HoopsHype Shavlik Randolph rumors

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Randolph may not want to click his sneakers together three times, but he knows there’s no place like the NBA. And he hopes it’s not a dream that he’s getting regular praise from people like Kevin Garnett and that coach Doc Rivers likes him enough to joke about the whacks to the face he’s taking as he mixes it up inside. “I got hit so hard in the Memphis Grizzlies game a few weeks ago, and since then every time it gets hit it starts bleeding,” Randolph said. “I feel like Rocky Balboa or something.” Boston Herald

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Granted, it’s a small sample size, and that figure doesn’t mean Randolph would grab 21 rebounds in 48 minutes, but that figure does show how Randolph is rebounding at a rapid pace. “He earned every bit of that money he’s been getting,” guard Jason Terry said after Randolph grabbed a career-high-tying 13 rebounds in about 22 minutes in a 118-107 win over Atlanta Friday. Added Avery Bradley, “He’s player of the game to me. He played great tonight. I have a lot of respect for him. He plays so hard. And it’s hard to learn our system so fast, and I felt like he did a great job.” Moreover, Randolph, whom the Celtics recently signed for the remainder of the season, has emerged as the possible solution in the middle while Garnett is out resting a sore ankle. Boston Globe

Did Randolph think he’d have this kind of NBA production when he was playing in China, hoping for a return shot to the league? “To be honest, I really didn’t think about it,” Randolph said. “Basketball is basketball. I was trying to be the best player I could be, whether that’s playing in China, whether that’s playing in Puerto Rico, or whether that’s in the NBA. “And I was just, every day, working on my game. It’s the same approach I’ve had since I was 14 years old. And I feel that I’ve shown that if I can string together a few years without having some kind of career-threatening, career-altering injury, that I can be an efficient player on any level. “I’ve been able to develop for a couple seasons, I’ve gotten better, and I’m here.” Boston Globe

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Will it be enough to secure a commitment from the Celtics? Randolph has no idea. Neither does forward D.J. White, who also is playing on a second 10-day contract. Randolph got the longer look Saturday night. “He was great. I thought he just came in and made things happen,” Rivers said. “He rebounded the heck out of the ball, both ends, offense and defense. Threw his body around. So, it was good. He made a couple of great passes and some instinctive cuts to the basket, so I was really happy with him. I just thought Shav played better [than White]. I thought D.J. came in and played OK, and then Shav came in and played great, so I played Shav.” Rivers acknowledges he offers few hints to those on these contracts about their progress. There is no special attention or personal conferences. “I don’t say much. I think the more I say the more it probably brings attention,” Rivers said. “I try to stay away from them and tell them what I need team-wise. I just try to observe. I like them both. I think they’re both great guys in your locker room, good teammates.” Boston Globe

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