NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics head coach Doc Rivers met with the media after the club's first practice of the season Tuesday at Salve Regina University. Rivers was asked about the comments made by Glen Davis at Media Day on Monday. The forward complained about not knowing what his role with the club will be this year, commenting, "No matter what I do, you know, I can play great, it's still not enough."

 

In an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has made no less than $10 million in each of his last 14 NBA seasons, and at least $20 million in his last nine campaigns, said that he had no problem taking a pay cut in excess of 90 percent in order to come to the Celtics. O'Neal signed a two-year deal for approximately $3 million this summer, and he suggested that money was virtually irrelevant in making his decision to join Boston.

  

Media day is a time for optimism. It is a time when everyone is in great shape, rookies always contribute and no one is unhappy with their roles.



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Kendrick Perkins will not be the Celtics starting center when the season opens, but the big man made it clear Monday at the team's media day that he still considers the job to be his. "My spot is not up for grabs," said Perkins who is recovering from knee surgery. Until he returns, Jermaine O'Neal is penciled in as the starting center, but Perkins made it clear that he expects to return to that role when he comes back.

 

WALTHAM -- Shaquille O'Neal used Celtics media day to throw a salvo back at Kobe Bryant. 

 

Asked if he heard Bryant bragging about having one more ring than him in the moments immediately after Game 7 in June, O'Neal made his feelings very clear. 

 

WEEI and the Boston Celtics announced Monday that they have extended their broadcast rights agreement in a multi-year partnership. Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell will return for their 10th season as the play-by-play team.

 

Before the Findlay Prep boys basketball squad set off for the 2009 National High School Invitational, Michael Peck wanted to prepare this team for the most important tournament of the year. He organized a team of veterans, including former pros, to scrimmage his players, show them the ropes, and get them ready for the long road ahead.



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On the eve of opening training camp the Celtics have waived guard Oliver Lafayette, according to a report on the Herald’s website. Lafayette was a longshot to make the roster with Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson and possibly rookie Avery Bradley slotted ahead of him.

 

Lafayette played well during the Orlando summer league and looks like a player who can stick on an NBA roster in the right circumstances. He also performed well with Fort Wayne in the D-League, averaging over 17 points and six assists per game.

 

The summer of 2008 was a great time to be a member of the Boston Celtics. The champs were feted on Letterman, enjoyed a rollicking victory parade and treated like rock stars everywhere they went.



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Celtics legend Don Nelson has been pushed out as coach of the Golden State Warriors and will be replaced by assistant Keith Smart, according to Yahoo! Sports. Nelson, the winningest coach in NBA history, will officially resign and reportedly accept a settlement on the $6 million owed him on his contract.