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12.17.2014

Popeye is the Pied Piper

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Popeye is the Pied Piper

January 14, 1999


   WALTHAM - Ronald Jones has always had good timing. You should take that statement literally. Jones has been alive for 28 years. He has had good timing for 28 years.

12.16.2014

Kenny Anderson: Not the Second Coming of Tiny, But Not Bad

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Kenny Anderson: Not the Second Coming of Tiny, But Not Bad

January 24, 1999

   Antoine Walker has his new deal, his captaincy, and a ton of responsibility on his broad shoulders. Ron Mercer already is showing signs of being a keeper; and Paul Pierce has the resume, if not the results.

Suns Sign Googs for $60m

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January 24, 1999

Suns Sign Googs for $60m

   The Phoenix Suns apparently have reached a contract agreement with forward Tom Gugliotta, considered the best of the remaining free agent crop. The Associated Press yesterday reported that Gugliotta was en route to Phoenix, where he is expected to sign a six-year contract worth about $60 million.

12.14.2014

Red Not Just Blowing Smoke

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Red Not Just Blowing Smoke

January 23, 1999

   WALTHAM - Red Auerbach leaned against a gymnasium wall yesterday and smoked a cigar. Of course. Some people choose visual logos to represent them. Not Auerbach. His logo is the scent of cigar smoke, hanging over a basketball court.

12.13.2014

Pierce Looks Lost at Brandeis

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Rookie Pierce Looks Lost at Brandeis

January 12, 1999

   WALTHAM - There were times, many times, when Paul Pierce wondered. He would see his former teammates playing ball, having fun, and he knew he could have been there and done that.

12.11.2014

We Hardly Knew Ya, Travis

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We Hardly Knew Ya, Travis

January 19, 1999

WALTHAM - Travis Knight was one Celtic who was not at Brandeis yesterday, and Rick Pitino said he didn't know why. The reason may be that Knight is packing for the Coast.

12.09.2014

Schintzius Staying, Stewart Not

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January 22, 1999

Schintzius Staying, Stewart Not

   WALTHAM - Michael Stewart and Tony Battie were actually in Boston together. For a few hours. Unfortunately for the Celtics, the two 6-foot-10-inch men are not teammates.

12.08.2014

Popeye Plans to Stay

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Popeye Plans to Stay

January 20, 1999

 WALTHAM - Rick Pitino had said that if we saw Popeye Jones again at Brandeis, we could reasonably assume he had agreed to stay with the Celtics.

12.06.2014

Kenny Clarifies the Point

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Kenny Clarifies the Point

January 12, 1999

   WALTHAM - We bring you a tale of two Kenny Andersons. First, there is Kenny The Point Guard.

This is the Anderson who had a great offseason. His sore knees didn't bother him, as they did the first half of 1998. He played pickup ball with teammates Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce. He got himself into shape, working with a trainer at UCLA. This is the Anderson who is so confident in his conditioning that he doesn't fear the beginning of PitinoBall next week at Brandeis because, as he said yesterday, "I wasn't b.s.-ing over the summer."

12.05.2014

Antoine's Deal Worth up to $85m

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January 9, 1999

Antoine's Deal Worth up to $85m

   Antoine Walker will be in Boston Tuesday. The Celtics forward is planning to stay in the area a while. Like, say, for the next seven seasons. The NBA lockout is over, and, Walker hopes, so are the questions about his contract.

12.04.2014

The Lockout is Over: Kenny Anderson Won't have to Sell Anymore Cars to Get By

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The Lockout is Over: Kenny Anderson Won't have to Sell Anymore Cars to Get By

January 9, 1999


   When Celtics coach Rick Pitino used the New York Yankees as a point of reference at the start of yesterday's FleetCenter press conference, you knew he had a lot of explaining to do.

The coach's first official comments of the shortened NBA season harkened back to Whitey Ford and Johnny Blanchard and Hector Lopez.

Then the spin cycle began.

12.03.2014

Pierce Headed to Europe?

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Pierce Headed to Europe?

December 15, 1998

   Paul Pierce may make his professional debut in a month, and it may not be for the Celtics.

Boston's top pick in last June's NBA draft has three offers to play in Europe and is seriously considering accepting one if the lockout doesn't end soon, his agent said yesterday.

12.02.2014

Employee #8 Feels Misunderstood

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Employee #8 Feels Misunderstood

July 17, 1998

The coach wears prebleached, blue-jean shorts made by Maurice Malone. So, officially, the huge "M" sewn on one of his back pockets is the signature of the designer. But it could easily stand for misunderstood. Ask yourself: Do you know him? Now, ask more than 200 Chicagoans, most of them between ages 7 and 14, the same question.

12.01.2014

Celtics Bid Farewell to Tyus Edney

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Celtics Bid Farewell to Tyus Edney

July 1, 1998

Seven months ago, Rick Pitino called Tyus Edney his best point guard. Now the 5-foot-10-inch Edney is looking for a new job.

In a move that surprised no one, the Celtics yesterday chose not to exercise their option on Edney's contract. That means one of the heroes of UCLA's 1995 championship team is free to sign with anyone he chooses. The Celtics did retain Bruce Bowen, a 6-7 defensive specialist who can play small forward and shooting guard.

11.30.2014

Grampa Celtic Wishes He could get Excited over Paul Pierce

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Grampa Celtic Wishes He could get Excited over Paul Pierce

June 25, 1998

I wish I could get excited.

Paul Pierce? Hey, I like Paul Pierce. Why did he slip to 10? 'Cause it's still a judgment, that's why. Teams ahead of the Boston Celtics all wanted somebody else. There is no so-called right answer. There are wrong answers, as we all know, but there is no right answer. Paul Pierce was there when the Celtics picked, and Rick Pitino was up there beaming. "Last year we got a little unlucky," he told the FleetCenter crowd last night.

11.29.2014

Give Geoff Petrie an Assist

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June 25, 1998

Give Geoff Petrie an Assist

Send your thank you notes to Geoff Petrie in Sacramento. If you're as excited about Paul Pierce as Rick Pitino is, then you've got Petrie, the Kings' basketball boss, to thank. He made it all happen.

11.28.2014

Celtics Never Interviewed Pierce

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Celtics Never Interviewed Pierce

June 25, 1998

The nature of the NBA draft is such that in the last month, the Celtics worked out several players all over the United States and, in one case, Italy. But they never thought about interviewing the player they wound up drafting. It's not that they didn't like him. They just thought he was too good for them.

11.27.2014

How Did P-Squared fall to 10?

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How Did P-Squared fall to 10?

June 25, 1998

A day later, the same questions remained. How on earth did Paul Pierce, seen by many as the best all-around athlete in the NBA draft, slide all the way into Rick Pitino's grateful hands at No. 10?

11.26.2014

Celtics Wanted Nowitzki

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Celtics Wanted Nowitzki

June 25, 1998

Every NBA draft has millions of untold stories tucked in its corners. Here are 10 from the 1998 edition Wednesday:

11.25.2014

Pitino Year Two: The Celtics are Better

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Pitino Year Two: The Celtics are Better

June 24, 1998

No matter what your opinion is of them, you would have to say they are better today than they were 12 months ago. Any observer, objective or subjective, can tell you that. Remember June 24, 1997? The Celtics still retained the rights to Frank Brickowski, who was known more for hanging out on a Montana ranch with actor Charlie Sheen than doing damage on basketball courts.

11.24.2014

Celtics Hoping Not to Squander 10th Pick again

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Celtics Hoping Not to Squander 10th Pick again

June 23, 1998

They will host a house party tomorrow night for their fans and season ticket-holders. The Celtics will ask those who support them to help them welcome the 10th pick in the draft. Of course, Rick Pitino, Chris Wallace, and Leo Papile realize that this is a dangerous thing. From season to season, the No. 10 pick is the NBA's trickster. As the Lakers' Jerry West can attest, sometimes the No. 10 pick has a way of making you look like the smartest draft head in the business. It did that for West in 1994 when he took Eddie Jones. But Pat Riley can tell you about the No. 10 of 1995, the year he heard, ". . . and with the 10th pick, the Miami Heat select Kurt Thomas of Texas Christian University."

11.23.2014

Lottery is a Crap Shoot

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Lottery is a Crap Shoot

June 24, 1998

The Clippers are in control of the 1998 NBA draft. Is there any wonder why things are out of control? Karl Malone likes to go driving with a state cop. The Clips prefer Mr. Magoo. No one is sure what Donald Sterling's brain-dead brain trust will do, but you can be sure that down the road, it either will be the wrong choice or it will bring a calamity on the franchise. That's the Clipper Way. Go back to 1988, the last time the Clippers controlled things. They had the first pick, just as they do today. They actually did the right thing and drafted Danny Manning. You already know that story.

11.22.2014

Deal in the Works for Kandi?

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Deal in the Works for Kandi?

June 23, 1998

Like a lot of teams, the Celtics are trying to move up in the draft to acquire Pacific center Michael Olowokandi. And, like many teams, the Celtics don't want to give up their best players to get him. The Celtics would like to dangle Travis Knight, Greg Minor, and their first-round pick (No. 10 overall). Everyone knows the Clippers don't have a history of being the smartest team in the league, but even they would have to be cautious about that for Olowokandi.

"We haven't worked him out," Rick Pitino said, "but there is a possibility that we can draft him." According to Pitino, Antoine Walker would not necessarily be a part of a deal. But word from the West Coast is that Walker's name was mentioned in a potential trade with a Pacific Division team. That would make sense when you consider that the Clippers have the first pick, while the Warriors and Kings are at Nos. 5 and 7, respectively.

Coach's choice

 During a 30-minute press conference at the Celtic offices, Pitino said he wanted either Nazr Mohammed, Ruben Patterson, or Jelani McCoy . . . Pitino said he was happy with the offseason work of soon-to-be free agent Popeye Jones. The coach said Jones has dropped 40 pounds.

11.21.2014

Lakers Drop 47 Points in Third Quarter

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June 3, 1984

With each fast-break basket scored by Los Angeles in the NBA Championship series—i.e., Magic Johnson passing to Michael Cooper or James Worthy or any other flashing bolt from the blue—the Lakers' fascination with pyrotechnic explosions becomes more and more apparent. And in the wake of Sunday's 137-104 thrashing at the hands—or feet—of the Lakers in Game 3 at the Forum, it was clear that the Boston Celtics obviously had forgotten one of childhood's basic tenets: Play with fire and you'll get burned.

Olowokandi's Stock is Rising

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Olowokandi's Stock is Rising

June 21, 1998

He is rapidly becoming the "must have" of the 1998 NBA draft. Considering that many hoop fans never even heard of him a year ago, well, it says that Michael Olowokandi has come a very long way in a very short time. He's testament to two NBA articles of faith: (1) You can't coach height and (2) centers are hard to find. NBA scouts are ignoring Olowokandi's limited college career (77 games) and lack of tough competition (he went to Pacific) and are spinning things to the upside: He didn't start playing seriously until college, and the unvarnished prospect (he played recreationally in Europe) has not gotten spoiled by hangers-on and anti-fundamentalists. He has excellent footwork and agility, thanks in part to years of playing soccer.

11.20.2014

Lakers' Break Takes Flight

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6/3/1984

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- After Sunday's supersonic 137-104 victory over the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers might want to consider a move to Edwards Air Force Base.

Life there among the jet fighters might more befit the fast-breaking Lakers than the Forum, where they soared to victory in Game 3 of the NBA championship series, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 will be played here Wednesday (9 p.m., Chs. 4, 34).

No go on Seikaly

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No go on Seikaly

June 20, 1998

The Nets have been making inquiries to teams, trying to determine if there is interest in Rony Seikaly. John Calipari should not call Boston. The Celtics had a chance to acquire the 7-footer before last season's trading deadline and declined . . . Pitino dismissed a rumor that the Celtics are prepared to reassign or fire several employees after July 1. "The Boston Celtics are status quo," he said . . . One name that should not be disregarded in the draft is that of Kentucky center Nazr Mohammed. The 6-10 Mohammed knows how to play PitinoBall and is very close to Walker. If he were there at No. 10, it would be difficult for the Celtics to pass on him. But word is that 76ers coach Larry Brown - who tormented the Celtics last season by taking Keith Van Horn and then trading him to the Nets - is enamored of Mohammed and is considering taking him with the eighth pick . . . Dana Barros and Travis Knight are participating in the Beantown Basketball League at Boston College. The first time their teams go head to head is June 30 at 6:40 p.m. The games, held at Conte Forum's Powers Gym, are open to the public. Admission is free . . . The Celtics' pre-draft media briefing Monday will be broadcast live via the Internet. Visitors can access the Celtics' website (www.bostonceltics.com) at 12:30 p.m.

11.19.2014

Will Game 3 Bring another Laker Blitzkrieg?

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May 31, 1987


The scary thing is that the Los Angeles Lakers believe they haven't really started to show the Boston Celtics anything yet.

This, after a 115-109 in Game 1 of the NBA title series at Boston Garden - the first win by an opponent at the Garden in the playoff season.

Celtics Give Garrity a Look

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Celtics Give Garrity a Look

June 20, 1998

Pat Garrity's recent itinerary reads like a Bruce Springsteen concert tour.

Yesterday the sharpshooting Notre Dame forward was at Brandeis University in Waltham to work out for the Celtics - after having auditioned in Toronto, Sacramento, Milwaukee, Houston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Charlotte, and Orlando.

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