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.

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First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
 
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
 
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”

Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
 
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
 
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
 
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
 
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
 
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
 
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
 
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . .  he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
 
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
 
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
 
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”