Friday FT's: Shaq stops by the White House

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Friday FT's: Shaq stops by the White House

By Jessica Camerato
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Its one thing to sit down in Harvard Square and pose as a statue. Its another to hide behind plants at the Google offices. But there is at least one place Shaquille ONeal cant just walk into -- the White House.

On Tuesdays episode of Conan, ONeal discussed his first second third failed attempt at stopping by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

ONeal: I just want to take up 30 seconds of the President's time. I want to be able to get in, shake his hand, thank you sir, and then leave. That's all I want. I don't want to stay all day."

OBrien: You know he's been kind of busy the last couple of days?

ONeal: I know, but you know, 30 seconds. So I went up to the gate --

OBrien: You don't call ahead? You dont do anything?

ONeal: No, never. I just went up to the gate and I looked at the guy and he had a smile on his face. And I was like makes two questioning faces. And hes like, Shaq, what do you want? And I was like, Can I just say hi to the President? He was like, No Shaq, you can't do it. Im like, Please? I'll go in the back, please? And he was like, No, we can't do it. So I couldn't do it and I was actually quite sad about it pretends to wipes tear from eye. Third time, third time.

ONeal also discussed his cameo in an upcoming Adam Sandler - Al Pacino film, his equation for Twitter success ("I try to make people laugh 60 percent of the time. 30 percent of the time I try to inspire people. And the other 10 percent I'm just trying to sell stuff.) and his ongoing joke war with Ashton Kutcher.

He also talked about his enjoyment for riding in go carts so it was only appropriate that he and OBrien rode childrens toy cars heading into a commercial break. (If you thought Shaq would pick the mini police car over the pint-sized pink Jeep, guess again.)

Another Chance to See Rondo Play

Last week I wrote about Rajon Rondo being slated to play in the Team Kentucky vs. Team Dominican game University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is organizing on August 15 at Rupp Arena. Turns out there are quite a few people who want to see that game go down, and tickets have sold out. As a result, Calipari is taking the match up from Lexington to Rondos hometown of Louisville to play a second game on August 16 at the Yum! Center, the home court of the University of Louisville basketball team. On Thursday, Calipari tweeted about Rondos participation, Pre-sale 4 the game in Louisville starts at 10 ET. We will play agst Wall, Cousins, Rondo, Bledsoe, Mohammed, Knight, Harrellson & Liggins.

Soiree for the Shamrock Foundation

On Wednesday the Boston Celtics and XFINITY hosted a Summer Soiree which raised over 20,000 to benefit the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. The Soiree, held at Scampo at the Liberty Hotel, featured live music, food, raffles, and a silent auction. Celtics legends (including Cedric Maxwell, Dana Barros, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, JoJo White, Tom Satch Sanders, and Tommy Heinsohn) were on hand, along with Celtics dancers and Lucky. Its always a fantastic opportunity to come out and support the Shamrock Foundation because its all about giving back to the kids, Cowens said. This was a great occasion to spend some time with the fans.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@paulpierce34: another behind the scenes pic of my @si_sportskid of the year vid.. better or worse than my frog outfit from halloween? yfrog.comkephgdqj

Birthdays of the Week

Carlos Arroyo, who signed with the Celtics as a free agent in March, turned 32 on July 30. He averaged 2.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15 games as a back up point guard for the C's. Greg Kite, the Celtics first round pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, turned 50 on August 5. Kite played over four seasons for the C's and never averaged more than two points per game. He was waived by the Celtics in February of 1988.

This Week in NBA History

On July 31, 2007, Kevin Garnett was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and a pair of first round draft picks, and cash considerations.

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

Bradley locked in during return to Celtics lineup vs. Hornets

Bradley locked in during return to Celtics lineup vs. Hornets

BOSTON – When you look at Avery Bradley’s growth this season, seeing the tremendous strides he has made offensively is clear.

But at the heart of Bradley’s game remains a desire to dominate a matchup as a defender, something that was alive and well on Monday as he made his return to the floor after missing the four previous games with an Achilles strain.

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Bradley’s defense would prove instrumental in Boston’s 108-98 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

He was 2-for-9 from the field and played nearly 33 minutes against Hornets which is just a couple minutes under his season average of court time.

Usually he’s responsible for providing a boost at both ends of the floor.

But considering his long lay-off, it was clear early on that he was locked in defensively more so than looking to get back on track shooting the ball.

“You take any type of games off in this league, your rhythm and all that you gotta get it back,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder.

Even though his shots weren’t falling, Bradley was on top of his game defensively while guarding 6-foot-8 Nicolas Batum who is six inches taller but never was a factor on Monday.

Batum finished with eight points on 2-for-11 shooting from the field.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens liked what he got out of Bradley in his return to action.

“I thought he (Bradley) was great,” Stevens told CSNNE.com. “He did everything we needed him to do. We knew there would be a little bit of rust (shooting the ball), but that’s part of you playing your way back into it.”

As far as Bradley’s stifling defense on Batum, Stevens said, “You have to do that against Batum. I thought Avery did a really good job of that. It’s a hard matchup no matter what way you go. Batum, giving up inches to him. He (Bradley) was there on the catch all night.”

And as Bradley gradually gets back into a flow, he’ll regain the form offensively that made him one of the NBA’s better two-way players this season.