Friday Free Throws: Rondo interns at GQ, the Dooling Effect


Friday Free Throws: Rondo interns at GQ, the Dooling Effect

Last summer Rajon Rondo starred in Nikes Educators sneaker campaign.
This offseason, hes being educated.
The stylish point guard will intern for GQ during Fashion Week in New York City. According to GQ.com, Rajon will be interning at GQ for the next few days, helping our game out and learning a thing or two about menswear and the magazine industry.
Rondo also posted photos from his day in the GQ office on his Facebook page.
The runway is about to get Rondod.

Erman Promoted in Warriors Staff
Putting in countless late night and early morning hours is paying off for former Celtics coaching assistant Darren Erman. Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Erman has been promoted to the number three assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors following the Wes Unseld Jr.s departure. He served four seasons as a member of the Celtics coaching staff before joining the Warriors in 2011. Prior to his NBA career, Erman was a lawyer.

Former Celtics to Play for Charity
While Rajon Rondo is in the Big Apple, some of his fellow University of Kentucky alum are preparing for the Alumni Charity Game, taking place at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. on September 15. Members of the 1996 championship team, including former Celtics Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty, are expected to play. (Rondo was six years old when that squad won it all.) Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster and proceeds will benefit four charities.

The Dooling Effect
Keyon Dooling has been sharing his wisdom and enthusiasm throughout the NBA during his entire career with his eagerness to connect and catchy phrase, Whats driving you? His outreach goes beyond his own teammates. Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight, who attended high school in Doolings hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently discussed Doolings mentorship.
"Hes given me so much advice; I talk to him all the time," Knight told the Sun Sentinel. "A lot of the advice he gives me is off-the-court stuff, not necessarily basketball.
The Celtics re-signed Dooling as a free agent this summer.

And Ones
Ray Allen, who spends his summers in Connecticut, played pickup at Gampel Pavilion this week with members of the Huskies basketball team, according to the Hartford Courant.
Former CelticOklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will be making an appearance with Thunder mascot, Rumble the Bison, at the Second Annual Weatherford Wind Festival on September 15. Perkins is slated from 11:30am 1:30pm. Visit the citys website for complete details.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Hall of Famer Tiny Archibald was born on September 2, 1948. Archibald played five seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning a championship in 1981. He averaged 18.8 points and 7.4 assists during his 13-year NBA career. Another Hall of Famer, John Thompson Jr., turned 71 on the same day. Thompson won a pair of championships (1965, 1966) in his two-year career with the Celtics. He went to become a top college basketball coach. Celtics big man Chris Wilcox celebrated his 30th birthday on September 3. Wilcox re-signed with the Celtics this summer after undergoing season-ending heart surgery. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game off the Cs bench last season. Kevin Stacom, a member of the 1976 championship Celtics team, turned 61 on September 4. John Thomas, who played half of his rookie season with the Celtics in 1998, will celebrate his 36th birthday on September 8. The Celtics traded Thomas to the Toronto Raptors as part of the Chauncey Billups trade.

This Week in Celtics History
On September 2, 2009, the Celtics signed Marquis Daniels as a free agent. He re-signed with the team in 2011. The Celtics traded Quinn Buckner to the Indiana Pacers on September 3, 1985 for a 1989 second round pick. The C's made a pair of trades on September 6: In 1985, the Celtics dealt Cedric Maxwell and a 1986 first round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Bill Walton. In 1979, the C's traded Bob McAdoo to the Detroit Pistons for two first round draft picks.

Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

BOSTON – With all the changes the Celtics went through over the summer, seeing more rookies on the floor this season was a given.
But six?
Yes, only three games into the season and the Celtics have played more rookies than any team under fifth-year coach Brad Stevens.


And in the 102-92 victory at Philadelphia on Friday night, the Celtics (1-2) played almost as many first-year players (five) as veterans (six).
The youth movement here in Boston has been sped up a bit by the season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward, compounded by a left ankle sprain to Marcus Smart that Smart said won’t keep him out any more than Friday night in Philly.

Even if Smart is back in the Celtics lineup Tuesday night against New York, that doesn’t change the fact that Boston will continue to need rookies to step up and contribute going forward as they did on Friday.
And while there’s an old adage about experience being the greatest teacher, Boston’s youngsters are going to have to fast-forward past some of those on-the-floor growing pains for the Celtics to stay among the top teams in the East.
“Everybody talks about young players having to learn by going through experience,” said Stevens. “Why don’t we just watch film and learn? Learn from things we can control and in the interim, let’s beat the age thing. Let’s not talk about the age thing. Let’s talk about how we can be better at what we can control and how we can learn and grow every day and expedite the learning curve.
Stevens added, “because they are going to get opportunities all the way down the line, let’s not focus on trying to learn from experience; let’s focus on learning from every day and see if we can get a little bit better every day.”
The one rookie who has had no problem adjusting to the NBA game early on has been Jayson Tatum.
Selected with the third overall pick last June, Tatum has been among the NBA's most productive rookies in this first week of the season.
Tatum’s 35.3 minutes played per game is tops among all rookies. His 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds rank seventh and fourth among his first-year brethren.
Stevens loves what he has seen thus far from Tatum, but believes he’s capable of making an even greater impact sooner rather than later.
“I like him to shoot it on the catch more,” Stevens said. “Because he has tremendous touch. When he shoots it in rhythm with confidence, the ball finds the net. He’s one of those guys; he’s a natural scorer. But his ability to read the game … he’s very intelligent. It’s been more evident on the defensive end. He’s gonna pick his spots offensively now. But we want him to be aggressive and first and foremost, be a threat to shoot it every time he catches it.
Stevens added, “I guess it should feel pretty good when you’re 19 years old and your coach is begging you to shoot it.”
How quickly Tatum and the rest of Boston’s youngsters grow into the roles they will be asked to play this season can do nothing but help the Celtics adapt to what has already been a season with major changes needing to be made.
“You saw [against Philadelphia], we had Shane [Larkin], we had Guerschon [Yabusele], we had guys coming in that played the game at a high level and we need them to contribute,” said Boston’s Kyrie Irving. “For me to see that and witness that, it makes me nothing but proud and happy to have teammates that are ready to play. It’s not always going to look perfect because we’re still gaining knowledge about one another. But as long as we’re out there competing, having each other’s backs, that’s all that matters.”

Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate language with a fan


Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate language with a fan

BOSTON – As expected, the NBA has fined Celtics guard Kyrie Irving $25,000 for using “inappropriate language” toward a fan at the Friday night game in Philadelphia.
The incident occurred at halftime as Irving and his teammates were heading to the locker room, trailing by four. Boston went on to win 102-92 for their first victory of the season.
A fan yelled, “Hey, where’s LeBron?” to which Irving replied with a lewd suggestion to the yeller.
The Celtics practiced on Saturday with Irving addressing the incident.

When asked if he had any regrets about the incident, Irving replied, “Hell no. Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
When asked about the incident on Saturday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had not seen the video but was aware of it.
“People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on,” Stevens said. “There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”

It was the second such fine levied by the league in as many days. 

New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins was fined $25,000 for "inappropriate language" toward a fan when the Pelicans lost 103-91 at Memphis on Wednesday.