NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted he's a little too focused on getting his own team ready for the 2010-11 season to pay too much mind to a change in the NBA Development League allocation rules that will allow Boston to stockpile as many as three camp cuts on the roster of the Maine Red Claws this season.
Rivers did admit that, for the invitees that are likely to end up as camp casualties, it's a good opportunity to stay in the organization. What's more, Rivers would like to see even more crossover between parent clubs and their affiliates, leading to a system more like Major League Baseball or the National Hockey League.
"I still think they should change a lot of the D-League rules," said Rivers. "I think we should be able to rehab guys in the NBDL, even if it's a veteran. If a veteran doesn't want to, that's fine. But let's say Paul Pierce is coming back and he says, 'Coach, I'd love to go play a couple games [in Maine],' then it'd be great to able to use it in that way."
It would be quite a draw for that D-League squad to bring in a player the caliber of Pierce, as well, but Rivers admitted it'll likely never to happen. Such a set up would be particularly beneficial for the Celtics this season when Kendrick Perkins recovers enough from offseason ACL surgery to return to game action.
For now, Red Claws fans should keep an eye on camp invitees like Jamar Smith, Chris Johnson, and Stephane Lasme, who might be tempted by the recent rule change and stick with Maine, provided they'll sign a D-League contracts. After the interest in the four-on-four video posted Wednesday, you can check out Thursday's four-on-four battle in the clip embedded at the top of this entry. The two sides swapped colors, with White --Tony Gaffney (27), Luke Harangody (55), Smith (40) and Johnson (45) -- vs. Green -- Von Wafer (12), Mario West (46), Lasme (47) and Semih Erden (86). The Green team won an early game, but White carried play for an extended stint after that.
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Thibs has plenty to say: Celtics coach Doc Rivers doesn't allow his assistants to talk to the media and former associate head coach Tom Thibodeau might have gained a reputation as being quiet because of that gag order. But ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell chronicles how Thibodeau has plenty to say this year.
Remodeling the House: Former Celtics guard Eddie House slimmed down this offseason hoping to beef up his production. He remains disappointed by how his time in Boston ended, telling NBA.com: "“I wasn’t mad at the fact that [the Celtics] did the trade, I was upset at the fact that I wasn’t able to finish what I started with those guys. Those guys are my friends. Not only my teammates, they were my friends. To start something with guys that you genuinely care about and then all of the sudden the world gets pulled up from under your feet and you don’t have a chance to finish that mission that all summer you thought about, about how we lost to Orlando [in the 2008 playoffs]."
Superman raps: Magic center Dwight Howard plans to release a kids' rap album called, "Shoot for the Stars" in late October. No word if Kanye West plans to adjust his album release date accordingly.
Celtics Idol: The Celtics will hold Anthem auditions on Oct. 4 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. The Idol-like panel of judges is expected to include singer/songwriter Michael Bivins, singer/songwriter Ayla Brown (a regular anthem singer for Boston sports teams) and JAMN 94.5 personality, Melissa.
KG popular in Europe: Kevin Garnett is the fifth best-selling NBA jersey in Europe, according to NBA.com. Paul Pierce also cracks the Top 15 for Boston, checking in at No. 14.