The Herald and Globe both have articles on Gerald Green's return to Boston for a Rebok event. He has been catching up with former Celtics.
“Yeah, this feels a little strange,” Green said. “But that’s why it’s a business, man. You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. It was a thing where I felt bad at first when I heard about the trade, but that’s the business.”
As a result, Green has embarked on a rather odd trip into his past with Minnesota. He’s had several conversations with former and now current teammate Ricky Davis, and figures to break bread with Mark Blount at some point as well.
Barron Davis has this to say about Pierce since the trades this summer.
“He’s a kid in a candy store,” Davis said. “They’ve got a lot of weapons now, and the good thing is that this organization has always believed in him. He was waiting to see what they were going to do, and to their credit they made it happen.”
The Globe tells us that it didn't sink in for Green until he saw KG holding up his number at the press conference.
"After I saw KG hold up my old jersey, it sunk in," said the 21-year-old Green. "That's when I knew I was gone, I was out of here. But it's a business. "I feel honored to be traded for a guy like Kevin Garnett. And then he's wearing my jersey? So, I'm honored."
Green said he has stayed in touch with ex-teammates Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins, and Tony Allen. Although Green hasn't visited with any Celtic players or officials during his trip to the area, he has no animosity toward his old club. The 18th overall pick of the 2005 draft averaged 10.4 points for Boston last season. "[The Celtics] were the first team that gave me a shot after I dropped in the draft," Green said. "I thank them for everything. But now it's time to go to a new team."
Yesterday, Marc Spears alerted us to the fact that the Celtics were one of 4 teams targeting Esteban Batista. Today, he tells us that Batista turned down the Celtics offer.
The agent for Atlanta Hawks free forward-center Esteban Batista said late tonight that his client has declined an offer to sign with the Celtics. Agent Marc Cornstien said this afternoon that the Celtics, Charlotte, Phoenix and Indiana had made contract offers to the 6-foot-10, 270-pounder. While Cornstien said via text message Wednesday night that Batista had turned down Boston, he didn't say why and wouldn't say where his client was leaning now. "Boston could be a good fit, but there are teams expressing more serious interest," Cornstien said.
Since he is young and looking to make his mark, he may be looking for a team that will give him more playing time, rather than looking to win a ring with a team where he would be the 3rd option at center. Bob Ryan finds something rotten in the Big Apple. The more I read of the Isaiah trial, the more amazed I am at what a jerk he is and what a mess that whole organization is. I really feel for Knicks fans because what should be one of the storied franchises along with the Celtics has been turned into a laughing stock. The Celtics may have had bad luck and may have been losing, but at least we never lost our dignity (well, except for those few years with Pitino, but even then it wasn't a scandal).
Hoopsworld discusses the most efficient players in the league and it is no surprise that Tim Duncan is number 1 and KG is number 2. Two Cents Sports has a list of the biggest curses in sports. They start off with the Blazers who have had bad luck with their big men for sure. Then the Celtics are next.
You're talking about one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, so it can't be too cursed. But, isn't it hard to believe that Boston's last title was 21 years ago? That is when the curse, in the form of tragedy, began. Len Bias was supposed to bridge the gap between Larry Bird's Celtics and another dynasty. But less than 48 hours after he was drafted second overall in 1986, Bias died of cardiac arrhythmia that resulted from cocaine use. With new additions Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the Celtics hope to return to glory this season.
I am sure it is much to Stern's relief, but the ref controversy has been on the back burner since Boston took over the headlines with the KG trade, but the NY Times tells us that the spotlight will be on the refs as soon as the season starts. Any irregularities are going to be very quickly and thoroughly questioned, and understandably so.
Hoopsvibe gives us lots of evidence why Chris Anderson should be allowed to return to the NBA and wonders whether the Celtics would be a good fit.
On Celtics 24/7, Fin dawgg has good piece on his chat with John "Spider" Salley. It seems that Salley had the same thing against the Celtics as Gilbert Arenas does. The Celtics promised to take both players and then didn't and so the players have had it in for the Celtics and were determined to make them pay for it.
Paul Pierce just wrapped up his chat over on Celtics.com. The team is very excited and are all in Boston working out. Tony is hungrier than he has been in his career. And Scott Pollard paints his nails. He answered my question to him first and here it is:
FLCeltsFan (Panama City,FL): Thanks for chatting with us! I am very excited about this upcoming season. How is the elbow? It has bothered you for two seasons now, even after surgery. Is it fully healed or is it an ongoing problem that you will have to play around?
Paul Pierce: The elbow is fully healed. I expect no problems with it for the upcoming season. Although, I really think it might have helped my shot the past few seasons! (Laughing)
12 days till training camp starts. Pierce is healthy. RA and KG have been working very hard along with the rest of the team. Every time I read an article about this team I get more excited.