Friday FT's: Pierce teaming up with HGTV?


Friday FT's: Pierce teaming up with HGTV?

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.

What does Paul Pierce have in common with HGTV (yes, that is short for Home & Garden Television)? It has nothing to do with planting begonias or picking out new window treatments.

Pierce teamed up with "Home by Novogratz," a program featuring a husband and wife design duo, to make over his high school gym in Inglewood, California as part of his Truth on Health foundation. The episode is schedule to premiere on August 20.

A preview from the shows episode guide:

"NBA All Star Boston Celtic Paul Pierce asks Cortney and Robert to take what used to be an old storage room at his high school alma mater Inglewood High and transform it into a state of the art student-athlete lounge as part of his Truth on Health foundation to help fight childhood obesity. Basketball and children's health are close to Robert and Cortney's heart, so they dive into the project with local designer Suzanne Kisbye tearing up the beat up linoleum floors and turning them into parquee floors, ala the infamous Boston Garden. . . . Paul Pierce and his celebrity friends celebrate the finished space as part of the 2011 NBA All Star Weekend in Los Angeles."

"Working with a big NBA star like Paul Pierce was pretty cool, and doing something wonderful for the kids at his high school alma mater in LA was even more satisfying, the hosts told

Bonus link: Pierce isnt the only familiar face to appear on TV. While compiling this weeks Friday Free Throws, I came across a television appearance by Brian Scalabrine. Back in May, he welcomed the cast from NBCs The Doctors into his home for a segment on parenting tips. Even if the topic doesnt interest you, its nearly three minutes of Scal. Enough said.

Daniels, Rondo, Allen Together for a Cause: There are former Celtics who are no longer on the team but stay on the minds of fans in Boston. Marquis Daniels is one of them. As part of his charity, Daniels hosted the Q6 Foundation 5th Annual Celebrity Weekend in Orlando. Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen were in attendance at the all-white party, hosted by Daniels and SLAM Magazine. Check out photos from the event here, including one of a reunited Celtics trio. During the weekend, Daniels was also honored by his alma mater Edgewater High School when they retired his high school basketball jersey.
A Comical Place for KG Collectibles: A comics convention may not sound like a place to pick up some Kevin Garnett memorabilia, but this week it is featured at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International. Action Figures Xpress is offering a limited edition commemorative box set of NBA playoff figures at the event, which includes Garnett, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Amar'e Stoudemire. (ht GlobalGrind)
Celtics Summer Soiree: On August 3, the Celtics and XFINITY will host a Summer Soiree at Scampo (located in the Liberty Hotel) to benefit the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. Cs legends including Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, and Tommy Heinsohn will be at the event, as well as Celtics dancers and Lucky. The soiree will feature live music, food, and a silent auction. For ticket information, click here.
Celtics Tweet of the Week:
@Aabradley11: So blessed.. Don't even realize it sometimes

Birthdays of the Week
Chris Mihm, who played for the Celtics during the 2003-04 season, turned 32 on July 16. Mihm averaged 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 54 games. Eric Williams turned 39 on July 17. Williams was drafted by the Celtics with the 14th overall pick in 1995 and played his first two seasons with the team. He returned to Boston in 1999 and spent over four more seasons with the Cs before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the Ricky Davis deal. Ray Allen turned 36 on July 20. In addition to breaking the NBA all-time 3-point record in a Cs uniform last season, Allen has scored over 5,000 points for the Celtics since being traded to the team in 2007. Von Wafer turned 26 the following day on July 21. Wafer averaged 3.2 points in 58 games last season in his first stint with the Celtics.

This Week in NBA History:
On July 22, 2002, Vin Baker and Shammond Williams were traded from the Seattle SuperSonics to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Kenny Anderson, Joe Forte, and Vitaly Potapenko.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at!JCameratoNBA

Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity


Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

WALTHAM, Mass. – Like so many players who have spent part of their NBA journey having Kevin Garnett barking in their ear words of encouragement or just telling them to get the hell out his (bleepin’) way, you can count Avery Bradley among those who will miss the man affectionately known as ‘Big Ticket.’

Garnett recently announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons, leaving behind a legacy that includes an NBA title won with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Among the current Celtics, Bradley is the only current member of the team who played with Garnett in Boston.

When Bradley got the news about Garnett’s retirement, he said he sat down and wrote Garnett a letter.

“To let him know how much I appreciate him, how special he is to me,” said Bradley who added that his relationship with Garnett was impactful both on and off the court. “Kevin’s just an amazing person.”

Leon Powe, a member of the Celtics’ championship team in 2008 with Garnett, echoed similar praise about his former teammate.

“As a teammate, as a player, KG meant the world to me,” Powe told “Intensity … he brought everything you would want to the game, to the practice field, he was just non-stop energy.”

And when you saw it time after time after time with him, pretty soon it became contagious.

“The intensity just motivated every guy on the team, including me,” Powe said. “It made you want to go out and lay it out on the line for him and the team. You see how passionate he is. You see he’s one of the greats. And when you see one of the greats of the NBA going hard like that all the time, you’re like ‘Man, why can’t I do that? It trickled down to me and every young guy on the team.

Powe added, “He brought that every single day, night, morning, it didn’t matter. He brought that intensity. That’s all you could ask for.”

And Garnett’s impact was about more than changing a franchise’s fortunes in terms of wins and losses.

He also proved to be instrumental in helping re-shape the culture into one in which success was once again defined by winning at the highest levels.

“KG has had as big an impact as anybody I’ve been around in an organization,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “The thing that stands out the most to me about KG is his team-first mentality. He never wanted it to be about KG, individual success to trump team success. He lived that in his day-to-day practice. That’s something I’ll remember about him.”