Friday Free Throws: KG on lockout, Davis fishes

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Friday Free Throws: KG on lockout, Davis fishes

By Jessica Camerato
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Welcome back for the second edition of Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines.

Lets start off in New York City, where Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were among a group of NBA players who met on Thursday for a gathering of the National Basketball Players Association. A few quotes from Garnett on the subject of a possible lockout following the meeting:

There needs to be common ground. Thats what were trying to establish." - New York Times

"It's unfortunate, to be honest, because we have great momentum right now. I think the league is, as far as anticipation and the leading stories and the careers that you can follow, you know Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas finally winning a championship, I mean there's multiple stories that are intriguing right now and it's just unfortunate that we're all going through this right now to sort of slow that down." - USA Today

This is a situation where you set the precedent now for later. We have so many young guys, three or four years into the game . . . The deal thats going to be set in now is going to ffect not only those players but the players coming in behind them. Its more imperative now for us to be on the same page. - NBA.com

At the end of the day, its about control. Its the domination of the game. - Bloomberg

Just Kickin Around
The crew at CounterKicks has previews of two Celtics-inspired sneakers. First, the Air Jordan 13, an exclusive Ray Allen sneaker. Check out the word Ray on the shoes the letter R is created with a silhouette of Allen shooting. Then there is the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011, which Rajon Rondo is expected to wear. The shoes are bright green with a black number nine on the tongue.

Sam Knows Best
Sam Cassell came to Boston in 2008 to add veteran leadership in the Celtics backcourt. Three years (and three championships) later, he is an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards and continues to offer his proven know-how. Twenty-first pick (Portland Trail Blazers) Nolan Smith told GoDuke.com, "I know I have a lot to work on, but I can talk to Sam Cassell about that later hes somebody from my area." Following his predraft workouts with the Wizards, Georgtown's Chris Wright told the Washington Examiner, "First thing about Sam Cassell is that anything he says, you should listen. He got three rings.

Celtics Tweet of the Week
@iambigbaby11: "I have a different respect . For catching lobster. It was hard . Plus I didn't know Maine was so pretty. I love Maine !!! Ayo baby"

Birthdays of the Week
Celtics training camp invitee and former Maine Red Claw Mario West turned 27 on Sunday. West was signed by the New Jersey Nets after spending the majority of the season with the Red Claws . . . Patrick OBryant turned 25 on Monday. OBryant averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds for the Celtics during the 2009 season. He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors 12 picks ahead of Rajon Rondo in the 2006 draft . . . Rodney Rogers, who played 27 games for the Celtics during the 2002 season, turned 40 on the same day . . . The Celtics' 1993 first-round draft pick, Acie Earl, celebrated his 41st birthday on June 23. Earl appeared in 104 games for the C's and averaged 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds . . . Hall of Famer Sam Jones, who won 10 championships during his 12-year career with the Celtics, turned 78 on Friday . . . Alaa Abdelnaby, the only Egyptian-born player in the NBA, turned 43 on the same day.

This Week in NBA History
On June 24, 1992, the Orlando Magic drafted Shaquille O'Neal with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. Check out Shaq's draft night interview.

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

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
 
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
 
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
 
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
 
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
 
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
 
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
 
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup