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Davis stays busy during NBA offseason

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Davis stays busy during NBA offseason

By Jessica Camerato
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Last month Glen Davis debuted his AYO Baby Blog on his website (iambigbaby.com) and posted his first summer training video.

This week Davis continued to keep fans posted on his offseason activities . . . and even made a special appearance on late-night television.

Here's what Davis has been up to this offseason:

Basketball in Puerto Rico
Davis traveled to Puerto Rico and hosted a basketball clinic as part of NBA Cares. During his trip he also visited the corporate office of BBVA, the official bank of the NBA, and participated in an autograph signing at a mall. In his blog, Davis wrote:

On Saturday, I took part in a basketball clinic in inner city San Juan. Wow, I definitely didnt realize how big basketball was in Puerto Rico. The clinic had a ton of kids who were super excited about playing ball. My favorite part is being able to interact with the kids. I learned my Spanish needs a little work, but the kids were able to teach me a few words so we were about to talk basketball. I had an awesome time just hanging!
New Training Video
Earlier in the week Davis posted the second edition of his training videos to his Facebook page. In the clip he works on his footwork and agility through a series of drills. He isnt teaching viewers how to Dougie this time hes showing them how to move on the court.

Jimmy Kimmel Live
Talk about finishing at the rim. Davis appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to compete in the popular Pop-a-Shot Challenge. His opponent? Forty-one-year-old busboy Ricardo Reyes, who had been so successful at the game that he took his shots blindfolded (he has beat Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, among others). In the end, Richard continued his domination and defeated Davis, 48-27. Davis attributed the loss to spaghetti and pancakes.

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Celtics can't get it done without Kyrie

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Celtics can't get it done without Kyrie

0:41 - With Kyrie Irving out with shoulder soreness the Celtics looked like a shell of themselves, losing to the 76ers, 89-80. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Michael Holley and D.J. Bean from the TD Garden to break down the loss.

7:43 - Tom Brady is injured! This is not a drill! Brady missed practice on Thursday and remains a question mark for the AFC Championship Game. Tom Giles, Jeff Howe, D.J. Bean and Tom Curran discuss the severity of the injury.

15:09 - Dave Dombrowski’s plan for the upcoming season - or lack of one - has continued to confuse everyone, though he made it clear that he’s not waiting for next year’s huge free agent class. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Tom Curran react to Dealin’ Dave’s comments on the situation.

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE

Kyrie Irving: Sitting out with shoulder injury 'just precautionary'

Kyrie Irving: Sitting out with shoulder injury 'just precautionary'

BOSTON – Kyrie Irving has long since understood the balancing act he must walk between embracing the moment while being mindful of the big picture. 

That’s why the decision to sit out Boston’s 89-80 loss to Philadelphia was one that, while certainly didn’t do Boston any favors against the Sixers on Thursday, it does provide him some much-needed downtime to rest his sore left shoulder.

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The good news is that tests taken on the shoulder show no structural damage. And with the way the schedule is shaping up now, Irving will have plenty of time to rest and be ready to play when the Celtics return to the floor on Sunday to host the Orlando Magic. 

“Just precautionary stuff, making sure everything's alright from a strength perspective,” was how Irving described the injury. “Obviously a few days will put me where I need to be. And we'll just see what goes on for Sunday's game, but you know it's nothing too crazy, just giving me a little discomfort over the last few weeks and I've just been playing through it doing what's best in terms of preparing best for every single game. I thought it was best just to get a few tests and make sure everything's alright so, everything's cool.”

Irving said the tests came back negative which is a huge positive for the Celtics and Irving who was selected as an NBA all-star starter for next month’s game. 

As far as how it happened, Irving said there was no specific event or play in which he suffered a blow to the shoulder or anything like that. 

“Gradual soreness” is how Irving described the injury.  “You know, kinda going into my shot, driving left, just not feeling as confident as I would like to be and just thought it would be best just to take a day or two to get it evaluated, meet with our medical staff, meet with our strength conditioning coach and strengthen it up and then hopefully go on Sunday.”

The Celtics (34-12) have now lost two of the three games they played this season without Irving. It is a small sample size, but there’s no denying the impact that a healthy Irving has on this roster when it comes to impacting winning. 

“First off, I just had to make sure some of the major parts of my shoulder just weren't damaged,” said Irving who added, “And then at this point it's just a strength program and doing what's best with that.” 

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