Wednesday , Mar , 05 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Getting Invaluable Experience in Sam Cassell

According to Allen, the Cassell benefits will extend beyond the court.’I definitely know from playing with Sam that he’s going to able to give (Rajon) Rondo another ear,’ he said. ‘I always say that T.A. (Tony Allen) has had myself and Paul (Pierce) to watch us do what we do. Rondo has basically had Doc, and it’s different when you have a player out there on the floor that’s been through the same situations and can kind of be a sounding board.’ In Cassell and Brown, the Celtics have added more than 28 years’ experience in a week.

‘It’s huge,’ Rivers said. ‘It’s no coincidence all the trades at the end of the year, all the free agent signings, have involved very few young players. Teams are going after older players because they know in the playoffs it can help. It doesn’t mean we’re not going to use our young guys. We are. You know, we have a hell of a record with what we have. That’s the way I look at it. If we can add to that and become better from where we’re at, then we’re going to try to do that.’ Click here for more from the Boston Herald.