11:20 AM EDT, Mon August 31, 2015
CelticsBlog 2 hours ago

CelticsBlog Triva: Larry Legend trivia quiz

How well do you know the Legend? If one wishes to try the harder All-Star edition of the quiz, try to answer the questions without looking at the multiple choice offerings. Layup-Which college did Larry Bird first transfer from in the fall of 1974?*for an extra point and 3-point play, who was his first college roommateA) Indiana B) Northwood Institute Dunk-Why was Larry Bird not the first pick in the 1979 NBA draft after his spectacular senior season?*who was the second pick in the 1979 draft, for an extra pointA) Boston drafted him as a junior eligible in 1978 B) Rival Earvin Johnson was...
Net Income / NetsDaily 11 hours ago

Deadlines and Commitments No. 67

As we noted in the Off-Season Report, players started gathering in East Rutherford last week, getting ready for informal workouts that usually start around now and continue until the start of training camp later in the month.  NBA coaches (reportedly) can't direct any scrimmages but can observe. Sometimes, players from other teams who live in New York will join in. A couple of years ago, Mike Dunleavy Jr. worked out with the Nets.  Also, players who the Nets might sign to camp contracts can be seen around the fringes of the gym. In the interim, there will be a lot of decisions to be made,...
Net Income / NetsDaily 20 hours ago

Joe Johnson ever so subtly letting people know he's ready

Joe Johnson is a smart and often witty guy, even if he sometimes seems to hide it behind the (very) southern drawl of his Arkansas roots. Last year, when we asked him after practice if he'd seen John Schuhmann's analysis that showed he'd played the second most minutes of any NBA player in the last dozen years, Johnson, paused, wiped his face with a towel and replied, "No, I had not." Then, with just the trace of a smile, he deadpanned, "But I feel it!" As he gets ready for his 15th NBA season, Johnson is letting people know he is not taking any days offs. Maybe he's heard the punditry about...
CelticsBlog 22 hours ago

The All-time Boston Celtic teams

Who makes the cut as the greatest Celtics, as well as other special categories As part of history week at celticsblog.com, it seemed an appropriate time to name my version of the all-time Celtics team, a difficult task when one realizes Boston has won more titles and retired more jersey numbers than any other franchise. Criteria for making my 30-man, all-time Celtic teams (first through fifth team, with a sixth man on each squad) are quality of play and longevity with the team - only with Boston - awards earned while a member of Gang Green and any other special contributions made to the...
Liberty Ballers 23 hours ago

Nik Stauskas To Stay With Team Canada For FIBA Americas Despite Struggles

The 21-year-old made final cuts. After sitting out Las Vegas Summer League, Nik Stauskas was given the chance to showcase his talents as a part of Canada's men's national basketball team in the 2015 Tuto Marchand Cup. The tournament definitely didn't go as planned for the 2014 first-round pick. He started all four games Canada played in, but Stauskas' numbers were certainly underwhelming. He averaged 4.5 points per game while shooting 28.6% from both the field and beyond the arc. His best performance came against the Dominican Republic, where he tallied eight points and six rebounds in 26...
CelticsBlog 23 hours ago

CelticsBlog Triva: Celtic 6th man trivia quiz

Test your skills in Celtics 6th man trivia. If one wishes to try the harder All-Star edition of the quiz, try to answer the questions without looking at the multiple choice offerings. Layup-Which Boston big man backup was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in the Celtic championship season of 1985-86?*for an extra point and 3-point play, what was his Boston jersey numberA) Kevin McHale B) Bill Walton Dunk-What two forwards on the great Celtic teams from 1972-76 often alternated or shared the sixth man role?A) Don Nelson/Tom Sanders B) Paul Silas/Don Nelson Reverse layup-What Celtic great is...
Liberty Ballers Aug 30, 2015

Remembering Darryl Dawkins

Former Philadelphia 76ers' big man Darryl Dawkins, who tragically passed away last week at 58 years old, was a larger-than-life figure whose exploits on the basketball court were only eclipsed by his personality away from the arena. Darryl Dawkins was larger than life. As a self-described "football player" who just happened to play basketball, the man known as "Chocolate Thunder" was a force to be reckoned with from the moment the Philadelphia 76ers selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 1975 NBA Draft. "Dawkins was an incredible physical specimen," said Bob Costas in an interview...
CelticsBlog Aug 30, 2015

Welcome to CelticsBlog history week!

Celebrating the Celtics storied history. You can't talk about NBA history without dedicating a lot of attention to the Celtics.  Likewise you can't cover the Boston Celtics without paying homage to the history of the team.  So we've decided to dedicate a week to the past of the greatest NBA franchise ever. We'll have several articles from the staff, in particular the talented storyteller Professor Parquet, our resident history expert.  He'll also release a series of quizzes where you can test your mastery of Celtics trivia. As an added bonus, we'll be re-posting previous articles about...
CelticsBlog Aug 29, 2015

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/29/15

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Globe  Darryl Dawkins was a good basketball player, but an all-time great character ESPN  Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah ThomasLex Nihil Novi  Cowens v. Maravich PJ Brown Dunks on Kobe (Top Three Moment from 2008 NBA Finals)Red's Army  Gang Green "Flashback Friday" – The 90’s "Stats Springer" show Your Morning Dump… Where IT had some fun at Trevor Ariza’s expenseCeltics.com  8/28 #SocialCeltics: Offseason Happenings CSNNE  VIDEO: Celtics' 5-9 Thomas blocks 6-8 Ariza's dunkNESN  Isaiah Thomas Soars To Reject 6’8″...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 29, 2015

NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 18

We try to bring a little joy into Nets fans hearts this weekend by offering up some good news --- or at least a dose of optimism after a month in which pundits, mostly from ESPN tut-tutted any suggestion the Nets will be better than the Knicks or ever the Sixers.  Call this the "putrid summer." Hey, Look!  Not everyone thinks the Nets will suck! After weeks of negative ESPN analyses of the Nets roster, a few pundits are saying the Nets may not be so bad.  It started a couple of weeks ago when David Alridge offered a mostly positive assessment, putting the Nets in his "middle 10" for...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 29, 2015

Andrea Bargnani, like teammate Bojan Bogdanovic, will play in Eurobasket

Bojan Bogdanovic and Andrea Bargnani gave Nets fans a bit of a scare at the end of the week, both having to leave games in Europe with ankle injuries, Bogdanovic's right and Bargnani's left.  But by the weekend, doctors had cleared both for play in Eurobasket next weekend. Bogdanovic, injured Thursday, sat out Friday's game in Zagreb, Croatia, and after examination, it was determined he wasn't badly hurt and could resume (light) workouts Monday.  Bargnani, injured Friday in Trieste, Italy, had an MRI Saturday and doctors cleared him as well. Bargnani fell awkwardly after blocking a shot...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 28, 2015

Now, Andrea Bargnani hurts HIS ankle

One day after Bojan Bogdanovic injured his ankle in a FIBA "friendly" game in Zagreb, Croatia, Andrea Bargnani did the same on Friday in Tbilisi, Georgia. Sportando, the Italy-based hoops site, said that the injury will require an MRI on Saturday. Andrea Bargnani left the game vs. Georgia with an ankle injury. MRI on Saturday http://t.co/9hHeLjWm6P — Sportando (@sportando) August 28, 2015 We'll provide more details as they become available. Like Bogdnaovic, Bargnani had been playing well for his national team.  The 7'1" Bargnani, who the Nets signed to a two-year vets minimum...
Posting and Toasting Aug 28, 2015

The Knicks' greatest rivalries: A history of hate (part II)

Some teams you hate because they're nothing like you. Some you hate because they are. In part 1, we looked at two timeless Knick rivals and exhumed the corpse of a once-great foe down I-95. Now let's look at a couple of (relatively) more recent hatreds. "Style Makes The Fight" Rival Chicago Bulls In an eight season span (1989-1996), the Knicks and Bulls met six times in the playoffs, with four of those series lasting 6 or 7 games. The seeds of this rivalry actually started in the 1982 NCAA championship game, when a skinny freshman from North Carolina with a jumpy tongue hit the...
CelticsBlog Aug 28, 2015

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/28/15

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. CelticsBlog  Which Celtics player is most likely to underachieve? Chad Ford's 2016 NBA Mock Draft 1.0 Lex Nihil Novi  Jazz Crush Celts, as Boston's Bench Contributes Six Points Cowens v. ThunderRed's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where expectations are not great for James Young CLNS Radio  Perry Jones III Given a Fresh Start with the Boston CelticsCSNNE  Mayweather takes on Celtics' Thomas...in hoopsNESN  Several Celtics ‘NBA 2K16’ Ratings Leaked; 2007-08 Team Featured (Photos) Mass Live  Celtics' biggest underachiever in...
NetsDaily Aug 28, 2015

Thaddeus Young has a lot of confidence in Jarrett Jack

Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young joined SiriusXM NBA Radio on Friday to talk about the upcoming season, and one key note, which has been a theme throughout the summer, is that he, among others in the organization, is confident in what Jarrett Jack can bring to the table as the team's starting point guard. "Yeah, I have a lot of confidence in what (@Jarrettjack03) can do." -Thaddeus Young (@yungsmoove21) on Jack being #Nets starting point guard — SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) August 28, 2015 Jack, who has been handed the starting point guard duties after Deron Williams was...
NetsDaily Aug 28, 2015

Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) will not play against Israel

Bojan Bogdanovic injured his ankle during the third quarter of Thursday's friendly against Bosnia, in preparation for Eurobasket 2015. After the game, Bogdanovic released the following statement on the status of his injury. Thank you all for your support. My ankle is swollen, but I'm receiving treatment and it should be ok in a couple of days. #GoStrong — Bojan Bogdanovic (@44Bojan) August 27, 2015 On Friday morning, Bogdanovic tweeted that he will not play in the "finals" of the friendly prep tournament against Israel because of his ankle. Unfortunately, I won't be able to play...
CelticsBlog Aug 28, 2015

Which Celtics player is most likely to underachieve?

Least likely to succeed? That sounds mean. And now for the #hatehard portion of our show. The latest Summer Forecast entry is about which player we think is going to be the "biggest underachiever" this season. A lot of folks picked James Young.  Here's my apologetic rationale: Boston Celtics Summer Forecast: Room for improvement - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN It almost isn't fair to count out a guy who still isn't old enough to buy alcohol, but he's playing with the big boys and it would be nice to see some progress from Young this season. He's got the talent to be a very nice NBA player,...
CelticsBlog Aug 27, 2015

Chad Ford's 2016 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

A super, super early look at the draft. We haven't even started training camp yet and already we're looking at the NBA draft?  Sure, why not? Chad Ford has published his first mock draft (insider only).  In order to do the mock, he had to make a lot of assumptions about where teams will land in the standings.  ESPN's brain trust ended up putting the Nets in the 7th spot and Ford believes that they could fall even farther than that (like to 3rd or 4th). At 7 Ford has the Celtics picking Malik Pope, a small forward from San Diego State.  He has another  another small forward named Jaylen...
NetsDaily Aug 27, 2015

Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins passes away at age 58

In sad news, we learned on Thursday afternoon that former Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets big man Darryl Dawkins passed away at age 58. Dawkins, known as "Chocolate Thunder," passed in Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania, as SB Nation reported. Dawkins played 14 seasons in the NBA, starting with the Philadelphia 76ers for seven seasons, before being traded to the New Jersey Nets. He played five seasons with the Nets, from 1982-1987. He averaged 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in just over 26 minutes per game while with the Nets. He also played the role of team ambassador for the...
Liberty Ballers Aug 27, 2015

Darryl Dawkins, "Chocolate Thunder", Passed Away This Morning

RIP. Former 76er and long-time NBA ambassador Darryl Dawkins passed away this morning due to a heart attack at age 58. Below is a statement from Darryl's family: Statement from the family of Darryl Dawkins pic.twitter.com/dLyT5GSRmX — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 27, 2015 The Sixers have also issued a statement, via CEO Scott O'Neil: The Sixers family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of an absolute legend, Darryl Dawkins. We've lost a dear friend and an iconic figure, both on and off the court. We remember fondly not only his thunderous dunks, but more...

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