Friday FT's: Pierce teaming up with HGTV?

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Friday FT's: Pierce teaming up with HGTV?

By Jessica Camerato
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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 CasaSugar.com.

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 http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. Knicks

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Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. Knicks

BOSTON – Both New York and Boston will take to the floor tonight minus a starter courtesy of a sore Achilles injury.

For Celtics guard Avery Bradley, tonight will be the fifth time in the last six games that his right Achilles injury will keep him sidelined.

Meanwhile, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis will miss his fourth straight game with a sore left Achilles injury.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis averages 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Porzingis’ absence tonight was established well before tip-off.

“I’d say I’m 90 percent ready; still not there yet,” Porzingis told reporters prior to the game. “But I’m getting closer … hopefully the next game or after the next game.”

As far as Bradley is concerned, he was a last-minute matter.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was asked about his roster earlier tonight, and indicated Tyler Zeller (sinus) and James Young (ankle) would be on the inactive list tonight with injuries.

Without Bradley, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart who has filled in as the team’s starter previously when the 6-foot-2 Bradley was unavailable.

 Bradley is the Celtics' second-leading scorer with 17.7 points per game this season, along with a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists. 

Anthony: Despite trade whispers, 'I'm committed' to staying with Knicks

Anthony: Despite trade whispers, 'I'm committed' to staying with Knicks

BOSTON -- When most of Carmelo Anthony’s elite NBA brethren were looking for max-money deals with the flexibility to bounce to another team from one year to the next, the perennial All-Star signed a five-year, $124 million deal in 2014, which was one of the many ways he showed that he’s all-in on being a New York Knick. 
 
And as the Knicks continue to drop one game after another, 'Melo once again finds himself having to answer questions as to whether he wants to be in New York for the long haul. 
 
He acknowledged prior to tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics that he recently met with Phil Jackson, New York’s president of basketball operations. He declined to talk specifics about the meeting, but he was asked whether he felt a need to reiterate his commitment to a Knicks team that finds itself -- for now at least -- on the outside of the playoff picture. 
 
”I think it was just a . . . yeah, I mean, I'm committed,” he said after the team’s shootaround this morning prior to tonight's Celtics-Knicks game. “I don't have to prove that to anybody. I don't think I have to prove that to anybody. I don’t think I have to keep saying that. I don't think I have to keep talking about that. I know for a fact people know that; people see that. And right now my focus is on playing ball and staying with these guys. Because a lot of these guys have never dealt with all of this stuff before. Especially being in a market like New York and dealing with the articles and everybody has a different opinion on different situations. So a lot of these guys have never dealt with that. So for me it's just, it's all about being there. Moreso than ever right now during this time for them.”
  
Since he arrived via (forced) traded from Denver, 'Melo has seen his share of ups and downs in New York -- probably more downs in terms of the team’s success.
 
But even with that familiarity, Anthony acknowledged that this season’s problems do have a different feel than previous ones. 
 
“I've had this a couple times over the past couple seasons so I kinda know what this feeling is like,” Anthony said. “I think now it's a little bit different being the fact that the guys we have on this team, the talent level that's on this team, and for us to still kinda be losing these games, close games, non-close games . . . that's a different feeling.”
 
New York traded for Derrick Rose, a former league MVP, and signed Joakim Noah via free agency. 
 
With those former Bulls, coupled with Anthony and an emerging star in Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks were expected to provide a nucleus for success that would position them to be a playoff contender. The season is still young, but they've have been one of the bigger disappointments in the NBA this season. 
 
After a 16-13 start, their slide began with a Christmas Day loss to Boston that put them in a tailspin that they’re still trying to play their way out of. They come into tonight’s game having lost 11 of their last 13 games and sit six games below .500 at 18-24.
 
And as far as Anthony's future with the Knicks, if he leaves it will be his decision. 
 
But he's maintained -- throughout the peaks and valleys in his time with the Knicks -- that he has no desire to play for any other franchise, which is why the no-trade he has is so important. 
 
Simply put, he ain’t leaving New York unless he wants to. 
 
“I think as players you always want to protect yourself,” Anthony said. “I didn't think it would get to this point, but I think as a player if you can get that (no-trade clause), you have a right to protect yourself and take care of yourself when it comes to that. It's very hard to get . . . So, I have it and that's that.”