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Maroney's arrest all kinds of surprising

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Maroney's arrest all kinds of surprising

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Okay, okay, okay. What's more surprising: Laurence Maroney getting arrested? Or Laurence Maroney getting arrested for unlawful weapons and drug charges?

Trick question. Both details are surprising for different reasons. Want to know why? Sure you do.

1) Maroney is "The Stuff" and "The Stuff can't break the law because "The Stuff" is above the law. Naw, I'm just kidding. That's ridiculous.

1 (For real) The Lau-Mo I saw in New England looked like a happy-go-lucky guy. It would have been better if he had been a happy-go-lucky professional football player instead, but that's besides the point. Point is, when I saw him during training camp he was rolling around on the grass, playing with people's kids and being a gap-toothed silly goose.

Did any part of me think 'This guy is on a crash course to legal and moral disaster?' Nope. I thought 'This guy should run a day care out of his house.' I bet you the Patriots would have kept Maroney around if he had volunteered to babysit Brady's kids instead of take up space on the bench.

2) Guns and drugs sound like these fellas were up to something, as if they had some plan that got foiled. Here's where Maroney's involvement is surprising: making plans involves not being a complete idiot.

Lau-Mo is an idiot.

I mean that in the nicest way possible. Remember those gems he spit before the Patriots traveled to London?

When told the British use the word cheerio to say goodbye, Maroney said, Like the cereal? For real? How do they say hello, Kellogg? Frosted Mini-Wheats?When asked if hed go out and talk to people in England, Maroney said, They might not understand me in London. What do they speak over there? I dont like repeating myself, so over there, if they dont understand me, Ill have to do a lot of repeating myself and itll make me frustrated.

You can't make that stuff up, and I'm saying this as someone who makes stuff up for this blog all the time. All. The. Time. Had the cops not intervened, I'm positive that Maroney and company would have ended up on this list.

The back-up back is out of jail already. I'm assuming the judge apologized for the incarceration after hearing this stellar defense:

He just happened to be behind the car, by pure coincidence. He has a permit for the gun, but the permit was in a wallet that wasn't on him.

Sorry, Denver, but it's not like New England forced him on you.

Now, it gets real for revamped Celtics

Now, it gets real for revamped Celtics

CLEVELAND – For the Celtics, the preseason went about as well as expected.
 
No serious, long-term injuries.

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They won every preseason game, even one in which the team’s second unit played the role of starters.
 
And the chemistry concerns with so many new players, while very real, didn’t seem to be that big an issue.
 
Still, as good as the Celtics may feel about where they stand, they know it means absolutely nothing unless they get it done against elite, NBA-caliber competition.
 
The Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
Opening night.
 
It doesn’t get much more challenging than that.
 
And for the Celtics, win or lose, this is going to be a game for them to build upon going forward this season.
 
“I’m just ready to get going,” said Gordon Hayward. “A lot of things have happened this summer, a lot of buildup. I’m ready to get to the game. It’s going to be a fun matchup, for sure.”
 
Among the summer happenings was Boston and Cleveland pulling off one of the biggest blockbuster deals of the offseason with the Cavs trading Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic while also conveying Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick and Miami’s 2020 second-round pick to complete the deal.
 
Having spent his first six seasons with the Cavaliers, there’s a certain amount of corporate knowledge that the 25-year-old Irving brings to tonight’s matchup.
 
“I know a lot about them, they know a lot about me,” Irving said. “There’s plenty of film on all of us, but specifically going back and understanding the way we played last year when I played with them and now how they’re playing with the new guys, understanding how to implement themselves into their new system plus me implementing myself into this system...There’s definitely some benefits on our end, there are some benefits on their end. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
 
Part of the challenge for the Celtics will be developing the kind of on-court cohesion to be successful, which is easier said than done when you’re talking about getting nearly a dozen players on the same page in just a few weeks.
 
“We have good chemistry as a group,” said Al Horford. “We still have a ways to go as far as keep getting comfortable with each other and keep figuring out our spots. But we feel good with what we have. Our young guys, it’s been remarkable how quickly they’ve been able to come along and be up to date with everything. And our new guys as well. They’re up to date, they know what we need to do. They understand the game plan. It’s been good.”
 
Players aren’t the only ones eager to get to tonight’s game.
 
“To have to go into Cleveland with that level of intensity, with that level of attention, distraction, etc. is great,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “It’s great to experience that in game one, a tremendous learning experience for our group, so we’re preparing to play as well as we can. And we know that they’re really, really good. But this is..I’m looking forward to it because I want to find out where we are.”
 

'People took it the wrong way,' Isaiah says of his Ainge comments

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'People took it the wrong way,' Isaiah says of his Ainge comments

Isaiah Thomas told Sports Illustrated last week that he "might never talk to Danny [Ainge] again." And he sounded pretty bitter about his trade from the Celtics to the Cavs.

Now, on the "Road Trippin" podcast with new teammate Channing Frye and ex-Cav Richard Jefferson, Thomas, who is out until at least January with a hip injury, said those comments were misunderstood.

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“People took it the wrong way,” Thomas said. “I understand the business, I understand that we’re in position to get traded and sent to other teams and things like that. It’s just how it went down that I didn’t respect. As a man, I feel like if you respected me as much as you say you did, you would have at least informed me about what was going on before it happened. And that’s all I was talking about.

“I’m not tripping off the trade like I got traded to the Cavs and we’re going to win a championship. And at the end of the day, I’m going to be fine with that,” Thomas said. “[Ainge] sent me to an even better situation with a bigger platform. I’m blessed to be in the position, I’m grateful and I’m excited.”

The Cavs host the Celtics tonight in the season opener. 

Jae Crowder, who came to Cleveland from Boston, was also on the podcast and when Frye talked with him about players deserving communication from the front office, Thomas could be heard in the background, saying, “That’s what I’m talking about.”

“I already said what I’m doing," Thomas told Crowder about what he'll do should he run into Ainge. "I’m going to keep it pushing like he kept pushing when he traded me, I’m not going to disrespect him. He’s a man and I’m a man, too. Like, I’m going to go my way. I play for the Cavaliers and that’s what it is.”