Julien named All-Star head coach

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Julien named All-Star head coach

WILMINGTON -- As the team's practice concluded on Friday, the Bruins announced that Claude Julien had been selected as an All-Star Game head coach in his hometown of Ottawa.
"The fact that you get an opportunity to coach the elite players of the league and the guys that get voted on, you see a different side of players," said Julien. "So the whole experience is a good one. The fact that it's in my hometown is great. It's an added bonus, and you've got your family and friends around. So, it'll be a lot of fun."

Survey: Tatum likely to have best career of incoming NBA rookies

Survey: Tatum likely to have best career of incoming NBA rookies

BOSTON -- Danny Ainge has maintained that if the Celtics had held onto the No. 1 pick in last June’s draft instead of trading down two spots, he still would have made Jayson Tatum his choice.
 
That confidence that Tatum will be an impact player in this league is clear in the recent NBA.com rookie survey, which was released Tuesday morning.
 
While Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. was voted as the most likely Rookie of the Year, Tatum and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball were tied with 18.4 percent of the votes, as the players who would have the best careers from this NBA rookie class.
 
The survey was compiled earlier this month at Panini’s NBA Rookie Shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y., and consisted of questions being asked of 39 rookies.
 
Tatum, selected by Boston with the No. 3 overall pick, did not finish in the top five in any other categories.
 
However, he was among those players to receive some votes for Rookie of the Year; biggest steal of the draft, and best playmaker.