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Boston Celtics: Thursday Tidbits


Today was a slow day of news for the Boston Celtics but there are a few noteworthy pieces of information that came out including a camp invite, two coaching hires, and a relatively important meeting between coach and player.


Summer League finale is 2 PM on Friday

With a 2-2 record and 14 accumulated points, the Celtics secured the seventh seed in the 2013 Orlando Summer League. They will face off against the Orlando Magic at 2 P.M EST on Friday to close out their slate of five games. Boston also opened up the summer with a 95-88 loss to Orlando.


Phil Pressey invited to camp

This was actually announced on Wednesday by A. Sherrod Blakey, but I believe the news managed to get lost in the shuffle, so it's worth stating again. Missouri point guard Phil Pressey, has been invited to the Boston Celtics' training camp later this summer. Pressey has been extremely impressive through four games with Boston. Along with his dogged defense, Pressey has averaged 10 points, 5.8 assists, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. Despite being an undrafted free agent, Phil Pressey will have the chance to fight for the backup point guard position on the opening night roster.


Brad meets Rajon

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens traveled to Louisville to visit Rajon Rondo's basketball camp. Stevens has said that he was looking forward to meeting Rondo and it appears he wasted no time to make the trip to Louisville. In an interview with Fox 41 in Louisville, Brad Stevens said that meeting with Rajon Rondo was a great experience, "What an insightful, intelligent, neat person to sit down with. I've got a chance to meet a lot of his teammates because we were down at the Summer League and some guys would come by, so it's been great to meet him and the other teammates. I think it's been a really good situation thus far. It's been a little bit of a whirlwind for me."

WDRB 41 Louisville News

When asked if wants Rajon Rondo to be his point guard, Stevens smirked and replied, "No question. Absolutely. He is obviously one of the best point guards in the league and one of the best performers over the past five to seven or eight years. He's had a terrific young career and I can't wait to get working with him."


Marshon Brooks will wear #12

Even though Marshon Brooks will not be officially traded until Friday, he announced on Twitter that he will wear the number 12 next season for the Boston Celtics. Interestingly, D.J. White wore the same number for the team last season and is still under contract. Maybe a cut is on the way?

Brooks is a 6'5" shooting guard who was originally selected by the Celtics with the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft before being traded to the Nets. In 129 career games, Brooks has averaged 19.8 minutes, 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.


Shrewsberry to Boston

After a busy day of traveling to Louisville, Brad Stevens also made his second new addition to his coaching staff. Jeff Goodman first reported that Brad Stevens was likely going to add former Butler and Purdue assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry to the Boston Celtics staff.

Micah Shrewsberry Bio
Micah Shrewsberry is in his third season as an assistant coach at Purdue, having joined the staff in April 2011. A former college point guard, Shrewsberry was integral in Purdue's nation-leading effort in the turnover department in 2011-12. The Boilermakers averaged just 8.74 turnovers per game as a team in Shrewsberry's first season in West Lafayette, the sixth-lowest in the NCAA since the organization began tracking the stat in 1993.


Call him Coach Scalabrine

Brian Scalabrine played five seasons as a reserve on the Boston Celtics but his loveable personality, hard work ethic, leadership, and red hair made him one of the most popular players in recent memory. After spending a year as a broadcaster, Scalabrine has finally decided to go into coaching and has been hired as an assistant on the Golden State Warriors.

During my internship with Comcast SportsNet New England, I was fortunate enough to meet Scalabrine and I can gladly say that he was one of the kind, gracious people that I met. While I only shared a few brief conversations with Scalabrine, it became obvious that he is a true people person. With his especially high basketball I.Q., special way of articulating information, and good personality, Brian Scalabrine's transition to coaching should be a seamless one.


CSNNE airs "Paul Pierce: Truth Be Told"

I'm not going to deny it, I had tears in my eyes the entire time watching this. Through the good times and bad times, Paul Pierce will always be one of the greatest players in the history of the Boston Celtics. CSNNE put together an absolutely unbelievable hour-long documentary dedicated to "The Truth." If you were unable to catch it on Thursday, I'm sure it will get plenty of time on the air in the coming weeks.

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