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Celtics raise over $150,000 in charity golf tournament 09.18.09 at 12:40 pm ET
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Big Baby takes a swing

Big Baby tees off

The Boston Celtics teed off for charity before they tipped off the regular season.

On Thursday current and former players along with members of the organization raised over $150,000 in the Shamrock Foundation’s second annual USI Shamrock Classic, presented by Consolidated Printing, at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA.

Ray Allen, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker, and J.R. Giddens, head coach Doc Rivers, and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge were among those who participated. They were joined by former Celtics Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy and Dana Barros, as well as co-owners Wyc Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca, and Bob Epstein.

“It was a great day at Nashawtuc and even better day for the many children who are supported by the Shamrock Foundation,” Pagliuca said in a team statement. “We are very thankful to our sponsors and donors who supported this event. This support means even more in today’s tough economy.”

Allen added, “My teammates and I enjoyed playing golf to aid these wonderful charities. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation.”

All proceeds from the event, which included a live and silent auction, went toward the to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, benefiting Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music.

(l-r) Bill Walker, Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine golf for charity

(l-r) Bill Walker, Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine golf for charity

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Celtics to Tee Off for Second Annual USI Shamrock Classic 09.15.09 at 7:36 pm ET
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On Thursday, September 17 the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation will host the Second Annual USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. This event, presented by Consolidated Printing, will feature a celebrity golf tournament, dinner, awards program, and live and silent auctions to benefit the Shamrock Foundation.

shamrock-classicThose slated to participate include:

  • Ray Allen, Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker, J.R. Giddens, and other members of the 2009-10 Celtics
  • Head Coach Doc Rivers
  • President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge
  • Co-Owners Wyc Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca and Bob Epstein
  • Team President Rich Gotham
  • Celtics Legends Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, JoJo White and Dana Barros
  • New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg
  • Comcast SportsNet’s Greg Dickerson, Donny Marshall and Mike Gorman

All proceeds from Shamrock Classic will go toward the Shamrock Foundation, which benefits Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music.

For more information, visit www.celtics.com.

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Ray’s Sneaker Scavenger Hunt 09.11.09 at 2:56 pm ET
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Allen offered the clue, "Look for the rock by the pond"

Allen offered the clue, "Look for the rock by the pond"

Ray Allen has decided he has more pairs of basketball sneakers than he needs so he is simply giving them away … if you can find them.

Today Allen began a scavenger hunt for his sneakers through his Twitter page. So far he has left them hanging on trees and at a pond, offering photo clues on Twitpic.

Tonight he plans to hide more shoes in the Springfield area while he heads to the Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

If you want to snag a pair of Allen’s kicks, follow him on Twitter (@sugarray20) and then follow the clues.

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Report: Celtics optimistic about KG at 11:35 am ET
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After undergoing knee surgery in May, Kevin Garnett returned to the Boston Celtics training facility in Waltham on Monday,  Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported. While the organization hopes he will be cleared to participate in full-court scrimmages for the start of training camp, they are proceeding with caution.

According to Spears, Garnett is currently limited to court drills but could be cleared for contract drills as early as a week before training camp begins. The Celtics main concern, though, is not Opening Night but rather the postseason.

“We’re looking for him to be there at the end of the season, not just the start of the season,” Ainge told Yahoo!. “We’re getting him ready for training camp and looking forward to him being healthy in the playoffs. He looks good. Really good.”

Garnett has not played since March 25 when he scored four points in 17 minutes during a loss to the Orlando Magic. The Celtics forward, who has not averaged less than 31 minutes per game since his rookie year, has not played over 30 minutes since February 12.

Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Rasheed Wallace have also been working out at the facility.

In Celtics backcourt news, Ainge told Yahoo! he has not decided whether or not the Cs will offer Rajon Rondo a contract extension before the season. In the meantime, the Celtics are considering the addition of a third point guard. Free agents Tyronn Lue, Dan Dickau, and Mike Taylor worked out at the team’s training facility on Thursday.

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Allen hits the links 09.04.09 at 3:04 pm ET
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Ray Allen turned 34 this summer and there are no signs of slowing down. On Thursday the Celtics guard — and avid golfer — participated in the Deutsche Bank Championship pro-am in Norton, MA. He told the Boston Herald hitting the links has helped him stay in playing shape.

“The beautiful thing about golf is there are so many hours in the day in the summertime,” he said. “You can get up early in the morning and work out and then play golf late in the day. It helps me keep that competitive edge and stay in shape.

“It’s been great,” Allen said of the offseason. “I’m in one of the best shapes I’ve been in at this point in the summer, just from having the time to let my body heal and work out and get certain parts stronger. I’ve enjoyed this summer.”

In addition to golfing, Allen also follows a training regimen at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT with former UConn Husky/QU men’s assistant basketball coach Scott Burrell.

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Ray Ray to Stay? 08.23.09 at 9:16 pm ET
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Ray Allen’s contract expires after the upcoming season but the Boston Globe has reported there is reason to wonder if he plans on staying in Boston a little while longer. According to Peter May, the buzz stems from Wellesley, where Allen lives during the season. Word around town is that Allen’s daughter Tierra, who lives with her mother in South Carolina, may be moving in with her father … and the move could be soon. The reason is Allen’s daughter plays basketball and volleyball, which begins this week.

May pointed out: “She would be a junior at Wellesley High (and why would she come if dad wasn’t planning on playing beyond this year? Just an observation). Needless to say, the Wellesley basketball community is watching all this with great interest. With volleyball starting this week, one would think something has to break pretty soon.”

May also noted Celtics president Danny Ainge has reported there have not been any serious talks regarding a contract extension. Allen, 34, will earn $19.8 million in the final season of his deal.

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Allen’s compliments make an impression on Curry 07.15.09 at 7:18 pm ET
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LAS VEGAS – Ray Allen is one of the last players an opponent wants to see with the ball behind the arc. The Celtics guard, however, has faced his own challenges stopping sharpshooters over his career.

For Allen, Dell Curry was one of the toughest offensive weapons to contain. Now his son, Golden State Warriors rookie Stephen, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of both Allen and his father.

“He was like my favorite player for a year when my dad was playing in Milwaukee,” Curry told WEEI.com at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Dell and Allen were teammates on the 1999 Milwaukee Bucks. Allen was the Bucks leader in three-point shots made while Dell led the team — and the league — in three-point percentage.

Years later Stephen, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, has studied Allen’s game enough to incorporate some of his strengths into his own repertoire. He is averaging nearly 20 points in his first four Summer League games.

“[I like] the way he moves without the ball and how quick his release is,” Stephen said. “Him and my dad kind of competed for that quickest release title. He was always moving around and a bigger guy was right there and he’d get his shot off.”

Just as Stephen admired Allen as a child, he appreciates the compliments Allen has paid toward his father.

“That’s pretty cool,” he said. “He’s going to be a Hall of Famer, and for a guy to give that kind of compliment to my dad is special. Hopefully, down the road, people he will analyze the NBA and put me in that category.”

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