Friday FT's: Delonte's new job; Pierce wants to win


Friday FT's: Delonte's new job; Pierce wants to win

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA
Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read. In spite of the NBA lockout, there is still plenty of hoops to talk about.

Delonte West made headlines this summer when he tweeted he had applied for a job at Home Depot. No word on the status of his application, but he will be working for a good cause next week in Washington, D.C.

The inaugural Delonte West Charity Weekend will run September 21-25 to benefit several organizations, ranging from helping children to senior citizens.

Next Wednesday, West will co-host the First Annual UrbanPromise Ambassadors of Hope Casino Royale Scholarship Benefit at the Shadow Room in Washington, DC. Tickets are still available for the event (view the invitation here).

Other scheduled events include a free basketball clinic with the National Association of Mental Illnesses for 40 bi-polar children, another free basketball clinic for 113 underprivileged children with Monique Currie of the Washington Mystics, a tour of Safe Shores - The DC Childrens Advocacy Center, and bingo at the Magnolia Garden Nursing Home.

The Delonte West Charity Weekend is about renewing dreams, serving the underserved and making a difference for a community that made the dreams of so many athletes and celebrities possible, West said in the official press release. We have several celebrities coming to town for this week to connect with the next generation of athletes and leaders, while also spending time with senior citizens and our fans.

The Truth Is, Pierce Wants to Win
Paul Pierce is a true competitor. That means no one, not even Massachusetts native and Celtics fanatic Maria Menounos gets a free pass on the basketball court. To kick off her new job as co-host of Extra, Menounos challenged Pierce to some hoops. While Menounos kept it close, Pierce came through with the W. Check out the video here.

Like Father, Like Son
As Celtics coach Doc Rivers waits to see when the NBA season will begin, his son is looking forward to his first year of college ball. Sporting News spoke to Austin Rivers about his freshman season at Duke University, where his first official college game has been highly anticipated since he was in school. Austin showed shades of his father when he talking about humbling himself in a prestigious program.

Im being coached by the greatest coach ever Mike Krzyzewski, he told Sporting News of playing at Duke. What I accomplished in high school, I cant say anything to these guys. These guys have won a national championship here. Theyve done things, been places, met more people. What Ive done, to me, is belittled. I have no right to be arrogant or cocky. Ive come in here to learn. With that, though, Im going to bring my talent and try to help as much as possible.

And, like his father, Rivers stressed the dedication to his team -- not personal goals for the future.

Of course you dream about playing in the NBA. Every kid does, he said. And theyre lying if they say they dont. But right now I have Duke on my chest. Not the Lakers, not the Celtics, whatever. The only thing Im worried about now is getting better as a player and person and doing everything I can to help Duke win. I know if I do that, the NBA will be there. And after this year, if were allowed, thats something Coach K and everybody will talk to me about. Thats something Im not even worried about right now.

Celtics Lineage to Continue on Campus
This summer Ray Allens daughter, Tierra, enrolled at Quinnipiac University to play for the womens volleyball team. Next year, there will be another relative with ties to the Boston Celtics on campus in Hamden, Connecticut. Kendrick Ray, the brother of former Celtic Allan Ray, has verbally committed to play basketball at Quinnipiac next year, according to the Times-Herald Record. Kendrick will join Allan (Villanova University) and sister, Brittany (Rutgers University), as the third member of the family to play basketball at the Division I level. Allan Ray, who was undrafted, averaged 6.2 points for the Celtics as a rookie during the 2006-07 season. Last season he signed with Sutor Montegranaro in Italy.

Banks Hall of Fame Moment
After his lackluster career in with the Celtics, the words "Marcus Banks" and "Hall of Fame" don't exactly seem to go together. This week they did, though, as Banks was inducted into the The Dixie State College of Utah Athletics Hall of Fame. Banks helped lead the mens basketball team (36-2) to a third place finish in the Junior College National Tournament during his sophomore year. He graduated from Dixie State College in 2001 before transferring to UNLV, where he played so well that he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 13th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. The Celtics acquired Banks in a trade that included Kendrick Perkins in exchange for Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones. He played over two seasons in Boston, averaging 5.3 points and 1.9 assists.

Celtics Tweet of the Week
@aa000G9 (Tony Allen): Together we stand!! I believe!!

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Former Celtic Travis Knight turned 37 on September 13. Knight averaged 6.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists during the 1997-98 season with the C's. He played the remainder of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks . . . Sherman Douglas, who played for the Celtics during the 1990s, turned 45 on September 15. Douglas wore both numbers 4 and 20 with the C's . . . Speaking of players who donned number 20, Dan Dickau turned 33 on September 16. Dickau played 19 games for the Celtics during the 2005-06 season, averaging 3.3 points.

This Week in Celtics History
On September 15, 1993, the Celtics signed free agent Chris Corchiani. He played his final NBA season in Boston, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 assists in 51 games . . . On September 16, 1992, the Celtics signed Kenny Battle as a free agent. Battle also played the final three games of his career with the Celtics before being waived on December 4.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at!JCameratoNBA.

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Celtics-Kings preview: Watch out for Cousins’ supporting cast

Celtics-Kings preview: Watch out for Cousins’ supporting cast

BOSTON –  There is no mistaking DeMarcus Cousins is priority No. 1 when it comes to beating the Sacramento Kings.
But dealing with elite individual players hasn’t been a huge problem for the Celtics.
It’s their supporting cast that are usually the game’s biggest difference-makers and where the Celtics have faltered.
Limiting Sacramento’s role players will be key to the Celtics (10-8) getting back on a winning track after losing 121-114 at home to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Going into that game, all eyes were on Andre Drummond who has emerged as one of the league’s premier centers. And the former UConn product didn’t disappoint as he scored 25 points to go with 17 rebounds. 
But Drummond’s play didn’t decide the game’s outcome.
It was the dribble-drive penetration of Ish Smith (19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists), the red-hot shooting of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (25 points) and the inside-outside work of Jon Leuer (12 points, seven rebounds) that ultimately sealed the Celtics’ fate. 
The Kings (7-11) have a number of players that, in addition to Cousins, can be problematic for the Celtics if they are not careful.
Rudy Gay, whose name will continue to be thrown about as potentially being traded, has put up borderline All-Star numbers for most of his career.
This season, the 10-year veteran is averaging 19.6 points, 3.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game from the wing-forward position.
Darren Collison is averaging 12.9 points per game along with 4.9 assists from the point guard position. While he’s not known as a great shooter (he’s shooting 34.8 percent on 3s this season), his speed and ability to get into the paint is something the Celtics have to limit.
The bottom line is Boston’s defense has to do a better job at not only accounting for the King’s main star, but also the talent around him.
“There’s a reason why guys are in the NBA,” Boston’s Amir Johnson told recently. “You know everybody in this league can play and if you’re not careful, they can play well against you and your team. We just have to do a better job defensively against everyone, really.”
And part of that starts with having the right attitude.
“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “It’s not been an ongoing thing. It happened [against Detroit] and it happened in the Denver game; a couple games. For the most part we’ve been trying to impose our will first.”