West suffers broken wrist, may miss rest of regular season

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West suffers broken wrist, may miss rest of regular season

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- The Celtics suffered a huge blow Wednesday night when Delonte West suffered a fractured right wrist that may sideline him for at least the remainder of the regular season.

West suffered the injury after falling on a drive to the basket with2:43 left in the second quarter. He attempted to use the wrist to break his fall, and immediately screamed when he hit the ground. He was in obvious, severe pain as he was worked on by the medical staff, grimacing and screaming when the trainers moved the wrist a certain way.

The medical staff immobilized the wrist and helped him off the court to the locker room.

Coach Doc Rivers said West could miss the entire regular season.

"It'sbroken for sure," Rivers said. "Don't know anything else more thanthat; a compound fracture most likely. But that's going to be a longtime, let's just put it that way."

"It's tragic for Delonte," general manager Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe. "Basketball is a very important part of his life. I hate to see this happen. But Delonte will be able to return late in the season to help us."

West broke thesame wrist in early 2009 and missed 16 games as a member of theCleveland Cavaliers. He had played just five games since returning froma 10-game suspension. West was averaging 7.5 points and 2.3 reboundsand 2.0 assists entering Wednesday's game.

The injury is ablow to the Celtics backcourt, which was already without Rajon Rondo(strained left hamstring). Rondo hasn't played since November 19against the Oklahoma City Thunder and is doubtful for Friday's gameagainst the Toronto Raptors.

Ainge told the Globe the team has no immediate plans to go outside the organization for a replacement.

"We like our guys, and Avery Bradley, the team's first-round draft choice is starting to get healthy and Avery and Von Wafer are going to have to step up and play," Ainge said. "In order to make a roster move we'd have to left someone go and we like our guys."

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C's players mull how to utilize platform as athletes for social commentary

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C's players mull how to utilize platform as athletes for social commentary

WALTHAM -- The national anthem protests by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick have had an undeniable ripple effect on professional sports teams across the country. And that includes the Boston Celtics.
 
“We as an organization know what’s going on,” said Marcus Smart. “We read and see and hear about it every day. It’s a sensitive subject for everybody.”
 
While it’s unlikely that Celtics players will do something similar to Kaepernick taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, there’s no question some are figuring out the best way to utilize their platform as athletes to express their views on current social issues.
 
“Us athletes have to take advantage of the stage we’re on,” said Jae Crowder. “Try to make a positive out it. You can’t fix negative problems with negative energy. I don’t want to do anything negative; I want to do something positive, shed light on the situation.”
 
Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and a number of professional athletes have tried to have more attention paid to recent killings of African-Americans by police officers where, based on the video footage, it appears excessive or unnecessary force was used.
 
It is a topic that has brought a wide range of responses from many in the sports world, including the dean of NBA coaches, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.
 
During the Spurs’ media day this week, he was asked about the Kaepernick’s protests.
 
“I absolutely understand why they’re doing what they’re doing, and I respect their courage for what they’ve done,” Popovich told reporters. “The question is whether it will do any good or not because it seems that change really seems to happen through political pressure, no matter how you look at it.”
 
As examples of the political pressure he was referring to, Popovich mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ability to galvanize group, as well as the NBA and other organizations pulling their events out of the state of North Carolina because of its legislation as it relates to the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
 
“The important thing that Kaepernick and others have done is keep it in the conversation,” Popovich said.
 
And while there may be differing opinions as to whether Kaepernick or any other athlete should be protesting, the one common thread that seems to bind the Celtics players and the front office is them having the right to speak out not only as professional athletes, but Americans.
 
“The biggest thing is we all really value the freedoms that we have and that we’ve been allotted,” said coach Brad Stevens, who added that he has had individual discussions with players on this subject. “We certainly support an individual’s freedoms. It’s been great to engage in those discussions. It’s been really fun for me how excited our guys are about using their platform.”
 
And that more than anything else is why Crowder feels the Celtics have to have a united front as far as the message they present to the masses.
 
“If we want change we have to do it together,” Crowder said. “I feel like those guys (other athletes) used their platforms well. I think more athletes should do the same. You can’t do it with any hatred; you can’t do it with any negative. You have to do it with positive energy.”