do. I don't look at the individual players right now and say, 'Oh, my God, this is amazing.' I say, 'This team, we got a lot of work to do, because there's a lot of teams out there L. A., Orlando, Boston, and so on that are better teams than the Miami Heat right now. So how do we get to their page fast, like, now?' I look at this team and I'm proud of it, I'm happy, but once tomorrow starts, we got to get to practice. We got to get to work."

"One thing Shaq did for me when he came was give me knowledge that I needed. I was still a shy kid, and he pretty much told me to open up. He said, 'Let your creativity be seen, put your fingerprints on the things that you're doing.' It opened up so many more business opportunities for me . . . Anybody can say what they want to about Shaq, but he's a great businessman, a very smart man."

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Isaiah Thomas: 'I didn't think Boston would be this cool when I came'


Isaiah Thomas: 'I didn't think Boston would be this cool when I came'

Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine sit-down with Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas to talk about the high expectations for the season, the addition of Al Horford, and getting married this offseason.

Also, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk about Thomas, including his very team friendly deal will ever become an issue.

Look for new podcast versions of our media day interviews in the coming days, plus videos and other content as the Celtics get ready for the season.

Pierce to play one more season with Clippers, then retire


Pierce to play one more season with Clippers, then retire

It's official: Paul Pierce will play one more season -- but only one more season -- in the NBA.

The former Celtics star announced today in a video post on The Players Tribune site that he will return to the Clippers in 2016-17, then will retire at the end of the year.

"[I’ve] got one more ride left," said Pierce. "One more season. One more opportunity . . . With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship."