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October 28, 2014 Updates

Ainge denies that it’s difficult to grind through this phase of reconstruction, though to have seen the competitiveness he displayed as an athlete and in this job makes one wonder whether he’s being entirely honest with you or himself. “It’s not hard,” he said. “It’s just what it is. . . . Every year, your team sort of determines your goals and what they believe they can accomplish, and sometimes lesser goals are fun to try to accomplish just as much as higher goals.” Boston Herald

October 27, 2014 Updates

When asked to weigh his chances of returning to the floor Wednesday night to face off against Kevin Garnett and the Brooklyn Nets, Rondo seemed hopeful. “Probably 79 [percent] right now,” Rondo said. “It’s pretty high. I feel good, but [taking] contact is a completely different thing.” Boston Globe

October 26, 2014 Updates

They fashion themselves merely as a couple of local fans — Grousbeck with ties to Worcester, Pagliuca to Framingham — who one day in 2002 decided they’d like to spruce up one of our city’s legacy franchises and run it as, well, a couple of local fans, their highly successful financial careers and “Shark Tank”-like deal-making personas ostensibly stuffed in their equipment bags for safekeeping. They are having such fun being fan/owners, they stressed during an hourlong interview at a downtown hotel recently, they have little intention to change much, despite receiving, according to Grousbeck, “two serious offers’’ to sell in the last two weeks. Boston Globe

All at a time when the price of sports franchises and related properties continue to skyrocket. Exhibit A: the $2 billion Steve Ballmer recently paid to relieve the foul-mouthed Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers. “I sent a text message to Steve Ballmer about a month ago,’’ said Grousbeck, who is also the Celtics’ day-to-day chief executive officer. “And I said, ‘You know, when we bought the Celtics in ’02, we set a record price. Now you’ve taken the record . . . but you did it with some real style!’ ’’ Ballmer’s response? “He wrote back a smiley face,’’ said Grousbeck, laughing with what might be interpreted as fan-like joy. As for the two recent offers to sell, an adamant and more solemn Grousbeck insisted the club is not for sale. He also would not say whether the offers included a dollar amount. “They might, but I don’t want to discuss it,’’ he said. “With all respect . . . sorry.’’ Boston Globe

This Celtics era has no catchy name. Twenty-five win teams don’t carry swagger. The Celtics spent each day trying to figure out how to get better, how to compete and thrive again, how to emerge from being the fourth priority in this sports-crazed city and how to acquire the star talent required to return to prominence. “We don’t really look at it as rebuilding or changing direction, we’re trying to build a championship,” said Ainge matter-of-factly. “We have some really nice players and I know Brad is really understanding the NBA game and all the things that come from making the transition to coaching in college. I couldn’t be happier with Brad and his staff. I think he’s done a great job of communicating to all the players.” Boston Globe

Eventually, Ainge and the Celtics’ brass hope the organization can become a contender again by attracting a franchise-caliber player. Until then, the “don’t call it rebuilding” plan continues in earnest. “Players will want to come to Boston, but not all players will and we understand that,” Ainge said. “Right now my focus is on Opening Night. I’m excited how this team comes together on the court. We don’t even know who’s going to be free agents. We don’t know who’s going to sign contract extensions. We don’t know who is going to decide who is going to stay with their own teams. We’ll be ready for that when the time comes.” Boston Globe

October 25, 2014 Updates
October 24, 2014 Updates

Ainge said he expects second-year center Vitor Faverani to return stateside with the team on Thursday. Faverani underwent a second knee surgery in Spain earlier this month and has done the initial part of his rehab there. Ainge said Faverani is being accompanied by a team trainer and Ainge's son, Austin, the team's director of player personnel (who doubles as a translator). "We’re trying to make the transition for [Favearni] easy coming back here and seeing what they are doing from a rehab standpoint over there," said Danny Ainge, before quipping, "I think they are enjoying the sunshine in Seville." Ainge wasn't certain on Faverani's timeline moving forward, but estimated that he'd need another two weeks to a month of rehab before being ready to return to practice. ESPN.com

Four weeks after undergoing hand surgery, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo participated in his first full-contact practice Friday as he continues to make strides towards playing in the team's season-opener next week. ESPN.com

Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old McCarty ordered more than $30,000 worth of cabinetry for the home he's building in Wayland, and paid a $12,000 deposit. NBA.com

October 23, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM. Eddie was recently released by the Atlanta Hawks, and he drew multiple waiver bids before the Celtics were awarded his rights. Eddie could be being signed to be released as part of Boston’s allocated players to Maine in the NBA D-League. RealGM

The Boston Celtics continue to operate as planned – and hoped – in their attempt to have Rajon Rondo available for Wednesday’s Opening Night. The star point guard began practicing in minimal-contact drills earlier this week and his hand has held up “great” under the increased workload, according to Brad Stevens. Stevens stated prior to Thursday afternoon’s practice that Rondo will continue to increase his participation in contact drills over the next two days before the Celtics take the weekend off. “The biggest thing over the next few days is determining [if it’s] as healed as it needs to be,” said Stevens. “All indications are that it’s healing really quickly and the surgery was a great success. I think he’s more ready to roll than not.” NBA.com


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