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Jeff Goodman is the senior basketball writer for FOXSports.com, covering the sport on all levels. Jeff grew up and lives in Framingham and prior to joining FOXSports.com, he covered the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and college sports for the Associated Press, USA Today and Washington Post. Jeff also contributed to the Boston Herald for the past few years.
 
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Jeff Goodman
06/23/2010 - 6:35pm
Danny Ainge’s deals for Ray Allen and, subsequently, Kevin Garnett are what made the Celtics relevant again over the past three seasons.
Jeff Goodman
10/28/2009 - 11:40am
While everyone (rightfully so) focused on Kevin Garnett and how his surgically repaired knee would hold up against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Celtics' season-opener, the most encouraging sight of the night was seeing Kendrick Perkins on the bench in crunch time.
Jeff Goodman
08/03/2009 - 8:40pm
"I don’t know what’s going to happen," Glen Davis said while working out in Houston. "It’s still too early to tell. We’ve still got a long ways to go as far as negotiating with the Celtics." Davis’ stance hasn’t changed.
Jeff Goodman
07/06/2009 - 10:18am
There are always those guys you despise when they walk into the building. They are rarely those that can’t play. Rasheed Wallace is one of those guys who gets booed no matter where he goes. It’s the ultimate compliment -- and part of the reason why Rasheed Wallace was a no-brainer for Danny Ainge and the Celtics. If Wallace was on the C’s this past postseason, opposing teams wouldn’t have been able to devote as much of their game plan to stopping Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
Jeff Goodman
07/01/2009 - 8:16am
WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce was never concerned that Rajon Rondo was leaving Boston. "I knew he wasn’t going to be traded," Pierce said on Tuesday afternoon while at his Nike-sponsored Paul Pierce Skills Academy for the top college and high school players at his position. "But that’s the fun part about the summer. All the rumors. "Danny (Ainge) told me and told Kevin (Garnett)," he added. "We knew he wasn’t going to be traded."
Jeff Goodman
06/21/2009 - 1:32pm
Rajon Rondo isn’t going anywhere. Don’t pay attention to the trade rumors that have Rondo headed to Memphis for the No. 2 overall pick or leaving town in a deal that would bring aging point guard Steve Nash to Boston, either. It’s not going to happen. The Celtics still have a window to win another championship -- and the chances will dramatically decrease with a new point guard in the mix.
Jeff Goodman
05/08/2009 - 12:13pm
Paul Pierce just doesn’t quite look like himself these days. There are certainly times in the postseason thus far that “The Truth” has surfaced. It was vintage Pierce when he canned three straight picturesque step-back jumpers over Chicago’s John Salmons in overtime of Game 5. There was no doubt who the top player on the court was when Pierce went for 13 points in the first quarter of Game 3 against the Bulls. 
Jeff Goodman
04/19/2009 - 11:24pm
This scene looked awfully familiar. Ray Allen standing at his locker after a poor postseason shooting performance, looking bewildered and befuddled to come up with answers as to why he wasn’t able to knock down jumpers from all over the court. It happened over and over in the playoffs last season against Cleveland and Detroit before the perennial NBA All-Star finally re-discovered his silky smooth shooting stroke just in time to knock off the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Jeff Goodman
03/25/2009 - 6:03pm
The Sweet 16 is upon us in Boston, but there are three other sites around the country where the Big Dance has also descended. Here are 10 Storylines to Watch over the next few days: 1. Ty Lawson and his toe. The most important body part in the entire country belongs to the North Carolina point guard. Lawson sat out the first-round rout against Radford and struggled early against LSU before finally looking like himself in the second half. Which Lawson will show up?  Without their speedy floor leader, the Tar Heels become just another team.
Jeff Goodman
03/15/2009 - 9:32pm
No top seed has ever lost in the first round since the field expanded to 64. If it is ever to happen, this could be the year. It’s been that type of season in college basketball. Expect the unexpected. Remember, everyone (except for me) handed North Carolina the national title before the first ball was tossed up back in November (disclaimer: I actually picked Michigan State to win it all).
Jeff Goodman
02/24/2009 - 10:29pm
All signs point to Stephon Marbury joining the Boston Celtics after he clears waivers. According to league sources, the two-time All-Star point guard, who reached a buyout settlement with the New York Knicks on Wednesday, is expected to sign a free agent deal for the remainder of the season with the defending world champions. “It’s done — barring any craziness,” one source said.
Jeff Goodman
02/17/2009 - 8:39pm
Don’t be shocked if the extent of Danny Ainge’s wheeling and dealing prior to Thursday’s trade deadline begins and ends with the conclusion of the Sam Cassell Era in Boston. Cassell was shipped off to Sacramento to rid the Celtics of about $600,000 and also open up a roster spot, in case someone such as Stephon Marbury is bought out of their contract.
Jeff Goodman
01/23/2009 - 6:01pm
 You won’t find a coach in America who doesn’t respect Boston College’s Al Skinner. You also won’t find one that doesn’t envy the Eagles head man.   You see, Skinner isn’t one of those relentless recruiters always on the road when he’s not coaching his team. Sure, he’ll go out for a few days in July to watch recruits. However, while many of his peers live out of a suitcase all month, Skinner would rather spend the time with his family.  
Jeff Goodman
12/26/2008 - 11:18am
The Los Angeles Lakers are a better team, but they are not the better team. Not yet. Let’s not get carried away with one game. This was the game that Kobe and the Lakers had been waiting for since June. Retribution. All sort of incentive. A chance to show the world that they weren’t as soft as everyone remembers the last time they were in the spotlight. For the Celtics, there was plenty of motivation as well – including running the winning streak to 20 - but they already know they can beat the Lakers.
Jeff Goodman
12/14/2008 - 7:10am
The Boston Celtics are one of a handful of teams, according to sources close to the situation, who have expressed interest in embattled Stephon Marbury if the point guard is bought out by the New York Knicks. Marbury, who was told by the Knicks earlier this month to stay away from the team until a resolution is arranged, has also fielded interest from Miami, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers, according to league sources.
Jeff Goodman
11/27/2008 - 10:18am
When Danny Ainge maneuvered and was able to piece the Big Three (or the Big 2 ½ as I like to call them) together prior to last season, there was talk about how he sacrificed the future for an opportunity to be relevant again. Now that the C’s actually raised banner No. 17, there aren’t a whole lot of people questioning Ainge these days – and rightfully so.
Jeff Goodman
11/17/2008 - 10:00am
Last season wasn’t all too kind to New England college hoops. Boston College sank to the depths of the ACC after having to rely on Tyrese Rice, a bunch of freshmen and a couple of inadequate big men. Providence fired Tim Welsh after yet another ho-hum season, Boston University was 14-17 and UMass coach Travis Ford bolted for the money after he claimed he was staying put. Even UConn bowed out in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It was ugly, but this year will be different. Trust me.
Jeff Goodman
11/10/2008 - 2:15am
There won’t ever be another John Calipari-esque run at UMass like the one that captivated the area back in the mid-1990s, so get that out of your head right now. However, no one has a more detailed blueprint of how it was done than new UMass coach and former Minuteman point guard Derek Kellogg. "I saw it," said Kellogg, who played for the school from 1992-95. "Cal used it at UMass and Memphis and I’m going to use it again here."
Jeff Goodman
10/31/2008 - 10:18am
Ray Allen turned 33 this past summer. That doesn’t mean he’s done. It just means that the Ray Allen of old, the guy who was basically money from anywhere beyond the three-point arc, may not turn up with the same level of frequency these days.
Jeff Goodman
09/29/2008 - 12:18pm
WALTHAM, Mass. - Something appeared different about the Big Three when they took the podium at Celtics Media Day on Monday afternoon at the team’s practice facility. It wasn’t any hardware on their fingers since Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen won’t receive their championship rings until the season-opener next month. It was that they finally looked the part of bona-fide leaders. A championship will do that to you.  
Jeff Goodman
08/22/2008 - 1:18pm
What in the world is Danny Ainge thinking? First he drafts J.R. Giddens and now he’s signed free agent Darius Miles. 

 Miles was once-considered a potential star in the league, shortly after he was taken by the Los Angeles Clippers as the third overall pick in the 2000 draft. 

 However, it’s been all downhill since. 


Jeff Goodman
08/18/2008 - 10:01am
In this space each week we’ll try and take a look at hoops throughout New England – basketball at all levels. For the first edition, we’ll focus on the World Champion Boston Celtics. I went into the conversation with Boston Celtics boss Danny Ainge with a firm grip. The loss of James Posey hurts and no one was going to convince me otherwise – especially Ainge. C’mon, Posey was the ultimate glue guy. He helped shut down LeBron, contain Kobe and even had that cool pre-game love fest with K.G. and the rest of his teammates.


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