GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

September 25, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Not Ready

It may be the biggest blessing in disguise that the Celtics have received since the 2013 season came to an end. On Tuesday Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said he would be “shocked” if Rajon Rondo returns in time to start the 2013-2014 season beginning on October 30.

December is the earliest the All Star point guard will be on the court.

Believe it or not this could be good for the Celtics. The team is not even close to good enough to win a championship and having Rondo in the lineup all season will make them a little too good to land a top draft pick.

The 2014 NBA draft, which is expected to be led by Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, is worth tanking for, and the longer Rondo is out the better the Celtics chances are of landing the star player they desperately need.

Expensive Pizza

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson ended up paying a lot more money for two pizzas then he originally planned.

Burleson, who leads the Lions in receiving this season, broke his arm in a one car accident Monday night after shifting his focus to a pizza that was about to slide off the passengers seat of his car.

Burleson is expected to miss a lot of time with the injury, and could lose a lot of money seeing that the injury occurred off the football field.

Still Charged

Prosecutors said Tuesday that they intend to pursue domestic assault and battery, witness intimidation and malicious destruction charges against Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, despite the fact that the alleged victim in the case, Sullinger’s girlfriend, wants to drop the charges.

Sullinger pled not guilty to the charges on September, 3 and was released on $5,000 bail. He will be in Celtics camp at the start of the preseason according to Danny Ainge.

“Jared will be in training camp, he’s in our facility working out every day,” Ainge said. “I think he’s taking care of everything in the exact right way that he should. I think Jared is a good kid. And he’s a good Celtic. And he’s a guy that we have big hopes for. We don’t think he’s done anything so wrong that he shouldn’t be part of our team today.”

Compiled by Nick Curcuru