The Morning Walkthrough is a set of links to Boston Celtics articles throughout the internet, designed to get your day started the right way.
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – “Ainge said he and Rivers would likely sit down with O’Neal today to go over the next steps. ‘Nothing’s going to happen right now,’ Ainge said. ‘Except determining a course of action.’ If the decision is not to have surgery, O’Neal would expect to play a healthy amount of minutes and still go on back-to-backs, but it would all be on a day-to-day basis, Ainge said. Rivers is all but sure that surgery would sideline O’Neal for the season, and he has said that he wants O’Neal on the floor.”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “There will be no prime-time special or children parading around a nearby Boys & Girls Club outside Boston awaiting Jermaine O’Neal to announce his ‘decision.’ But make no mistake about it. The ramifications will be felt by the Boston Celtics, one way or another. O’Neal went to New York to have a second opinion on his sore left knee, one of the many injuries he has had this season while being limited to just 17 games this season.”
Jessica Camerato, CSNNE – “O’Neal planned to make a decision on Tuesday, but weather conditions delayed discussions with the Celtics organization. So he waits. And as he does, he thinks about how this lingering injury could affect his team, his career, and most importantly to him, his family. ‘Long term [I’m not scared] because of me personally, but it’s more because of my children (Jermaine, 4, and Asjia, 11),’ O’Neal told CSNNE.com. ‘My daughter is in the fundamental league at her school. She asked me to take her to the gym twice [last] week, and I couldn’t. That’s hard. Her daddy is supposed to be Super Man. I didn’t even know until [last Friday], my wife told me that my daughter was concerned. She was asking, ‘Are they going to have to open Daddy’s knee?’ Those are things where you’re not just living it — everybody around you is living it.’”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Little wonder, then, that Miller is glad this is the guy who is about to break his record. Miller’s legendary preparation and work ethic are mirrored by Allen’s own routine. It’s easy to respect your mirror image. ‘He’s always been very encouraging with what I’m doing out there,’ said Allen. ‘I competed against him toward the end of his career, and since he’s been commentating, the one thing he’s said is shooters shoot. I tried to get him on the team to come back and play and help us win championships, and that’s when we became good friends,’ he said of a stretch three seasons ago when the Celtics attempted to talk Miller out of retirement. ‘He always has good things to say,’ said Allen. ‘He’s been such a great mentor, a good guy, never been envious or shown any animosity toward me because I’m going to break his record. The great lesson for me to learn is to pass things on to the young guys coming after me. There’s room for everybody. Everybody has their own niche, so pass those lessons on to those young guys.’
Peter May, ESPN Boston – “The students in John Williams’ classes at Cheshire High School in Connecticut will arrive Wednesday to find a new number on the whiteboard. When they left Friday, the number had been 35. After four days off (three for the holiday weekend and another for a snow day), they will return to see the number now at 28. Williams doesn’t teach math. He teaches what is now called technology but back in the day was known as industrial arts. He also happens to be the father-in-law of Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics. And the number he writes on his whiteboard is the number of 3-pointers his son-in-law needs to overtake Reggie Miller as the NBA’s career leader in 3-point conversions. Miller’s record stands at 2,560.”
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