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Tracy Morgan Dating Cocktail Waitress Denise Real?

Tracy Morgan Dating Cocktail Waitress Denise Real?

Tuesday April 26, 2011

Tracy MorganTRACY Morgan has a new leading lady.

The 30 Rock actor is reportedly dating New York VIP cocktail waitress Denise Real.

According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Real works at gentlemen’s club Headquarters.

“They recently met in New York, and he came to Headquarters last Wednesday to see her,” a source said.

On Friday, the new couple were seen sitting side-by-side courtside at Madison Square Garden to see the Knicks lose to the Celtics.

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Ainge: "Agonized" over Perkins deal – Boston Globe (blog)

Celtics president Danny Ainge said on WEEI he and coach Doc Rivers “agonized” over trading Kendrick Perkins.

Ainge is banking on the return of Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal to the lineup and Jeff Green stabilizing the second unit for another championship run.

Ainge beleived Perkins was expendable because of his pending free agency and the expected return of the O’Neals.

[Perkins] wasnt interested in doing a contract extension, Ainge said. He wanted to test the market. It was reported that the Perkins rejected a four-year $22 million offer from the team. Perkins was reportedly asking for $30 million over the same period.

“It’s tough to play the O’Neals and Perk at the same time,” Ainge said. Shaq has proven to be better with our starters. We beat all of the top teams without Kendrick.

Ainge said Jermaine “is coming along nicely” and Shaq should return in a week. “We feel good about our team.”

Ainge acknowledged the deal has brought some emotion from his players.
In time they will see the benefits for our team,” he said.

What the Celtics are getting in Green is a versatile, experienced 24-year-old from Georgetown.

He can play the four, three. He defends multiple positions. He can shoot the three-ball and post-up smaller guys, Ainge said. He has scoring, passing, intelligence, youth, energy all in one package.

We shed some tears today, Ainge said after he told Perkins of his trade to Oklahoma City. Hes a good kid and is going to a great situation.

Todays transactions left the Celtics with three open roster spots. Ainge said the team will aggressively fill those positions.

We will be ready to pounce on players who will be bought out, said Ainge, who is looking for help from outside and wing players, as well as a defender. He says guard is the least of his concerns.

We may fill all three or just two depending on who we get, Ainge said.

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Celtics Sign D-Leaguer Chris Johnson as Emergency Fill-In at Center –

Celtics Sign D-Leaguer Chris Johnson as Emergency Fill-In at Center

The Celtics traded away a trio of big men on Thursday afternoon — Kendrick PerkinsSemih Erden and Luke Harangody — leaving them extremely thin up front for the immediate future. To help alleviate that problem, the C’s have signed D-Leaguer Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract.

Johnson, who played previously for the Dakota Wizards, left Bismarck, N.D., on Thursday afternoon on a flight to Denver, according to NBA FanHouse’s Scott Schroeder. He’s expected to be in uniform for Doc Rivers‘ Celtics on Thursday night against the Nuggets.

Johnson, a 6-foot-11, 210-pound center out of LSU, will be the lone big man backing up Glen Davis, as recent acquisitions Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic are not yet with the team. Rivers will have a four-man bench of Johnson, Delonte West, Von Wafer and Avery Bradley.

Johnson will wear No. 86 for the Celtics, taking over Erden’s ownership of the uniform number.

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Celtics trade Perkins to Thunder, acquire Green

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)—The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder weren’t
content with just being top-tier playoff contenders, swapping starters in a
surprising deadline deal.

The Celtics sent center Kendrick Perkins(notes) to Oklahoma City and acquired
forward Jeff Green(notes) and center Nenad Krstic(notes) on Thursday, causing a shuffle in the
frontcourt for the Thunder.

“I’m just as surprised as everyone else was,” said LeBron James(notes), whose
Miami Heat started the day tied with Boston for the best record in the Eastern

The Celtics also dealt reserve Nate Robinson(notes) to the Thunder and received a
future first-round draft pick, and cash, in the deal that was approved by the
NBA about five hours after the trade deadline.

Perkins recently returned from a knee injury he sustained in Game 6 of the
NBA finals. Once loaded with interior size, the Celtics will now have to hope
Shaquille O’Neal(notes) or Jermaine O’Neal(notes) get healthy in time for the playoffs.

“They’re always looking toward the future,” said Chicago Bulls coach Tom
Thibodeau, a Boston assistant until last season. “Perkins did a lot for that
team. He’s a very valuable player, he’s a great defensive player, and they got
good players back for him. So I think it was a good trade for both teams.”

The Thunder parted with Green, their third-leading scorer who frequently
played out of position at the power forward spot, and the 7-foot Krstic for the
chance to get the key interior defender they had been lacking. Perkins was a
vital part of the Celtics’ back-to-back trips to the NBA finals, including the
championship two seasons ago.

Perkins could team with second-year pro Serge Ibaka(notes) in a revamped starting
frontcourt to go along with high-scoring All-Stars Kevin Durant(notes) and Russell
Oklahoma City sits fourth in the West.

The versatile Green can be a backup at multiple positions and fill the void
Boston created by trading away injured swingman Marquis Daniels(notes) to Sacramento.

Green’s production dropped off after he missed seven games early this season
with a sprained left ankle, but he was starting to break out of it recently. He
had been averaging just 13.7 points over a 29-game span, but surpassed 20 points
in four of his last 10 games leading up to the trade deadline.

“That’s ironic that now we’re a team of continuity and consistency,” said
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, as Miami was the only one of the top six East teams
without some tinkering around the trade deadline.

The inclusion of Krstic, the Thunder’s starting center since they brought
him back to the NBA from Russia in December 2008, should help offset Boston’s
loss of Perkins. Krstic had been out of the league after suffering a knee injury
with New Jersey.

“He’s really appreciative of the opportunity Oklahoma City gave him. They
really gave him a second chance coming out of Russia into the NBA,” Krstic’s
agent, Marc Cornstein, said. “He’s excited about going to Boston and to
hopefully bring them a title.”

Oklahoma City also added frontcourt depth by acquiring backup center Nazr
from Charlotte in exchange for seldom-used forward D.J. White(notes) and
veteran guard Morris Peterson(notes), who had played in only four games this season.

“Tough day for me and my teammates … good luck to jeff green, nenad
krstic, (Peterson) and Dj white,” Durant posted on his Twitter account. “we
will miss u guys 4 sure.”

The Thunder had been looking for an upgrade to their interior defense and
Perkins, 26, could provide it while fitting in with a youthful roster. His
contract expires at the end of the season, but Oklahoma City faced the prospect
of losing Green and Krstic then anyway.

Green will be a restricted free agent and didn’t agree to an extension last
summer, when Durant signed a long-term deal. Westbrook’s contract also comes up
this summer, leaving Oklahoma City with some difficult financial decisions to

Green had been a part of Oklahoma City’s core, coming over in a 2007 draft
day trade that sent Ray Allen(notes) to Boston and set the stage for the Celtics’
championship run. The Thunder, then in Seattle, also picked Durant at No. 2 the
same day.

AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman contributed to this report from Chicago.

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