The summer of 2008 was a great time to be a member of the Boston Celtics. The champs were feted on Letterman, enjoyed a rollicking victory parade and treated like rock stars everywhere they went.



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Celtics legend Don Nelson has been pushed out as coach of the Golden State Warriors and will be replaced by assistant Keith Smart, according to Yahoo! Sports. Nelson, the winningest coach in NBA history, will officially resign and reportedly accept a settlement on the $6 million owed him on his contract.

QUINCY -- Speaking prior to his team's kickoff golf tournament, Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge said that the team's No. 1 pick, guard Avery Bradley, will miss the beginning of training camp, which begins Monday. Ainge surmised that Bradley -- who underwent surgery on left ankle in the offseason -- is still "a couple of weeks away, at least." The GM added, "We're certainly not going to rush him." The Celtics were aware of the ankle injury prior to drafting Bradley, who suffered the ailment while going through a pre-draft workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the offseason.
1. Doc Rivers takes another swing



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After five seasons with the Celtics, Brian Scalabrine has agreed to a contract with the Bulls, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. In Chicago, Scalabrine would be reunited with Tom Thibodeau, the former C's assistant who is now the Bulls head coach.

 

Scalabrine, 32, has averaged 3.3 points per game in nine NBA seasons (his first four in New Jersey). His best season with Boston was 2006-07, when he averaged 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 19 minutes per game. He averaged just nine minutes in 52 games last season, scoring 1.5 points.

 

We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the offseason.
No. 2 Paul Pierce's new deal ensures his legacy



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We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the offseason.
No. 3: The Celtics re-sign Ray Allen



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We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the Celtics offseason.
No. 4: Shaq attack



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WALTHAM — Two former college stars are in Waltham this week, working out with the Celtics, a source familiar with the team told WEEI.com.

 

A lawsuit filed recently in Florida accuses new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal of hacking into a former girlfriend's phone system, using his law enforcement contacts in an attempt to frame a former employee for another crime, and destroying evidence of his misdeeds by dumping his computer in a lake behind his house.