Shaq Needs A Nickname
August 5, 2010

Well, not really. He’s already got like 50 of them.

But if you caught sports at 11, you heard Lynchie put out the call for new nicknames for the newest Celtic Shaquille O’Neal. Dowling is pitching “The Big Hub-Ub.” I am partial to “The Big Leprechaun.”

Do you guys have any ideas? Comment here, or email us at wcvbsports@thebostonchannel.com.

We may use your nickname on the air tomorrow at 6. If we find “the one” we’ll mention it to Shaq when he’s introduced Tuesday.

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Shaq- The Big Hub-ub
August 3, 2010

Shaquille O’Neal and the Celtics have come to an agreement on terms for a contract to bring “The Diesel or Shaq-Diesel here to Boston.

Shaq has been known as “The Big Aristotle”, “The Big Maravich”, and “The Big Cactus” but now that Shaq is coming to the Hub, he should now be known as “The Big Hub-ub”, though our sports producer Scott Isaacs’ nomination of “The Big Leprechaun” is a pretty good one as well.

Shaq averaged 12 pts and 7 rebounds in the 23 minutes per game he played last year. He played 53 games last year. Next season all that would be needed from the 350 pound 18 year veteran is 8-10 pts and 5-6 rebounds/gm. And then there is the off the court activities!?

Shaq and Big Baby! and Nate Robinson! It could be the highest rated sitcom going. Shaq can’t get here soon enough. And oh by the way yes, he will help this team win too. A better show than even those young cocky upstarts playing in Miami. Opening night against the Heat is less than 3 months away.

-MD

Bomb Squad: Pierce In, House Out Of 3-Point Contest
February 3, 2010

The NBA 3-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend will feature some green. Sources tell SportsCenter 5 that captain Paul Pierce will take part in the event, which is set for Saturday, February 13 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The NBA will release the full list of participants later tonight. Phoenix Suns center Channing Frye has said he will be taking part.

One name fans will not see on that list is reserve guard Eddie House. Fans rallied behind him after the team released a series of humorous House videos, one of which featured him shoveling off an outdoor court to practice.


For the record, Pierce is the better shooter THIS SEASON (46.7% for Pierce, 36.7% for House), but House holds the career edge, 39.3% to Pierce’s 37.0%. House also has an extremely quick release that would seemingly give him an edge in a competition like this, as opposed to Pierce’s more deliberate motion.

No Need For Alarm With Pierce Injury
February 2, 2010

UPDATE: The Celtics just released the following statement:

“The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Paul Pierce suffered a strained left mid-foot during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards on February 1. He is currently listed as day-to-day.”

As we first reported earlier, Pierce is only expected to miss a couple of games. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him back out there for the Orlando game Sunday.

There are a number of reports that Celtics captain Paul Pierce suffered a broken foot last night against the Wizards and will miss significant time.

But sources are telling SportsCenter 5 that while a final diagnosis has not yet been made, the team does not believe Pierce’s injury is serious. It’s most likely a sprain or a strain. He may even be able to suit up tomorrow night against the Heat, but the reality is that the team (wisely) may force him to take a couple of games off, perhaps Miami and lowly New Jersey before coming back for Sunday’s game against Orlando (2:30 on Channel 5).

This has to be the best case scenario for the Celtics considering how nasty Pierce’s fall looked at the time. Pierce is still the Celtics’ best go-to-guy, even if Rajon Rondo has emerged as the one guy they can’t live without.

Just Call Him “Glen”
January 28, 2010

Looks like Celtics forward Glen Davis has come to his senses and decided to go without a nickname for the foreseeable future. Here is what the former “Big Baby” posted this morning on his Twitter account, @GlenDavisNBA:

“Thanks to everybody for all the great suggestions. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. If people want to call me Big Baby like Shaq does that’s cool. But really, I’m just Glen Davis—not uno-uno or anything else. I’d rather let my play on the court be what I am known for, not some nickname. So feel free to call me Glen.”

Rondo, Pierce To Be Named All-Star Reserves
January 28, 2010

Sources with knowledge of the results tell SportsCenter 5 that Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team later today.

The coaches vote for the reserves. It will be Rondo’s first All-Star appearance. He is averaging 14.2 points per game, 9.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.5 steals at the halfway point of the season (41 games).

Captain Paul Pierce will also be named to the team. Forward Kevin Garnett was voted a starter by the fans.

Yahoo! Sports has obtained the complete list of reserves, which will be announced tonight during TNT’s NBA coverage.

Fashionable Fulcrum
January 15, 2010

Here’s a sneak peak at the cover of the upcoming issue of the Improper Bostonian, hitting the streets on Sunday, January 17. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo looks like he just walked out of a GQ shoot. Dapper!

Vote For Perk!
December 11, 2009

So I received the first round of voting results from the NBA this week, and needless to say, the results are a bit surprising. If you’ve watched enough Celtics games this year, you’d think Kendrick Perkins has really taken a big leap forward, becoming a Rick Mahorn-like intimidating presence in the paint, while improving his low post game (season averages: 12 PPG, 8 RPG, 2 BPG, 65% FG Pct). It’s very noticeable that when he’s not in the game, the Celtics turn into a jump shooting squad that if cold, can give up a lead in a hurry. You could even say he’s become the top “enforcer” in the East. That said, take a look at the early returns:

Centers:
1. Dwight Howard (Orl) 625,279
2. Shaquille O’Neal (Cle) 206,657
3. Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 67,310
4. Al Horford (Atl) 52,747
5. Andrew Bogut (Mil) 45,920
6. Brook Lopez (NJ) 39,420
7. Jermaine O’Neal (Mia) 38,956
8. Rasheed Wallace (Bos) 36,855
9. Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 19,408
10. Brad Miller (Chi) 17,188

Nevermind that Horford and Jermaine O’Neal aren’t exactly traditional centers, Perk’s own backup, Rasheed Wallace, has nearly TWICE the votes! As a basketball fan, this offends me greatly. Perkins may not have the gaudy offensive stats, but his defense is such that he can control Howard, and definitely O’Neal, in the paint. Bargnani is clearly benefitting from the overseas vote, but at this point in his career, he, Bogut, and Lopez aren’t even close.

Yes, I know this is mostly because the hard-working Perk toils in obscurity behind the Big Three, “it guard” of the moment Rajon Rondo, even ‘Sheed, who is coasting on past glory. So SportsCenter 5 is calling for a special election – get out and do your part. There’s even a handy website set up called, appropriately enough, VOTE FOR PERK!. Check it out and cast your ballot.

-SI

Celtics Schedule Released
August 4, 2009

If you like seeing the Celtics battle LeBron, Shaq, and the Cavs on national TV, this is your year. The 2009-10 Celtics schedule is out, with the C’s heading to Cleveland for opening night on Tuesday, October 27. There will also be SIX games right here on Channel 5, and they are all good ones, including Christmas Day against the Magic and January 31 at home against the Lakers.

December 25 @ Orlando
January 31 vs. Lakers
February 7 vs. Orlando
February 21 @ Denver
March 14 @ Cleveland
April 4 vs. Cleveland

Need For Sheed
July 5, 2009

Just traded text messages with Mike Dowling, who has confirmed that the Celtics have agreed to terms with big man Rasheed Wallace, late of the Pistons.

We believe it’s a 2-year deal for the Celtics’ mid-level exception, which, once the salary cap is determined, will be a little less than $6 million per season.

Wallace is definitely one of the league’s more charismatic players (for better or worse) but he’s also one of the best when he wants to be. The solid outside shooter and defender was the centerpiece of a Pistons team that was always in the title chase (and won it all in 2004). You have to think the intensity of Kevin Garnett and the professionalism of Ray Allen will keep ‘Sheed focused on the big picture.

The Celtics definitely need another big man, especially with Leon Powe out for the long term rehabbing his knee injury. I truly hope this signing doesn’t mean the end of Leon’s time with the Celtics as has been rumored. It’s not unreasonable to try and get him to sign a minimum deal while he rehabs. Maybe it’s wishful thinking as Leon has been a great guy (and a great story) to cover over the past two years. He’s earned his spot here in Boston.

Two other players to watch now that ‘Sheed is off the table. Big Baby and David Lee. Baby is a restricted free agent and allegedly courting a lot of interest. The right offer from another team may be too much for the Celtics’ tastes. Lee also stands to benefit. Teams like San Antonio that were in on the Wallace sweepstakes might turn their attention to the Knicks double-double man.

Mike is still working the phones. Check out SportsCenter 5 OT tonight at 11:25 for updates.

–SI