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.
This week Kevin Garnett touched down in China, and then got up for a slam dunk. Garnett is spending time overseas as part of his multi-city tour with Anta. The tour began in Guangzhou and he traveled to Wuhan on Wednesday, where he jammed for fans and played a game of table tennis.
When asked about the possibility of playing in China, Garnett told reporters, I haven't really given it much thought, to be honest. I'm going to take in some offers when offers come or when I feel like it's that time. Other than that, no not at this time.
Check out CCTV for photos, videos, and coverage of Garnetts tour.
Mr. Rondo Teaches a Lesson
His nickname on the blacktop is Quick-Quick Turbo-Toed Road-Runner Mach 1 Cheetah-Foot Applesauce. But, in the classroom, you can call him Mr. Rondo.
Last month I mentioned Rajon Rondos tweet from a Nike shoot and included a very scholarly photo. Turns out the beret wasnt part of a new fall wardrobe.
Rondos get-up was for his role as a drama teacher in The Educators 2, part of The Foot Locker Advantage Academy featuring Nike gear. He co-stars with fellow NBA players Amar'e Stoudemire and Blake Griffin, NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and runner Anna Pierce in the campaign.
Each athlete has their own web page, featuring their Nike sneaker (Rondo wears the Zoom Hyperfuse 2011) and a series of lessons. Rondos include: Ruthless Mr. Rondo, Mean Muggin,' In Your Head, Head Fakin' Fool, True or False, Mr. Rondo's Multiple Choice, Sitting is for Suckers, and You Better Believe. (My favorite performance? Don't miss Rondo's "quickness faces in lesson 2.)
Looks like Paul Pierce might have some competition on the big screen
Davis and Wafer Put on a Show
Glen Davis and Von Wafer were among NBA players who participated in the Tournament of the Stars pro-am last weekend in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The event also featured DJ Augustin, James Harden, Stephen Jackson, and TJ Ford. Check out this highlight video by HoopMixTape.com (via SLAM) to see Wafer throw down a monster dunk and Davis send the game into overtime and then well, youll have to watch the rest for yourself.
Celtics Tweet of the Week
@aa000G9 (Tony Allen): Twitter world I'm so proud 2 be a dad!! So 2 all the dads who take their kids 2 school in the morning!! Alarm set 7:20 am !! 1st day
Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Chucky Atkins, who played 24 games for the Celtics during the 2003-04 season, turned 37 on August 14. Atkins averaged 12.0 points per game in his short time with the team. Frank Brickowski turned 52 on the same day. He played the final season of his career in Boston, scoring a total of 81 points in 17 games. Roy Rogers, the only player to wear number 99 for the Celtics, turned 38 on August 19. Rogers was traded to the Celtics from the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1997 and dealt to the Toronto Raptors as part of the Chauncey Billups deal months later in 1998 after playing nine game for the Cs. Rogers was an assistant coach on the Celtics for the 2010-11 season.
This Week in NBA History
On August 18, 1992, Celtics legend and Hall of Famer Larry Bird announced his retirement from the NBA. Bird played all 13 of his seasons in Boston, winning three NBA Championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. He averaged 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists during the regular season and 23.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in 164 playoff games. Read more on Birds legacy here.
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