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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 <> .

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Special edition Irish Coffee: Celtics live chat with Ben Rohrbach at noon 04.28.11 at 10:14 am ET
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Join’s Ben Rohrbach, the author of Irish Coffee, in talking all things Celtics as they get ready to take on the Heat. Get your questions in, as the back and forth begins at noon …

Celtics Live Chat

Celtics Live Blog: Looking to close out the Knicks in Game 4 04.24.11 at 1:13 pm ET
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NEW YORK — Follow’s Paul Flannery, Ben Rohrbach and Mike Petraglia as they join a cast of experts in breaking down Game 4 of the Celtics‘ first-round Eastern Conference matchup with the Knicks …

Celtics/Knicks Game 4

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Celtics Live Blog: Follow all the Game 3 action from Madison Square Garden 04.22.11 at 6:17 pm ET
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NEW YORK — Join’s Paul Flannery, Ben Rohrbach, Mike Petraglia and a cast of characters in following Game 3 of the Celtics‘ series with the Knicks, live from Madison Square Garden.

Celtics/Knicks Live Blog

Doc Rivers’ son, Austin Rivers, named High School Player of the Year 04.21.11 at 1:35 pm ET
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Austin Rivers, the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, has been named the USA Today’s 2011 National High School Boy’s Basketball Player of Year.

Rivers, who is headed to Duke, averaged 28.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Winter Park (FL) High. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 20.2 points per game in helping lead the USA 18-Under National team to a win at the FIBA Americas U19 World Championships.

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Celtics Live Blog: C’s take on Knicks in Game 2 at TD Garden 04.19.11 at 6:01 pm ET
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Follow all the action as Paul Flannery, Mike Petraglia, Ben Rohrbach and others guide you through Game 2 of the Celtics‘ Eastern Conference first round series against the Knicks at TD Garden.

Celtics/Knicks Game 2

Celtics Live Blog: Follow along as Knicks take on C’s in Game 1 04.17.11 at 5:31 pm ET
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Join’s Paul Flannery, Ben Rohrbach and Mike Petraglia, along with a cast of thousands (OK, a few others), in breaking down the Celtics‘ Game 1 matchup against the Knicks at TD Garden. All the action starts at 7 p.m.

Celtics/Knicks Live Blog, Game 1

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