Friday FT's: Your Rondo Fix; KG earns lockout praise


Friday FT's: Your Rondo Fix; KG earns lockout praise

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA

Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read. In spite of the NBA lockout, there are still plenty of hoops to talk about.

With the NBA season is a state of uncertainty, how about some Rajon Rondo news to get you through this week:

Rondo has been keeping in shape at the University of Kentucky in workouts organized by Oklahoma City Thunder centerUK alum Nazr Mohammed. According to Mohammeds tweets, Rondo has been joined by Cs rookie JaJuan Johnson, former Celtic Lester Hudson, among other players.

Growing up, Rondo developed a love for football before he began playing basketball. He showed off his skills in this video and then did some friendly boasting to Tennessee Titans quarterback (and Massachusetts native) Matt Hasselbeck on Twitter:

@RajonRondo: "Hey @Hasselbeck, I'm ready... http:taps.lapVVETT"

@Hasselbeck: "@RajonRondo Good hands but can you run routes too? RedZoneFadeRoute 3HourDriveToNashville"

@RajonRondo: "@Hasselbeck of course aint much I can't do"

Last week we told you Rondo was going to team up with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh for charity. For those who cringe at the image of Rondo running the court with the Heats trio, dont worry -- hell only be teammates with two of them. (Does that help at all?)

The rosters were announced on Thursday for the South Florida All-Star Classic, taking place on October 8 at Florida International University. Rondo is slated to play alongside James and Bosh, as well as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Rudy Gay, Jamal Crawford, Lou Williams, Jonny Flynn, and Damon Jones.

On the opposite side, Wade will headline a team including Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, John Wall, Caron Butler, Dorell Wright, Wesley Matthews, and Eddy Curry. (Rosters are subject to change.)

Tickets for the South Florida All-Star Classic sold out in less than two hours. The game will be streamlined online at beginning at 7:30pm on Saturday night.

And last but not least, Rondo shared which crowd he considers to be the most obnoxious in the NBA (and its not the Lakers).

KG Draws Praise During Lockout
Kevin Garnett was in the news this week for his presence during NBA lockout negotiations. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports praised Garnett for his involvement in the Players Association:For Garnett to privately fight for the union in meetings, to implore the players to make no more undue concessions even if it means they sit out the season, has to be one of the most unselfish acts in these labor talks. Theyll call him greedy, ungrateful, a pig, and theyll be wrong. Theres no winning for Garnett in this labor fight, unless hes left something for the next generation of players, the way his predecessors did for him.What hes doing now, to me, it says a lot about K.G., says a younger NBA player who made about 5 million last season. Hes willing to sit out the year, and give up 21 million at the end of his last big contract, and probably his last really good chance to win another ring. For him, this is about the principle.I dont want to hear this stuff from our guys saying, Oh, he can afford to sit out. Hes made a lot of money. I respect the expletive out of those guys standing up for us right now, him, Kobe, all of them.

Wojnarowskis assessment of Garnett during this time is in line with the sentiments shared by so many players when they join the Celtics -- if you are on the same side as Garnett, he is one of the most committed teammates you could have.

Doc Dresses the Part

"Doc" may only be a nickname, but this week Celtics head coach Doc Rivers dressed the part when he visited patients at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. Rivers also posed for photos and signed autographs during the visit, which commemorated the Celtics 25-year partnership with the hospital.

It was a lot of fun walking around and visiting with patients and their families, Rivers said. To be a part of this event, celebrating the 25th year partnership between the Celtics and New England Baptist, was a great experience.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@nate_robinson: "@PeteCarroll wish u would let me play football coach I could be good help, next time uBetter give me a tryout TeamUbetter lol"

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Alton Lister, who played for the Celtics during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, turned 53 on October 1 . . . Tom Boswell, who played for the Celtics in the late 1970's, turned 58 on October 2. Boswell won a title with the Celtics during the 1975-76 season . . . Willie Naulls, a member of the 1964, '65, and '66 Celtics, turned 77 on October 7. He won a championship in all three seasons with the C's.

This Week in Celtics History

On October 5, 1950, the Celtics selected Bob Cousy from the Chicago Stags in the dispersal draft. Cousy went on to become a 13-time NBA All-Star and won six championships with the Celtics . . . On that date in 1989, the Celtics acquired John Bagley from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for two future second-round picks . . . On October 6, 2010, the Celtics signed Mario West as a free agent. He was waived by the C's that month and played 42 games for the Maine Red Claws before signing with the New Jersey Nets late in the season.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at!JCameratoNBA

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Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

BOSTON – Avery Bradley doesn’t mind being a standout, but this is probably not what he had in mind. 

Injuries have ravaged the Boston Celtics’ starting five to the point where only one player, Bradley, has been with the first unit in all 22 games this season. 

Just like Bradley was looked upon to step his game up in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (right groin) at Orlando on Wednesday, he will once again be challenged to lead Boston (13-9) to victory tonight when the Thomas-less Celtics face the Toronto Raptors. 

Bradley’s emergence as a two-way talent this season has overshadowed at times what has been another season of elite play defensively. 

And he’ll need to be on top of his defensive game tonight against a Raptors All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. 

Both Lowry and DeRozan present a different kind of challenge for Bradley who will spend time defending each of them at various points during the game. 

Lowry has good size, strength and deceptive quickness in addition to an under-rated perimeter game that will keep Bradley on his toes for sure. 

This season he's averaging 20.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and a career-high 7.6 assists while shooting 42.9 percent on 3's which is also a career mark. 

And DeRozan is having the kind of season that might get him a few league MVP votes. 

His 28.0 points per game ranks fifth in the NBA, but making his numbers even more impressive is that unlike most guards DeRozan doesn’t generate much offense from three-pointers.

DeRozan averages 1.8 three-point attempts per game which is the fewest attempts among any player ranked among the league’s top-25 scorers.

The 6-foot-7 All-Star is the master of the mid-range game which accounts for 31.5 percent of the points he scores. And when he’s not shooting the mid-range, he’s working a defender in one-on-one iso-situations. 

That helps explain why 76.4 percent of his two-point made field goals are unassisted. 

But here’s the thing about Bradley. 

As much as we give him props for what he does defensively, it’s his offense that has put him on the map as a potential All-Star this season. 

Bradley is averaging a career-high 17.9 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. He’s also averaging a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game in addition to shooting a career-high 40.7 percent on 3's.

But for Bradley, individual accolades are only going to come his way by the Celtics winning games; preferably against above-average teams like the Toronto Raptors.

And that would make both Bradley and the Celtics stand out this season.