Collins has deep respect for Garnett


Collins has deep respect for Garnett

BOSTON Whenever Kevin Garnett decides to call it a career in the NBA, he will be remembered by many for many different reasons.

Sixers coach Doug Collins recalls learning about Garnett well before he became a perennial all-star and about as close to a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame as there is in the game today.

"I remember when I was in Detroit, I had just taken the job, and he was coming out of high school," Collins recalled. "Not a lot of people were allowed to watch him work out."

Collins, however, was one of the fortunate ones.

"I happened to know his agent and I got an interview with him at a hotel," Collins said.

Being a high schooler, Collins had no idea what to expect.

Needless to say, Collins came away even more impressed with Garnett the person as he was with the player.

That was Collins' first experience with seeing just how prepared Garnett is for all situations.

"The guy knew more about me than I knew about myself," Collins said. "This is a young guy who has incredible respect for the game and he's going to be an incredible player and he has been amazing."

Collins added, "He's a great talent; he's got an incredible motor. His focus, every practice, every shoot-around ... every game is important to him. He's become a terrific leader."

And even now during the sunset of his NBA career, Garnett's passion for the game is as strong as ever.

"I don't know if there's anybody in the NBA that loves to play more than he does," Collins said. "Or loves to compete more than he does."

Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

WEST ROXBURY, Mass.  -- It was the last day of school for some band students at Ohrenberger School, many of whom were packed inside the gym eagerly awaiting the four newest members of the Boston Celtics basketball family. 
As eager as the students were to finish off the school year, for the Celtics rookies Wednesday’s appearance to unveil the school’s revamped “Music Zone” was just the beginning of their time with the Celtics.
Getting into the community has become an annual rite of passage for incoming Celtic rookies, with Wednesday’s event being part of the seventh annual Players’ Choice Grant.
The four-pack of Celts was headlined by Jayson Tatum, who was selected by Boston with the third overall pick. Joining him were second-round picks Semi Ojeleye, Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird.
“Working with the kids is always fun,” Tatum said. 
The charitable arm of the Celtics, the Shamrock Foundation, provided a $50,000 grant to a charity that was chosen by the players from the 2016-17 season.
Players were greeted by a gym full of middle schoolers who conducted a question-and-answer session with the players, with some students coming away with a basketball signed by all the players. 
“I really enjoyed getting to know the fans, the kids,” said Jabari Bird, who was drafted by the Celtics with the 57th overall pick out of Cal.
The “Music Zone” received 17 new MacBooks which contained musical software, with several instruments, a portable stage and additional furniture.

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

With the Celtics clearing the way to make a run at big names such as Paul George and Gordon Hayward, there will inevitably be salary-cap casualties.

But we'll always have Game 7 against the Wizards, Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, 26, averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and will forever be remembered for his astonishing 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.

After four seasons in Boston, the 7-footer and former first-round pick from Gonzaga is currently a restricted free agent and would surely turn down a Celtics' qualifying offer of a little more than $4 million. Until the C's renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap. 

That's money the Boston will need in its pursuit of George and Hayward. So, it's so long, Kelly O.