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October 16, 2014 Updates
October 15, 2014 Updates

However, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge shot down that notion yesterday, saying his goal is to have Faverani back on the floor later in the upcoming season. “We like Vitor,” Ainge said. “The thing we want right now is to get him healthy. We thought he would be ready for the start of training camp, but he had a little setback.” Boston Herald

Boston has gauged the market for both over the last year or so, and its expected price for Rondo has been sky-high, per several league sources. That price will drop as Rondo’s deal ticks toward expiration, but the market for him is thin. Point guard is stacked leaguewide, and Rondo is 28, coming off ACL surgery, and seeking a max contract as he approaches free agency. A few suitors could wait to chase him in the offseason instead of dealing assets now and risking that Rondo walks in July. Grantland

October 14, 2014 Updates

Ryan Glasspiegel: Do you think that Boston gets a bad rap as a racist city? Bob Ryan: I think Boston deserved its rap in the 50’s, 60’s, and even into the 70’s. I definitely think that there were problems with black athletes. We all know the well-documented stuff about Bill Russell trying to buy a house and having things smeared on his wall. We all know that that there were unhappy Boston athletes such as Reggie Smith that had every reason to be upset. I know it’s evolved into something that is much better. There’s been no problem for any athlete going back to Mo Vaughn, and even earlier. They’ll all tell you, “Boston — what’s the problem? There is no problem. No more than any other city.” But yes, it was a racist city and it’s always been affected by the fact that the Red Sox were the last team to integrate in MLB. Tom Yawkey did hire racist people and they had a strong element of racism in the Red Sox organization for way too long. No question about that. The Big Lead

The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute game — four minutes shorter than a regulation NBA game — Sunday at the Barclays Center. Playing four 11-minute quarters is a one-time preseason experiment and only exploratory. However, at the recent NBA coaches' meeting in Chicago, the length of games was a topic, and it was suggested the NBA take a look at shortening games. USA Today Sports

"We have looked at everything that we do and are taking a fresh look at all the different things we do," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. "One of the things that keeps coming up is our schedule and the length of our games. … Our coaches talked about it, and a lot of them seemed to be in favor of at least taking a look at it. We talked with our competition committee, and they were in favor of taking a look at it." The NBA will look how a 44-minute game impacts length of the game, player-substitution patterns and flow of the game to determine if there's a better experience. "Let's get some empirical evidence regarding this and take a fresh look at it," Thorn said. USA Today Sports

October 13, 2014 Updates

Faverani, who entered training camp expecting to compete for the starting center spot, last played for the Celtics in February. With 16 guaranteed contracts and 15 roster spots, the Celtics will likely have to decide between Faverani and recent addition Dwight Powell. “We didn’t even really talk about that,” coach Brad Stevens said of Faverani’s roster future. “It sounds like it’s something where he had extra scar tissue and you got in and cleaned up. It doesn’t sound like a long-term thing, so we haven’t talked about it. That hasn’t come up in any of my discussions, at least.” Faverani signed a three-year contract (two years guaranteed) in July 2013 and had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus this past March. He complained of persistent knee soreness during training camp and has yet to participate in practice. Boston Globe

Meanwhile, the coaching staff and players have been impressed with Powell, acquired last month from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rookie from Stanford signed a two-year contract with Cleveland before being traded. The first year is guaranteed. Boston Globe

Rajon Rondo was dribbling with his surgically repaired left hand. Rondo could be cleared for contact next week. Boston Globe

He insists he didn’t really check out the marketplace to see if there was a place he might be able to play a bit more, and he didn’t check to see what his value might be. “It wasn’t even about getting more (money),” Anthony said. “It was about wanting to get an opportunity to come into camp and get a chance to prove myself and get on the court. This was the best opportunity I had. “I don’t know what would have happened in free agency or whatnot, but I just felt that coming back to the team after being here the last three months and knowing the coaches and knowing the players and everything like that, this was what was best for me. It just seemed like a better situation for me to come back here.” Boston Herald

Anthony arrived last January from the Miami Heat in the three-team trade that sent Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors. He got into 21 games for the C’s, averaging one point and 1.5 rebounds in 7.1 minutes. Maybe it wasn’t the best time to make a free agent splash. “I was in a situation where I could have gone from one team to the next and been in a different situation,” Anthony said. “There may or may not be an opportunity to play here, but I wasn’t too interested in moving. I wasn’t too interested in exploring things, especially after not playing.” Boston Herald


How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.


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