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Leon the Mutant Ninja Turtle… 10.30.08 at 12:14 pm ET
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‘Tis that time of year when we all dress up or know people who embarrass themselves by dressing up in costumes. I am in the latter category because I consider myself too mature to delve into such childish behavior. After all, when you have two awesome girls dressed as a witch and a bumble bee, what’s the need?

And if that’s not enough of an argument for you as to why I prefer civilian clothes, let Leon Powe try to convince you.

Asked by CSN’s Greg Dickerson if he ever dressed up as anything special on Halloween, Powe recalled a downright frightening and ghoulish experience.

“I remember I was a Ninja Turtle. I swear I don’t wear costumes anymore because of that. I was a Ninja Turtle and all my friends teased me because of that. I had the real nunchucks and I tried to do the stuff like Michelangelo does and I hit myself in the head. Man, I was all messed up that day.”

Just ask Cleveland’s Delonte West, Powe doesn’t need a set of nunchucks to be dangerous.
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When not detailing a harrowing Halloween nightmare, Powe also recalled a happier time… this past summer when he took a group of 15 friends and family away to the Bahamas to celebrate the Celtics championship.

“When I went home, I’m all about family, I took all my family on a trip, all expenses paid for, everything. No one needed to spend any money or anything. Just 15 people, my family, my girl’s family and just had fun in the Bahamas. I just cleared my head and came back to work.”

And the best thing about the Bahamas, you don’t need to bring your nunchucks with you to enjoy fun in the sun.

Other tidbits from Thursday’s practice…

Bill Walker, when asked the same Halloween-themed question by Dickerson, said, “I like candy, I just don’t like going door-to-door for it.”

Paul Pierce was schooling everyone in one-on-one drills to the basket in the open portion of practice, including rookie J.R. Giddens, sans shirt. “We’re making each other better,” Pierce said. “We challenge each other and it’s fun, too.” … unless your name is J.R. Giddens.

The Celtics will not be caught off-guard by Chicago rookie sensation-to-be Derrick Rose. “Derrick Rose, it’s funny just watching him. He didn’t have a great game but you see greatness. He’s going to be a great player. He is already controlling that team, they’re running at a better speed. His decision-making is what stood out.”


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Sounds of the game… Celtics 90, Cavaliers 85 10.28.08 at 10:23 pm ET
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The final score hardly tells this story of this one. It was one of those unforgettable Boston sports nights. One of only 17 in the legendary history of the NBA’s most successful franchise. Raise another to the rafters and hand out the jewelery. Here’s what the players had to say about a night that had it all, and a Celtics come-from-behind win to boot.

Ray Allen said THIS was our moment.

Ray said the ring will speak for itself.

Paul Pierce said it was hard to hide the emotion of the evening.

Pierce on how hard it was to pull himself together.

Pierce the team was able to settle in.

Kevin Garnett on the ring ceremony.

Garnett said the team is now focused on the season ahead.

Doc Rivers was just happy his team didn’t get blown out on ring night like the 2006 Miami Heat.

Rivers said his players deserved this night.

Rajon Rondo explains what he will do with his ring.

LeBron James said his team wasn’t frustrated.

King James said the Cavs will be fine.

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Sounds of the game… Best of Doc 10.19.08 at 2:17 pm ET
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Too bad Doc Rivers doesn’t like to talk and chat up other sports in town. Ask anyone who covers the Celtics, including our very own Jessica Camerato and Paul Flannery, they don’t come much better than Rivers when it comes to conversation.

Here’s just some of what he had to say before Sunday’s preseason game with New Jersey…

Doc on the Red Sox-Rays Game 7 Sunday night.

Doc on how hungry his team is coming into the season.

Doc on the focus of the team.

The Celtics close out the preseason on Tuesday night in New York against the Knicks before raising Banner 17 in the season opener against Cleveland at TD Banknorth Garden on the Tuesday, the 28th.

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Sounds of the game… Celtics-Rockets postgame 10.11.08 at 10:18 pm ET
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The Celtics beat the Houston Rockets, 90-89, when Gabe Pruitt banked in a jumper with 6.6 seconds remaining to improve to 2-1 in the preseason. But that was hardly the story of a game that featured Ron Artest driving Paul Pierce the floor on a drive to the basket in the first quarter, a Tracy McGrady elbow to the ribs of rookie Bill Walker and McGrady and Eddie House almost going at it after exchanging words in the second quarter.

Here’s what some of the Celtics had to say about not backing down afterward.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said they can’t back down.

Rivers said there are lessons to be learned from Bill Walker’s toughness.

Bill Walker said his confrontation with Tracy McGrady could have escalated.

Kevin Garnett was impressed with Walker’s composure.

Paul Pierce said Celtics must maintain composure.

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Sounds of the game… Celtics-Sixers post 10.09.08 at 12:34 am ET
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The Celtics opened their eight-game preseason slate with a road game in, of all places, UMass on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Cs lost the game, 98-92, despite leading by as manny as 14, 65-51, midway through the third. The team was without head coach Doc Rivers, who was tending to a personal family matter and backup point guard Sam Cassell, who was tending to a family emergency. Here’s a sampling of what they players and coaches had to say about the contest and Bill Walker’s highlight film dunks in the second quarter.

Acting head coach Tom Thibodeau summed up his team’s performance in the preseason opener.

Thibodeau on the young cast of characters, led by airwalking Bill Walker, with two spectacular dunks in the second quarter.

Bill Walker on the electrifying dunks.

Eddie House said it was good to get out on the court for a game.

Kevin Garnett said it was fun to see everyone out there on the court.

Garnett said Bill Walker is special.

Garnett said there was lots of energy in the Mullins Center building for this game.

Paul Pierce said there were lots of positives to draw from Wednesday night.

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Don’t adjust your set… 10.08.08 at 3:54 pm ET
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Believe it or not, the Celtics are NOT the home team in their preseason opener against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Mullins Center, despite playing this game just about 100 miles from Boston and in their home state.

That’s because the Celtics already have four other pre-designated ‘home’ preseason games, including two at the TD Banknorth Garden (Oct. 17 vs. NY, Oct. 19 vs. NJ), this Friday in Providence vs. Cleveland and Saturday night in Manchester, NH vs. Houston.

The Mullins Center is owned by the Comcast-Spectacor group, the same company that owns the 76ers and the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.

And besides, how appropriate that the Sixers have a home game against the Celtics on the same campus where Julius Erving made a name for himself before Dr. J did with the ABA’s New York Nets and the NBA’s Sixers.

The Celtics begin the preseason without head coach Doc Rivers on the sidelines due to personal reasons while Sam Cassell is not with the team, tending to his grandfather who suffered a heart attack this week. The 76ers are without Kareem Rush, out with a left ankle sprain.

Keep on WEEI.com for updates from yours truly and colleague Paul Flannery throughout the night.

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Pierce Hangin’ Tough 09.27.08 at 2:04 pm ET
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No better way to proudly introduce one of our new contributors/bloggers at

WEEI.com than to show what she brings to the table.

Joey, Donnie, Jordan, Danny and Jonathan… That’s right Jessica Camerato not only knows her world champion Boston Celtics and the NBA but also NKOTB.

Our Jess was loge and center for the New Kids on the Block return to Boston, which happened to take place in the same building as the Boston Celtics call home. No word on whether they made a return visit to the Celtics locker room, where Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg were helping KG, Paul Pierce and Jesus Shuttlesworth celebrate the championship on June 18.

And here’s her maiden report/blog/entry:

On Friday night, Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce made a surprise guest appearance with the Larry O’Brien trophy at the New Kids on the Block concert at the TD BankNorth Garden. Diehard Celtics fan/NKOTB front man Donnie Wahlberg gushed over the team’s 17th title before Pierce emerged during their encore performance of “Hangin’ Tough.” The group donned Celtics jerseys as Pierce sauntered around the stage lifting the trophy and later jumped in a huddle similar to the Celtics pregame ritual. And word has it that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been asked to join the group with the World Series trophy at Sunday’s concert in Boston.

See Jess knows how to bring it. Welcome, Jess and we look forward to more on Paul, KG, Ray and the rest of the gang starting on Monday as the Celtics prepare to open training camp in Newport, RI.

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