Aug 10, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; PGA golfer Koumei Oda putts in the pouring rain on the 13th hole while his caddie Naoaki Maemura holds an umbrella during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: Terrible Tuesday Edition

Good morning, Boston Celtics fans!

It’s a wet, drizzly day where I live, but I’ll be sitting inside a hockey complex until almost dinner time, so the crappy weather won’t dampen my spirits!  And since I’m in such a good mood, let me try to jump start your morning a little bit with today’s links.

A little while back, Boston Celtics rookie Marcus Smart was asked who he thought would win the 2014-2015 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year award.  His answer was pretty straight-forward: “Me.”  His confidence seems justified, as he made it onto this list of Five Rookies to Watch this season.  So which other rooks made it, if you care.

The Greg Monroe story really intrigues me.  Whether he is a good fit for the Boston Celtics are not is a question we could debate all day long, but nevertheless, Detroit’s inability or unwillingness to work out a new deal for Monroe is curious.  Now it seems like Monroe would be willing to just accept a qualifying offer and become a free agent next summer.

With Paul George injured and Kevin Durant backing out due to fatigue, Team USA is going to need all hands on deck at the FIBA World Cup.  Check out which players need to Step!  It!  Up!

Meanwhile, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (another one of those University of Kentucky alum!) isn’t taking his being cut from team USA lightly.

Finally, it may not be Boston Celtics – related, but it is kind of funny, and ridiculous at the same time:  

The Toronto Raptors have been fined for comments rap star and team ambassador Drake made about Kevin Durant at a recent concert that the NBA deemed a violation of its anti-tampering rules.

The fine is for $25,000, sources with knowledge of the league’s ruling told on Monday.

Durant, who attended Drake’s show last week in Toronto, was the subject of what the league regarded as a public recruiting pitch from the famed Canadian artist, who was named the Raptors’ global ambassador in September 2013.

The moral of the story, folks, is that loose lips sink ships.  Either that, or the NBA hates Canada.


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