According to multipe reports, the same Turkish basketball team that recently signed Allen Iverson — Besiktas Cola Turka — also is targeting Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal.

 

Besiktas general manager Seref Yalcin claimed O'Neal told him, “I want to be champion this season with Boston. But I’m coming to Turkey next year,” according to Hoopsnotes. 

 

It’s not often that the Celtics are able to enjoy a laugher on weekend afternoons. They have a well-worn reputation for playing down to their level of competition when the sun is still out. Take two weeks ago in Toronto, for example, which not coincidentally was the last time the Celtics lost a game.



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Even without Rajon Rondo, who missed the game after his hamstring tightened up, the Celtics had little problem with the Nets, cruising to a 100-75 victory Sunday afternoon on New Jersey. Nate Robinson scored 21 points and had six rebounds and six assists in place of Rondo and Kevin Garnett had 14 rebounds in just 26 minutes of work. It was Garnett's 11th double-digit rebounding game of the season, tying his output from all of last season.

 

Rajon Rondo will miss Sunday's game with the Nets and Nate Robinson will start in his place. Rondo was a late scratch after his strained left hamstring tightened up. This is the fourth game Rondo has missed this season because of the hamstring, but the first since Nov. 26.

 

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It’s no secret that Joakim Noah doesn’t like Kevin Garnett very much and it’s a storyline that owes more to wrestling that basketball.



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Bulls center Joakim Noah has done a lot of talking about Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O'Neal stood up for his teammate after the Celtics beat the Bulls, 104-92. "These young cats have no respect," O'Neal said. "So, Kevin just has to teach them." 

 

Sounding a very philosophical tone, Kevin Garnett said he is not looking for any sympathy for the nagging injuries he's played through but rather just trying to enjoy himself as long as he can and as long as the NBA is still in business. On Friday against the Bulls, Garnett showed the dominant form from the 2008 championship season, scoring 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting while grabbing 17 rebounds in Boston's 104-92 win at TD Garden. 

 

An inspired Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and hauled in 17 rebounds against his arch-nemesis Joakim Noah as the Celtics won their sixth straight, 104-92, over the Chicago Bulls, Friday at TD Garden. Garnett and Noah were well-behaved for most of the night, except when both received technical fouls in the second quarter following a Garnett made jumper. 

 

Rajon Rondo survived a nasty spill to the floor in the third quarter and posted 19 assists to go with 12 points as the Celtics improved to an Eastern Conference-best 15-4 and 9-1 at home. 

 

Contrary to popular opinion, Doc Rivers is not a particularly easy man to play for. He’s not one to let things slide and he can be brutally honest with his players.



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Joining The Big Show, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke on a variety of issues during his weekly appearance, including LeBron James' return to Cleveland and the Miami Heat's early season struggles.
 

"Sometimes it takes a little longer to gel and figure things out," Ainge said.
 

When asked about the Miami Heat going forward, Ainge said, "They are very scary and they are very talented ... Erik Spoelstra is an excellent coach ... I think that team will be a team to be reckoned with."