The Celtics have unveiled a new green and gold, short-sleeved Adidas jersey that will be worn in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day.
It took overtime to settle a Sunday night game between the Blazers and Rockets in Houston, and even then Damian Lillard and Patrick Beverley weren’t ready to call it quits after 53 minutes.
• The further removed from the NBA offseason, the easier it gets to misconstrue prudent teambuilding as detestable tanking. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report tackled the tanking issue head-on in his latest column with a case-by-case look at all of the teams allegedly slumming it this season for a chance to grab a top pick in the 2014 draft. It’s easy to look at Milwaukee’s record and forget that the Bucks began the season gunning (and spending for the playoffs), to take shots at the Jazz for letting go of two quality bigs in Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson or to lump in the Celtics with those teams who have deigned to lose by design.
Wizards center Marcin Gortat, son of an Olympic medalist boxer, would like the opportunity to handle in-game disagreements with opponents by using his fists.
In a TrueHoop interview, Gortat suggests that the NBA should adopt the NHL’s approach to managing fights by instructing the referees to step back and let two players settle their differences by engaging in a mano-a-mano brawl.
“I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines. That’s what I would loosen up. Because today you go to an ice hockey game, and the one thing they’re waiting for is a fight, you know what I’m saying? So if they could set it up something like that in the NBA. That if there are two guys and they have a problem, if they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight …
“During the game. Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up. I think the game … these two guys, they resolved their problem. They’re both suspended and they’re leaving. But end of the day, they fix the problem between each other, fans are super excited, and I think that would be a pretty cool idea [chuckles].”