Friday FT's: Why West Picked Pacers, Baby Out of KGs Shadow


Friday FT's: Why West Picked Pacers, Baby Out of KGs Shadow

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.

Why West Picked the Pacers

Since the formation of the New Big Three in 2007, players have made Boston a destination of choice when deciding on a new team. Others have taken paycuts to stay part of the organization.

So when David West chose to sign with the Indiana Pacers, who have not won more than 40 games in a single regular season since 2006, over the Celtics, the decision raised eyebrows.

Including Ray Allens.

"Once it got down to the end, I think his ego kicked back in," Allen told ESPNBoston.coms Jackie MacMullan. "He wanted the dollars. I guess it comes down to 'What is a championship worth to you?'

"Think of all the guys who have made 20 million and could be considered one of the best ever, but they get chided because they never won. We the Big Three all had to do less when we won. We're still taking less to make it work. But it's worth it. No one can ever say to KG, Paul or me, 'You guys never got your ring.'"

Settling in with his new team, West responded to the comments.

"What they're dealing with up there is a lot deeper than David West," Conrad Brunner of reported West saying. When I was figuring out what I was going to do, everybody that knows me knows I'm a thought person. I don't rush to judgment and the decisions I make are well-thought-out. This was a well-thought-out decision on my part. There's a reason why I'm in Indiana and not anywhere else. This team is young and deep with some really good pieces. And it's deep."

Davis Out of KGs Shadows ... Seriously?

During the four years he spent in Boston, Glen Davis was a key member of the Celtics bench. He also stepped into the starting lineup in place of an injured Kevin Garnett. To many, he was seen as the Cs sixth man. But to Davis, he saw it as playing in the shadows.

Davis, who was traded to the Orlando Magic as part of the Brandon Bass deal, recently reflected on his time with the Celtics.

"My whole career, I was playing behind KG, and I don't think people really were able to see what I can do," he told FOX Sports Florida. "The times that I didn't have to play behind KG, I did a great job. Now, I'm (with the Magic), and I have an opportunity to be a starter, and I'm just embracing the moment."

A former role player saying he felt overshadowed by his All-Star veteran teammates? Hm, we've heard this before.

Former Celtics: One Out, One In for Lakers

Two former Celtics participated in the Los Angeles Lakers training camp this month. But when final cuts were made, only one was remained on the roster.

2005 Celtics first round draft pick Gerald Green was waived on Thursday, the Lakers announced on Twitter. Green was scoreless with two personal fouls in eight minutes in one preseason game.

Troy Murphy, who played 17 games for the Celtics last season, signed with the Lakers this week. He averaged 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in two preseason games with his new team.
Celtics Tweet of the Week

@unclejeffgreen: "Thank u everyone for ur thoughts and prayers...much appreciated love u all..and I'll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise"

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Joe Wolf, who played two games for the Celtics in the 1992-93 season, turned 47 on December 17. Former Celtics training camp invitee Stephane Lasme turned 29 on the same day. ... Hall of Famer Kevin McHale turned 54 on December 19. He is currently the head coach of the Houston Rockets. Tom Gugliotta celebrated his 42nd birthday that day as well.

This Week in Celtics History
On December 19, 1956, Bill Russell signed his first contract with the Boston Celtics. He made his debut for the C's three days later, recording 16 rebounds and six points against the St. Louis Hawks. On the same date in 1990, Kevin McHale scored his 15,000th career point in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. ... On December 22, 1949, Tony Lavelli presented an accordion mini-concert to over 5,000 fans at the Boston Garden during halftime of their game against the Minneapolis Lakers.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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