With Ray Allen retiring last week, many have wondered and weighed in on whether Allen’s No. 20 should be retired by the Celtics. Color Brian Scalabrine skeptical.
Scalabrine, a teammate of Allen’s on the Celtics’ championship-winning 2007-08 team, said on Toucher and Rich Monday that Allen’s number going to the rafters is far from a sure thing. He noted that while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are likely locks to have their numbers retired, Allen isn't in the same category.
“I don’t know,” Scalabrine said. “I’m really confused about this one because clearly Garnett and Pierce are going down. If you look at what Ray did, he was just as instrumental in this championship. What do they decide what is worthy of a number being retired? I’m not sure about all that, but ultimately, with all those numbers up there, why not?”
In determining one’s candidacy for such a distinction, Scalabrine said not to take any accolades given to Garnett as an indication that Allen is due the same treatment.
“I mean, he’s not equal to Kevin Garnett,” Scalabrine said. “Listen, when Kevin Garnett walks into a room, the whole room changes. When Ray Allen walks in a room, it doesn’t change, but Ray Allen was instrumental in winning games. If you want to just separate it out and say ‘Without Ray Allen we wouldn’t have won a championship, we wouldn’t have went back in 2010,’ you’re absolutely right, but I would say the same thing about Rajon Rondo. Is his No. 9 going up there?”
Added Scalabrine: “This is why it’s hard for me to make this decision. Rondo and Ray had the same impact, maybe not in 2008 but over the course of the Big 3 era. No one thinks out there that Rondo’s number’s going up there. Ray is like a questionable. It’s no question about Paul and KG. I think that’s where it stands right now.”
Gordon Hayward is trying to translate his rehab off the court onto the hardwood. The Boston Celtics forward detailed the latest steps he's taking in his rehab from his ankle injury.
“Rehab is going well, still progressing on the AlterG (anti-gravity treadmill), trying to get where I can run on a regular treadmill, so 100-percent bodyweight,” Hayward said in a video posted to the Celtics' Twitter account. “Next step after that will be jumping and then hopefully I can incorporate some of that — the running and jumping on the treadmill — to running and jumping on the basketball court, so that’s where I’m at.”
Hayward suffered his ankle injury in the first five minutes of the season opener. He has not ruled out returning during the 2018 playoffs, though Brad Stevens continues to insist that Hayward will not play again this season.
“The hope is still there,” Hayward told ESPN on March 9. “It’s something where I’m really honestly not even thinking about it. I know we’re getting toward the end of the year. It’s something that I’m still working toward, but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”
BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving has had a second opinion on his sore left knee, and a decision on what the next step will be is expected to be made within the next day or two, according to a league source.
The medical officials involved in the initial evaluation will meet with those who examined him today, to compare notes and determine what’s in the best interest of Irving going forward.
While surgery is a possibility, the source indicated that the current course of treatment, which consists primarily of rest, remains a consideration.
The concerns regarding Irving’s knee are to be of the short-term variety, with the source indicating reports that there are long-term concerns with the knee are “just wrong.”
In his first season with the Celtics, Irving has appeared in 60 games in what has been one of his most efficient seasons as a scorer.
He’s averaging 24.4 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.1 percent from the field. The five-time all-star is shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range this season in addition to dishing out 5.1 assists along with grabbing a career-high 3.8 rebounds.