I really love this kid. I was doing some research last night and came across a quote about a legendary Celtic that said that he "embodied the work ethic that was Celtics' Pride." I look at the team we have today and see several players that this quote could be written about. But the 2 that come to mind immediately are Kendrick Perkins and Leon Powe. Both have had to work more than most just to overcome what life has thrown at them. Perhaps this is what makes both of them work so hard on the court. Both put in hour after hour both during the season and the off season to make themselves better. I can't help but feel that one day someone will be doing research on Celtic Legends and come across that quote referring to one or both of these kids. I know that Powe hasn't played a game for the Celtics yet, but you have to pull for a kid who works this hard and who has overcome so much and is such a genuine person. He truly "embodies the work ethic that is Celtics' Pride."
By now, most people have heard the story of former Cal basketball player Leon Powe. From the streets of Oakland to Haas Pavillion, Powe weathered a number of serious knee injuries throughout high school and college to garner national accolades as a second-team All-American in 2006.
The hard work led to Powe's selection in the second round of this year's NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets, who traded him to the Boston Celtics, and a professional contract for a young man who's never had much but who has always made the most of what he's had. So as a successful young man getting set to begin his professional career, Powe had several options with that first paycheck he received from the Celtics.
He could have spent it all on a car or a house, or maybe he could have saved it for the future. Whatever the option, it would have been easy for Powe to justify doing something for himself.
Instead, Powe decided to host the inaugural Team Powe Basketball Camp last Saturday at Merritt College. The all-day camp was free to kids' ages 7 through 18 and attracted well over 100 participants.
Both Powe and Ward were emphatic in saying that the new Celtic would not stop with just one camp. Ward mentioned the Reggie Lewis Youth Center in Boston as a possible avenue for Powe to continue his work with kids when he embarks on his pro career.[More] source:Contra Costa Times
I'll be rooting for Powe. He may be sent to the D-League because of the numbers crunch, but I'll follow him and keep tabs on his stats wherever he goes.
I hope his knees remain strong. He may want to shed some pounds to keep as little pressure on them. He's very muscle bound in the upperbody, and I'm sure his leg muscles surrounding his knee are strong as well.