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(Celtics fans, meet Mario West. He could be your 15th man.)
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “The obvious question after the Celtics released rookie forward Tony Gaffney Saturday is whether the camp competition for the 15th roster spot is over. After all, it seemed like a two-horse race between Von Wafer and Gaffney at the start of the preseason, so that leaves only one man standing. But the Celtics did carry an intriguing pair of young players out of camp in Mario West and Stephane Lasme. Both have reputations as being more defensive minded, and West in particular seems to be making a push to stick around thanks a scrappy work ethic that compensates for his lack of offensive skills. Could either player truly push Wafer, whose contract is not fully guaranteed, for the final spot on the Boston roster? … ‘All the new guys, the more they can play with the starters, the more beneficial it is for them,” said Rivers. “They’re the guy not guarded, so they’ll shoot wide-open shots. That’s what Von does. He hasn’t made a shot in camp yet, but he’s a great shooter, he is. I think he’s learning from us. Every time he misses, he looks over. I tell him, ‘I don’t care, it was a good shot.’ I want him to keep shooting.’” Read more »