Friday FT's: Scal says Ciao, C's get personal


Friday FT's: Scal says Ciao, C's get personal

By Jessica Camerato
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Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read. In spite of the NBA lockout, there are still plenty of hoops to talk about.

The Scal-a-bri-ne chants left the Garden last season, and now they have left the country. On Thursday night Sportando.net reported Brian Scalabrine signed with Benetton Treviso of Italy's Lega Serie A. Scalabrine was listed on the teams roster page as well.

Scalabrine, 33, played in 18 games for the Chicago Bulls last season. He will join Celtics 2011 second round draft pick, ETwaun Moore, who signed with the team earlier this summer.

As Scalabrine signs in Italy, lets take a look back at some of his classic NBA moments:

Who can forget the infamous post-championship press conference in 2008?

After a year with the Bulls, Scalabrine returned to Boston to give his two cents on CSNNE.

And finally, Scal showed off his dance moves not once . . . but twice for your viewing pleasure.

Celtics Opening Up

Over the past few days, the Celtics have been sharing insight into their lives off the court.

Delonte West opened up to SLAM Magazine about the night of his 2009 arrest stemming from guns charges. He also talked about the repercussions, which included house arrest during last season. When I broke my wrist they took me straight to the hospital, West told SLAM. I got into trouble because I didnt call and let them know I was going to the hospital. They said, If something happens on the way to the hospital, I dont know where youre at, so you better call in advance next time. Thats how they was on me.

In his Boston.com blog, Paul Pierce talked about the birth of his daughter in May: "It used to be my wife, our oldest daughter Prianna, and me. Now were up to a squad of four, and Im lovin it. I know people say the transition from one to two kids is the biggest change and I think they were right. Twice the diapers, twice the baby formula, twice the tears!"

While in Portland, Maine for a fundraiser for Day One, an organization that deals with teen drug and alcohol abuse, Glen Davis opened up about his difficult childhood in Louisiana. "I didn't have a person in my household (making the right decisions), he told the Portland Press Herald. I was stuck in the cycle of kids raising kids until I found basketball. I didn't have my mom make me go to school. I made myself go to school. I washed the clothes I wore to school."

Frank Prepping for New Job

It is uncertain when Lawrence Frank will be able to start coaching the Detroit Pistons, but when he does, he has plenty of proven knowledge to share with his new team.

In an interview with mlive.com, he emphasized the importance of -- what else coming from a former Celtics assistant coach? -- defense. Last season the Pistons gave up 100.6 points per game (16th in the NBA), compared to the top-ranking Celtics who held their opponents to 91.1 during the regular season.

In order to win a championship, you have to be able to defend at the highest level," Frank said. "You need balance. You have to be able to play at both ends of the court. But for us, in terms of establishing our foundation and basically reclaiming our pride here, its going to start first on the defensive end."

Frank spent one season on the Celtics coaching staff and was hired by the Pistons in July.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@Kevin Eastman: Sometimes the best way to stand out is to not try to stand out--just grind. True "everyday effort" people get noticed!

Birthdays of the Week

Red Auerbach would have celebrated his 94th birthday on September 20. Many websites posted tribute videos, including RedsArmy.com.

September 17 was a busy day in the world of former Celtics birthdays: Rasheed Wallace, who played for the Celtics in the 2009-10 season, turned 37. The 15-year veteran averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds during his career, earned four All-Star selections, and won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Doug Smith, who appeared in 17 games for the Celtics during the 1995-96 season (1.9 points, 1.3 rebounds), turned 42 the same day. Smith was the sixth overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. Kermit Washington celebrated his 60th birthday on September 17 as well. Washington played 32 games for the Celtics during the 1997-78 season (11.8 points, 10.5 rebounds). He was traded by the Cs to the San Diego Clippers in 1978 as part of the Tiny Archibald deal (which included the 1981 second round pick used by the Celtics to select Danny Ainge). September 18th marked the 57th birthday of the late Dennis Johnson. The Hall of Famer, who passed away in 2007, played the final seven seasons of his career with the Celtics (15.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds career average). He won three championships (two in Boston), the 1979 NBA Finals MVP award with the Seattle SuperSonics, and earned five All-Star Game selections. Greg Minor turned 40 on the same day. He played all five years of his career with the Celtics, averaging 6.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. Sidney Wicks turned 62 on September 19. He played for the Celtics during the 1977 and 1978 seasons. Former Celtics guard Ricky Davis turned 32 on September 23. Davis played with the Cs for over three seasons before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Wally Szczerbiak trade in 2006. He averaged 4.4 points and 1.1 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. 1994 first round draft pick Eric Montross turned 40 on the same day. Montross played his first two seasons with the Celtics and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1996 for picks that were used to select Antoine Walker and Ron Mercer.

This Week in Celtics History

On September 22, 1995, the Celtics signed Dana Barros as an unrestricted free agent. Barros played five seasons with the Cs and later rejoined the team for the final game of his career during the 2003-04 season. He is still involved with the organization today.

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Stevens knows hanging banners is ‘what it’s all about’ in Boston

Stevens knows hanging banners is ‘what it’s all about’ in Boston

BOSTON – When Brad Stevens took the Boston Celtics job in 2013, he knew what he was getting into.
Yes, the Celtics at that time were rebuilding which usually means years and years of slow but steady progress – if you’re lucky.
And then after maybe a few years of struggling to win games, a breakout season occurs and just like that – you’re back in the playoffs.


 But here’s the thing with the Celtics.
While most rebuilding teams spend years working their way towards being competitive, Stevens hit the ground running and in just four years, he led the Celtics from being a 25-win team to one that was just three wins away from getting to the NBA Finals.
He has the kind of basketball resume that’s impressive on many levels.
But Stevens knows good isn’t good enough in this town.
“We’re here in Boston,” he said. “Winning is good, but hanging one of those (banners) up is what it’s all about. That’s what makes this such a special franchise.”
And for Stevens, a franchise where the expectations for success under his watch have never been greater than they are now.
Boston only returns one starter (Al Horford) from last year’s squad which advanced to the Eastern Conference finals after having won an East-best 53 games.
However, they added a pair of All-Stars in Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving to join Horford. In addition, they drafted Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick in last June’s NBA draft.
Boston also has a slimmed-down Marcus Smart (he lost 20 pounds from a year ago) as well Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier who will both benefit from having another NBA season under their belts.
And while it’s a small sample size and consists of just two teams (Philadelphia and Charlotte), the Celtics breezed their way through the preseason with a flawless 4-0 record which included at least one game in which they did not play their usual starters which shows how impactful their depth may be this season.
That success can only help, especially with a challenging schedule that includes seven of their first 11 games being on the road. 
Still, the potential of this Celtics team has never been greater than it is right now since Stevens took over in 2013.
And just like the increased expectations of the team, the same can be said for Stevens who is considered one of the better coaches in the NBA.
Marcus Morris will begin his first season with the Celtics, but had a lot of respect for Stevens well before he was traded to Boston from Detroit this summer.
“You hear a lot of good things about him from other players,” Morris told NBC Sports Boston. “And once you get in here and start working with him and seeing what he does every day, you see what they’re talking about. He’s a good coach, man.”
This team’s success will hinge on how the players perform, but there’s an added element of pressure on Stevens to find the right combinations that will position the Celtics for success.
“We have a lot more guys who can do a lot more things on the court, so it will be a little more challenging for us to figure out how to best play with each other, and for Brad to figure out which combinations are the best ones,” Boston’s Al Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “But we’ll figure it out. Brad’s a really good coach, a really smart coach. And on our team, we have a lot of players who are smart, high basketball I.Q. guys. We’ll be OK.”
Basketball smarts aside, the Celtics’ success will hinge heavily on how quickly they can bring a roster with 10 new players up to speed quickly.
It’s still early, but players like what they’ve seen from the collective body in terms of team chemistry.
“I think that’s the beauty of a lot of guys on the team,” said Gordon Hayward. “It’ll be different each night with some of the different roles we play.”
Which is why the Celtics, while lacking experience as a team because of so many new faces, are still seen as capable of winning because they have a number of players who can impact the game in many ways.
But as good as they are, it still comes back to Stevens doing a good job of putting them in the best positions to find success individually as well as for the Celtics team.
When you look at how time with Stevens jumpstarted Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder’s careers, or how it helped revitalize the career of Evan Turner, it’s obvious that he has the Midas touch when it comes to getting the most out of players.
For Boston to have the kind of success they believe they are due for, it’s going to take the contributions of many.
And even that might not be enough.
But having the path being bumpier than expected is something Stevens embraces.
“Here in this league,” he said. “You have to love challenges.”


Smart 'not worried' about lack of contract extension with Celtics

Smart 'not worried' about lack of contract extension with Celtics

CLEVELAND – For the third year in a row, a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics is unable to come to terms on a contract extension prior to the deadline.

That means Marcus Smart will become a restricted free agent this summer. Last year it was Kelly Olynyk (now with the Miami Heat) and in 2015 it was Jared Sullinger (now with Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association).

Both the Celtics and Smart's camp intensified their discussions in recent days as the October 16th 6 p.m. EST deadline drew near.


While there was progress made, there wasn’t enough to get a deal done.

Smart has repeatedly indicated that he wants to re-sign a long-term deal to stay in Boston.

And the market for the 6-foot-4 guard became clearer based on the contracts that some of his fellow rookie class of 2014, were receiving.

Denver’s Gary Harris agreed to a four-year, $84 million contract after establishing himself as one of the better young two-way talents in the NBA last season. And at the other end of the financial spectrum, you would have to look at Phoenix’s T.J. Warren who signed a four-year, $50 million contract.

More than likely, Smart’s deal next summer will fall somewhere between the deals those two players received.

As much as Smart would have preferred to get a deal done heading into the season, it’s not something that he’s going to cause him to lose any sleep.

“Get it done now, or get it done in six months, I’m OK either way,” he told NBC Sports Boston. “I’m not worried about it.”