Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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With the Boston Celtics looking shorthanded, they have recalled forward Kris Joseph from the Maine red Claws, in time for their home game tonight against the Trail Blazers.
The Red Claws are also playing tonight, with their home opener set for 7 p.m. against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Maine still has one Celtics player on the roster - center Fab Melo.
Boston needed help with forwards Jeff Green (sprained knee) and Chris Wilcox( ill) questionable.
For more on the Celtics and Red Claws, see our stories in today's Press Herald
When the Maine Red Claws made their first round of cuts on Sunday, Nov. 28, guard Corey Allmond was on the team. Two days later, he sent out a tweet: "Can't wait till Friday to start the season."
He was released the next day.
At the time, the Red Claws said the final roster decision came down to Allmond and guard Raheem Singleton, formerly of the University of Maine.
Singleton was obviously pleased. He's a rookie. This is his first pro team. Maine played this past Friday and Sunday on the road. Singleton dressed out, but did not play.
The Maine Red Claws officially set their roster Wednesday, releasing guard Corey Allmond.
The move puts the Red Claws roster at 10, plus two NBA players (guard/forward Kris Joseph and center Fab Melo). The NBA D-League allows teams a maximum of three NBA players to join its roster.
Almond, 24, was a 6-foot-2 shooting guard with two years of pro experience, mostly with the Fort Wayne Mad Ant of the D-League.
Allmond had a nice shooting touch, but the Red Claws had several players who can moved into the shooting guard spot.
In school, a D means you failed.
In the NBA, D means "development," as in the NBA D-League. Kris Joseph sounded like a spokesman for basketball's version of a minor league when he said, "Ultimately that's what this league is for, to develop and go back to your respective teams and show what you've worked on."
Joseph, a 6-foot-7 forward, and Melo both arrived in Portland on Wednesday, sent here by the Boston Celtics to wok on their game.
Both players said they looked forward to playing. See TODAY'S STORY.
PORTLAND — The Maine Red Claws are getting reinforcements from the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics announced today that two rookies, 7-foot center Fab Melo and 6-7 forward Kris Joseph have been assigned the Red Claws, the D-League affiliate for Boston.
This is the first year that the the Red Claws and Celtics have an exclusive affiliation deal.
The Celtics are in charge of personnel decisions for the Maine team, and can also send players down from their NBA club.