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Northeastern’s Quincy Ford on his workout with Celtics: ‘They play hard together all the time’ 05.04.16 at 7:23 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Quincy Ford really sounds like a Celtics fan already. 

There’s good reason for that. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward prospect played his ball at Northeastern. And on Wednesday, during a pre-draft workout in Waltham, he got a taste of what it would be like to play for the team he’s admired and respected from afar. 

“For one, that they play hard all the way to the buzzer,” Ford said. “They don’t give up. I really like that they’re a young group because all the other teams, they have vets but they have a young core group and they really look close and they play hard together all the time, regardless the outcome. So, that’s one thing I truly respect, guys that play hard, no matter what.”

Already 23, Ford is the type of player Ainge was referring to on Wednesday when he said NBA teams are looking for size, length and the ability to score. During his five years at Northeastern, he was in double figures four seasons. The only year he didn’t average double figures was his junior season when a back injury limited him to two games. This past season, he caught the eyes of NBA scouts with averages of 16.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. 

“It was my very first workout. It was just an unbelievable experience. I’m truly blessed and humbled to be able to be considered to work out with a great group of guys here. It was a tough workout. I was tired. I really wanted to push my body to the limits. So, that was the goal coming in.”

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18th anniversary of Reggie Lewis’ death 07.27.11 at 12:00 pm ET
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(More video: Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4; h/t @MrTripleDouble10)

R.I.P. Reggie Lewis (Nov. 21, 1965 — July 27, 1993)

  • Nov. 21, 1965: Born in Baltimore, Md.
  • 1981-82: Led Dunbar High to consecutive undefeated seasons (60-0)
  • 1983-87: Set Northeastern University scoring record (2,708 points)
  • Nov. 6, 1987: Totaled four points in his Celtics debut
  • June 22, 1987: Selected by Celtics in first round of NBA draft (22nd overall)
  • Dec. 6, 1988: Scored 33 points in first game as a starter in a Celtics uniform
  • March 31, 1991: Became only player to block Michael Jordan four times
  • April 12, 1991: Netted a career-high 42 points against the Heat
  • Feb. 9, 1992: Played in his only NBA All-Star Game
  • March 24, 1993: Left game with dizziness but returned to score 22 points
  • April 29, 1993: Collapsed on the Garden’s parquet floor during a playoff game
  • May 2, 1993: Diagnosed with life-threatening cardiomyopathy by 12 renowned cardiologists
  • May 10, 1993: Cleared to return to the NBA by Dr. Gilbert Mudge
  • July 27, 1993: Died at Brandeis University from cardiac arrest at 27 years old

On Wednesday, SLAM interviewed Muggsy Bogues, who played with Lewis as well as fellow NBA talents David Wingate and Reggie Williams at Dunbar High in Baltimore, Md. (strange coincidence: Bogues and Wingate were playing for the Hornets when Lewis collapsed during that 1993 playoff game). Here’s what Bogues told SLAM:

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