Friday FT's: Garnett preaches teamwork off the court

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Friday FT's: Garnett preaches teamwork off the court

By Jessica Camerato
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When Marquis Daniels recently recounted his terrifying injury last season, he said it was Kevin Garnett who kept him calm while he lay temporarily paralyzed on the court. That moment offered a glimpse into Garnett the dedicated teammate, not just the fierce competitor.

On Thursday, Garnett called into the Dan Patrick Show and once again expressed his commitment to his we, not me team mentality.

While discussing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which Garnett will be playing this weekend with other NBA players, Patrick asked him if he would be a good teammate in video games.

Garnetts response was passionate.

Im a great teammate. I'm a great teammate in anything, he said. A teammate should be the same in anything. When you're a teammate you love to provide some assistance, some strength, vice versa, support, that's what I am. You get with a team, I just hate when you get with guys who are not team (players). I'm a great teammate in anything.

Patrick later jokingly asked Garnett if there was room for him on the Celtics bench to have a one-year deal -- I could be sort of a Scalabrine type, he offered.

"You willing to give up that body of yours, man?" Garnett questioned.

"Oh absolutely, absolutely," Patrick replied.

Scal gave up a lot, Garnett replied. He was big for us, man. I know people like to crack the little jokes about Scal. Scal's in the league for a reason.

Allen Golfs for a Cause
Ray Allen teed off for a good cause this week at the Birdies for Breast Cancer Liberty Cup charity golf tournament to battle breast cancer. The two-day event, which took place at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, was hosted by LPGA golfer Cristie Kerr and raised nearly 500,000 for charitable organizations. Allen was joined by LPGA players, two-time U.S. Open champ Andy North, and actor Kyle MacLachlan, among others. Click here to see photos of Allen at the tournament.

Your Shot to Play for the Red Claws
Can you ball? The Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, will be holding open tryouts on October 1 at Competitive Edge in King of Prussia, PA. The one-day tryout, which is scheduled to run from 9:00am 4:00pm, will include team drills, individual skills work, and scrimmages. Red Claws GM and President Jon Jennings, Head Coach Dave Leitao, and other staff will be in attendance to evaluate prospects. Think you have what it takes? Last year two hopefuls from open tryouts earned invitations to training camp and played for the Red Claws during the 2010-11 season. Tryout fees are 150 in advance or 200 at the door. For more information (including eligibility requirements) and to download a registration form, visit www.maineredclaws.com.

Celtics Tweet of the Week
@paulpierce34: Me and Mike had a great trip to china and since when did I ever have asthma

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Jeff Green turned 25 on August 28. He averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 26 games after being traded to the Celtics in February . . . Hall of Famer Robert Parish celebrated his 58th birthday on August 30. Parish, a nine-time All-Star, won three championships with the Celtics in the 1980s. He is the NBAs all-time leader in games played (1,611) . . . Former Celtic (and current Los Angeles Clipper) Ryan Gomes turned 29 on September 1. Gomes was drafted by the Cs out of Providence College in 2005 and was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007 as part of the Kevin Garnett deal . . . Nate Tiny Archibald turned 63 on September 2. The Hall of Famer played five seasons for the Celtics and won a title with the team in 1981 . . . Former Celtics training camp invitee Esteban Bautista also turned 28 on September 2. The native of Uruguay has been playing basketball in Europe.
This Week in Celtics History
The Celtics signed a series of key role players during this week over the past four years: James Posey (August 27, 2007), Marquis Daniels (September 1, 2009), and Delonte West (September 1, 2010). All three players added versatility, depth, and veteran experience to the Cs bench. While Daniels and West battled were hampered by injuries, Poseys contributions were critical to the Celtics 2008 championship run.

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

Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

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Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

After the Clippers were elminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, a disappointed Paul Pierce told ESPN that he was "50-50" about retirement. 

In a video after Portland's Game 6 victory posted on oregonlive.com, the former Celtics captain said his "heart is broken" by another playoff elimination. 

Pierce signed a a three-year, $10 million contract to return home (he grew up in Inglewood, Calif.) and play for his old coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.  He'll be 39 next season and coming off the worst season of his career. Pierce averaged 6.1 points, 36 percent shooting and 18 minutes a game, all career lows.

How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

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How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

WALTHAM, Mass. -- This past season, Isaiah Thomas took a major step forward to becoming more than just a solid NBA player, but one of the game’s best.
 
He knows he won’t stay among the elite for long if he doesn’t make some changes with the most notable being to his diet.
 
“I do not eat good,” Thomas acknowledged following his exit interview this week. “I eat like a young guy, a young guy who got a little bit of money, fast food every day. But I’m definitely going to change.”
 
The change becomes necessary not only in light of how the season ended for him and the Celtics, but also for his long-term goals, which include playing in the NBA until he’s at least 40 years old.
 
“I’m not that old but the greatest players took care of their bodies the best,” Thomas said.
 
Among those cited by Thomas who excelled at taking care of their bodies was former Celtic Ray Allen.
 
But Thomas was quick to add that he won’t go to the lengths that Allen did in maintaining good health.
 
“Because he’s a little crazy with that,” quipped Thomas. “I just want to play at a high level for a long time, like Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant. You have to take care of your body. That’s half the battle of performing out there on the floor.
 
Thomas added, “This is a big summer for me to start doing that.”
 
Eating right is just part of the transformation process for Thomas.
 
He’ll also modify is offseason workouts to include some work in the boxing ring with long time friend Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 
“I’m definitely work with him a few times, get my conditioning right, probably train, do some boxing stuff on the side, just to get in that type of shape,” Thomas said. “You get in that type of shape you won’t get tired on the basketball floor. This summer is big for me, transforming my body, getting into the best shape possible and coming back and having another all-star year.”
 
For the Celtics to improve upon this past season, they will need Thomas to continue elevating his play as well as the play of those around him.
 
It is that latter point that was among the many reasons Boston’s season is over. No matter what he did, those around him could not step their game up to a level needed in order to get past the Atlanta Hawks.
 
Chalk it up to another lesson learned for Thomas.
 
“You can’t do it on your own,” Thomas said. “There’s no way you can do it on your own. Nobody can do it on your own; and how hard it is to win playoff games, a playoff series. It’s not easy.”
 
And when you come up short, for Thomas is created an uneasiness that he never wants to experience again.
 
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again,” he said. “It really hurt me. I’m going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and to work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you’ll I’ll be back better than ever next year.”