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Celtics raise over $150,000 in charity golf tournament

09.18.09 at 12:40 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics teed off for charity before they tipped off the regular season.

On Thursday current and former players along with members of the organization raised over $150,000 in the Shamrock Foundation’€™s second annual USI Shamrock Classic, presented by Consolidated Printing, at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA.

Ray Allen, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker, and J.R. Giddens, head coach Doc Rivers, and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge were among those who participated. They were joined by former Celtics Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy and Dana Barros, as well as co-owners Wyc Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca, and Bob Epstein.

“It was a great day at Nashawtuc and even better day for the many children who are supported by the Shamrock Foundation,” Pagliuca said in a team statement. “We are very thankful to our sponsors and donors who supported this event. This support means even more in today’s tough economy.”

Allen added, “My teammates and I enjoyed playing golf to aid these wonderful charities. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.”

All proceeds from the event, which included a live and silent auction, went toward the to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, benefiting Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music.

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Garnett finds way to stay in the game

09.17.09 at 11:18 pm ET
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He seems like the same guy to Doc Rivers.

‘€œHe’s normal again,’€ the Celtics coach said of Kevin Garnett.

Well, there is one change.

‘€œHe’s happy, he’s talking more, which I didn’t think was possible,’€ Rivers said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. ‘€œHe’s got his quickness back and he just looks normal again.’€

Talking more?

Over the last 14 years, Garnett has developed a reputation as one of the most vocal players in the league. This offseason his words have a different message.

Garnett has been joining his teammates at the Sports Authority Training Center in Waltham as they prepare for training camp. Even though the Celtics forward, who is coming off season-ending knee surgery, has not been cleared for contact drills, he has found his own way to participate during workouts.

‘€œHis presence has been felt. He has been talking more, but you don’t know when he starts playing, maybe he’ll talk less,’€ Brian Scalabrine said with a laugh. ‘€œBut he has been leading us in a very instructional kind of way. Before he was like that, but now, like he pulled me aside the other day. He was like, ‘You know, you have to play the game within the game. If you’re trying to get something done later, you want to set it up with something early.’

‘€œAnd it helps. I went out there and I did it, and it worked right away. He’s a really intelligent guy.’€

Read More: Boston Celtics, Brian Scalabrine, Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett

Scalabrine Supports Pagliuca’s Senate Run

09.17.09 at 8:09 pm ET
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Brian Scalabrine understands the importance of a strong campaign. Over the last few years fans have lobbied on Facebook to vote the Celtics forward to the All-Star team. Although Scalabrine never won the vote, he thinks he has a good eye for a deserving candidate.

On Thursday Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca announced his candidacy in the special election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s vacant seat, and Scalabrine is already on board.

‘€œI back him 100 percent,’€ Scalabrine said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club inn Concord. ‘€œI feel like he’s the kind of guy that’s going to go out there and get things done. From a position in the state of Massachusetts right now, that’s what you’re going to want ‘€” people that are going to get things done.’€

Scalabrine has experienced Pagliuca’s accomplishments firsthand. He is among a group of Celtics who won an NBA championship following a 24-win season the previous year. The organization’s instant turnaround is just one reason why Scalabrine believes Pagliuca can achieve positive change.

‘€œ[He got] Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the same team. You think that stuff’s easy to do? No. To do that you have to be thoughtful, ahead of your time, and that’s him,’€ Scalabrine said. ‘€œObviously he’s not the only guy, but if you’re a Senator you’re not the only guy making decisions, you’ve got people working underneath you. And how about just the ability to buy the Celtics? How about that? I mean to have that ability to do that, that’s something special in itself.’€

Less than an hour after Pagliuca announced his candidacy, Scalabrine already had a campaign in mind.

‘€œI got a sign going in my front yard. For sure,’€ he said. ‘€œIt’s big, big like a billboard. It says like this: ‘Pags for Senator. My name is Brian Scalabrine and I approve this message,’ and it can have my face on it.’€

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Celtics to Tee Off for Second Annual USI Shamrock Classic

09.15.09 at 7:36 pm ET
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On Thursday, September 17 the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation will host the Second Annual USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. This event, presented by Consolidated Printing, will feature a celebrity golf tournament, dinner, awards program, and live and silent auctions to benefit the Shamrock Foundation.

Those slated to participate include:

  • Ray Allen, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker, J.R. Giddens, and other members of the 2009-10 Celtics
  • Head Coach Doc Rivers
  • President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge
  • Co-Owners Wyc Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca and Bob Epstein
  • Team President Rich Gotham
  • Celtics Legends Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, JoJo White and Dana Barros
  • New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg
  • Comcast SportsNet’s Greg Dickerson, Donny Marshall and Mike Gorman

All proceeds from Shamrock Classic will go toward the Shamrock Foundation, which benefits Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’€™s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music.

For more information, visit www.celtics.com.

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Uncovering a treasure trove

09.14.09 at 11:46 am ET
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If you grew up on the NBA in the 80′s you probably remember the Zander Hollander basketball annuals. The books packed rosters, stats, essays and scathing, often hilarious, scouting reports on each NBA player written by NBA beat writers.

My all-time favorite was from a mid 90′s edition description of former Net Chris Morris which read: Body by Atlas, ability by Zeus and brains by Tinker Toy.

Sadly my collection was lost somewhere between college and various cross country moves. Fortunately Basketball-reference’s Neil Paine came across a blog by John Marzan that reprinted some of the best take-outs from the 1986 edition and it’s an awesome time-waster (original link via True Hoop). Here are some of the highlights from the Celtics chapter:

Jerry Sichting: Showed he can take a punch when Houston’s Ralph Sampson clocked him twice on the chops in Game 5 of finals. “I didn’t know if that was a punch or a mosquito,” said Sichting. “My son hits harder than that and he’s only three years old.”…

Danny Ainge: Still feisty, still hated by most fans outside Boston, still an integral part of Boston attack…

Robert Parish: Will he ever be accepted as a “true Celtic,” whatever that is?… Boston press ripped him after he had 3-for-15 shooting effort in Game 3 of finals… Seemed to mellow a bit last season, answering criticism calmly for the most part, although he did jilt the press for one day in Houston, earning the monicker “Chief Run ‘n’ Hide” for his efforts… Soft-touch jumper is maddeningly accurate… Stone-faced expression always makes him look like he’s apathetic, but neither teammates nor management have any problems with him…

Kevin McHale: Always open and witty with media, he gets burned occasionally but never seems to care… Would rather be fishing, with a six-pack beside him, than just about anything else…

Larry Bird: What else can he do?… Another regular-season MVP award, another postseason MVP award, another NBA championship ring… “Well,” he said, “I can do it all again.” Don’t bet that he won’t… The best there is and, arguably, the best there has ever been.

And just because…

Randy Breuer: How did this guy become a starter?…Celtics‘ super fan Busty Hart, an exotic dancer, pegged the Bucks right when she said they were the “doughnut team, a team without a center.”… He tries, but fails…

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Celtics draft pick Erden helps Turkey in EuroBasket

09.12.09 at 9:36 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics 2008 second round draft pick Semih Erden has yet to play in an NBA game, but he has already defeated one of the Los Angeles Lakers. On Saturday he helped Turkey defeat Pau Gasol and the Spanish team in the EuroBasket 2009 Group F qualifying round.

The 6-11 center led the team with six rebounds and scored 11 points, including two free throws that secured Turkey’s 63-60 victory over Spain. He also contributed two rebounds, an alley-oop from Hedo Turkoglu, a block, and a steal in the final five minutes of the back-and-forth match up. Turkey remains undefeated (3-0) and plays Serbia on Monday.

Erden was selected by the Celtics with the 60th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds with Fenerbahce Ulker last season.

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Celtics get assist from Cameron Diaz

09.11.09 at 6:33 pm ET
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J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker received an unexpected helping hand on Friday while hosting a basketball clinic at the Young Achievers Pilot School in Mattapan.

Actress Cameron Diaz, who is in the area to film the upcoming “The Untitled Wichita Project,” stopped in to help build flower beds for the U.S. National Day of Service and Remembrance.

‘€œWe had a great day helping to improve the school through many projects,’€ Walker said. ‘€œI was very impressed with the dedication of employees from the Celtics, Harvard Pilgrim and City Year. Teaming up for this day of service has really made a difference in the school’€™s community.’€

Diaz, Giddens, and Walker were joined by a team of 125 volunteers who helped complete projects at the school including a basketball court, outdoor classroom, and a picnic table area. Celtics Dance Team Director Marina Ortega also led a dance clinic. The day of service was organized by Boston Celtics, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, City Year, and the Dartmouth Medical School Urban Scholars.

For a look back at the Celtics community service this summer, click here.

Read More: Bill Walker, Boston Celtics, Cameron Diaz, J.R. Giddens
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