Oct 14th: Former Celtic/Knick J.R. Giddens seeking bigger pay and more PT overseas.
From rediculousupside.com: "...J.R. Giddens to forego a few months in the D-League while staying relevant with NBA talent evaluators and instead chasing more lucrative European paycheck..."
Giddens, drafted with the 30th pick by the C's in 2008 and eventually sent to the Knicks along with Eddie House and Bill Walker for Nate Robinson, will now play with Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia.
From euroleague.com: "Asseco Prokom Gdynia added more scoring punch to an already deep backcourt by signing shooting guard J.R. Giddens for the coming season. Giddens (196, 25) arrives after playing two seasons in the NBA with Boston and New York. Last season he appeared in 21 games for Boston and 11 for New York, averaging 2.1 points per game. He also spent time on loan last season with Maine in the NBDL, where Giddens produced 18 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Giddens played college basketball for the University of Kansas and later for the University of New Mexico, where he was named the 2008 Mountain West Conference co-Player of the Year. Prokom will be his first team in Europe."
JR was invited to the Kings training camp this year and most likely would have ended up in the D-League. I liked JR and still think he has a shot to play in the NBA. So maybe his time spent overseas will be productive. All I can say is the best of luck to JR and I hope he finds his way back.
Its a question on the lips..er...fingers of fans on blogs and in forums...Wafer or Lasme? Both players fit different roles for the C's. Wafer is being counted on as firepower off the bench to knock down 3's and go up against smaller/bigger Shooting Guards. Whereas Lasme is a bigger more mobile Forward who can matchup against SF's, PF's and some spot mins against smaller Centers.
The only problem is we are stacked with Forwards and we have quite a number of Guards.
Comments from fans:
"Wafer, no brainer, no need for a project quasi-big. That said, I think this roster spot will be beyond irrelevant."
"Lasme is a taller player who can fill in at the 3 primarily, but also a bit at the 4, and from what I'm seeing, is quite athletic, and has some basketball IQ. We'd be better off with his versatility."
"Lasme might look ok against 3rd stringers or against teams that play no defense like the Raptors or Knicks, but he simply isn't going to cut it when going up against top competition in the regular season. A lot of guys look good in preseason, but then look pathetic when things get going for real."
"Lasme should beat out Wafer for that last spot. We need a 3 who can defend the bigger 3's and Wafer isn't it. Lasme on the other hand is very capable of just that. I'd also say that rebounding on that second unit should also be considered and we would get more rebounding from Lasme than from Wafer. I think all around Lasme just brings more to the table."
"(Lasme) PF in a SF body. Can find plenty of them in D league."
"We may need Wafer's shooting because not only is Delonte out the first 10 games, he is apparently having back issues and has a history of injury, as does Daniels. It may be a tough call between Wafers shot (when it's there) and Lasme's defense."
Very interesting opinions from around C's nation. If Quisy or Allen go out with injuries, Wafer would be able to fill in that void. Delonte is already having back issues and has been injury plagued. So in that respect Wafer would be the choice.
But we've got Davis, Gody, JO'Neal, KG and Pierce at the Forwards. Lasme can play all their positions, but we seem to have plenty of backup if someone goes down.
All in all, I like Lasme and what he has done in preseason better. I like his hustle and his defense/shotblocking abilities. Wafer most likely will end up on the team, but Lasme could be picked up later if needed.
Von Wafer G
4 yr Pro
Last 7 Game Stats
Stephane Lasme F
1 yr pro
Last 6 Game Stats
Doc Rivers underwent minor throat surgery Sunday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital and is listed day to day. First-year Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank held team practice and will run the team in his absence.
From celtics.com: Rivers' surgery, according to Frank, was a planned procedure and is nothing serious. He is not attending practices at the moment because, as Frank said with a smile, doctors "just want him to rest his voice box -- obviously he'll be using it quite a bunch."
Rivers could return to the team as early as Tuesday, but left a practice plan for Frank. Still the team seems ready to open the season regardless when Coach Rivers returns. Boston has one preseason game left on Wednesday vs the Nets before they open the season Oct. 26th vs the Miami Heat.
The C's next practice will be Tuesday night at TD Garden.