8.23.2017

Ainge Quietly Retains Theo Ratliff's Expiring Contract

June 30, 2007

There is a broad, league-wide assumption that Celtics center Theo Ratliff is valuable only because of his $11.7 million contract, which expires after next season.

8.22.2017

Celtic Nation Decidedly Against Deal for Garnett

June 24, 2007

The possibility of bringing Kevin Garnett to Boston and sending Al Jefferson and the No. 5 pick in Thursday's draft to Minnesota may not be as dead as some people think.

And amazingly enough, Celtics Nation is not breaking down the door in an attempt to see it through.

8.21.2017

Garnett to Boston: Don't Hold Your Breath

June 2007

Despite apparent momentum in talks between the Celtics and Timberwolves for a trade involving Kevin Garnett, the man responsible for keeping the Minnesota All-Star happy doesn't believe he has a future in Boston.

8.20.2017

Eastern Conference Execs: Adding KG a big deal

June 2007

Boston Celtics, Eastern Conference contenders?

Two conference officials reached yesterday agreed that the combination of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce would give the Celtics the legitimacy boost they have long missed.

As evidenced by Cleveland's abysmal showing in the NBA Finals, the Eastern Conference should be a wide-open race next year.

8.19.2017

Late Substition of Szczerbiak for Ratliff Leaves Door Open for Garnett

June 29, 2007

The Celtics acquired a seven-time All-Star last night without giving up any of their major players, and while there remain questions as to how Ray Allen will fit with Paul Pierce and the rest of his new teammates, the improvement in talent was enough to satisfy Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers.

8.18.2017

Garnett's Agent: Not So Fast

June 2007

Some in the Celtics organization believe there is more smoke than substance behind agent Andy Miller's assertion that Kevin Garnett will opt out of his contract after next season if Minnesota trades him to the Celtics.

8.17.2017

Al Jefferson, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen: The New Big Three?

June 29, 2007

Well, at least they appeased Mr. Pierce.

The Celtics went out and got him a peer - another aging All-Star, another guy with creaky joints.

8.16.2017

Aging Guard Coming Off Double-Ankle Surgey Added to Defensively Challenged Team

June 29, 2007

If you have uncertainties about the Celtics trade for Ray Allen, you have company. Though ready to do what is necessary, the former All-Star didn't have an unabashed joy with the move.

8.15.2017

No Deal Imminent as Draft Nears

June 2007

The Celtics finished up their work in the gym yesterday, prepared to use their first-round pick in tonight's NBA draft. But they're also prepared to deal it away.

8.14.2017

Will Green go Green?

June 28, 2007

NEW YORK - David Stern, the NBA's globally driven commissioner, fantasizes about this sort of thing.

In one corner of a hotel ballroom, Joakim Noah, son of Yannick, the French tennis legend, spent as much time sparring with the French media in their native tongue as with American reporters in English.

8.13.2017

Al Jefferson for Shawn Marion or Jermaine O'Neal? Ah, no.

June 27, 2007

Danny Ainge doesn't comment on trade rumors. But on some occasions, he does laugh.

The Celtics do have a lot of irons in the fire as the NBA draft approaches, but sources from the team and the league insist that most of what is being reported regarding the club is patently bogus.

8.12.2017

Paul Pierce Needs Help

June 28, 2007

The Celtics insist Paul Pierce hasn't asked for a trade and won't do so if the club doesn't acquire a veteran by tonight's draft.

8.11.2017

Ainge: Mums the word on Garnett

June 24, 2007

Despite reports to the contrary, sources confirmed last night there is still life to a Celtics deal for Kevin Garnett. It was also stated strongly that the club would never make such a move before it had an agreement with the Timberwolves star on a contract extension.

8.10.2017

Dudley pays dues

June 24, 2007

Dudley pays dues

Jared Dudley will work out for the Celtics as part of their last predraft session on Wednesday, and it's unlikely that any other major Div. 1 conference player of the year has been forced to prove himself more than the former Boston College forward.

8.09.2017

Rumors Connect Celtics to Jermaine O'Neal, Shawn Marion, and Kevin Garnett

June 26, 2007

Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers boarded a plane for Phoenix late yesterday to see Jeff Green, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah work out together today.

The Suns are hosting the session and David Griffin, the club's senior vice president of basketball operations, said his team is getting close to a deal to move into the top 10 in Thursday's draft.

8.08.2017

Tony Allen on the Mend

June 21, 2007

True to his vow, Tony Allen once again is on the court, shooting and running through the drills that eventually might have him ready for training camp in October.

The Celtics swingman, the team's hottest player at the time of his season-ending knee injury that required reconstructive surgery in January, was in his usual place at the team's Waltham practice facility this week. His home in Chicago is more like a memory than a haunt.

8.07.2017

The Rivalry Lives On

February 16, 1991

Section: SPORTS

HE STILL HAS MAGIC TOUCH

He remembers being shocked by the criticism leveled at Larry Bird his first few months back from heel surgery. Magic Johnson was both angry and dumbfounded.

How much can people expect? Don't they understand we are human?

The answer, he knows firsthand, is no. The curse of the superstar is the day when he loses a step, lets down his guard for the moment.

"The price of fame is tremendous," said Johnson. "The trick is to remain constant, to do it again and again and again. But you must also remember that as fast as you can get up there, you can go the other way just as quickly."

8.06.2017

Ainge and McHale in Talks for a Ticket?

June 21, 2007

The process still is far from complete, but a league source indicated last night the Celtics were in discussions for a deal that would bring Minnesota star Kevin Garnett to Boston.

``There's a good chance nothing happens,'' the source cautioned, ``but the talks seem to be ongoing. Neither side seems willing to drop this.''

It was further indicated that if such a deal goes down, it would indeed involve both Al Jefferson and the Celtics' No. 5 overall pick in next week's draft.

8.05.2017

Decent value at the 5-spot

June 17, 2007

Assessing next week's NBA draft, some have said that picks No. 3 through 15 are of similar quality, if not completely interchangeable.

But don't tell that to the Celtics, who are mulling over a list of seven and possibly eight players in the event they keep the fifth pick.

8.04.2017

Celts Targeting Jeff Green?

June 14, 2007

Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers and the rest of the Celtics' talent-evaluation crew will be in Washington tomorrow scouting Jeff Green as a possibility for the fifth pick in the NBA draft.

8.03.2017

Perkins throws down gauntlet

June 17, 2007

Doc Rivers generally likes it when Kendrick Perkins stands up and tosses out challenges, and the big man didn't miss many targets this time.

By all accounts, Perkins has been getting after it hard at the Celtics facility this offseason, and, in his candid way, he believes it's time for all to step up.

8.02.2017

Well within his Wright

June 12, 2007

WALTHAM - He is who he is.

``I speak my mind,'' Joakim Noah said after working out for the Celtics yesterday. ``Sometimes that's good, sometimes not, and sometimes people think I have a big mouth.''

Far be it for Noah to break from form yesterday.

7.31.2017

Celtics see, hear Florida forward

June 12, 2007

WALTHAM - As much as the Celtics staff might have loved to watch Florida's Joakim Noah and North Carolina's Brandan Wright - a pair of athletic, mobile power forwards - go head-to-head yesterday, they had to settle for separate workouts.

No more excuses tolerated for Celts

June 11, 2007

The writer believes the ``too young'' excuse died with the Celtics season late on the night of April 18. The coach believes that notion is idiotic. He pretty much has the same opinion of the writer on this issue.

7.30.2017

Russell was a Revolutionary

There are decorated athletes, and then there is Bill Russell.

As the dominant man in the middle for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969, Russell was a 12-time All-Star selection. He won 11 N.B.A. championships, the last two as the team's player-coach. He was the first player to win an Olympic gold medal and an N.B.A. championship and a college title. Indeed, he won two of those at the University of San Francisco.

Ainge takes long route

June 8, 2007

Corey Brewer and Al Thornton - two of the players the Celtics are considering for the fifth pick in the draft - had a right to be tired after going through their paces for the club yesterday.

But Danny Ainge also was looking a bit fatigued after hopscotching the states to look at potential draftees.

7.29.2017

Celts begin auditions

June 7, 2007

The Celtics will get down to more serious business today when they begin individual auditions for the No. 5 overall pick.

Jefferson's stock rises among execs; High praise for Big Al

June 6, 2007

It's easy to do the math and note that Al Jefferson would be coming off his junior year had he decided to go to college. But just how would he rank in this draft? It seems the Celtics aren't overestimating his value.

7.28.2017

The East Belongs to LeBron

June 5, 2007

The NBA Finals do not start until Thursday, but the Eastern Conference now belongs to LeBron James. And if you are the Celtics, your task just got even tougher.

There really is no way around that.

7.27.2017

Another Odd Turn for Obie

June 3, 2007

Say this much about Jim O'Brien:

The former Celtics coach does not march to an orthodox beat.

Zach Randolph a Celtic?

June 2, 2007

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Celtics finished the NBA's pre-draft camp with the fifth overall pick still in their possession, but with a stronger belief that they will have chances to trade the choice before the June 28 draft.

Maxwell at heart of C's glory days

June 2, 2007 Saturday

Young NBA fans may find it hard to believe, but pro basketball was once a team game - not the showcase for flashy individual talent it has become.

And on the great Celtics teams of the 1980s, one of the key contributors to the cohesive and unselfish style was rebounding forward Cedric Maxwell, one of the great clutch performers in team history and the 22nd C's player to have his number (31) retired.

7.26.2017

Celtics Haunted by Duncan Draft

May 22, 2007

The main reference point was always the tragedy of Len Bias.

Many Celtics fans considered the Maryland forward's cocaine overdose death, suffered the night after the Celtics took him with the third pick of the 1986 draft, the true beginning of their apocalypse.

Doc Eyes the Playoffs Next Year

April 19, 2007

The 2008 playoffs have already become a given, at least in the minds of the men in green.

``I think I should be,'' coach Doc Rivers said last night of whether he should be dismissed if the Celtics don't reach the postseason next year. ``But we're going to make the playoffs. We're set up to make a nice run.''

7.25.2017

Fitting end to Celts' Season

April 19, 2007

The Celtics fittingly ended the season with a league minimum eight players in uniform, including just six healthy bodies, and yet again not enough left to survive a last-second shot.

The C's, with late-scratch Delonte West resting an injured hand and a flu-ridden Gerald Green attempting to get up to speed, suffered a 91-89 loss last night to the Detroit Pistons, courtesy of a Flip Murray jumper with one tenth of a second left in regulation.

C's Clinch 2nd Worst Record

April 14, 2007

At halftime, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Sharman, Frank Ramsey, Arnie Risen, Togo Palazzi and Jim Luscotoff were honored for a major milestone - the 50th anniversary of the Celtics' first NBA title.

7.24.2017

Employee #5 Goes for 33

April 11, 2007

ATLANTA - The Celtics' young players may still be having some trouble picking up the finer points of the game, but they seem to have grasped the principles of mathematical probability.With the Bucks breathing down their necks in the race for the second-worst record in the NBA and the extra chances in the draft lottery contained therein, the C's led by as many as 13 points last night but faltered when necessary against the Hawks, losing 104-96. They now have a three-game ``lead'' on Milwaukee with five games left, including one against the Bucks on Friday.

Doc: No Tanks for Lottery

April 2007

The Celtics can clinch the second-worst record in the NBA with a loss to the Bucks tonight, and, with all the talk of tanking that has surrounded these clubs, one half expects Doc Rivers to be breathing through a snorkel on the sideline.

7.23.2017

Season Over for P-Squared

April  2007

The final say - Pierce is done

The last two weeks have been almost like a death watch. Last night, the official notice came from Doc Rivers. The Celtics coach announced that Paul Pierce has played his last game of the season.

7.22.2017

Purple Pummels Green

June 5, 1987

Section: SPORTS

LA PUMMELS CELTICS AGAIN IT'S ANOTHER ROUT, 141-122

INGLEWOOD, Calif.

A good, solid first quarter that would have earned a 10-point lead over any other team in the league? It meant nothing.

Three starters over 20 points? Meant nothing.

7.21.2017

Celtics Prefer Oden to Durant?

April 11, 2007

One down, one to go. The University of Texas's star freshman, Kevin Durant, has decided to leave Austin and make himself available for the June 28 NBA draft. Does this mean Danny Ainge gets his $30,000 back from the NBA for chatting up Durant's mom last month at the Big 12 tournament?

Ball Back in Telfair's Court

April 9, 2007

ATLANTA - One of the complaints about Doc Rivers during his tenure in Boston has been that he doesn't establish set rotations. A player's playing time and stock can fluctuate like the Dow Jones. Nobody knows that better than Sebastian Telfair. The team's starting point guard at the outset of the season, he's an afterthought as it winds down, having been surpassed by Rajon Rondo.

7.20.2017

Kevin Pinkney Makes NBA Debut, Scalabrine Done for Season

April 2007

Kevin Pinkney looked right at home in his first NBA action, coming off the bench in the second quarter to score 11 points. He wasted little time getting his name into the scorebook, dunking over Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova 1:04 into the period and drawing a foul in the process. "That was a confidence-builder," said Pinkney, who played 22 minutes. "It got the jitters out of me. After that, I was just ready to go." Rivers liked what he saw from the the 6-10 forward, who was averaging 18.7 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBDL. The 23-year-old missed the first portion of the shootaround while the Celtics waited for his paperwork to go through - they needed a waiver from the league to sign Pinkney because they were at the 15-man roster limit ... Rivers said that as far as he's concerned, Brian Scalabrine (strained left hamstring) won't play again this season, citing the potential for the injury to become a pull or a tear. Scalabrine missed his sixth straight game last night.

7.19.2017

The Right Buttons

Image result for brad stevens

IT'S NO SECRET that Stevens is an NBA hit-maker. In his short time in Boston, he has made Jordan Crawford the sort of player that could win an Eastern Conference Player of the Week award. He harnessed the talents of Evan Turner and Kelly Olynyk enough so that teams paid them a combined $120 million the past two summers. Stevens helped Thomas morph from overlooked sixth man in Phoenix into someone who finished fifth in MVP voting last season while earning All-NBA second-team honors.

C's Suit Up Bare Minimum

April 7, 2007

Eight is just enough

More injuries push C's to bare minimum

The Celtics, league leaders in playing time lost to injury at one point this season, have reached the stage where booking MRI exams may be cheaper as a package deal.

7.18.2017

Help Wanted

April 2004

The Celtics were already looking at bringing in a player on a 10-day contract when they had nine in uniform, but Al Jefferson's injury potentially leaves the club with eight bodies. With the max 15 players under contract, the Celts need a waiver from the league to sign a short-term player. Sources said late yesterday that Kevinn Pinkney, a 6-foot-10 banger playing for Bakersfield in the NBA Developmental League, should be on his way. The Nevada product is averaging 18.7 points and 7.3 rebounds.

7.17.2017

Ping-Pong Balls on the Mind

April 2007

No-risk strategy

With the Celtics playing for progress and ping-pong balls as the season winds down, they aren't taking any chances other than in the lottery. That's why neither Pierce (left elbow) nor Jefferson (left knee) made the trip.

7.16.2017

Celtics Move 3 Games Ahead of Bucks in Ping-Pong Ball Race

April 5, 2007

Celtics Win with Loss

MILWAUKEE - Come lottery time in May, the Celtics may look back on their 98-89 loss to the Bucks last night as one of the most important victories of the season. The defeat put the Celtics three games ahead of Milwaukee in the ping-pong ball race. A Celtics win would have pulled the Bucks within a game of Boston for the second-worst record in the NBA.

7.15.2017

Big Al Better than Oden?

April 4, 2007

Al Jefferson finally acknowledged yesterday that next season is more important than the rest of this season, and in that regard the Celtics may have caught a break with a bruise.

Jefferson may well be forced to sit out tonight's game in Milwaukee after aggravating a left knee he originally hurt March 21.

7.14.2017

C's Want to Improve in 07-08? Get Grant Hill

April 1, 2007

Savvy veteran exactly what Celtics could use


I don't know if he'd come here. I don't know if he's even going to play next year. But if I'm Danny Ainge, the one veteran free agent I'd go after this summer is Grant Hill.

It might require the Celtics actually using their full mid-level exception. It might require a sign-and-trade if Hill figures he's worth more, although he turns 35 in October. But can you imagine a better veteran presence for the Celtics than the classy Hill?

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