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The offseason is here for the Boston Celtics, and in just a couple of months, they will begin the process of putting next year’s team together. We will take a look at the current Celtics and try to figure out what to do with each of them. We continue today with Fab Melo.
We really don’t know much about Fab Melo other than he’s a project. In the Syracuse zone defense, Melo was a fearsome defender. In the NBA, where even the zone is a lot less zone than the college version, Melo repeatedly got lost in his first action over the summer and in the preseason.
And we’re not even mentioning his offense.
So before the season truly began, Melo was sent down to the D-League. He finished second in the D-League in blocks (3.16 bpg), which is nice to see. He had a 10 game stretch where he put up double-digit scoring in nine games. And in that stretch he recorded an insane triple double (15 points, 16 rebounds, 14 blocks) and nearly a second one (32 points, 9 rebounds, 9 blocks).
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As I posted earlier, there is a huge difference among mock drafts as to who the Celtics (and everyone else) are going to pick. Of the 38 mock drafts I checked out at the time, there were 17 different players projected as the Celtics pick at 16. With the lottery in the books and teams holding workouts and players moving up and down in scouts' opinions, things will more than...
We posted early yesterday afternoon that Rajon Rondo was going to be on Fashion Police on E! I went looking for the video just now with no luck, but did find this photo of Rondo dressed up for the show. Somehow he ended up sitting on a plastic chair Joan Rivers. We'll post the video when it comes available. Or if you find it first email it to me: email@example.com
From the Boston Globe's Gary Dzen:
James Pallotta, president of the soccer team AS Roma and a minority owner of the Celtics, presented a Celtics jersey to Pope Francis at the Vatican Wednesday. Pallotta was there to represent Roma in the Coppa Italia, a match pitting the team against city rival Lazio.
They better start selling "The Pope" #1 jerseys at the Garden pro...
Danny Ainge stated publicly last week that, to the best of his knowledge, head coach Doc Rivers will be back behind the Celtics bench next season.
Rivers has yet to confirm this, though, and a Boston Herald report indicates that the coach may still be weighing his options.
The Herald’s Steve Bulpett cites a source close to the situation claiming that there is still a possibility...
The All NBA Teams have been announced and to no one's surprise, there
are no Celtics on them. Also to no one's surprise, LeBron James and
Kevin Durant led the voting.
Paul Pierce received 24 votes. Kevin Garnett received 8 votes. Rajon Rondo received 1 vote. As I said, it isn't a big surprise. One thing I would add is that at this point in his career...
ESPN’s Chad Ford has the Celtics taking German point guard Dennis Schroeder (6-2, 195) in his latest mock draft. Here’s the write up on the 19-year-old Schroeder:
Analysis: With Rajon Rondo‘s future up in the air, could the Celtics take the guy who many scouts compare to a young Rondo? Both are quick, long and have huge hands. Both play a frantic style of basketball and both...
Tyronn Lue is being groomed by the Celtics. The 36 year-old former point guard has been tapped to coach their summer league team (pictured, above), and you can hardly cut to a shot of the bench without seeing Doc leaning back to talk to him about something.
But it’s not just the Celtics who like what he’s got to offer.
Boston assistant Ty Lue and Rio Grande head coach Nick...
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There has been a surprising amount discussion about Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers’ status for next season considering there are three years remaining on his contract. The latest news is that President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge has denied a request by the Brooklyn Nets for permission to talk to Rivers about become their next head coach. This comes in the wake...
Herald Thunder star Kevin Durant makes $1M tornado pledge Danny Ainge evaluates all options Globe Whom would you rather have: Bradley or Shumpert? Celtics: Keep or replace him?Celtics Green Ford: With the 16th Pick, The Boston Celtics Pick Dennis Schroeder Sweet 16 - A Look at the History of the 16th PickSome Paul Pierce Trade RumblingsCeltics Blog 2013 NBA Draft Prospect...
Mickael Pietrus still wants to play for Boston.
Pietrus played on a one-year contract in Toronto last year where he averaged 5.3 ppg in 19 games with the Raptors. He was reportedly sidelined for most of season with knee tendinitis. Now he says he is 100 percent healthy and wants to return to Boston where he averaged 6.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 42 games.
In an interview with CLNS Radio...
Trading up in the first round is not out of the question for the Celtics.
The Celtics hold the 16th pick in the 2013 NBA draft, but they may look to deal that pick and a player or a future pick to get into the top 10.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix seems to think Boston could be looking to improve their drafting position based on who they've interviewed.
An aside on...
Yesterday we talked a bit about the six point guards the Celtics were going to have in for a visit, as Danny Ainge and the C's are clearly targeting backup guard to help spell Rajon Rondo. However, point guard isn't the only position the Celts are looking at, as the team will also host four big men for visits this weekend. From the Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes.
The Nets are looking to hire a big name with a strong track record to fill their vacant head coaching position, and those big names seem to either have no interest or it’s just not the right time.
ESPN Boston is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets reached out to the Boston Celtics to get permission to speak with Doc Rivers about their head coaching position, but were strongly denied...
Photo by Winslow Townson/AP
Doc Rivers will not manage the Brooklyn Nets.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who has long praised his head coach Doc Rivers, has denied the Brooklyn Nets access to speak with Rivers about the open head coaching position, according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise after the Nets targeted Rivers as...