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Would you pay $3,950 for Tony Gaffney’s diamond earrings? 08.05.11 at 5:10 pm ET
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Since people seemed to respond to last Friday’s poll question, “Would you pay $1,450 for Ray Allen’s Air Jordans?” — with 159 of 263 voters answering, “Hell no” — I figured we’d add a new running feature on Friday afternoons: “Would you pay [ridiculous amount] for [current or former member of the Celtics]‘ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’s get started.

Apparently, former UMass star Tony Gaffney — who signed a contract with the Celtics on April 13, 2010 and was subsequently waived on Oct. 1, 2010 after never appearing in an NBA game — is selling a pair of pre-owned diamond stud earrings from Kay Jewelers (“Every kiss begins with Kay!”) on eBay for the low, low price of $3,950 with the question, “Have You ever dreamed in having a collectible piece from a Big NBA Team Basketball player??? Well here is your chance to look like a NBA professional player in great class!!!”

Now, I’m guessing the earrings cost less than half of that price brand new, but you do get a receipt with two priceless Gaffney signatures on it. To be fair, it does say that “part of the money will be donated for charity.” Of course, that charity gets just 10 percent of the nearly $4K and is called the Council of Fashion Designers of America. So, here goes …

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UPDATE: Commenter Tony Gaffney, who we have reason to believe is the real deal, weighed in: “This is kinda funny. I don’t really know who is claiming these to be mine or trying to sell them as me, but let’s be real, that isn’t me. And who in their right mind would by 1 ct. earrings for almost $4,000?!?! Nonetheless, if you’re crazy and were considering buying these because they were mine, don’t, because they aren’t, and they are certainly not worth $4,000.” There you have it, folks. These diamond earrings are neither Gaffney’s nor being sold by Gaffney. By the way, love that five people were willing to spend $4K on these …

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Irish Coffee: What’s your Celtics Banner Moment? 01.07.11 at 10:40 am ET
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Wake up with the Celtics and your daily dose of Irish Coffee …

The Celtics launched the Banner Moments program, encouraging fans to share their favorite C’s moments through video, photos and text. Until March, two Banner Moments are chosen each month. Prizes include Celtics tickets, meet and greets with legends, and practice facility shoot-arounds.

In March, the C’s will put the top-10 moments up for a vote on Celtics.com. The winner will be recognized during an April 13 Knicks game in addition to potentially watching a playoff game from their own private suite.

I’d have to say my “Banner Moment would be the Celtics’ 21-point comeback in the fourth quarter of Game 3 in the 2002 Eastern Conference finals. That was the unquestionable highlight of a Celtics season that shouldn’t have sniffed the NBA Finals, yet came within two games of playing the Lakers for a title. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the new Garden louder. The building was literally shaking.

It’s between that and the time my buddy started running down the Garden stairs – only to slip, throwing his arms upward and splashing an entire beer in some poor Blazers fan’s face by accident. I mean, he couldn’t have tried to spill more on this guy than he did. Let’s just say the dude was none too happy.

Part 1 of that comeback against the Nets accompanies this post. You can revisit Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 on YouTube. As part of the program, members of the Celtics, their mascot, dance team and celebrity fans shared a few of their Banner Moments:

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Tony Gaffney on the move 10.04.10 at 10:26 am ET
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The Celtics officially announced the release of Tony Gaffney Monday morning and it appears the UMass product is headed to Turkey.

Gaffney, like a number of young players, is trying to crave out a role in the NBA. His strengths–defense and rebounding– would be welcome additions to most teams, but while the Celtics certainly value those traits they are also loaded at his position where he was already behind Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis.

The C’s feel like they need shooting and that has left Von Wafer with a fighting chance at the last roster spot. Wafer is getting pushed by Mario West, a defensive specialist who walked on at Georgia Tech and survived three seasons with the Hawks. West has played 156 career games and scored 132 points, so scoring is definitely not his thing.

But West can guard small forwards and that is a greater source of need for the Celtics than what Gaffney was able to provide.

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Bye bye Tony Gaffney 10.02.10 at 3:57 pm ET
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Citing a numbers game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced Saturday that the team had waived rookie forward Tony Gaffney from the team on Saturday. The move brings the current roster to 17.

Gaffney, who played as a standout at UMass, was the final cut of the Lakers before last season, before signing on with a team in Israel. He injured his ankle in his first game overseas and returned to the States to rehab. Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette on April 14 to get an extended look at both over the summer.

The 25-year-old Gaffney, a native of Berkley, Mass., was a Celtics fan before becoming a standout at Somerset High School.

And as a senior at UMass, he was Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in a season, averaging 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks.

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Celtics cut Tony Gaffney at 2:03 pm ET
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According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the Celtics have cut Tony Gaffney.

The former UMass star reportedly posted this on his Facebook page: “All good things must come to an end. It was a great time being w the celtics, it ended today. I appreciate all the love n support. You guys are the best. My agent is back to the drawing board and stirring up something. So when the next move is finalized you all will know. Thanks again everyone.”

The C’s have not yet formally announced the move. It would bring the roster down to 17 players, meaning Boston only has two cuts remaining. Of course, Gaffney could still land on the Maine Red Claws, the C’s NBA Development League affiliate.

Gaffney signed with the Celtics last season in April and received a non-guaranteed contract for the 2010-11 season.  He was the last man cut by the Lakers prior to the 2009-10 season.

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Report: C’s waive Oliver Lafayette 09.25.10 at 1:59 pm ET
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On the eve of opening training camp the Celtics have waived guard Oliver Lafayette, according to a report on the Herald’s website.

Lafayette was a longshot to make the roster with Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson and possibly rookie Avery Bradley slotted ahead of him, but no doubt he would have liked the opportunity to compete.

Lafayette played well during the Orlando summer league and looks like a player who can stick on an NBA roster in the right circumstances. He also performed well with Fort Wayne in the D-League, averaging over 17 points and six assists per game.

The move leaves the Celtics with 16 players on their training camp, and it seems likely they will add a few more. Competition for roster spots will be fierce, however, because the C’s have 13 players on guaranteed contracts.

That leaves Delonte West, Von Wafer and Tony Gaffney fighting for two spots. Danny Ainge spoke enthusiastically about West before the team’s annual charitable golf outing. West is facing a 10-game suspension to start the season, so it’s possible that Wafer, or another veteran, could serve as insurance until he is able to return.

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Celtics lose early lead and game to Sixers 07.06.10 at 8:30 pm ET
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76ers 86, Celtics 69

After coming up short on Monday against the more talented Thunder squad in the first day of Summer League, the Celtics once again lost a lead on Tuesday in a loss to the 76ers.

Boston (0-2) came out and quickly took an early 15-3 lead in the first quarter on the strength of Tony Gaffney’s play. After struggling in nearly 25 minutes of play on Monday, Gaffney was much more productive and filled the stat sheet against Philadelphia with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.

The 76ers (2-0), however, went on a 20-4 run through the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter to take a six-point lead. Boston was unable to cut down the deficit and went into halftime trailing by four points.

Philadelphia continued its strong play in the second half and built its lead up before eventually winning, 86-79. The 76ers had five players in double digits, with Jodie Meeks leading the way with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Jaycee Carroll and Luke Harangody each had a team-high 14 points for the Celtics, with Harangody pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Boston couldn’t find its stroke from 3-point land, where it was only 1-for-11, compared to 5-for-11 for Philadelphia. The Celtics also struggled to keep possession of the ball, turning it over a total of 20 times. Point guard Oliver Lafayette committed five turnovers himself after being hounded by second-year man Jrue Holiday on the perimeter.

Boston returns to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. when it squares off against the Bobcats.

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