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News » NBA NOTES 2009-10-19

NBA NOTES 2009-10-19

NBA NOTES 2009-10-19Remember that game two years ago when Glen Davis had 16 of his 20 points in the last quarter and the Celtics came back to beat the Pistons in Auburn Hills?

Rasheed Wallace does.

Big Baby, just a rookie, had scored a total of 10 points and had two DNPs in his previous seven games when the Celts dribbled into the suburbs north of Detroit on Jan. 5 to meet their eventual conference finals opponent. The Pistons were getting the better of things in the low-scoring game, but Davis came off the bench and shook it up.

Mainly he was taking dump-off passes from teammates getting more attention from Pistons defenders, but, among other plays, a power move through Wallace for a 3-point play proved Baby wasn't just cleaning up the garbage.

The Celtics scored 29 points in the final period and the outcome snapped Detroit's 11-game winning streak.

``Oh, I definitely remember that game,'' said Wallace, now a teammate of Big Baby's with the Green. ``I remember him and I remember that game.

``And look at him now. He's lost a lot of weight.'' And gained an even better feel for NBA offense. While Eddie House, Marquis Daniels and Sheed himself are seen as the bigger offensive weapons off the new and improved Celtics bench, Wallace is excited about what Davis can do.

And he's not afraid to bend some plays to get what he knows is there.

``I told him I'm going to get at least 30 dimes (assists) off of him this year,'' Wallace said. ``If I see he has that mismatch and I've got to break the play, I'll do it. I'll break the play, and Doc (Rivers) will just yell at me. I can deal with it. But if I see that mismatch, I'm going to go with it.''

The Celtics reserves should be able to generate good shots with the ability to spread the floor. House and Wallace are proven 3-point shooters, and Daniels was hitting them with smooth regularity in a recent post-practice session. Their prowess should leave room for Baby to move, especially if the ball movement is good and can find him against a rotating defense.

Action for Jackson

It's been a rough preseason for Golden State's Stephen Jackson. He was fined $25,000 by the league for saying he no longer wanted to be ``Golden State's Stephen Jackson'' - trade demands evidently now being seen as bad publicity for the league.

Then he was suspended two preseason games by his own team for letting his anger spill off the court stemming from an exhibition battle with Kobe Bryant. The suspension cost Jackson more than $100,000.

His anger was directed toward his teammates, as well. Jackson believed they should have been more supportive of him in his Kobe conflict.

``Nobody reacted but me so the team didn't have a reaction,'' he said. ``It was only me standing up for myself. I don't think anybody else stood up for me. But if the shoe was on the other foot, I would have stood up for somebody on my team. And they didn't do the same for me.''

Mostly, though, Jackson was mad at Bryant.

``I'm not going to bow down,'' he told the Contra Costa Times. ``I'm not a fan of Kobe. I'm not somebody who looks up to him. I'm a grown man myself. So when I go out there and play the game, I play the game. I feel like I'm just as good as him. I might not get the publicity or notoriety he gets, but I feel like I can play with anybody in the NBA any given night.''

Jackson later went on to soften that statement - sort of.

``I think everybody should feel like that,'' he said. ``Everybody should be a competitor and I don't back down from anybody. I've never been like that and I'm not going to start today. It ain't envy. I ain't jealous of anybody. At the end of the day I'm still blessed to be in this game, taking care of my family. I think it's just the fact that what's fair is fair and I want to be treated fair as a man. Just like anybody else would.''

By the way, Lakers forward Ron Artest, Jackson's former Indiana Pacers teammate, defended his friend for the trade demand.

``The greatest did it before - Kobe, the greatest to ever play the game - and he won a championship after that,'' Artest said. ``He wanted to win. He didn't want out; he wanted to win. Stephen Jackson probably isn't as talented as the greatest, but he has got as much heart.''

Marbury just `resting'

The reality show that is Stephon Marbury continues with new twists. In his latest move, he told the New York Post that, while he is sitting out this season, he is planning to come back for the 2010-11 campaign.

Marbury joined the Celtics for last season's stretch run, but didn't attract the kind of free agent offer (or situation) that would make him want to play this season. At 32, time would seem to be of the essence for a point guard, but Marbury has no problem putting his career on hold.

``I'm resting, doing what Michael Jordan did, enjoy life, do things I haven't done in 16 years, keep building my empire,'' he told the Post. ``I wasn't going to Boston for that money. It was a prudent business decision to take off this year.''

As for his ability to come back after another chunk of time away (he didn't play last season until getting out of his Knicks deal and coming to the Celts), Marbury again expressed no concerns.

``People can say what they want and act like God,'' he said. ``A year from now, you don't know what I'm going to be like. I got to 197 pounds last camp. I'm from the gutter. I can go anywhere.''

Not surprisingly, Marbury also took a shot at his former Big Apple employer.

``I'm just talking as a fan and New Yorker who grew up loving the Knicks: Why would I give you my money to watch them?'' he asked rhetorically. ``This is atrocious. Guys coming down court, just raising up 3-pointers from anywhere. The coaching is horrible. What kind of coaching is this?

``If they shoot like that in the game, imagine how they shoot in practice. New Yorkers deserve better decisions form the front office and New York City has to deal with this mess.'' . . .

Among the more interesting NBA rookies this season is Sacramento's Omri Casspi, a 6-foot-9 forward from Israel. The Kings' first-round pick has been doing well, but he doesn't want the stories surrounding him to get out of hand.

Sacramento scouting director Scotty Sterling was quoted in a Jewish Journal story as saying of Casspi, ``He was a sniper in the Israeli army, so how much pressure can be on him now? He wasn't in combat, but he said they taught him to shoot a rifle. But he said he'd rather shoot a Basketball than a rifle.''

Casspi shot that down.

``I don't know where that rumor started,'' he told the Journal. ``I wasn't a sniper. It's not true. I was in basic training. But I did hold a gun, and I shot a lot.'' . . .

Nobody wins unless everybody wins.


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