Friday FT's: Pierce the next YouTube sensation?


Friday FT's: Pierce the next YouTube sensation?

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA

Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that may not have made the headlines but are still worth a read.

Shaquille O'Neal starred in Kazaam. Ray Allen stole the show in He Got Game. Rajon Rondo made a cameo appearance in Just Wright. Glen Davis was a top candidate for the lead role in The Blind Side.

Now Paul Pierce is showing off his theatrical skills.

Pierce tweeted a YouTube video promoting the Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year contest. While there may not be an Emmy Award in his future, Pierce was a good sport as he committed to each and every one of his characters. A sneak preview of his many roles:

Football player: "Touchdown! Wooooo!"

Top student: "Ooh ooh ooh me! The Louisiana Purchase . . . X equals 34 . . . Photosynthesiiiiiis!"

Crossing guard: "Attention little old ladies: I'm here to help you cross the street."

As mentioned a few weeks back, Pierce will also appear on an episode of HGTV's "Home by Novogratz" this month.

State of Nate

3,000 miles away in Boston, there was never any question the city of Seattle always stayed near to Nate Robinson's heart. (The city skyline on his neck was a prime example.) Prior to being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, I even had a discussion with him about the sting he felt every time he played in OKC , where the SuperSonics had relocated to -- "When we play in Oklahoma City, I kind of get pissed. It kind of eats me alive, knowing were in Oklahoma and we could be in Seattle." This summer Robinson is bringing the spotlight back to his hometown in "State of Nate," an online documentary about his life during the lockout. Among his goals of the videos: "show the people that life's not all about basketball" and "put Seattle on the map." And to make his dedication to the city known from the start, he introduces himself as "Nate Robinson, playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, aka: Seattle SuperSonics." Check out the first episode on

Scholarships from the Shamrock Foundation

This week the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation provided full scholarships to 13 sixth grade students from Boston area schools during a week-long summer program at the Museum of Science. During this program, students learn about being a medical student at the Mini Med School and explore forensic science at the Crime Lab Boston. Lucky was on hand to celebrate with the students.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@iambigbaby11: "Look at me when I was a baby!!! Ayo baby http:lockerz.coms127918017"

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Former Celtics draft pick Lester Hudson turned 27 on August 7. Hudson, selected with the 58th overall pick in 2009, played 11 games for the Washington Wizards last season . . . Togo Palazzi, drafted by the Celtics with the 5th overall pick in the 1954 NBA Draft, turned 79 on August 8. He played for the C's during the 1955-57 seasons . . . Hall of Famer Bob Cousy turned 83 on August 9. Among Cousy's accolades include multiple NBA Championships, 13 All-Star Game appearances, an MVP Award, two All-Star Game MVP Awards, and a career average of 18.4 points, 7.5 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game . . . Antoine Walker turned 35 on August 12. Walker, a three-time All-Star, was drafted by the Celtics with the sixth overall pick in 1996 and played the first seven seasons of his career in Boston. He returned to the C's during the 2005 season and played in 24 games.

The Week in Celtics History

On August 6, 2004, the Celtics traded Chucky Atkins, Jumaine Jones, and Chris Mihm to the Los Angeles Lakers for Rick Fox, Gary Payton, and a 2006 first-round draft pick. The Celtics went on to trade the pick to the Atlanta Hawks, who dealt it to the Phoenix Suns. In 2006, the Suns used that pick to select Rajon Rondo 21st overall in the NBA Draft and traded him to the Celtics.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at!JCameratoNBA.

Beyond the numbers: The dual threat of Avery Bradley


Beyond the numbers: The dual threat of Avery Bradley

BOSTON – Another year, another season in which Avery Bradley plans to showcase a new and improved skill that will benefit the Boston Celtics.
But with each improved skill, Bradley moves just that much closer to being an all-around, two-way talent that creates problems for teams at both ends of the floor.
We all know about Bradley’s defense, which was good enough to land him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive first team last season. He also gets props for steadily improving his game offensively in some area every summer, but defenses might have their hands full more than ever with Bradley.
According to NBA stats guru Dick Lipe, the 6-foot-2 Bradley was the only guard in the NBA last season to shoot better than 70 percent in the restricted area among players who took a minimum of 200 field goal attempts.
He is among a list that includes Los Angeles Clippers big men DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin; Miami’s Hassan Whiteside; current teammate and former Atlanta Hawk Al Horford; San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge; Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Atlanta big man Dwight Howard.
But if you’re thinking about keeping him away from that part of the floor, Bradley also made the 3-point shot a bigger part of his offensive game last season; as in, 40 percent of his shots came from beyond the 3-point line.

Having that kind of diversity makes him a difficult player to get a clear read on how to defend. And because of that, it may open things up even more so for his teammates.
Bradley can shoot from the perimeter; he can score close to the rim. His ball-handling skills have improved in the offseason to where it no longer looks as though it’s a major weakness.
And he defends at a level few players in the league can match.
Collectively it makes Bradley one of the many challenges awaiting teams whenever they face the Celtics, a player who is poised to showcase his diverse set of skills beginning tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. 

Pregame number: Al Horford to the rescue


Pregame number: Al Horford to the rescue

Tonight’s pregame number to watch is 45.4%. That was the Celtics' score frequency on pick and rolls finished by the screener last season, which was the worst rate in the NBA.

Score Frequency: The percentage of possession in which the team or player scores at least 1 point.

The major problem for the Celtics last season was personnel, as Jared Sullinger finished the most pick and roll plays for the C’s after setting a screen, and he was -- to put it nicely -- freaking terrible. Sullinger was the second-worst roll/pop man in the league, averaging a paltry 0.87 points per possession.

Fortunately, the Celtics replaced Jared Sullinger with four-time All-Star Al Horford, who is one of the elite roll/pop men in the NBA. Last season, Horford finished fifth in the NBA averaging 1.13 points per possession as a roll/pop man and boasted a more than solid 57.1 eFG% on those plays. 

eFG% (Effective Field Goal Percentage): Measures field goal percentage adjusting for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal. The equation is ((FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA

If you watched the preseason, then you already know the kind of impact Horford can have on the Celtics half court offense. So keep an eye out for those pick and rolls tonight and throughout the season, and we should see that 45.4% Score Frequency jump somewhere closer to 50%.