Celtics players won't dwell on what they can’t control

Celtics players won't dwell on what they can’t control

SALT LAKE CITY – Like most of the Boston Celtics players, Terry Rozier would have loved to have played with Kevin Durant next season.

While some would look at Durant’s decision to sign with Golden State as disappointing, Rozier and the rest of his Celtics teammates have no plans to dwell on what they can’t control.

“He had to make a decision,” said Rozier who will be among the Celtics playing tonight in the team’s summer league opener against Philadelphia. “If that’s what he feels is the right fit for him, then good luck to him next season.

Rozier added, “We have to move on. We have to get ready for next year as well. We have to make sure we find our fits to make the playoffs and stuff like that. We have to move on and just keep building.”

For Boston to even be in the hunt for Durant says a lot about where this organization is currently when it comes to attracting the best talent. The Celtics had already come to terms on a four-year, $113 million contract with Al Horford who left the Atlanta Hawks after nine seasons. Adding Durant would have made Boston a title contender instantly.

But even without him, there still lies plenty of promise in a roster that’s still relatively young but has shown growth beyond their years when it comes to collectively coming together to win during the regular season.

This will be Brad Steven’s fourth year as the Celtics head coach, with more wins coming each season he’s been on the job. That trend is expected to continue next season, with or without Durant.

“It shows us and everybody else we’re right there,” Rozier said. “We got our foot right there in the door. We just … we’re trying to find pieces of the puzzle now. It’s a lot of fun doing it. We’re still testing the waters. It’s going to be an exciting season.”

Especially with the addition of former Atlanta Hawk Al Horford, a player R.J. Hunter is familiar with having played at Georgia State, which is in Atlanta.

“That’s huge for us,” Hunter said. “He’s not only a physical presence; he’s real smart. He’s established. I’ve heard great reviews about how he is as a person. Boston is huge on character, so I know that’s big for us.”

Hunter said he met Horford a couple of times, adding that his father Ron Hunter and Horford are good friends. While his father wasn’t in on the recruiting meetings for Horford, it appears as though his father may have played a part in Horford’s decision to come to Boston.

“He did contact my dad,” said Hunter who added, “he’s a real good guy.”

And a good player, which is part of the optimism Boston has about where it stands going forward, even if they fell short in landing Durant.

Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry has heard the buzz all summer long about the Celtics and their pursuit of the top free agents. But his focus through it all has been on the players he is charged with helping develop this summer through summer league play.

“This is my focus,” Shrewsberry said. “These are opportunities for us as coaches to grow, to get better. Really, my focus has been this team, this group, how I can make them better.”

But he does recognize the fact that the Celtics, a relatively young team by NBA standards, has been able to position themselves to be contenders for the top players.

“In all phases you trust in Danny (Ainge, president of basketball operations), you trust in Brad (Stevens), (co-owners) Wyc (Grousbeck), Pags (Steve Pagliuca), everything they’re doing is to make the Celtics the best organization it can be. So you do whatever you can to jump on that train and keep it moving in the right direction, follow their lead. We want to be the best. They’re working like that, you do everything you can do so you’re not slowing it down.”

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'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

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'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

Former Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis was arrested last month in a hotel room in Aberdeen, Maryland, with more than 126 grams of marijuana and more than $92,000 in cash.

Davis, 32, who played on the Celtics 2008 championship team was last in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015, was arrested Feb. 7 after the hotel owner at the Aberdeen Hampton Inn smelled marijuana coming from Davis' room, WMAR-TV in Baltimore reported.

“They recovered 126 grams of marijuana,” Aberdeen Police Lt. William Reiber told WMAR. “In addition to that, there was a briefcase that contained 92,164 dollars of U.S. currency along with a ledger that contained language which is consistent with someone involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics.”

Davis is charged with seven counts of drug possession and distribution.

Police said the strains of marijuana were from a Los Angeles wholesaler that court records show Davis told police he was in business with.

He told officers he was visiting family in Maryland. Davis' attorney told WMAR the former Celtic (2007-11) adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court next month to clear his name. 


Horford helps Celtics get back on track

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Horford helps Celtics get back on track

Aggressive Al Horford was on the floor Friday night for the Boston Celtics, a good sign for a Celtics team that has been battered by injuries. 

As the oldest member of the team, the 31-year-old’s leadership has to become more example-driven as well as existing in the spoken word.

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Horford was on point for most of Friday’s 92-83 win over Orlando, a game that was far more lopsided in Boston’s favor than the final score might indicate.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center had a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. 

What was more telling was that Horford took a team-high 18 shots from the field, as clear a sign as you will find that Horford’s mindset on Friday was to attack Orlando’s defense early and often. 

And while it’s true that the Magic are one of the worst teams in the NBA, that doesn’t diminish the way Horford executed the plays called by head coach Brad Stevens as Horford played the role of primary scorer more often than usual, instead of being a major facilitator.

Having missed Boston’s previous two games, Horford was admittedly concerned if the lay-off might affect his conditioning. 

“Wind-wise I felt good,” Horford told reporters after Friday night’s win. “A little rusty on offense. But defensively I felt great. I felt our team came out with energy; just a good win.” 

A win that became a lot easier to get with Aggressive Al on the floor. 

 Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 92-83 win over Orlando.



Terry Rozier: He continues to provide the Celtics with really solid guard play, with all-star guard Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) missing. Rozier had a game high-tying 17 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. 

Greg Monroe: The third quarter was when Monroe really began to take over the game. He finished with 17 points, 10 of which came in the third. 

Shelvin Mack: Not a lot to cheer about for Mack and the Magic who once again struggled in so many phases of the game. But Mack still managed to score 16 points. 



Al Horford: Having missed the two previous games, Horford was back in full force on Friday. He had 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds

Boston rebounding: The Celtics control of the glass began from the outset and never really eased up. For the game, Boston grabbed 55 rebounds compared to just 40 by Orlando. 



Fourth-quarter Celtics: The only real blemish on an otherwise impressive performance by Boston, was the team’s overall play in the fourth quarter. Boston was outscored 31-17 and turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter.