August 4, 2010
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Celtics are making progress on a deal that would bring Shaquille O'Neal to Boston. Earlier Tuesday, the four-time NBA champion said he will be in the league next season and would rather retire than play internationally. The 38-year-old O'Neal spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has struggled to find a contract from a team that can guarantee him playing time, enough money and a chance for one more championship.
May 25, 2010
Who dug you guys up? A funny thing happened to the Boston Celtics on the way to their eternal rest. Just before the funeral procession reached the cemetery, someone looked inside the hearse and found the decedent was alive. Now it's like one of those New Orleans funerals with the band breaking out into Dixieland and everyone strutting their way home — but with the guests of honor in the lead. I actually love the Celtics, although I'm not sure it shows, judging by some of my e-mail from New England.
May 5, 2008
The big showdown in the new Boston Garden yesterday ended up being the entire first round of the NBA playoffs in a nutshell. Game 7 of the Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks was a dud. What happened? The playoffs have rarely been this eagerly anticipated; they weren't going to sneak up on anybody the way the past two have. After a regular season some called the best in league history, with all eight Western Conference qualifiers winning at least 50 games and with every seed up for grabs going into the final five days, this year's playoffs were going to pick up where the regular season left off, and jump up and grab everybody from the opening tip of the very first game.
March 22, 2008
For sport fans outside of New England who have had a bellyful of the Red Sox and Patriots, there's some bad news: The Celtics are pretty good, too. Of course, they have been chugging along with the NBA's best record all season, so that's not exactly a news flash. But Boston's raid through Texas this week unequivocally served notice that the Celts are the clear favorite to win the NBA championship. When Boston journeyed into the so-called Texas Triangle, it was San Antonio, Houston and Dallas - three teams that have combined to win two-thirds of their games - who disappeared.
June 19, 2006
June 19 1862: Slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories. 1910: Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash. 1986: University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, the first draft pick of the Boston Celtics, suffered a fatal cocaine-induced seizure.
April 20, 2002
There are those hard-core conspiracy theorists who believe that commissioner David Stern works the NBA like a puppeteer, allegedly manipulating results to the league's best interests. Even if that's true, not even the late Jim Henson could have worked things this well to get this wacky a result heading into the NBA playoffs, which open today. Handicapping the field in the Eastern Conference alone, where none of the top three seeds - the New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics - were even in the playoffs last year, will require a divine skill.