According to WCVB, Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned in Framingham District Court on Thursday morning on a charge of larceny.

According to WCVB, Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned in Framingham District Court on Thursday morning on a charge of larceny. The station said that the charge stemmed from accusations of repeatedly bouncing checks to a contractor who installed approximately $39,000 worth of cabinets in McCarty’s home.

“This matter stems from ordering some kitchen cabinets for a home that my family and I are building,” McCarty said in a team-issued press release. “We hope to resolve the matter soon, but I simply cannot comment further while the case is pending.”

McCarty pleaded not guilty and was released without bail, with a hearing date of Dec. 11. According to WCVB, a court document said that McCarty’s identity was stolen, playing a role in the bouncing of checks. McCarty spent 10 seasons in the NBA (eight with the Celtics). He’s in his second season as an assistant coach with the Celtics.

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WEEI

After spending his first 15 seasons in the NBA with the Celtics, Paul Pierce now will be playing for his second team in as many years.



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Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.

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The Celtics wrapped up the preseason with a 100-86 victory over the Nets at the TD Garden Wednesday night (check out the box s

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

The Celtics wrapped up the preseason with a 100-86 victory over the Nets at the TD Garden on Wednesday night (check out the box score here). Brooklyn rested its starters, while Rajon Rondo was out once again with a broken left hand for the Celtics.

Brad Stevens only played starters Jeff Green and Avery Bradley in the first quarter, while Marcus Smart and Jared Sullinger shined in their final tune up before the regular season.

Here are other reasons why you should have cared about the Celtics‘ preseason finale:

Marcus Smart had a very strong showing back in the starting point guard role

Smart opened up the game by swishing a 3-pointer out of the corner, which was nice for Celtics fans to see since shooting is one of his biggest weaknesses. However, Smart did a much better job of slashing through the lane than he has in previous games. He was able to connect on three layups in traffic, while also going 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Attacking the basket might be Smart’€™s biggest strength, so it was certainly positive to see him do so efficiently before the preseason came to an end.

Smart never saw the floor in the second half, but the damage was done. He racked up 16 points in just 15 minutes of action, adding four assists, a rebound and two steals. Perhaps most importantly, he did it on 5-for-8 shooting from the field — all three of his misses coming from downtown. Good things happen when Smart gets into the paint.

Jared Sullinger was a beast on the boards once again

Sullinger is a very good scorer, but he is a phenomenal rebounder. After ripping down 19 boards on Sunday, Sullinger grabbed 13 in the first half alone Wednesday. He finished the game with what is becoming a classic Sullinger stat line — 15 points and 17 rebounds. Sullinger did so while shooting 7-for-10 from the field in 26 minutes of action.

James Young returned from a hamstring injury

Young hurt his hamstring while warming up for the first preseason game, but kept that information to himself and ended up by playing in the game. Young posted 10 points in his debut, but then has missed each preseason contest since. He also didn’t play in a summer league game following a car crash.

The rookie wasted no time Wednesday, nailing a 3-pointer on his first possession in the game. He finished with just five points and four rebounds, but keep in mind it was just his second professional game. Young has plenty of room to grow this season.

This could be the last game without Rajon Rondo

Rondo was in uniform and warmed up with the team prior to the game. He obviously didn’€™t play, but he was shooting and dribbling with no brace on his left hand during warmups. Rondo has been working with the team during some contact drills in practice and now has a serious chance to play on opening night. His status won’t likely be known until next week, but signs are beginning to point to the Celtics kicking off the season with their star point guard after all.

Lottery change voted down

Finally, although it has nothing to do with this game, the league voted against a change in the current lottery system on Wednesday. The change would have given all of the teams in the lottery more even odds of obtaining one of the top picks. But, since it didn’€™t pass, the current system –€“ that many believe promotes tanking — will remain in place this season. With the Celtics‘ expectations similar to where they were last season, lottery percentages based on seeding could come into play as the season progresses.

The Celtics finished the preseason with a 5-3 record and will open the regular season on Oct. 29 at home, also against the Nets.

Blog Author: 
Julian Edlow

In the NBA, the worst place to be is the middle of the pack. If you are not contending for a championship or tanking, in my mind, you are not relevant. Because of this, each week I will rank the top five and bottom five teams in the league. The rankings are based entirely on my own observations and opinions, so please feel free to call me names in the comments section.

TOP FIVE

1. Spurs

Until I see otherwise, the defending champion Spurs are still the best team in the NBA. Coach Pop is already in midseason form, holding himself and a number of starters from even attending a preseason game against Phoenix. Suns owner Robert Sarver was so horrified by the gesture he felt it was necessary to take control of the team’s PA system and apologize to all fans in attendance.

In classic Popovich fashion, the coach responded by saying he was surprised “that he didn’t say it in a chicken suit.” See the King stay the King.

2. Cavaliers 

If the Spurs are still king, does that make LeBron James and the Cavs the queen? That jab was for Mikey Adams and the rest of the Celtics fans who refuse to acknowledge LeBron is the best basketball player in the world. Personally, my hatred of LeBron James has slowly transitioned into begrudging respect, as its impossible not to be impressed by his absurd physical talents and genius-like basketball IQ. I am genuinely excited to see LeBron catch 50-foot outlet passes from Kevin Love and play with a legitimate point guard for the first time in his career. While there are lingering questions about the team’s chemistry and defense, the East is the Cavaliers‘ to lose.

3. Bulls

Tom Thibodeau and Joakim Noah will make sure the Bulls have an elite defense and Pau Gasol, Dougie McBuckets, and Nikola Mirotic were outstanding offseason additions, but yet again the Bulls season depends entirely on the health of Derrick Rose. If Rose is even 85 percent of what he was during his MVP season, Chicago will finish with the best record in the East. Let us not forget that.

I realize that including that song in my Bulls analysis is incredibly trite, but I did so in order to ask some more hard-hitting societal questions. Why was glam metal ever popular?  Can anyone actually look at a picture of Poison or Bon Jovi from that era and provide a reasonable explanation as to why the general public embraced these bands? Was it the emergence of crack cocaine? Reaganomics? The inevitable end of the Cold War? I was born in 1990 and understand that there is a generational divide, but its incomprehensible that a bunch of white dudes with teased-up hair, elaborate blouses, and spandex pants were ever cool. (Why did I make it racial? Because Prince did all of those things and somehow was the epitome of cool.)

4. Clippers

The Clippers replaced Donald Sterling with a Steve Ballmer, who after a decade of work touring small clubs and attending open mics finally nailed his Howard Dean impersonation. So that’s a clear positive. Another positive: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Doc Rivers still exist, so the Clippers will be title contenders. Griffin was the third-best player in the league last year and should continue to improve. The same can be said for DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers also have great bench depth. The addition of Spencer Hawes will be key to the Clippers defense late in games, as Doc Rivers won’t have to rely entirely on the Griffin-Jordan combo.

5. Mavericks/Warriors/Trail Blazers

Before Kevin Durant injured his foot, these three teams had no chance of cracking the top five. With the Slim Reaper on the sidelines, all of them have a chance to go on a run early and position themselves to be the fourth-best team in the West. Before they start playing meaningful games, its impossible to distinguish between the three, as they all have tremendous talent at the top of their rosters but questions about their depth. The Mavericks still have Dirk Nowitzki and added Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler, but lost Shawn Marion, Jose Calderon, Vince Carter, DeJuan Blair and Samuel Dalembert. The Splash Brothers will continue to lead the way for Golden State, but the second unit will continue to struggle until they resolve what to do with Andre Iguodola and Harrison Barnes. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge may be the best 1-2 punch in the league, but the Trail Blazers still are waiting for Thomas Robinson and C.J. McCollum to live up to their potential.

BOTTOM FIVE

5. Bucks

I think the Bucks might start the year as my NBA League Pass team. Only because there is a slight chance that Jason Kidd may toy with the idea of  Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo playing PG. If you have seen Giannis go the entire length of the floor in three dribbles, you should be excited, too. If he actually can develop the necessary passing and ballhandling skills, he has the potential to be the most exciting and electric player in the entire league. Don’t forget the Bucks also have the most NBA-ready rookie in Jabari Parker. The Bucks may be bad, but they at the very least will be interesting.

4. Lakers

The Lakers have Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin, Julius Randle and Steve Nash‘s carcass. With that lineup, Kobe will constantly be shooting. I expect him to average at least 26 points and three obscenities yelled at teammates per game. Take this ranking with a grain of salt, because I can’t tell if the Lakers will really be this bad or if I just really want for the Lakers to be this bad. If the Dallas Cowboys are my NFL schadenfreude team, then the Lakers definitely are my NBA schadenfreude team

3. Celtics

I think the Celtics will surprise some teams with their team defense. With Rajon Rondo out to start the season, the backcourt of Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley is going to be incredibly difficult to score against. The Celtics‘ biggest problem is on the offensive end of the floor. Brad Stevens encourages his players to take as many 3’s as possible, but it’s a flawed strategy because his players are not very good at shooting. The Celtics have a chance to be in the top five in the league in 3-point attempts and bottom five in the league in 3-point percentage. I also do not buy the Jared Sullinger hype coming from Celtics fans. I guffawed when I saw this post on the r/bostonceltics subreddit asking if Sully could be an All-Star. I think Sully is a great rebounder who owns one of the biggest backsides in the league. A big bum alone isn’t enough to make the All-Star team, although I would listen to any and all counterarguments.

2. Jazz

Unfortunately for the Jazz, they play in the deep Western Conference, Gordon Hayward is their best player, Derrick Favors hasn’t turned his potential into any tangible talent, Trey Burke didn’t really make an impact in his rookie season, and Dante Exum is multiple years away from making a significant impact. Aside from those five factors, I think the Jazz will have a pretty good year.

1. 76ers

Do you think 76ers GM Sam Hinkie is proud when he sees that his team is dead last in every single NBA power ranking? I think he is. It’s a confirmation that he is executing his job. If I controlled the 76ers in NBA2K I would be doing the exact same thing. If development points really existed, I would do the Untapped Potential drill with Joel Embiid and Big Man Offense with Nerlens Noel.

Blog Author: 
Sam Packard
Brian Scalabrine says the Celtics are one player away from being a contender. (Courtesy 2 Gingers)

Brian Scalabrine, who was the featured guest at a party Tuesday night welcoming him back to Boston, says the Celtics are one player away from being one of the East’s top teams. (Courtesy 2 Gingers)

Boston, he’s home.

Brian Scalabrine announced his homecoming in LeBron James-esque fashion in August, as the former Celtics power forward will handle the bulk of color commentary for Celtics road games this season for Comcast Sports New England.

“LeBron really set the template for me,” a smiling Scalabrine said. “But I put that letter together once I knew I was going back to Boston and I wasn’t coaching anymore.”

Scalabrine returned to Boston on Tuesday night for a welcome home party at Battery Park hosted by 2 Gingers Irish whiskey, and he sat down with WEEI.com to share his thoughts on why he’s no longer coaching, Rajon Rondo‘s future in green, and his memories playing with the NBA champion Celtics.

Although he was demoted last season from his job as a Warriors assistant coach after having a falling out with then-coach Mark Jackson, Scalabrine said he left coaching — despite having offers — to spend more time with his family, including three children under the age of 8.

“It’s better for me, right now in my life, to have a much better balance in my life with my family and basketball,” he explained. “It looked like leaving coaching was not my decision, but in reality, it was my decision to leave the Warriors.”

While Celtics fans will enjoy the opportunity to hear Scalabrine analyze games and banter with Mike Gorman during road trips, he said he did have opportunities to join an NBA staff this season, including that of new Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

“I could have gone back to Golden State,” he said. “I could have coached with Doc [Rivers], and could have coached with Thibs [Tom Thibodeau] in Chicago.

“But I still have an opportunity to coach. I had an opportunity to work out players before the draft, and I worked out Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid. This job is a great opportunity to be around the game without the grind of film and all the other major commitments.”

Scalabrine isn’t shy to admit the Celtics — as currently constituted — are a fringe playoff team. But he says they’re not as far away as some might think.

“The Celtics are one really good center away,” he said. “And I’m talking about a guy who can plug the lane or roll down the lane, get the ball from Rondo and rise up. This team has Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, two really good stretch 4’s that also rebound and defend their position. But if you add a 5 to the mix — a Steven Adams type or Omer Asik — this team goes from fighting to make the playoffs to a team fighting for home-court advantage.”

Scalabrine played with Jason Kidd in New Jersey and Derrick Rose in Chicago, and he coached Stephen Curry in Golden State, so he knows a great point guard when he sees one.

“Rondo is one of the top three passers in the game,” he said. “When Rajon comes off the pick and roll, all four guys are an option.”

There is almost no chance, in Scalabrine’s eyes, that Danny Ainge moves his star point guard.

“Unless you’re getting an All-Star-caliber player with a draft pick, you’re not trading Rajon,” he said. “The Celtics still look at him as the guy who can lead them to a championship if they put the right pieces around him.”

Rondo is a lightning rod for criticism among the media, and Scalabrine understands why.

“Everyone wants this guy to be superior every night,” he said. “Then, when he’s disconnected, people are upset. But we have to realize it’s very difficult for a 6-1 guard in the NBA to do that every single night with the pounding you have to take. We should be more excited about what he can do and stop harping on what he can’t.

“This year, I really want Rondo just to shut up all the critics. He’s the smartest player I’ve ever played with, and Rondo needs to teach these guys what to do. He can’t get frustrated that his teammates aren’t where he thinks they should be.”

Happy to be back in Boston, Scalabrine couldn’t resist sharing a story about former Celtics teammate Kevin Garnett.

“Before the game — there’s 65 minutes on the clock — and there’s Kevin watching ‘Family Guy,’ ” Scalabrine recalled. “Then ‘Family Guy’ ends, there’s 60 minutes on the clock, and he is this totally new guy, all about winning. His ability to lock in for every game — whether it was a Tuesday night in the preseason or a national game against the Lakers on TNT — he was always locked in and ready to go. His mindset never changed, and that’s the most special thing I’ve ever seen in a player.’

Before mingling with the crowd and serving up drinks, Scalabrine thanked the Boston fans for their continued support.

“I’m here tonight with 2 Gingers Irish whiskey,” he said. “And they’re all about following your passion. It’s such a perfect fit — especially with me back in Boston, a place I love.”

Blog Author: 
Justin Barrasso

The Celtics haven’t ruled out All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo for the Oct. 29 season opener against the Nets in Boston.