Archive for June 6th, 2010

Celtics are old but good

The AP reports:

Celtics are old but good

Too old is a popular basketball criticism, the one used this season to discount the Celtics as a true title contender. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen looked all of their 34 years in Boston’s 102-89 loss in Game 1, and Paul Pierce isn’t much younger.

”We’re not a young team. I can’t say that Ray is 29 and lie; he’s not. But it doesn’t affect how we play,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ”I’m just stating a fact we are an older team, but we’re not too old. You know what I mean?

”We are an older team, we have experience. We have great experience, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m fine with that, and I have no problem with that. But I don’t run from that fact. But we’re not too old.”

In these finals between longtime rivals, the closest thing to trash talk so far was Pau Gasol’s misinterpreted comments which made it appear he was calling Garnett old. In fact, he was discussing how they were different players since Gasol entered the league nine years ago — and Gasol said it’s that age that’s made him a better player even as it’s diminished his physical skills.

Rudy Gay tries boxing training

Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports:

Rudy Gay tries boxing training

Rudy Gay might not be a member of the proposed, star-studded free-agent summit of 2010.

But he plans to be a heavyweight next season.

The Grizzlies’ soon-to-be restricted free agent forward has engaged in a training regime earmarked for boxers since the regular season ended. Gay, who is about to enter his fifth NBA season, has taken his offseason workout to another level as he prepares for a USA Basketball training camp next month and a possible maximum contract offer when free agency begins July 1.

“I’m not fighting anyone,” Gay said this weekend when reached by phone. “I’m going through the training. There’s no more in-shape athlete than a boxer.”

Gay said he picked up the idea of training like a boxer from other NBA players such as Cuttino Mobley, Al Harrington, David West and Manu Ginobili.

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