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March 25, 2014 Updates

Following a weekend in which Kansas and Duke freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker disappointed in the NCAA Tournament, Ainge was asked how this draft class compares to last year’s, which most analysts pegged as relatively weak. “I think it’s maybe a little bit better by comparison, but it’s not even close to one of the best draft classes in the last 10 years,” Ainge said. Boston Globe

The list of candidates for the head basketball coach’s position at Boston College includes Walter McCarty, the Herald has learned. And the Celtics assistant coach acknowledged yesterday he is intent on exploring the possibility. “I’m very interested,” said McCarty, who spent 71⁄2 years as a player for the Celts. “I want to be highly considered. I love the city. I have great ties in the city. I have a great foundation here, especially with recruiting. “If you look at Louisville’s 2013 national championship team, four of those five starters were my guys. So I’m very confident in my ability to coach and lead a program. I think that I’m ready.” Boston Herald

March 22, 2014 Updates
March 21, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard Chris Babb to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Babb, a 6’5” guard, has appeared in six games for the Celtics this season averaging 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. He recorded a high of six points against Brooklyn on March 7 and a high of five rebounds against Golden State on March 5. NBA.com

The Celtics signed Chris Babb for the remainder of the season, with provisions for next season, similar to the deal signed by fellow D-League call-up Chris Johnson, according to an NBA source. Babb, a 6-foot-5-inch swingman whose second 10-day contract expired Thursday, has averaged 2.2 points in six games. Boston Globe

March 20, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Boston Celtics will sign Chris Babb to a multi-year contract, a league source tells Yahoo Sports. His second 10-day deal ends today. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Ben Rohrbach: Sounds like Ainge has every intention of keeping Bradley. Referenced his restricted status. In all likelihood, market sets value, C's match. Twitter @brohrbach

Ideally, they’re a lethal combination. Defensively, Bradley locks down one opposing guard, allowing Rondo to thrive at what he does best, playing the passing lanes. Offensively, Rondo finds Bradley on the opposite end of those same passing lanes, where the latter thrives from the right corner (42.3 3P%) and elbow (46.9 FG%). “I would love it,” Bradley said of remaining the four-time All-Star’s backcourt mate. “I would love to play for Boston, and I would love to play with Rondo, so I wouldn’t mind it at all. I’m pretty sure any guard in the NBA would love to play with Rondo.” WEEI.com

Babb was signed to a second 10-day contract in March, beginning another trial period. This time it was different. Teams cannot sign players to a third 10-day contract; either the player is signed for the remainder of the season or no longer on the team. The stakes are high when fighting for a roster spot. “It’s kind of an overwhelming process, really,” Babb said. “I have 10 days to prove why I deserve to be there. At the same time I’m supposed to not worry about it and just play basketball. It’s easier said than done. So I’m telling myself, ‘Don’t worry about it, there’s no pressure, just play basketball.’ But at the same time, I’m a perfectionist when I play basketball. Any time I step out on the court I’m doing everything I can to do things the right way. I think that kind of magnified it in my mind. Being on a 10-day contract, you want to do things even more perfect. I think that kind of messed me up a little bit.” Basketball Insiders

Babb continued, “I’d be happy [to be signed for the remainder of the season]. I’d have that same feeling of accomplishment, but at the same time I’d still have to be motivated. I couldn’t feel a sense of complacency because at the end of the day if they sign me for the season, there’s just a month or so left, and then the process is going to start all over again. I’d still have to stay motivated and ready to work.” Basketball Insiders

March 19, 2014 Updates

So does Allen want number 20 hanging in the rafters next to 34 and 5? "Of course. It would be probably one of the biggest, single most honors in my career because the impact that I've had playing the game - I still remember what it was like and how it was when I first came into the league. I had no clue what direction I was heading in and what I was supposed to do for this game and the impact I would leave. So to be able to have an impact on a generation of kids, have it on an organization and a city, it's truly an honor for people to recognize that. It can't get any better than that." Celtics Blog

Jeff Green knows what you think. He claims to ignore the noise, but he knows. He gets that people are disappointed in him when he goes from monster to mundane in 24 little hours. He feels the frustration of Celtics followers breathing down on him when he blends into the statistical scenery the game after looking like one of the best handful of players in the NBA. And, respectfully, he’s paying those opinions no mind. “I’m playing,” Green said. “I mean, that’s all I care about. I’m healthy. “I can care less about what other people have to say about my performance. You know, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, so I really don’t pay attention to it. I’m just trying to come into each year being healthy and being able to play this game.” Boston Herald

March 18, 2014 Updates

And around the time Rondo returned to action in January after missing nearly a year following a knee injury, former Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he brought up this topic with his former point guard. It’s not unusual for the two to talk, even with Rivers now coaching the Los Angeles Clippers. They have history, with Rivers coaching Rondo from 2006-07 until last season. “I speak to Doc all the time,” Rondo said. “I’ve talked to him on the phone. I’ve talked to him after games, text-wise. He gives me advice all the time.” Boston Globe

March 17, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest and most decorated players in Los Angeles Lakers history, but he could have played for their oldest and most hated rivals. Before the 1996 NBA draft, Bryant worked out for several teams, including the Boston Celtics. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a photo of the Black Mamba in Celtic green: For The Win

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
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How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

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