It’s been a while since Banner 17, and a lot of you might be wondering where all of the guys from that glorious championship run are up to. Read on as I bring you up to speed on our proud Celtics from the 2007-08 season.
P.J. Brown (#93)
Brown now lives in Slidell, Louisiana where according to ShamSports.com, he now runs a not-for-profit youth foundation. Her daughter, Kalani Brown, had inherited his physical prowess and had followed his footsteps to the elites. At 6’5, Kalani is currently a top-5 college prospect for 2015.
Eddie House (#50)
After getting traded by the Celtics to the Knicks, House had made one more title run with the Miami Heat in 2011 but notably lost against the Dallas Mavericks. The following season, he was cut by the team to make room for Norris Cole.
The last news from Eddie House’s post-retirement life came on the 31st of December 2014 when he gave an impassioned speech to the Boise State Broncos prior to their Fiesta Bowl match up against the Arizona Wildcats. House drew criticism for this as he was 0-8 against the Wildcats during his 4-year college career in Arizona State.
James Posey (#41)
Posey is currently serving as an assistant coach for David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers. This job came following a successful first season as an assistant coach for the Canton Chargers, the Cavs’ D-League affiliate. Prior to his assignment to the D-League, Posey had helped out in former NBA player T.J. Ford’s AAU team. Posey had also returned to school to complete his degree.
Scot Pollard (#66)
After his retirement in 2008, Pollard entered the broadcasting industry working for NBATV alongside the likes of Cheryl Miller.
As of October 2014, Pollard had been working with the Indiana Pacers radio crew. Pollard had also appeared in two films: Axeman at Cutter’s Creek (2012) where he played the Axeman and Jayhawkers (2014), a movie about the 1956 Kansas Jayhawks team, which featured the great Big Dipper, Wilt Chamberlain. Pollard played the role of B.H. Born.
Leon Powe (#0)
As of September 2014, Powe had been hired by the Celtics to assist Danny Ainge. To quote Powe, his role in the Celtics front office is to “do whatever Danny want [him] to do.” Sherrod Blakely clarified that his role is a community/player-related position.
Powe was last seen catching up with Rajon Rondo during the latter’s homecoming after getting traded to the Dallas Mavericks on the 19th of December 2014.
Gabe Pruitt (#13)
Pruitt bounced around the league for awhile after winning a ring with the C’s in 2008. Pruitt’s last contract was with Panionios, a Eurobasket club based in Athens, Greece.
Brian Scalabrine (#44)
Scalabrine, a perennial fan favourite in Boston and widely held as one of the most popular Celtic ever, signed with the Chicago Bulls in 2010 where he played until 2011.
In 2013, he served as an assistant coach for Mark Jackson’s Golden State Warriors. However, Scal was reassigned to the Warriors’ D-League affiliate after he clashed with Jackson about their coaching philosophies.
Much to the delight of Celtic fans all over the world, Scalabrine decided to come home in 2014 to work as a Comcast Sportsnet announcer. His homecoming essay parodied LeBron James’ “I’m Coming Home” essay. He covers away games in place of the ageing Tommy Heinsohn.
Sam Cassell (#28)
Two months after being traded by the Celtics to the Kings in 2009, Cassell agreed to become an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards where he stayed until August 2014 when Doc Rivers came calling. Cassell then left the Wizards to join Rivers as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers. However, this was not before he could convince former teammate and 2008 NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce to sign with the Wizards.
His son, Sam Cassell Jr., had committed to play for the University of Connecticut Huskies until 2017.
Ray Allen (#20)
Allen is no doubt the most disliked member of the 2008 Celtics championship after he left the team in 2012 to join the Miami Heat, where he won a second ring.
Celtic fans have never forgiven him.
He is currently on a hiatus, waiting for the current NBA season to pan out before making a decision whether to keep playing or retire. As usual, his future will remain unclear until we hear from him ourselves.
Kendrick Perkins (#43)
Perkins was a part of one of the most controversial trades in Celtics history, where he was traded away to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic back in 2011. He still plays for the Thunder but has certainly not forgotten his Celtic roots. It is safe to say the Boston had never recovered from the void left by Perk at the center position. Not yet, at least.
He had remained best friends with now Mavs point guard Rajon Rondo through the years.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis (#11)
Davis was traded to the Orlando Magic for Brandon Bass where he strived offensively. However, injuries derailed his production. Davis was bought out by the Magic in February 2014.
He had since reunited with Coach Doc Rivers, whom he always saw as a father figure as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, where he signed as a free agent three days after being released by the Magic.
Tony Allen (#42)
After failing to reach an agreement with the Celtics, Allen signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010 where he had been playing ever since.
Allen, known for his tenacious defense, is now a crucial piece to a Memphis team set for a deep playoff run in the Wild West.
Like Perk, he still takes great pride in his Celtic heritage, even stating in a 2011 post game interview that “[he’s] a Celtic, but unfortunately [he] wears a Grizzlies jersey right now.”
Allen (@aa000G9) is also one of the most interesting NBA players to follow on Twitter where he constantly share uplifting quotations and funny moments from his life, including an image of his son vomitting on him.
Kevin Garnett (#5)
Kevin Garnett missed the playoffs in 2009 after a knee injury. Along with Pierce and Allen, Garnett led the Celtics to the championship the following year.
On the 28th of June 2013, Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause and was traded to the Nets along with Pierce and Terry, where had been playing ever since. Garnett is currently carrying out the last year of the contract he signed with Danny Ainge back in 2012.
Unsurprisingly Garnett still has a regular group text with Rondo, Pierce, Perk and Big Baby where they converse on a regular basis.
It is highly likely that this is Garnett’s final year as an NBA player.
Pierce had recently told the media that he and KG are considering a future career in the Celtics front office.
Paul Pierce (#34)
After the 2008 Finals, Pierce led the C’s to yet another championship appearance in 2010 before falling to the Lakers.
On the 28th of June 2013, Pierce along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were traded to the Nets for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, a $10.3 million trade exception and three future draft picks. Pierce ended his career in Boston as the all-time leader in 3-pt field goals attempt (4928), 3-pt field goals made (1823), free throw attempts (7979) and free throws made (6434). He also left as Boston’s second all-time leading scorer (24,021) behind John Havlicek and points per game leader (21.8) behind Larry Bird. He also played the third most games (1102) in Celtics history behind Robert Parish and John Havlicek.
Pierce currently plays for the Washington Wizards in an offseason (2014) signing that sent shockwaves all across the Twittersphere.
Teamed up with John Wall and Bradley Beal, Pierce, behind Rondo, has the second best chance to appear in the NBA Finals among all the active members of the 2008 Celtics championship team.
As mentioned above, Pierce had recently told the media that he and KG are considering a future career in the Celtics front office.
Rajon Rondo (#9)
After winning the title in 2008, Rondo went on to become a legitimate NBA superstar, leading the league in assists twice (2012-2013, steals once (2010) and becoming an All-Star (2010-2013). Rondo left the Celtics as the club’s all-time leader in assists (8.5) and steals (1.9) per game career average.
To most (if not all) Celtic fans’ disapproval, Danny Ainge shipped Rajon Rondo along with Dwight Powell to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, 2 future draft picks and a hefty $12.9 million trade exception.
This trade teamed Rondo up with a core of Tyson Chandler, Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons, making the Mavs’ starting five arguably the best in the league.At least, for the time being. This means that of all the active members of the 2008 Celtics championship team, Rondo is in the best position to win another title.
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