“Tony’s situation certainly made it more public,” he said. “But not unlike Sebastian, Tony is a product of where he grew up. They have a lot of different things to overcome than a lot of people can understand. Unfortunately our children don’t always listen well, and sometimes they have to learn those lessons through experience.
“When you give some of these young guys money and free time, you’ll find that they don’t always make the right choices. Support from their team, and also from their agents, is one vital thing. That’s why you need seminars, but the fact is that some kids just have to find out for themselves. Sometimes they just can’t hear it.
‘Tony came close. It could have ruined his career, but hopefully parents are clipping out the newspaper articles about these situations and reading them to their children. Like I tell our players, nothing good happens after 10 at night.
“But I really think that Tony has been humbled by all of this. I’ve heard him in conversations with his little brother (Ryan), when he’s trying to get him to make the right choices and help him in things like choosing the right prep school. Tony’s really trying to pass things on in the right way.”
In a MetroWest article, Scott Souza points out the different way that the Celtics dealt with Allen and Telfair's situations. It is obvious that Telfair and Allen's situations were very different. It was Tony's first strike and he wasn't caught with a hand gun and there were only accusations and no real proof that he did anything. This is Telfair's second strike (3rd if you count the necklace incident) and there is no doubt that Bassy was going 32 mph over the speed limit, or that he had a gun in the car, or that he had a suspended Florida driver's license. After the New York incident, I am sure that Telfair was told that one more incident and he would be gone. I am sure Tony was told the same thing. The difference is that Telfair didn't listen and Tony did (at least so far).
On Celtics 24/7 Alex has a nice piece remembering the good times and pointing out that this is a shame and a tragedy for such a young player who had the world on a string at one time. The Sun Sentinel brings up a little tidbit that the Heat very much wanted Telfair in the draft and hoped to get him with the 19th pick. Maybe if Telfair had landed in Miami with a disciplinarian such as Riley his career would have unfolded differently. I don't believe that Telfair has been in a situation where he could use his talents - not in Portland and not in Boston. The systems just didn't fit him. The article also mentions this little tidbit.
Then again, if the Celtics follow through with their guilty-enough-without-allowed-to-prove-innocence approach, Telfair, 21, will be available for little or nothing in the offseason.
And that means Riley, who will lose Gary Payton to retirement, may yet again revisit that 2004 draft, when he left West, Jameer Nelson, Kevin Martin and Anderson Varejao on the board in favor of Wright.
The Herald has an article that points out that Sam Mitchell was on the hot seat last season and coached as a lame duck this season. Colangelo brought in a couple of European players including the top draft pick and shuffled a few pieces and suddenly, Sam Mitchell is the Coach of the Year and in great demand throughout the league. Could this happen with Doc? Will the Celtics make such an improvement with a top draft pick and a few other pieces along with the improvement in our young players that he will be considered for Coach of the Year again? Maybe if he, like Mitchell, coaches as a lame duck and proves his worth he will be able to name his price rather than settling for an extension on his poor record. I personally don't think so unless he can get a defensive minded assistant to help him out. Doc just hasn't shown that he values defense enough to make that kind of turn around.
Finally, the Globe has a couple of articles today. The first is a rambling piece by Shira that addresses Carlisle's firing and the fact that Stern plans to change the lottery because of all the tanking talk this season among many other things. There is a tidbit about Tony Brown being considered for the Pacer vacancy and this bit about Telfair's trade value:
Before Sebastian Telfair was arrested early on the morning of April 20 for felony possession of a handgun and speeding, the Celtics knew there were a handful of potential trade outlets for the third-year point guard. The scenarios were one-for-one deals, with the Celtics' 2007 second-round pick (No. 32) usually thrown into the mix. Think about teams like Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Sacramento, and the Clippers that might benefit from backcourt help. But following the arrest and subsequent remarks from Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck that Telfair had played his last game in a Boston uniform, a league source said the one-for-one deals had evaporated, leaving executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge with little bargaining leverage. The best deals always dry up when players and teams reach a point of no return. Just ask the 76ers, who had Allen Iverson then Chris Webber dangling, or the Pacers, who knew Ron Artest needed a new home long before he found one. Ainge basically has two viable options: pursue a multi-player package deal or waive Telfair. The good news for Ainge is that several teams expressed interest in Telfair after Grousbeck's comments sparked false reports that the point guard had been released. See the above list.