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Cavs make Kyrie Irving first overall selection 06.23.11 at 7:47 pm ET
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Duke guard Kyrie Irving was taken with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft Thursday night, going to the Cavaliers. A 6-foot-3, 193-pound guard who only played 11 games this past season with Duke, he averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game with the Blue Devils.

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AP: Doc, Celtics working on a new multiyear deal 05.12.11 at 7:52 pm ET
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The Celtics and Doc Rivers are working on a multiyear deal that would keep Rivers in Boston for the foreseeable future, according to the Associated Press.

The AP quotes a source saying the deal would be for ‘€œmore than two or three years.’€ Celtics GM Danny Ainge did not return calls to the AP, but did acknowledge in an on-air appearance with WEEI’€™s ‘€œBig Show’€ on Thursday that the sides were working on a long-term deal. After Miami eliminated Boston on Wednesday night, Rivers sounded like a man who was intent on returning to the Celtics’€™ bench.

‘€œI haven’€™t made that decision, but I can tell you I probably will,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™m a Celtic and I love our guys. I want to win again here, and I’€™m competitive as hell. I have a competitive group, so we’€™ll see. I can tell you that is where I am at today. Tomorrow I may change my mind, but that’€™s where I am at today.’€

To listen to Ainge’€™s full interview, click here.

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Celtics-Heat Live Blog Game 5 from Miami 05.11.11 at 6:34 pm ET
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Join WEEI.com’s Celtics beat writer Paul Flannery from Miami and Celtics writers Ben Rohrbach and Mike Petraglia for a live blog of tonight’s do-or-die Game 5 for the Celtics as they try to stay alive in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Heat.

Celtics-Heat Game 5 from Miami

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Celtics Live Blog: C’s-Heat Game 4 from the Garden 05.09.11 at 5:59 pm ET
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Join WEEI.com Celtics writers Paul Flannery, Ben Rohrbach and Mike Petraglia as they provide live updates from inside TD Garden as the Celtics look to even their best-of-7 with the Heat at 2-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Celtics Live Blog: C’s-Heat Game 4 from TD Garden

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Irish Coffee: Celtics live chat at noon 05.09.11 at 9:30 am ET
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Join Ben Rohrbach for another special edition of Irish Coffee as he talks all things Celtics leading up to Game 4. It all starts at noon.

Irish Coffee: Celtics live chat

Celtics live blog: Follow the action as C’s take on the Heat 05.07.11 at 8:12 pm ET
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Follow all the action from Game 3 between the Celtics and Heat, live from TD Garden …

Celtics/Heat Game 3

Bill Russell to get a statue in Boston 05.04.11 at 3:49 pm ET
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Here is the official Boston Celtics press release in regards to Bill Russell’s planned statue in Boston:

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in partnership with the newly formed Bill Russell Legacy Committee announced today they will erect a statue of Bill Russell in the city of Boston designed by a local artist.  In commemoration of Russell’€™s accomplishments as the greatest champion in the history of professional sports, as a national leader in human rights and as a dedicated advocate for youth mentoring, the Bill Russell Legacy Project will also develop a Mentoring Grant program in Russell’€™s name to ensure his passion is carried on by expanding the resources for mentoring programs in the city of Boston.

Co-chaired by Boston Celtics Managing Partner/Co-owner and President of the Shamrock Foundation Stephen Pagliuca and Boston Philanthropist, Founder of the Sager Family Foundation and Chairman of Polaroid Bobby Sager; the Bill Russell Legacy Committee consists of Karen Russell, Russell’€™s friends, colleagues and former teammates as well as Mayor Tom Menino and his Administration. The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation has established the Bill Russell Legacy Fund to act as the major funding vehicle for the project.

‘€œWe are honored to play a role in paying tribute to such an extraordinary athlete, leader and legacy,’€ Boston Celtics Managing Partner/Co-owner and President of the Shamrock Foundation Stephen Pagliuca said.  ‘€œBill Russell will forever be remembered in Boston, and it’€™s fitting that the ultimate benefactors of his legacy will be future generations of our beloved city’€™s youth.’€

Mayor Menino, who convened and hosted the first meetings of the Committee, said, ‘€œI am so proud to be part of an effort to honor Bill Russell. He is not only one of the greatest champions the sports world has ever seen, he is a man who has stood by and delivered for our young people through his support of mentoring programs. I want all Bostonians and all who work or visit here to recognize Bill Russell and all his accomplishments.’€

The Bill Russell Mentoring Grant Program will invest in Boston’€™s youth by awarding grants annually to local, non-profit, organizations to help increase the number of children in Boston who have access to quality, structured, caring adult mentoring programs.

‘€œI am uncomfortable with honors such as this but my years as Captain of the Boston Celtics were the proudest moments of my career,’€ Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell said. ‘€œMayor Menino’€™s Boston has proven to be a City that embraces the diverse contributions of all its people and neighborhoods. I am thankful to the Celtics and all the contributors for the effort to create such a wonderful Mentoring program.’€

In order to facilitate and administer the grant process, the Bill Russell Legacy Project is partnering with Mass Mentoring Partnership, the state affiliate of MENTOR of which Mr. Russell is a board member and the umbrella organization for more than 170 mentoring programs in the state.

To donate to the Bill Russell Legacy Fund and for more information on the project and grant applications, please visit www.billrusselllegacy.org <http://www.billrusselllegacy.org> .

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