So there’s some good news and bad news for Luke Harangody. The bad news is that the shiner under his left eye from summer league is still hanging around more than month later. The good news is that he signed a deal with the Celtics today that will likely give him enough money to pay for it.
“Need a little plastic surgery,” Harangody joked. “Not going to help much, though.”
How much money he’ll have to work with is a mystery – terms of the deal weren’t disclosed – but with a two-year deal, the Notre Dame product is more secure than he was a month ago when his top priority was simply impressing at summer league.
“It’s a great feeling,” Harangody said. “It’s a little bit of job security, especially being guaranteed. I can kind of sleep easy at night. And for it to be officially signed is also a great feeling as well.”
The funniest moment of the day was the one the microphones missed, but the cameras caught. Harangody’s deal was announced in the middle of Shaquille O’Neal’s press conference. O’Neal, a walking hoops monument but apparently not a Big East enthusiast, had no idea who Harangody was.
Harangody was four when O’Neal was drafted (for the record, new Celtic Von Wafer had Shaq's first CD "Shaq Fu" when he was 8 years old).
“I was kind of in awe a little bit – starstruck. But at the same time I’ve got to come in the gym everyday. We’re teammates now. There’s future Hall of Fame players, but you’ve still got to come in and give same effort, no matter who’s on the floor.
Rivers like everyone with the exception of Harangody was struck by how well Harangody shoots the ball from long distance. But he’s still a rookie and a team bursting at the seams with veterans, Rivers said figuring out how he’ll fit is still up in the air.
“I don't know. Hell, he's a rookie, but he can play, I can tell you that," said Rivers. “He can shoot the ball and stretch the floor. He shot the ball extremely well in summer league from behind the NBA 3-point line, which I didn't know he could do, honestly, watching him in college. I didn't know he had the range.
“He's going to be player in this league. He's quirky offensively, and he had to figure out a way of scoring by not being dominant athletically. I love players like that, because that means they play with their heads. That's the type of player that makes it in this league, so that will be good for us.”