Posted on: November 15, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:46 pm
Boston Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal is out two weeks with a knee injury. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Boston Celtics big man Jermaine O'Neal has been dealing with left knee issues, which caused him to miss the Celtics' last two games -- against the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies -- and saw him play just 10 minutes in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks last week. The Celtics report on their official Twitter account that Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the media on Monday that O'Neal' "will miss 2-3 weeks [with the knee injury], but that timetable could change because tests/evaluations are ongoing." The Celtics front court is already depleted due to center Kendrick Perkins' knee injury suffered during last year's playoffs. Shaquille O'Neal also missed five consecutive games earlier this season with a bruised right knee, but was able to play 20+ minutes against both Miami and Memphis. Jermaine O'Neal had started in Shaquille O'Neal's absence. The injuries have led power forward Kevin Garnett to log heavy time, as he's played at least 32 minutes a night in the team's last seven games. Same thing for Glen Davis, who has been quite productive for Boston, averaging 11.3 points in 31.1 minutes so far this year. Jermaine O'Neal's knee injury is by no means crippling for the Celtics, who sit atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 8-2, but obviously the more miles that both O'Neals can manage, the better, as it makes life easier on Boston's other big men. The Celtics are off until Wednesday, when they host John Wall and the Washington Wizards in Boston. That game begins a stretch of eight games in two weeks, including two back-to-backs.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:15 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Former NBA center Chris Dudley lost the Oregon governor's race by a slim margin to incumbent John Kitzhaber this week. It was hard-fought loss in a closely contested race for Dudley, who had previously had no political experience. Still, he came up short to Kitzhaber and I thought this video summed it up the race nicely.
Posted on: October 31, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:20 pm
Pictures of the best Halloween costumes from around the NBA this year. Posted by Ben Golliver. When it's not enforcing a dress code, tightening up the technical foul rules or threatening contraction, the NBA can be a pretty fun place. This year, players, mascots, cheerleaders and fans all got into the Halloween spirit, dressing up before, during and after games. NBA stars like Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Shaquille O'Neal got into the act, and Shaq easily takes home top honors for his bold attempt at cross-dressing as "Shaqueeta." Let's have a look. Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade dresses up as Justin Timberlake, white face and all. Via I Am Black Bobby's Tumblr . Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford dressed up as Kanye West. Via Al Horford's Twitter . Horford's teammate, Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, dresses up as Charlie Chaplin. Via Horford's Twitter . This couple is really enjoying the Los Angeles Clippers game. Via Getty. Kim Kardashian and a friend dress up (I think they are dressing up?) while watching the Miami Heat take on the New Jersey Nets. Via Getty. One Clipper fan decided to dress up as owner Donald Sterling. Rimshot! Via Getty. Actress Elizabeth Banks dresses up as a cat as she takes in Friday night's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks, along with Tracy Morgan and Russell Simmons. Via Getty. The Los Angeles Clippers cheerleaders went all out. Via Getty. As did the Toronto Raptors cheerleaders, who are put through their paces by the Raptors mascot. Via Getty. Brook Lopez, center for the New Jersey Nets, wore black and orange shoes during his Halloween day game against the Miami Heat. Via @Jose3030 on Twitter . The Houston Rockets mascot poses with fans dressed up in the Halloween spirit. Via Getty. The Boston Celtics goof it up, with wing Paul Pierce, guard Ray Allen and company all decked out. Via Paul Pierce's Twitter. Here's another Boston Celtics team shot. This one includes point guard Rajon Rondo as an injured Tiger Woods. Via Paul Pierce's Twitter.
Last but not least, here is cross-dressing Boston Celtics center Shaquille "Shaqueeta" O'Neal, who crosses every line of decency in the process. Via Shaq's Twitter.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 9:53 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 11:25 am
Posted by Royce Young
Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:49 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 9:04 pm
Celtics dominating Heat at the half.
Posted by Matt Moore
There are ways the first half could have gone worse for the Miami Heat. A scaffold falling on LeBron James. The earth opening beneath their feet and hell swallowing them whole. A Carrot Top appearance. That's pretty much it. The quick hits.
Miami is shooting 27% from the field. They have a 63.8 efficiency mark (should be at or around 100 for average). The Miami Triad are 7 of 27 and they are down by 17 points at the half to the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Boston is constantly shutting off lanes for the Heat, and the Heat, in turn, are settling. All jumpers, all the time, that's their approach. And that's just what the Celtics want.
The Celtics are playing their game. Rondo is wheeling and dealing, Kevin Garnett got a nice move on Haslem in the post. Ray Allen's jumper is still brilliant. And the Celtics are all over the Heat. The Heat have no pick and roll action, no movement. The Celtics look sharp, look active, and look primed for the kill. Glen Davis, the Drunken Seal, is absolutely killing it off the bench with 4 points, 3 rebounds, and a block off the bench. Shaq got way too many possessions early and wasted too many of them, but does have 6 ponits and 6 boards, and the Celtics don't need much more from him.
The Celtics don't need much at all, actually.
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Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 10:44 am
Posted by Royce Young
Nobody is more of a softspoken statesman whose words carry big sound than Steve Nash. He knows how to say just what he wants in order to get what he wants. And in an interview with SB Nation Arizona, Nash surprisingly conceded that the Suns may be ready to take a step back and rebuild. Or if he had money on this season, not to take the Suns.
"To be honest, if I was outside this picture and a betting man, I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs considering all the changes and the new guys."Translation: We might not be that good. So please Suns fans, hang in there with us.
What's refreshing is that Nash understands this. He knows Hakim Warrick isn't Amar'e Stoudemire. He knows that Grant Hill aged another year. He knows that Hedo Turkoglu isn't the answer to anything but "Ball? Ball." He knows that though improved, Robin Lopez isn't any kind of franchise big man. Nash knows this. And he's not pretending to be leading a world-beating squad.
I don't know if there's any kind of subtle plan behind Nash's comments, or if he was just being honest about his team. Some players like Rodney Stuckey and Michael Beasley say things like, "On paper, we're the best evah!" and "Really, if you think super hard about it, we're probably the best team." Nash on the other hand says, "I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs." That's something new.
It is possible however that Nash has a plan with these types of comments. He is 36 years old and isn't getting any younger, despite what you hear about the Magic of the Suns training staff. Maybe he's worried about ending his career on a sour note. Maybe he's prodding management to go grab him some help. Or maybe he's just setting the fanbase up to lower their expectations.
It's easy to think that surely there's a motive here because in today's atmosphere of professional sports, who tells a fanbase their team might not be great? I don't deny that Nash set up fans for a lottery team for a reason. He did make a power play to get Shaq out of town and according to some, helped nudge Terry Porter out the door earlier than expected.
Most have been forecasting the Suns the set (GET IT?!) for a while now. Last season looked prime for it to happen, especially with the rumors of Stoudemire being dealt swirling all season. But they hung on to Stoudemire and made a surprising push into the third seed in the West and a conference finals run.
Now though, it looks like it might be time for Phoenix to fade. And their fearless leader knows it.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:08 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Here's something you may not know: Shaquille O'Neal will be playing basketball in Boston. It can be easy to forget since he's kind of used his first few months as part of the Celtics to focus on other things. Things like prank wars with Nate Robinson and posing as a statue in Harvard Square.
His next trick? The dress like a woman and ride the subway. Seriously.
“I thinking of buy a snowsuit, standing in the middle of a field and have people throw snowballs at me,” he said. “Something different.”Well that will absolutely finish with fantastic results. (And the snowball idea is pretty cool too.)
Shaq is truly a larger than life person and personality. He fits perfectly in Boston and he told WEEI "this is the funnest team I've been on in my life." The chemistry in the Boston locker room is tip-top and that's due in large part to Shaq. He keeps it loose, he keeps it fresh and pretty soon, he'll be keeping it ladylike on the subway.
I just wonder if he remember he's got a basketball game tomorrow night.
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:55 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Not a ton of people are loving the new technical foul rules that enforce a quicker whistle. In fact, some may even feel it's "stupid." One such large player (in more ways than one) also doesn't love the new quick whistle and of course, this player isn't shy.
Shaquille O'Neal talked to reporters today and shared his feelings on the new stricter rule:
"I just think that if you give those guys that much control you might as well start selling their jerseys at Footlocker. This is an emotional game. I know when I pay the money to different arenas and I take my sons and my daughters, I want to see everything. I want to see them talking smack, I want to see it all. You can’t try to just cut off an emotional game — expect people not to have emotion.
There's definitely two sides to this issue. One says, "Come on. You can control what you do. I understand an emotional outburst but it makes no sense to keep talking and complaining. Just walk away!" The other says, "Basketball is an emotional game and players get caught up in it. Part of the game is working officials and it's impossible for them to stay consistent with these calls."
Me personally, I don't mind smack talking, but watching a player whine after every call gets really old and annoying (I'm looking at you , Tim Duncan Face.) I think the NBA realizes how it makes the game look like a whiner sport. The way the rule is laid out, it says you can react, but don't carry on. Doesn't that seem fair? Players have the opportunity to let out the uncontrolled outburst, but they just need to zip it and get over it shortly thereafter.
More than likely, the NBA will cave and relax the rules. They've tried this kind of enforcement before, but it didn't hold up. They've got to stick to it if they want it to work. And I hope they didn't just use preseason to really emphasize it only to back off in the regular season. Give this half a season and players will start shaping up. Let a guy pick up a big technical late in a game and maybe he'll think twice about badgering an official for an extended time.
I do kind of like Shaq's line about selling the referree's jerseys. It's pretty annoying when an official inserts himself into a game and tries to prove a point. I agree there. And I guess that's what the heart of this debate is.
But I don't know Shaq, I can't really say I'd be in the market for a Bill Kennedy replica jersey. Not my thing, I guess.