Draft lottery brings back memories for Wade


Draft lottery brings back memories for Wade

MIAMI Things are a bit foggy for Dwyane Wade when it comes to remembering what it was like leading up to the 2003 NBA lottery when he was coming out of Marquette.

"That was so long ago," Wade said.

The only thing that Wade remembers for sure about then, was that LeBron James would be the first player drafted.

"Whatever team had the No. 1 overall pick," Wade said, "whether it was Cleveland, I knew they were going to take him."

There's a similar sentiment heading into tonight's draft lottery which will determine the No. 1 overall pick in next month's NBA draft.

Just about every projection for the 2012 draft has Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis as the top overall selection.

Davis' lofty draft status was in part due to the success he enjoyed on a loaded Kentucky Wildcats squad that went on to win a national championship.

Wade had an impressive tournament run during his final season at Marquette, leading the Golden Eagles to their first Final Four berth since 1977. That run included a triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Marquette's 83-69 win over top-seeded and top-ranked Kentucky in the Midwest Regional Final.

Even with all that Wade had accomplished that year, or how then-freshman Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to the school's first national championship, Wade had no doubt that high school phenom LeBron James would be the top overall pick in that year's draft.

"His high school games were on national television," Wade said of James. "That's enough said. Seeing him perform his size, ability, his passing ability, he was NBA ready."

Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut


Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.