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Ex-Celtic Walter McCarty joins Brad Stevens’ staff as an assistant coach


New Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was looking to add a former player to round out his coaching staff in order to help give him some credibility, being that this will be his first season coaching at the professional level.

Stevens has tabbed Walter McCarty as the man who will fill that role.

McCarty played almost eight seasons in Boston from 1997-2005, and has a personal understanding of what the leaner years look like. He played for Rick Pitino for four years, during which time the team never won more than 36 games. He then experienced some success under Jim O’Brien, going to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, before playing under Doc Rivers during his first season as head coach.

James Posey was reportedly in the running for the position, but comes with only one season in Boston (albeit a championship one) and very little experience coaching at any level.

McCarty’s tenure in Boston was clearly important to Stevens in making the final decision here, as was the former player’s coaching experience. McCarty was a member of Jim O’Brien’s coaching staff with the Indiana Pacers during the 2010-11 season, and spent three seasons at Louisville as an assistant coach, as well.

McCarty was employed by the Celtics as a community relations consultant last season.

Thabo Sefolosha’s lawyer: White police officer targeted black Hawks forward

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NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer representing a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub has told a jury his client was targeted because he’s black.

Attorney Alex Spiro said Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court that a white police officer saw a black man in a hoodie when he confronted the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha on April 8.

Sefolosha was arrested while leaving a Manhattan nightclub following a stabbing. He subsequently suffered a season-ending leg fracture after a confrontation with police.

A prosecutor said in opening statements that Sefolosha called an officer who repeatedly told him and others to leave a “midget.”

Sefolosha pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges. The Swiss citizen declined a plea deal from prosecutors.


DeMar DeRozan says he hates talking about free agency, takes pride in Raptors longevity

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DeMar DeRozan has a $10,050,000 player option for 2016-17. Given the rapidly escalating salary cap, it’s a practical certainty DeRozan will opt out and get a major raise.

But he says he doesn’t want to talk about it.

DeRozan, via Eric Koreen of the National Post:

“I hate that, honestly,” DeRozan said in a one-on-one interview. “I never speak about it. With me, I’ve always been that one player: I’ve been loyal. I’ve been every single thing you can think of here. I think people don’t understand how much pride I take in playing (in Toronto). A lot of times when I do get asked that, it kind of frustrates me.

“Everyday I wake up, I take pride in being the longest Raptor here. People bring up third or whatever in franchise scoring — there is so much stuff like that.”

This sounds awfully similar to LaMarcus Aldridge, who stated his desire last year to become the great Trail Blazer ever and then signed with the Spurs this summer.

Things change, and the impracticality of an extension ensures DeRozan will hit free agency. I believe he’s devoted to the Raptors right now, but his loyalty might change in the next nine months – especially once he sees contract offers from other suitors.

Toronto’s interest in DeRozan might fluctuate, too. He’s a nice player, but the Raptors haven’t won a playoff series with him despite winning the division the last two years. Depending how this season goes, Masai Ujiri might want to rework the roster significantly next summer, and letting DeRozan walk could create major cap space.

I believe DeRozan wants to return to the Raptors, and I believe they want to keep him. But so much can change between now and when both sides must make that call.