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Celtics officially add three new coaches, including Kara Lawson, to their staff

Celtics officially add three new coaches, including Kara Lawson, to their staff

The Boston Celtics have officially hired three new members to be a part of their coaching staff. Per an official press release distributed by the team, they have added Kara Lawson, Brandon Bailey, and Joe Mazzulla to Brad Stevens' staff ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season.

The biggest hire of the bunch is Lawson. The former WNBA star becomes the first female coach in Celtics' 73-year history. She played 337 games over the course of 12 years in the WNBA and averaged 9.8 points on 39 percent shooting from behind the arc. She also earned a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Most recently, Lawson had served as the color commentator for NBC Sports Washington's coverage of the Washington Wizards and also spent time with ESPN. But now, she will have a chance to coach at the NBA level.

Bailey rejoins the Celtics after getting some head coaching experience with the Maine Red Claws. Bailey has been the head coach in Maine since October of 2017 and logged a 36-64 record in two seasons in that role. Prior to that, he had served as a video coordinator for the Celtics for six years.

Mazzulla is also returning to the Celtics' organization after serving as the head coach at Fairmount State University for two seasons. During that time, the former Red Claws assistant logged an impressive 43-17 record as a head coach. He also was a solid player during his time at West Virginia (2006-2011) where he learned under current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, John Beilein, and current West Virginia head coach, Bob Huggins.

These changes could bring some extra energy to the Celtics' coaching staff. We'll soon see how the new hires pan out as they begin working with the Celtics during the coming weeks.

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Enes Kanter endorses former teammate, Rudy Gobert, for NBA All-Star Game

Enes Kanter endorses former teammate, Rudy Gobert, for NBA All-Star Game

Enes Kanter has been nothing but supportive of his Boston Celtics teammates since joining the squad this summer.

Whether it's been mentoring Tacko Fall or advocating for his young teammates Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to make the All-Star Game, Kanter has had an impact on the C's

And evidently, Kanter's support even extends to former teammates..

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On Saturday night, Kanter took to Twitter to implore NBA coaches to pick Rudy Gobert for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Kanter and Gobert were teammates for a season and a half together with the Utah Jazz before Kanter was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Gobert's performance against the Dallas Mavericks prompted Kanter's tweet. In the Saturday contest, Gobert totaled 22 points, 17 boards, and five blocks, including a game-winning one at the end of regulation.

Despite his defensive prowess, Gobert has never made an All-Star appearance. He has two Defensive Player of the Year awards and two All-NBA nods, but the All-Star appearance has eluded him.

Given that Gobert is averaging 15.6 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks per game, and is shooting 68.3 percent from the field, it probably should be his year to make it. We'll see if Kanter's tweet has any influence on the minds of the coaches voting for All-Star reserves.

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How Tremont Waters, Romeo Langford fared for Red Claws vs. Westchester Knicks

How Tremont Waters, Romeo Langford fared for Red Claws vs. Westchester Knicks

The Maine Red Claws came into the Westchester County Center Saturday night looking to extend their win streak to three. No strangers to furious late-game rallies of late, Maine got another such scare just when things were looking comfy. 

The Westchester Knicks seized control in the fourth quarter, using a 14-2 run to take a 97-94 lead with six minutes to go. But that momentum was short-lived. Sparked by a three-pointer from 2019 second-round pick Tremont Waters, the Claws closed the game out on a 16-6 run to give them their 10th win in 11 games.

Here's a look at Waters and 2019 first-round pick Romeo Langford’s best highlights, and their final stat lines.

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TREMONT WATERS

As usual, the rookie from LSU — who grew up in New Haven, just an hour north of the Knicks’ arena in White Plains, N.Y. — was one of Maine’s steadiest. With an effective field goal percentage of 63 and a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, he took command when the Claws needed him most. He finished with 21 points and six rebounds, all of them defensive.

ROMEO LANGFORD

It wasn’t a pretty night for Langford, who started the evening 2 for 10 from the floor and finished 33 percent shooting for 14 points. But despite the lack of stat sheet appeal, he was a team-high plus-14 in 33 minutes.

After Waters, the two most productive nights belonged to Yante Maten and Kaiser Gates. Maten, the former SEC Player of the Year at Georgia, was 8 for 12 from the floor for a team-high 23 points and nine rebounds despite being a team-worst minus-6. Gates was 3 for 8 from three-point range and a plus-10, finishing with 15 points and six rebounds.

The Red Claws are now 8-1 in January, good enough for second in the G League’s Eastern Conference. Optimism continues to bloom with this young but talented roster.

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