Boston certainly isn't Nets territory, something Paul Pierce found out quickly. There was one camper donning a [Pierce] Brooklyn jersey last week at what could be Pierce's final local camp at Basketball City, in the shadow of his former residence, TD Garden. That's it. One. After 15 years, Pierce was traded by the Celtics, a victim of the organization's long-awaited rebuilding plan, a painful example of big business in the NBA. ... Asked if this is his last camp, Pierce said, "Maybe one day I may start another camp if I get an office job with the Celtics. Who knows? This year was the last official Paul Pierce camp at Basketball City." Pierce, 35, has just one year left on the four-year deal he signed with the Celtics in 2010. Free agency could be a distinct possibility next summer. (The Boston Globe) Comment
Jake Locker's Sunday night practice became a nightmare. He threw three interceptions -- he threw only three interceptions in team drills all of training camp last year -- and was off target on several other throws. Coach Mike Munchak called it a bad night for the offense. "If Jake throws well in practice or he doesn't, there are a lot of things that go into a ball being picked off, like guys not being blocked at the line of scrimmage or when he's trying to throw a ball that he'd be sacked in a game," Munchak said. ... The defense "won one today," [Bernard Pollard] said. "I think Jake is a very good quarterback. He is very athletic and smart. As we continue to go in training camp, we are all trying to knock off the rust and get ready to go for the regular season so we can win some games." (The Tennessean) Comment
A new horizon? Rick Hahn has the White Sox well on their way to a new identity. Assigned the unenviable task of retooling an aging and ineffective offense, the White Sox general manager has had a productive month. Faced with the possible retirement of Paul Konerko after this season and the reality both Adam Dunn and Alex Rios would likely be gone after the 2014 season, Hahn has expedited the process. In less than four weeks, the first-year GM added three solid prospects to the upper half of a minor-league system short on impact talent. ... He also added depth in the form of three lower-level prospects through the trade of Jake Peavy and has another player to be named later on the way for moving Jesse Crain. The third -- and perhaps most important fact -- is Hahn shed nearly $40 million in payroll. (CSN Chicago) Comment
Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the 100 meters at the 2013 IAAF in Moscow. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Chris Bosh like you've never seen him before.