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06/10/2012 - 2:25am
LeBron: C's 'like no other team'

MIAMI -- The two biggest stars of the victorious Miami Heat heaped all kinds of praise on the Celtics after their 101-88 win in Game 7 at Amercian Airlines Arena Saturday night. Both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade extended their respect to Doc Rivers and the stars of the Celtics, singling out Kevin Garnett for leading his team to cusp of another NBA finals appearance. 

"Competitors. They're great," James said. "You can never relax at all on the court when you're competing against those guys. You can never feel comfortable. You always feel on edge when you go against them. This is the chemistry that they built over the years. It's like no other team that I've ever faced in the postseason. They're great. They're great."

Wade, who had his run-ins with Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett during the series, had nothing but respect for them afterward. Wade said the Celtics are the standard for how team's with high profile trios - like...

06/10/2012 - 1:08am
Dooling: LeBron is 'great for our game'

MIAMI -- LeBron James has been one of the most scrutinized and criticized superstars in any sport over the last six years. But on Saturday night, in the moments after he scored 31 points and lifted his Heat team to a 101-88 win over the Celtics in Game 7, he was showered with praise by one of those who tried to slow him down. 

"I've never bought into this whole persona that LeBron isn't the guy," Keyon Dooling said. "I think everybody should relax a little bit. He's great for our game, he is our game. We need to uplift him instead of tear him down. He's a guy who's the most unselfish superstar I've ever seen. He rebounds the ball, he assists the ball, he's empowered his friends from his community. He does a lot of charity work in the community. He's a model citizen. He should not have a stain on his reputation and I hope it stops."

Dooling was part of a Celtics bench that could only muster two points and was outscored by...

06/10/2012 - 12:42am
Allen to have surgery, wants to keep playing

MIAMI -- Ray Allen will be one of the Celtics' prominent free agents after this season, and while his return to Boston is uncertain, he let it be known that he wants to continue his career.

"There's still a lot of basketball left in my legs," Allen said. "I know that for sure. So it's hard to say what can happen, what may happen. But four of us know how to play basketball. We know how to win games."

The 'four' Allen alluded to are Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and himself. Garnett is also a free agent  and no one seems sure what he will do. Garnett left without speaking to reporters.

The first thing Allen needs to do is get surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle. "If I could do it tomorrow, I would do it tomorrow," he said. "That's probably my main concern right now, is taking care of that. My body feels good. That's my only issue."

As for his five years in Boston, Allen was...

06/10/2012 - 12:29am
Pierce: KG's been 'everything for my career'

MIAMI -- Following Boston's 101-88 loss to the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, captain Paul Pierce made it clear he wants management to do whatever they can to bring Kevin Garnett back for one more run with the Celtics. 

"He's been everything for my career, just his locker room presence, his desire, his determination, his leadership," Pierce said. "I've said before when Kevin first got here, he really changed the culture of everything we did around here, from the practice habits to the on-court discipline. He made everybody accountable, from the ballboys, to the chefs to the guy who flew the plane. Everybody was accountable. It was just tremendous to have him around, just the culture he brought. 

"It would be great for me to end my career with Kevin. I have a couple of years left [on Celtics contract] and who knows what his future is going to bring. Hopefully, management can do something to bring him...

06/10/2012 - 12:20am
Bass: 'I would love to be back here'

MIAMI -- Brandon Bass has a player option for next season and all indications are that he will exercise it after averaging career highs in points and rebounds. After the Celtics season ended abruptly in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Bass said he hasn't thought too much about the future but he also made it clear that he wants to return.

"I do," he said when asked if he thought he would be back. "I would love to be back here. The fans here are unbelievable. For any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for." 

Bass added, "This group here was like family. For the first time in a long time it felt like family. We had fights, we had ups, we had downs but at the end of the day we fought for each other. I’m just grateful to be a part of this group."

Bass said he would consider himself a Celtics vet if he was able to return next year. He's played on three other...

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