Monday, March 31, 2014

Where are they Now: 2008 Championship Team Edition


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Without the help of several key bench players such as James Posey and Brian Scalabrine, the Celtics would have never been able to win it all back in 2008. Today we will revisit some of those players and found out where they are now.


James Posey

Age: 37
Status: Assistant Coach for Canton Charge of D-League.

Overview:
After opting out of his contract with Boston, Posey signed a 4 year deal with the New Orleans Hornets(now Pelicans). After nearly 2 seasons in New Orleans, he was dealt to Indiana along with Darren Collison. He was amnestied at the end of the following year. He was then hired as assistant coach by the Charge in September of 2013.


Eddie House

Age: 35
Status: Retired

Overview:
A crucial part of the 2008 Celtics championship run, House was re-signed to a 2 year deal after the season. He played most of the two years in Boston but wound up being traded to the New York Knicks in the trade that brought Nate Robinson to Boston. Following the 09 campaign, he returned to Miami. He was waived in December of 2011, which paved the road for his retirement.


Glen "Big Baby" Davis

Age: 28
Status: Signed with Los Angeles Clippers

Overview:
During his 4 years in Boston, "Big Baby" enjoyed success in Doc Rivers' coaching system. A fan favorite, Davis helped Boston reach the playoffs multiple times. He had his best season in  the pros during the 2010 season when he averaged 11.7 points, and 5.4 rebounds. He  was involved in the trade that brought Brandon Bass to Boston. He experienced more playing time there as he was the primary starter at PF during his tenure. After two seasons, He and the Magic agreed to a contract buyout earlier this season which led to him reuniting with Doc Rivers in LA.


Tony Allen

Ag:; 32
Status: Signed with Memphis

Overview:
After signing a three year deal in July of 2010 with Memphis, Allen went on to reflect on his final seasons in Boston. He said he felt 'overshawowed' by the veterans especially Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. In his first season, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team. The following season he was named "Best Perimeter Defender" by fellow GM's. He signed a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies in July of 2013.

Leon Powe:

Age: 30
Status:  N/A

Overview:
Powe was a huge aid down the stretch during the 2008 regular season and playoffs. He averaged 7.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 11.4 minutes per game. During the Playoffs, he averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 boards in 11.7 minutes. Powe stayed in Boston 1 more year before signing a 2 year deal with the Cavs. He was waived the following season while the Cavs were clearing roster capacity. He signed with the Grizzlies for the rest of the 2011 season. He went on to play overseas the following years but his current whereabouts are unknown. He played for Puerto Rico last season and will play for the Bulls in the summer league.

Kendrick "Perk" Perkins:

Age: 29
Status: Signed with OKC


A fan favorite throughout his time in Boston, Perk was known for his toughness and durability. Besides his first two seasons, Perk never averaged less than 5.0 rebounds. He had his best season in 2010 when he averaged 10.1 points and 8.1 rebounds(both career-highs). Perk was shipped to OKC during the 2011 season in the trade that brought Jeff Green to the Celtics. He signed a multi-year extension in March of 2011.

Brian Scalabrine

Age: 36
Status: Assistant Coach for Santa Cruz Warriors

Overview:
Perhaps the best player in Boston Celtics History. Brian Scalabrine. When thinking about the all-time greats, one has to put Scalabrine up against Michael Jordan as the G.O.A.T. Although he did not play in the 2008 playoffs, one has to question whether the Celtics would have won it all without him on their bench. He was unquestionably the MVP. After leaving Boston, The White Mamba signed with the Chicago Bulls. He was there for 2 seasons before departing to become a commentator. Scalabrine is now trying to become the best coach ever in history as he is currently an assistant coach in the Golden State Warriors organization. He was previously demoted to the D-League. Mark Jackson called it called a "difference in philosophies."
He later went on to say,
  
"I made the decision," Jackson said Tuesday after practice, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm fortunate enough to have an ownership group and a management group that allows me to pick my staff. We're just going in a different direction. That's that."