HoopsHype Mickael Pietrus rumors

June 11, 2012 Updates

Pietrus also heaped praise on his relationship with coach Doc Rivers and that might help entice him back to Boston. "Doc, to me, is like a dad," said Pietrus. "I came here, he took me under his shoulders, treated me like his son, and that's why I was so grateful to the Celtics this year, and so grateful to the players, too. So, hopefully I'll be back under his shoulder again next year and do it again. I just want to play hard for my team, play hard for Doc, because he has respect for me, I have respect for him -- and that's what it's all about for the franchise, respect." ESPN.com

Asked about next season, Pietrus, an unrestricted free agent, replied, “Hopefully, everybody will be back. Next year, we look forward to work even harder and try to get that 18th [NBA championship]. My goal is to win a championship. I’m only 30. I want it to happen with the Boston Celtics. “I’m going to fight for whoever I play for next year. I’m going to work hard this summertime. Every day [with the Celtics] is a part of history.’’ Boston Globe

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Pietrus (Guadeloupe) and Turiaf (Martinique) both grew up on Caribbean islands that are overseas territories of France. They met as teenagers and formed a bond playing for the French national team that has endured throughout their NBA careers. “We’ve known each other for quite a while,” Turiaf said. “We definitely have a special bond. We don’t have a chance to do it right now because of the hectic schedule, but we definitely keep in touch throughout the year.” Boston Herald

It was as tense and hectic a playoff game as you will see, with physical contact galore, off-the-ball fouls, another Heat comeback (this time, from 18 down in the second quarter and 16 in the third) and two of the biggest stars on the bench when it was decided. It was only the fourth time James has fouled out in his career -- and first time in the playoffs. For Pierce, it was the second time in three games and third in his last five. "That's French," said the Frenchman, Mickael Pietrus, who drew James' sixth foul. "That's deja vu." CBSSports.com

May 28, 2012 Updates

The Celtics honestly don’t know what to expect from Ray Allen on a game-by-game basis, but they’re not ready to make a change. Asked if he considered starting Mickael Pietrus ahead of Allen, coach Doc Rivers said, “No. We’re going to stay the way we are.” WEEI.com

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Tonight will mark Mickael Pietrus’ first time back on the Wells Fargo Center court since one of the scariest moments of his life. When Pietrus was last in the Philadelphia arena, for a March 23 regular-season meeting between the Celtics [team stats] and 76ers, he was removed from the court by stretcher after suffering a concussion from a hard fall. The forward will take the floor tonight in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series tied 1-1, with mixed emotions. Boston Herald

May 14, 2012 Updates

Pietrus also hinted that he wants to come back to Boston next season. “These guys in here want me back, so when July 1st comes, I want to be as healthy as I can be," he said. ESPN.com

Celtics reserve swingman Mickael Pietrus said he will require arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right knee this summer, but noted the pain is not enough to keep him from participating in the playoffs. "(The knee) is bothering me a little bit, but I told you guys, I’m gonna keep going," said Pietrus. "It’s something I’ll worry about getting done in the summertime... (Team doctor Brian McKeon) told me he’d take a look at it in the summer. It’s not a big problem -- it’s something that can be resolved in 15 minutes. I look forward to the summer -- after the parade." ESPN.com

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Last night, Pietrus returned and shined eight points, six rebounds and some major defense in the 88-86 overtime victory over Atlanta. “I feel good,” Pietrus said. “I feel extremely good. No more concussion. It’s behind me now, so I look forward right now to just getting to a level where I can help my team in the playoffs. I’m just very happy to be back.” He had known since the morning he was playing, but that news remained a public secret until early last evening. Doc Rivers said Pietrus would play 5-10 minutes, making it an even bigger surprise that he played 28:49. He went 9:22 in his first stretch alone after entering the game late in the opening period. Boston Herald

Well, Rivers majored in political science, not math, at Marquette. “He looked great,” said Doc. “I turned to Eddie (Lacerte, the trainer) and, he said, ‘No. Go. He’s fine.’ When you coach, you actually change your mind sometimes in games. It’s allowed. It’s funny. Danny (Ainge) called me today and said they worked him out, and he said he was tired after two minutes in the workout (Tuesday). So we went in thinking four or five minutes. Really that game was to get him ready for the games coming up. Going into it, that was our plan. Boston Herald

April 11, 2012 Updates

Mickael Pietrus watched his team’s April 1 win over the Heat with a towel draped over his head and shades covering his eyes. And he had to watch the game on television because the crowd noise would have been too much to endure after the Grade 3 concussion he sustained March 23 against the 76ers. Since then, Pietrus has made swift progress, passing his first concussion test, and Rivers said he may return before the season ends. “He’s been running with no effects, which I think is even more important,’’ Rivers said. “That’s a great sign for us. He sounds like sooner than later, but that’s from Pietrus, so we have to temper all of that. “Listen, we get him at all, it’s a blessing, because it didn’t look like we would. That would be a huge boost for our team. That would be great for us - it would give us the ability, if we wanted to, to use that different lineup . . . It makes us a better basketball team.’’ Boston Globe

April 8, 2012 Updates

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