Media day is a time for optimism. It is a time when everyone is in great shape, rookies always contribute and no one is unhappy with their roles.



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Kendrick Perkins will not be the Celtics starting center when the season opens, but the big man made it clear Monday at the team's media day that he still considers the job to be his. "My spot is not up for grabs," said Perkins who is recovering from knee surgery. Until he returns, Jermaine O'Neal is penciled in as the starting center, but Perkins made it clear that he expects to return to that role when he comes back.

 

WALTHAM -- Shaquille O'Neal used Celtics media day to throw a salvo back at Kobe Bryant. 

 

Asked if he heard Bryant bragging about having one more ring than him in the moments immediately after Game 7 in June, O'Neal made his feelings very clear. 

 

WEEI and the Boston Celtics announced Monday that they have extended their broadcast rights agreement in a multi-year partnership. Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell will return for their 10th season as the play-by-play team.

 

Before the Findlay Prep boys basketball squad set off for the 2009 National High School Invitational, Michael Peck wanted to prepare this team for the most important tournament of the year. He organized a team of veterans, including former pros, to scrimmage his players, show them the ropes, and get them ready for the long road ahead.



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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.

 

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 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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