HoopsHype Mickael Pietrus rumors


June 27, 2012 Updates
June 22, 2012 Updates

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday his hope is to reload the team for another run at the title. The Celtics have four unrestricted free agents - Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Brandon Bass, and Mickael Pietrus - that Ainge said he would like to re-sign for next season. The key piece, of course, is Garnett, who has yet to decide if he even wants to play next season. Boston Globe

June 16, 2012 Updates
June 15, 2012 Updates

Mickael Pietrus: “My goal is to win a championship. I’m only 30, I look good, I’m healthy. I want it to happen here, because with the Celtics you have to respect that jersey. It’s about history. But that doesn’t mean I’m going somewhere else. They love me. I love them, too. My goal is to bring that Banner 18. I’m too young to be thinking about taking my goals away.” Boston Herald

June 13, 2012 Updates

Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus each underwent successful surgeries this morning, the Celtics announced yesterday in a statement. Allen had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle while Pietrus underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The unrestricted free agents underwent their procedures at New England Baptist Hospital. Boston Herald

June 11, 2012 Updates

Celtics reserve guard Mickael Pietrus expressed great fondness for his time in Boston this season and suggested after Boston's Game 7 loss in Miami on Saturday that he would have interest in returning for another run at a title. "(The Celtics) work hard, they play hard, and every day is a part of history, so, that's what I was born for, to succeed and help history," said Pietrus. "Now it's you've got to go home and try to relax and work hard in the summertime, because I believe in my team." ESPN.com

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

June 6, 2012 Updates
June 4, 2012 Updates

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

May 27, 2012 Updates
May 16, 2012 Updates

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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