Dec 11, 2013 11:17 AM EST
Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics won the 2008 title together and very nearly won again in 2010.
The Celtics were unable to fully defend their championship in 2009 due to an injury to Kevin Garnett. Garnett remained an effective player, but clearly limited after his initial season with the Celtics.
"I swear if Kevin would've been healthy, we would've won two or three in a row," said Rivers on Wednesday ahead of his return to Boston.
"I wish it could have ended better," said Rivers.
Dec 11, 2013 10:32 AM EST
Rajon Rondo dismissed comments from his former high school coach, Steve Smith of Oak Hill, that he's being recruited by Carmelo Anthony to join the New York Knicks.
“People talk, media talk, people make up rumors, people run with them,” said Rondo.
“I haven’t spoken to him. He ain’t contacted me. It’s just rumors.”
Rondo is eligible for free agency in 2015.
Dec 09, 2013 2:50 PM EST
Jordan Crawford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week.
Crawford averaged 23.3 points on 61 percent shooting along with 6.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds in the Boston Celtics' 3-0 week.
Aldridge led the Blazers to a 3-1 while averaging 26.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
Dec 05, 2013 11:35 AM EST
Rajon Rondo is moving closer to returning to the Boston Celtics from a torn ACL, but Danny Ainge says he still has a long ways to go.
"I don't think he's close," Ainge said. "I don't think it's gonna happen in the next few weeks. We're not on pins and needles about it. We're being very cautious with Rondo. He's still got a little bit of a limp. He needs to get his strength back."
Rondo has not been cleared for 5-on-5 basketball.
"He's just not himself yet, but he's getting there and he's pushing himself to get there," Ainge said. "Listen, we're going to be very cautious with him and make sure he's right before he comes back. There's just a little bit of a limp still, and he's got to get that strength in his knee back to 100 percent before we'll let him back out on the court."
Dec 04, 2013 2:36 PM EST
Rajon Rondo will head to Florida within the next 10 to 14 days to meet with Dr. James Andrews for a checkup on his right knee injury.
"It has nothing to do with Rondo’s health and it’s not like a final straw or anything," Danny Ainge said Wednesday. "It’s just a checkup that they’ve scheduled for the beginning of December. It’s been on the calendar for a while."
Celtics team doctor Brian McKeon and Andrews then will likely make the decision on Rondo's next step in rehabilitation. Ainge said Rondo still has not been cleared fully for contact practice.
"He’s playing one-on-one and two-on-two, that type of thing, but he hasn’t been cleared to do much more than that," Ainge said.
Rondo tore the ACL in his right knee last season.
Dec 02, 2013 12:51 PM EST
Rajon Rondo has been medically cleared to return to practice.
Rondo is coming back from a torn ACL.
Rondo was on the practice floor on Monday with the Boston Celtics wearing a brace on his right knee.
Nov 29, 2013 11:32 AM EST
One of the biggest challenges of Brad Stevens first season in the NBA is dealing was a Boston Celtics' roster that is less than ideally balanced.
“It’s not a very balanced roster,” said Danny Ainge. “I like the players on the roster, but it’s not very balanced.
“I think that Brad has a challenge of just trying to sort of figure out who’s going to play where. You know, guys like Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace, Avery (Bradley) — those guys can play multiple positions, and Courtney (Lee) has done a little bit of that. So that’s going to be a challenge of trying to figure out how it fits. And it’s an opportunity for guys right now to step up and really separate themselves.”
Stevens sees his vision for the Celtics as similar to Ainge.
“I look at it day by day,’ Stevens said, “with the idea of a long-term, big-picture culture — you know, how we want to make sure we operate in practice, how we want to support each other. The team stuff is really important.
“(Culture) is a long-term thing as well as a short-term. You’re not going to get everything you want in the short term, but you’re not going to build anything worth a darn without it. Those things are important in both terms, but I’m looking more day to day than that.”
Nov 23, 2013 3:12 PM EST
Roy Hibbert played with Jeff Green for three seasons at Georgetown and the Indiana Pacers' center has faith that Green can be the Boston Celtics' go-to star.
“I just tell him it’s his team, you’re always going to have growing pains,” Hibbert said. “I had growing pains the past couple of years and they have a good GM, a good president, so they’re going to bring good, quality players depending on the cap. He’s a good player. I wish him the best, just not against us.”
Green has gone through struggles this season but is still confident in his ability to lead the Celtics as their go-to guy.
“Yeah, for sure,” Green said recently. “I’m going to always feel like that, no matter what.
“Now all the attention is on me. I’ve been the guy who has been the third option most of my career. Now, it starts with me, in my eyes. But we’ve got to figure it out as a team how we can get past that and how we can win as a team.”
Nov 20, 2013 4:03 PM EST
Gerald Wallace has been fined $10,000 for using profane language during his postgame media availability session on Tuesday, the NBA announced on Wednesday.
Wallace lashed out after the Boston Celtics' road loss to the Houston Rockets.
Nov 18, 2013 10:44 AM EST
The Boston Celtics are not discussing a trade of Rajon Rondo despite new trade rumors in media reports.
"I haven’t talked to any teams about Rajon Rondo," Danny Ainge told the Herald on Monday morning.
Ainge has instead received a number of calls from other teams asking if there is truth to the rumors.
"It's frustrating," Ainge said.
Rondo continues to rehab from ACL surgery.
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Oct 16, 2013
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