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Celtics wish the best for Powe 02.24.10 at 11:59 pm ET
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Thursday night will be Leon Powe‘€™s first return to Boston since signing with the Cavaliers last summer.

It could also be the first time he plays in over 10 months.

Powe tore the ACL in his left knee during Game 2 of the Celtics first round playoff series against the Bulls last season. That was April 20, 2009. He has not played in an NBA game since.

On Tuesday, after months of rehab, Powe was activated into the Cavaliers lineup. While he did  not get on the court, it presented the possibility for him to make his regular season debut against his former team.

Even though he is in a different uniform this time around, those who spent seasons around him expressed their best wishes for his return:

Ray Allen: ‘€œI’€™d be happy for him. I’€™d definitely be happy for him. I’€™m just wishing him well because how he injured himself and how everything went, I was so distraught. We all felt bad so I’€™d be glad to see him just lace them back up.’€

Kendrick Perkins: ‘€œI’€™d be excited for him. Just for him to bounce back after the injury, it could have been a career-ending injury. But for him to come back and get a chance to play, I’€™d be happy for Leon. He’€™s a great guy. ‘€¦ He works hard. Leon’€™s a hard worker. He’€™s all basketball. He doesn’€™t drink, he doesn’€™t do any of the club stuff. He’€™s strictly basketball.’€

Tony Allen: ‘€œThat’€™s my man. I’€™m happy for him. If anybody could come off injuries and play, hey, I’€™m all for it. I hope he gets back to where he wants to get back. That’€™s my man. We’€™ve got a friendship that’€™s going to last forever. He’€™s a championship teammate, we won it together, we threw champagne together, he understands me.’€

Glen Davis: ‘€œIt means a lot. He’€™s a great guy, and for him to have an opportunity to play and do some big things, come back from a tough knee injury, I know it means a lot to him. It’€™s a joy to see a guy bounce back and fight adversity and come back and be able to play. ‘€¦ We won a championship together. We won it together so he’€™s always going to be a part of that.’€

Head coach Doc Rivers: ‘€œIt’€™d be nice to see him playing basketball. I’€™m looking forward to it. I don’€™t know, except for having gone through the knee injury myself, and he’€™s gone through it a couple times, what he has had to go through. So I’€™m really looking forward to him just playing basketball again. It’€™ll be great. To me, it’€™ll be a success story  in a lot of ways because a lot of people didn’€™t think he could ever play again. When he got hurt, I heard that the first time. I said, ‘€˜You clearly don’€™t know who Leon Powe is. That kid will always be a success story.’€™’€

Powe averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds over three seasons for the Celtics. Last season he stepped into the starting role in place of an injured Kevin Garnett and Davis. He scored a career-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds against the Grizzlies last March.

Powe’€™s troubled childhood has also been chronicled as a testament to his dedication to succeed in the NBA. Click here to read more.

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Source: Powe to sign two year deal with Cavs 08.11.09 at 9:43 pm ET
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A source familiar with the negotiations has confirmed to WEEI.com that former Celtics forward Leon Powe is in Cleveland and will sign a two-year deal with the Cavaliers upon the completion of the second part of his physical on Wednesday.

After establishing himself as a reliable contributor on the Celtics bench, Powe’s future was in question following a string of knee injuries last season. After missing 13 games with a right knee injury, Powe tore the ACL in his left knee during Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls. He missed the remainder of the postseason.

This summer the Celtics chose not to exercise their option on Powe’s contract, making the injured 25-year-old an unrestricted free agent in a tumultuous economy. According to the source, Powe is expected to return in February. (The Cavaliers will make their first trip to Boston on February 25 for a nationally televised game on TNT.) While he may not have an impact for the first half of the season, a championship contending team like the Cavaliers could benefit from his playoff experience down the stretch.

Powe was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 49th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The Celtics acquired his draft rights in exchange for a future second round pick. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds during his three-year career in Boston, while posting 5.0 points and 2.8 boards in 25 playoff games.

Powe is the founder of Fresh Start Family Services, a non-profit organization in the Bay Area which provides support and education for children who, like himself, are growing up in the foster care system. He will participate in a series of basketball camps and community events this weekend in California.

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Report: Suns agree to send Shaq to Cavs 06.25.09 at 12:39 am ET
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Yahoo! Sports reported the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached an agreement in principle to acquire Shaquille O’Neal from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, the 46th pick in Thursday’s draft, and cash. According to ESPN, the trade is awaiting final approval from the Cavs’ and Suns’ owners.

This move adds depth to the Cavaliers front court, which stands to lose Anderson Varejao to free agency this summer, and gives LeBron James protection in the paint. O’Neal has a career average of 25.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in 35 games against the Celtics.

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Celtics named Professional Sports Team of the Year 05.28.09 at 10:00 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics were honored as the 2009 Professional Sports Team of the Year as part of the Sports Business Awards programs on Thursday in Manhattan. The awards, presented by Street & Smith’€™s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily, recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry for 2008.

The Celtics were in running for the Professional Sports Team of the Year award against the Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to winning the 2008 NBA Championship, the Celtics set an attendance record after playing to 100 percent capacity and doubled its full-season ticketholders to more than 10,000.

Winners from 16 categories included:

  • Lifetime Achievement ‘€“ Peter Ueberroth
  • Sports Executive of the Year ‘€“ Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
  • Athletic Director of the Year ‘€“ Joe Castiglione, University of Oklahoma
  • Professional Sports Team of the Year ‘€“ Boston Celtics
  • Professional Sports League of the Year ‘€“ National Basketball Association
  • Sports Event of the Year ‘€“ Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic
  • Best in Sports Media ‘€“ ESPN
  • Best in Sports Television ‘€“ NBC Sports
  • Best in Digital Sports Media ‘€“ ESPN Digital Media
  • Best in Talent Representation and Management ‘€“ CAA Sports
  • Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services ‘€“ IMG
  • Best in Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services ‘€“ IMG
  • Sports Event Marketing Firm of the Year ‘€“ GMR Marketing
  • Sports Sponsor of the Year ‘€“ Coca-Cola
  • Sports Facility of the Year ‘€“ Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Best in Sports Technology ‘€“ MLB Advanced Media for MLB At Bat
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Today in Celtics History: Bird Three-peat at 12:08 am ET
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On May 28, 1986, Larry Bird won his third straight NBA MVP Award. He also won the NBA Finals MVP en route to the Celtics 16th world championship over the Houston Rockets. Bird joined Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to receive the award in three consecutive seasons. Since then four players (Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash) have won back-to-back titles, but no one has accomplished the three-peat.

See how this season’s MVP stacked up to Bird’s award-winning performance: (All stats per regular season game; advantage in bold)

Larry Bird (1986)
Boston Celtics: 67-15 (won NBA Finals)
Points: 25.8
Rebounds: 9.8
Assists: 6.8
FG: 49.6%
3PG: 42.3%
FT: 89.6%
Steals: 2.0
Blocks: 0.6

LeBron James (2009)
Cleveland Cavaliers: 66-16 (down 3-1 in Eastern Conference Finals)
Points: 28.4
Rebounds: 7.6
Assists: 7.2
FG: 48.9%
3PG: 34.4%
FT: 78.0%
Steals: 1.7
Blocks: 1.1

Edge: Bird, 6-3

On the same date in 1978 former Celtics guard, the late Dennis Johnson, blocked seven shots in Game 3 of the NBA Finals as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. No other guard has ever blocked as many shots in an NBA Finals game.

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LeBron wants to face Celtics? 05.13.09 at 3:13 pm ET
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When the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals this week, LeBron James said he looks forward to playing either the Boston Celtics or the Orlando Magic in the next round.

Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes otherwise:

But the more he talked, the more it became obvious that if James and the rest of the Cavs had their choice, they would choose a rematch with the defending champion Celtics and not the Orlando Magic.

He said he’d seen every one of the Magic’s playoff games and talked about how difficult they are to defend with Dwight Howard and his strong shooters. But there was an edge when James discussed the Celtics.

“We know everything about Boston; we have a history with them,” James said.

James considers last season Game 7 one of the most challenging he has ever played. Then the NBA’€™s MVP left his desire for a rematch up to interpretation.

“I’m a competitor; I thrive on going against the best,” James said. “I love playing against the best. You make your answer out of that.”

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LeBron: Celtics still tough 05.11.09 at 10:11 pm ET
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Following the Cleveland Cavaliers series-clinching victory over the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron James looked ahead to potential Eastern Conference Finals match ups. Even though the Boston Celtics are shorthanded, he told TNT there is no discounting their experience in the postseason.

“It’s a championship team and they have a lot of things going, even with KG out,” James said to Cheryl Miller. “Big Baby has done an unbelievable job for that team. So we look forward to meeting whoever and it’s going to be really good in the next series.”

The Cavaliers will wait for the winner of the Celtics and Magic series, which is tied at two apiece. Game 5 will be played Tuesday night in Boston.

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