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Friday FT's: Inside Terrys World; Rondos Top Picks

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Friday FT's: Inside Terrys World; Rondos Top Picks

Welcome to another edition of Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information about the Boston Celtics that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read.

The Jet has landed in Weston, MA. Jason Terry let cameras into his new home in the suburb 25 minutes outside of Boston in a video for Reebok.

Terry admitted he is still smiling about receiving his first call as a free agent from Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge. A call from head coach Doc Rivers followed.

I just lit up because at this stage of my career, Im 13 years in, he said. Ive won one championship, Ive had three or four contracts, and nows a situation where its all about winning. Im playing for a winning franchise, a winning organization. This is what its all about. Who better to be playing for than the Boston Celtics?

The veteran sixth man said he is looking forward to bringing emotional leadership to his new team with Kevin Garnett Putting those two forces together and then going into the Boston Garden in front of those great fans, its going to be incredible.

After spending the last eight years with the Dallas Mavericks, Terry is getting acclimated with his new city. On Tuesday he attended a Boston Red Sox New York Yankees game at Fenway Park with Celtics rookie Dionte Christmas.

9 Picks His 1 in Fashion

Last week we told you about Rajon Rondo interning at GQ during New York City Fashion Week. Among his assignments, writing the playbook for mens winter wear. He contributed the article, Rajon Rondo, Pom-Pom Editor, breaking down his four favorite winter hats. And if you dont know about Moncler, Coal, Topman, or Bally, Rondo will break them down for you.

Nets Inspired by Garden Parquet

The TD Gardens parquet is one of the most iconic basketball courts in the NBA. As the Brooklyn Nets open their new arena, they hope the Barclays Centers herringbone court makes a strong impression, too.

"The vision all along was to have something that was truly identifiable and unique and when people turned on their TVs at home, know they were in Brooklyn," Nets CEO Brett Yormark said on the Nets website. "When you turn on the TV and you turn on a Celtics game and you look at that court, it's a parquet that has become very recognizable. We want this to be the same -- it's our version of the parquet. I think it truly delivered against all of our expectations."

The Celtics will get their first glimpse of the Nets new court on October 18 in preseason action.

A New Generation of Pitinos

There is a new Pitino on the sidelines. Richard Pitino, son of former Boston Celtics head coach Rick Pitino, is entering his first season as the head coach of the Florida International University mens basketball team. The 30-year old Pitino previously worked on the University of Louisville coaching staff. In an interview with CBSSportsLine.com, he remembered the difficulties of his fathers time coaching the Celtics while he was growing up:

"It was hard for me," Richard said. "I went to every game and seeing them lose and people boo him like that was difficult. But it taught me a lot. He was never humbled until he went to Boston, but that was a dose of reality for him."

Rick Pitino coached the Celtics during the 1998-2001 seasons with a 102-146 record.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

Your best player has to ask himselfherself: what will the team see everyday from me and about me. Responsibility of being the best! Kevin Eastman (@kevineastman) September 13, 2012

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Gene Guarilia turned 75 on September 13. He won two championships with the Celtics (1960, 1962) during his four-year career with the team. Travis Knight celebrated his 38th birthday on September 13 as well. The University of Connecticut alum played one season for the Celtics (1997-98), averaging 6.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 74 games. Sean Williams turned 26 on the same day. Williams, who attended Boston College, played three games for the Celtics last season. He was traded to the Houston Rockets in July as part of the Courtney Lee trade. Former Celtics guard Sherman Douglas will turn 45 on September 15. Douglas spent over four seasons with the Celtics in the 1990's before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1995 in exchange for Todd Day and Alton Lister. Douglas shares a birthday with current Celtics Jason Terry (35) and Dionte Christmas (26), both who signed with the C's this summer. Terry has a career average of 16.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game while Christmas is entering his rookie season after playing years overseas.

This Week in Celtics History

On September 9, 1982, the Celtics traded Dave Cowens to the Milwaukee Bucks for Quinn Buckner. On September 10, the Celtics signed Nate Driggers in 1996 and Xavier McDaniels in 1992. The Celtics signed David Thirdkill as a free agent on September 12, 1985. Ennis Whatley signed as a free agent with the Celtics on September 14, 1988. The C's signed Chris Corchiani on September 15, 1993.

Celtics won't be broken by Hayward's injury

Celtics won't be broken by Hayward's injury

BOSTON -- These are tough, heart-tugging times for the Boston Celtics, who are less than 24 hours removed from the gruesome left-ankle injury suffered by Gordon Hayward in the first quarter of their 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.
 
Hayward is scheduled to have surgery today, and potentially could be out for the entire season.
 
As much as their hearts go out to Hayward and his family, the Celtics know they can’t spend too much time sulking. The nature of this business won’t allow them, evident by the fact the C's step back on the floor tonight to host the Milwaukee Bucks.
 
“You hurt for him,” said coach Brad Stevens. “He’s put in a lot of great work. I thought he had his most comfortable week as far as feeling like he was going to play really well. It’s a tough, tough deal but I guess that’s part of it, the risk of injury. I really feel for him.”
 
But in the same breath, Stevens is a realist.
 
He's been in the league long enough to know that grieving for a lost player won’t help that player in the short-term. Or the team, for that matter.

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The best way the Celtics can help Hayward is to continue to compete in his absence.
 
We saw that in last night’s loss to the Cavaliers.
 
When Hayward was carted off the floor, the Celtics were ahead, 12-9. The lead disappeared and was eventually replaced by an 18-point deficit, only for Boston to chip away and eventually go ahead in the fourth quarter.
 
But down the stretch, too much LeBron James and Kevin Love would prove to be too much for the Celtics to overcome.
 
While the loss was disappointing, it gave the team some insight into how to fight on now that one of its main guys will be out for a significant amount of time.
 
We saw Jaylen Brown emerge from being a second-year pro on the rise into a matchup problem who dropped a career-high 25 points on the Cavs.
 
And Jayson Tatum reminded us all that he’s a teenager in age only, finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. The last rookie to tally a double-double for the Celtics in his opening night debut was Larry Bird in 1979, who had an identical 14-point, 10-rebound line.


 
But Bird didn’t have to play most of that game with one of the then top-three Celtics out for all but the game’s first five minutes.
 
When it comes to adversity, NBA players don’t have the luxury to pick which ones to handle and which ones to pass on. They either step up to the challenge or be consumed by it.
 
Under Stevens, Door Number One is the only option under consideration.
 
And since Stevens has been in Boston, his players have risen to the challenge.
 
That doesn’t mean they'll win every game, but they've shown the ability to at least be competitive. And in defeat, they'll refuse to use injury as an excuse.
 
That means younger players like Brown and Tatum will assume a larger role at both ends of the floor if Boston is to make it through these tough times relatively unscathed.
 
Veterans like Al Horford and Marcus Smart will be leaned upon more heavily to be leaders, both on and off the floor.
 
And Stevens, considered by many to be one of the better coaches in the NBA, will once again be tasked with making on-the-fly adjustments with his lineup and rotations under less-than-ideal conditions.
 
Nobody hurts more than Stevens when it comes to Hayward’s injury. Remember, he's known him longer than anyone associated with the Celtics, having recruited Hayward to play for Butler. It was the platform that launched both of their NBA careers.
 
Which is why the way he approaches not having Hayward is the example for all his players to follow.
 
Shortly after the loss to the Cavs, Stevens was asked about moving on while handling the emotional dynamics of losing Hayward for an extended period of time.
 
“We’ll be ready to play [tonight],” Stevens said with a heightened level of seriousness in his voice that spoke to how important it was to him and his players that they came out and performed at their best on Tuesday against Cleveland.

And that's the blueprint required for them going forward if they hope to be successful in handling adversity as it comes their way.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.