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10 Years of Ainge: The Signing of P.J Brown

Posted by shawn cassidy on June 10, 2013 at 5:30 AM

I can remember seeing the news come in about the Celtics grabbing P.J Brown after the All-Star break. It was a move that fined tuned their front court. The Celtics had very good young bigs coming off the bench with Powe, and Big Baby. Perkins as well was a young starting center who never endured a long playoff run. Much like Cassell was insurance for Rondo. Brown was insurance for the younger bigs. Brown was also a replacement for Scott Pollard who was injured at the time, and he never returned to play for the remainder of the season. 


P.J. Brown was at home in New Orleans when Paul Pierce and Ray Allen came to town for the NBA All-Star Game.

"They pulled me aside and asked me if I would be interested in joining them," he said Wednesday after signing with the Boston Celtics for the rest of the season. "That probably made the biggest difference of all. They were down there for one of the biggest moments of their careers. ... That meant a lot to me."

The 6-foot-11 Brown last played for the Chicago Bulls, in 2006-07, averaging 6.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.2 minutes. He averaged 9.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 31.4 minutes per game in his 14-year career, but he has never played a meaningful game in June.

"The final thing that kept me from closing the door was wanting to be a champion. I've had a dream to always want to touch that Larry O'Brien trophy," he said. "There are rare moments and opportunities that come in the league where you have a chance ultimately to be a champion. I think this team gives me that chance."

The Celtics have the best record in the NBA, thanks to Pierce, Allen and Kevin Garnett. Coach Doc Rivers said messing with the team's chemistry was a risk, but "you always take that risk."

Brown's attitude and reputation were part of what attracted the team to him.

"It's a guy we looked at before the year. He just didn't know what he wanted to do and we couldn't wait," Rivers said. "In typical P.J. fashion, he said, 'I want to help. I hope I can help. If I'm a cheerleader every night, I'll do that. If I can play every night, I'll do that. Whatever you need, I hope I can do it for you.'

"I don't know what he can do on the floor yet. We'll find that out. He hasn't played all year."

Brown sat on the bench in street clothes for Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, getting a big cheer when he was introduced to the crowd in the third quarter. He said he would start practicing Thursday.

"Physically, I'm in shape. But I'm not in NBA shape," he said. "The two biggest things are timing and stamina. It's not going to be overnight, but I'll put in a lot of work and work my tail off. ... When the time comes and my number is called, I'll be ready to go."

The play I remember most during Brown's time with the Celtics was in game seven against Cleveland. With the Celtics hanging onto a one point lead. P.J Brown hit a big time jumper to give the Celtics enough cushion in the 4th quarter. Brown also had 10 points and key rebounds in that game. Brown had some big plays in the NBA Finals as well. I remember his third quarter slam dunk in Boston's game four comeback against the Lakers. Brown was a smart move by Danny. Brown fit that toughness role that the roster was all about in 2008. 

P.J. Brown P.J. Brown #93 of the Boston Celtics celebrates as he runs back on defense after he made a shot in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the TD Banknorth Garden May 18, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston won 97-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

The game four dunk over Kobe in the Finals

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Game 7 against Cavs 2008

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Reply paul
6:23 AM on June 10, 2013 
Danny has a gift for this kind of thing.
Reply C'slife
2:58 PM on June 10, 2013 
This was a good move, Danny's had some great success with this, and he's also had some flops. But at least he's trying.