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BOSTON - Brad Stevens knew he had an all-star point guard when he took the Celtics coaching job, but he didnt really get to see it in his first season on the Boston bench. Jordan Richards Jersey .Reconstructive knee surgery kept Rajon Rondo out for the first half of Stevens inaugural season in Boston. Rondo hadnt yet regained his old form when, as Stevens prepared for Year 2, Rondo broke his hand.After missing the entire exhibition season, though, Rondo returned for the regular season opener on Wednesday night and scored 13 points, adding 12 assists and seven rebounds in 30 minutes to help the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-105.He looks like himself, Stevens said. He kind of looks like what I saw on film before I got here. I dont think he ever looked like that at any time last year. ... But he is back to full speed. And its really good to see.Kelly Olynyk had 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for Boston, which opened a 29-point lead at the end of the third quarter and coasted to the win.More than an hour after the game ended, Rondo appeared in the locker room and said he was still improving.I wasnt as explosive as I was in the past, he said. At certain points, I felt like I was skipping a beat. Other than that, it was fun being back out there. It was great to be back out there playing basketball again.Mirza Teletovic had 20 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench for the Nets, who trailed for all but a pair of free throws that opened the game. Joe Johnson scored 19 points for Brooklyn, and Deron Williams had 19 points and eight assists.We never really matched their energy, said centre Mason Plumlee, who picked up two fouls in the first quarter and two more in the third and played just 11 1-2 minutes.Rondo said he didnt decide to play until about an hour before the tipoff, after waking up from a pregame nap and feeling ready to play. Wearing a black brace on his left wrist and hand, Rondo showed no ill effects of the injury, dribbling with both hands and shooting 6 for 9 — better than his career 47.5 shooting percentage.The Celtics led 101-72 at the end of the third quarter, but Brooklyn went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth and cut the deficit to 19. The Nets made it 112-97 on Johnsons 3-pointer with 4 minutes left but couldnt come any closer until the final seconds.Rondos return on opening night stole some of the attention from ex-Celtic Kevin Garnett, who received a big cheer when he was introduced with the starting lineups and went on to score 10 points with six rebounds.The 38-year-old Garnett played six seasons in Boston, leading the Celtics to the NBA finals twice and the teams unprecedented 17th championship in 2008. He picked up a technical foul late in the game, prompting a KG! chant from the crowd.After the game, Garnett walked through the hallway between the locker rooms, greeting the building staff and other people he knew from his time in Boston.Its always great to come to back here. I love Beantown, he said. Im always bleeding green.The Celtics opened a 21-12 lead in the first period and led by 10 with four minutes left in the second when they went on a 17-1 run to close the half. Marcus Thornton had eight points in the second quarter, and Rondo had four more assists to give him nine for the half.TIP-INS: Rondo was 0 for 4 from the free throw line. ... Nets coach Lionel Hollins, in his first game with Brooklyn, picked up a technical foul for arguing with the referees in the second quarter. ... Garnett got a big cheer when he was introduced before the game. ... Boston shot 61 per cent in the first half.FORMER CELTIC: Seeing a familiar face when he walked into the TD Garden, Garnett seemed ready for big things after a year in which his age seemed to be showing. Asked how he felt, Garnett said, Really good. Youll see. Just watch.HONORARY CELTIC: The Celtics owners presented Isaiah Austin with a jersey and named him an honorary Celtic for life during a break in the second period. A week before the NBA draft, in which he had been a potential first-round pick, the sophomore centre from Baylor was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic heart disorder. He is now working to call attention to the disease.UP NEXT:Celtics: At Houston on Saturday.Nets: At Detroit on Saturday. Cassius Marsh Jersey . However, it wasnt a problem on Monday night. Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 56th career shutout in the New York Islanders 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. Stephen Gostkowski Jersey . "This is my city," the Toronto native said upon his arrival Wednesday night. And the 35-year-old former league MVP says he is hoping to making 2014 a memorable year.Part of receiver Austin Collie’s value to the B.C. Lions is that he’s Canadian. The irony is that, last year at this time, he wasn’t Canadian...at least not in the eyes of the CFL. His citizenship hasn’t changed. In fact, the five-year NFL veteran has been a Canadian citizen since November 11, 1985 – the day he was born in Hamilton, where his father Scott was an import receiver for the Tiger-Cats. What changed was the CFL’s - or, more accurately, the CFL Players Association’s - view of what qualifies a professional football player as a Canadian or national (formerly non-import.) Until the ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement last June, getting the approval of the CFLPA had always represented the biggest obstacle preventing the CFL from making the terms “Canadian” and “Non-import” synonymous. Here’s a brief history lesson to explain. Many of those who followed the intricacies of last spring’s intense CBA negotiations noted the fact that all of the members of the CFLPA executive had two things in common. First of all, Scott Flory, Jeff Keeping, Brian Ramsay, Marwan Hage and Jay McNeil were all offensive linemen. Second, and most relevant, they were all Canadian. The strongest voices in the PA have always been Canadian and, as such, protecting the jobs of Canadian players has always been a very high priority. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a strong believer that maintaining a high level of Canadian content is critical to the survival of Our League. The issue was that, for many years, the PA chose to protect those non-import jobs by militantly limiting the pool of players who were eligible to compete for them...and the CFL effectively granted them the power to do so. To be fair, the league was by no means innocent in all of this, as the hardline stance of the PA was a direct response to a trend towards member clubs exploiting loopholes in both the standards and the process for qualifying a player as a non-import. In any case, the new rules, under which a player’s classification is based primarily on his citizenship at the time he enters the CFL (rather than time of residency or first exposure to organized football), represent, by far, the most logical and most easily regulated system the league has ever employed. As for Austin Collie, he is one of a number of Canadian football players who saw his CFL status change from import (now international) to national under the new CBA and he becomes the first of those players to enter the CFL. Other imports-turned-nationals whose names you may recognize include recently retired NFL receiver Nate Burleson, veteran NFL linebacker Jamaal Westerman, Detroit Lions rookie receiver T.J. Jones, and San Francisco 49ers long snapper Kyle Nelson. Burleson, Jones and Nelson are all sons of former CFL players, while Westerman’s younger brother, Jabar, is a defensive tackle for the Lions. Other players, like current NFLers Colin Cole (DT, Carolina Panthers), Orlando Franklin (OL, Denver Broncos) and John Urschel (OG, Baltimore Ravens) have always met the non-import qualifying standards, but didn’t have that status simply because they neever submitted an application. Brandin Cooks Jersey. Now, because their Canadian citizenship is common knowledge, they are considered nationals without being required to endure that process. All of these players are eligible to enter the Canadian Football League as free agents. They can neither be placed on negotiation lists, nor drafted. Any new qualifiers who have not yet completed their college eligibility will be entered in their regularly scheduled draft class. In 2015, the most notable, among no fewer than four such players, should be highly regarded Idaho defensive lineman Maxx Forde, who is the son of former NFL and CFL linebacker Brian Forde (no relation to me.) As one who has studied the topic extensively and lobbied the CFL and CFLPA for nearly a decade to adjust the standards to make the terms Non-Import and Canadian more synonymous, Im ecstatic about the rule change. This league requires a strong pool of Canadian talent, particularly with the recent expansion to nine teams and the hope of soon reaching 10. Yes, Canada is producing more and better football players than it ever has, but that’s being neutralized by the NFL’s ever-increasing awareness of the Great White North as a talent source. Frankly, the Canadian talent pool also takes a hit because some top prospects forgo CFL careers to pursue more lucrative job options. That’s just a reality of the CFL. In any case, based on evidence gathered over the last decade, the tangible impact of this rule change is that it will add an average of about three NCAA Division I players to every CFL draft class. Having played American college football by no means guarantees that a Canadian will succeed in Our League, but when I look at the list of players who would have qualified as nationals had these regulations been in place in past years, I can confidently state that the rule change will at least offset part of the loss of prospects to the NFL. An interesting footnote to this story is that, had the Canadian Football League and its Players Association implemented the current criteria for a player to qualify as a national 20 years earlier, several Hollywood movies might have looked very different. Most CFL fans know that pro wrestler turned actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson was a member of the Calgary Stampeders in 1995. However, what you may not have realized is that Johnson, who played in the CFL as an import, would today qualify as a national because he is a Canadian citizen by birth. As an Import, Johnson struggled to crack the lineup of the CFLs most dominant team of the era and, thus, rather quickly gave up football in favour of other pursuits. However, as a non-import, he wouldve been a coveted talent and likely first-overall pick in the 95 draft, and thus wouldve been granted ample opportunity to develop as a CFL player. Despite his newfound national status, The Rock is never (...and when I say never, I mean never, EVER!) coming back to play in the Canadian Football League...but the hope is that Austin Collie is just the first of many previously excluded Canadians who will take advantage of this opportunity. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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