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Tiger Woods speaks out on lockout; Celtics quiet

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Tiger Woods speaks out on lockout; Celtics quiet

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

Aside from Rajon Rondos Halloween costume last year, there are not too many ties between Tiger Woods and the Boston Celtics.

But a day after the NBA canceled games scheduled during the first two weeks of the regular season, Woods was asked about -- what else? -- the lockout during the Chevron World Challenge Media Day.

The California native expressed his disappointment about the current situation . . . and found a silver lining for the Celtics.

Yeah, of course I'm bummed, he said. I think anybody who is an NBA fan is certainly bummed. I know that probably one person who is happy is probably Doc Rivers. I mean, with the age of his team, it's nice for them to only play half-a-season. It's true. It's a fact, come on.

Woods then shifted gears to the his hometown team.

But as far as us out west, I'm looking forward to the Lakers getting back there and we'll see what they do, he continued. The problem is, you can't talk to anybody. You can't see who is potentially on the block of being traded, what kind of deals can we do? Nothing can be happening.

So as a fan, it's disconcerting because I'm excited about what we could add to the team, but it's also I understand this is business, and everyone in this business wants to make money. I know the owners were losing a bunch of money, and some of the markets were feeling the effects. They can't draw certain players, so they're just trying to make it fair for everybody so everybody can win.

While Woods shared his take on the NBA lockout, many of the Celtics themselves have been mum on Twitter since the cancellation.

Leading up to the announcement, Carlos Arroyo (@carlosarroyopr) encouraged his followers to retweet LET US PLAY StandUnited, a hashtag many other NBA players used as well. The following day, Glen Davis (@iambigbaby11) tweeted, "Let us play!!!!!!

Since then, Rondo (@RajonRondo) has tweeted about products he is involved with a reminder for a live tweet chat with iRenew Products coming up on Friday and a link to his cover story on Red Bulletin from Red Bull.

Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) continued to promote his Truth on Health Campaign, linking to a post on TruthonHealth.org about teamwork.

Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13), who went on a tweeting spree after landing a new job at a furniture company, has not tweeted since September 29. Jermaine ONeal (@jermaineoneal) has not posted anything since September 7, when he engaged in some friendly banter with Jared Dudley about the Impact Training Competitive Basketball Series.

Another yet to comment? @SHAQ.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA.

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

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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.