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Paul Flannery began his journalism career answering phones at the Boston Herald before embarking on a cross-country odyssey that included stops in Oregon, Virginia and Philadelphia. He then returned home to Boston, where he was the online editor at Boston magazine and began covering the Celtics in 2008. Flannery also contributes to the Phoenix and teaches sports journalism at Boston University.

 
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Paul Flannery
10/07/2010 - 1:42am
MANCHESTER, N.H. – As far as first impressions go, the 2010-11 version of the Celtics couldn’t have asked for much more than what they showed Wednesday night in their exhibition opener.
Paul Flannery
10/04/2010 - 10:10pm
Doc Rivers has a simple rule, but it’s the basis for everything that makes the Celtics tick. It doesn’t involve an offensive set or a defensive scheme.
Paul Flannery
09/29/2010 - 9:43pm
NEWPORT, R.I – The gym at Salve Regina was empty expect for a few media stragglers, a handful of Celtics staff and Delonte West.
Paul Flannery
09/28/2010 - 1:01am
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.
Paul Flannery
09/24/2010 - 2:17pm
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.
Paul Flannery
09/22/2010 - 10:27pm
We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the offseason. 1. Doc Rivers takes another swing
Paul Flannery
09/21/2010 - 10:26pm
We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the offseason. No. 2 Paul Pierce's new deal ensures his legacy
Paul Flannery
09/19/2010 - 9:21pm
We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the offseason. No. 3: The Celtics re-sign Ray Allen It was just after the All-Star break, the passing of the trade deadline and a west coast trip when the question was put to Ray Allen about everything that had been swirling around him.
Paul Flannery
09/15/2010 - 10:55pm
We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the Celtics offseason. No. 4: Shaq attack
Paul Flannery
09/14/2010 - 10:22pm
We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the Celtics offseason. No. 5: Is Jermaine O’Neal the man for the middle? Even before Kendrick Perkins went down with a knee injury during the NBA Finals, it was clear that the Celtics had to address their frontline.
Paul Flannery
09/13/2010 - 9:57pm
We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the Celtics offseason. No. 6: Rajon Rondo leaves Team USA
Paul Flannery
09/12/2010 - 11:13pm
We’re counting down the 10 most important developments of the Celtics offseason. No. 7: Kendrick Perkins has surgery and Sheed exits stage left On the day Shaquille O’Neal was introduced to Boston, the Celtics made two things clear about the center position.
Paul Flannery
09/10/2010 - 10:00am
In the frenzied summer of 2010, the Celtics very quietly had an active offseason. We're counting down the 10 most important developments. No. 8: The remaking of the bench
Paul Flannery
09/08/2010 - 10:08pm
In the frenzied NBA summer of 2010, the Celtics very quietly had an active offseason. We’ll be counting down the 10 most important developments.
Paul Flannery
09/07/2010 - 9:27pm
The frenzied summer of 2010 has changed the NBA forever.
Paul Flannery
08/11/2010 - 12:09am
Shaquille O’Neal had perhaps the grandest entrance any player signed for the veteran minimum has ever had, arriving in Waltham to greet a phalanx of cameras, reporters and a group of kids from summer camp.
Paul Flannery
07/07/2010 - 8:15pm
The LeBron Chronicles will finally come to an end Thursday night, and it will do so in the one place that all sports soap operas must these days: With a live ESPN special hosted by Stuart Scott. That it took “sources” to inform an in-house reporter of a programming change on his own network showed just how convoluted and out of whack the whole process has become.
Paul Flannery
06/30/2010 - 10:55am
On Thursday, the floodgates will finally open on the NBA’s bold new future when the free agent period finally opens for business. 
Paul Flannery
06/25/2010 - 1:24am
All around him, the people were asking for more. “We love you Doc,” one called out from the Celtics’ draft night party. “We want you to stay,” another said. Then the room burst into applause for the coach of the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
06/20/2010 - 12:19am
The summer of 2010 promises a free agency frenzy the likes of which we have never seen in the NBA. The Celtics will not be players for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but they do have moves to make.
Paul Flannery
06/20/2010 - 12:04am
Just two months ago, the question for Danny Ainge was how would he tear down and try to rebuild with a roster full of aging veterans with big-money contracts and no salary cap space to work with. Now the question is whether he can keep the team together and continue this run. 
Paul Flannery
06/18/2010 - 5:53am
LOS ANGELES — Down to the very last, the Boston Celtics stayed true to themselves. They were a tight-knit emotional group, possibly even a little crazy.
Paul Flannery
06/16/2010 - 8:34pm
LOS ANGELES — At this point it is almost impossible to write about this series without lapsing into overwrought hyperbole filled with nostalgic asides.
Paul Flannery
06/16/2010 - 7:51pm


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