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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
11/01/2011 - 11:55pm
This should have been opening night for the Celtics. It would have been our first real chance to see the familiar faces and whatever new pieces team president Danny Ainge was able to acquire after what would have been a hectic offseason.
Paul Flannery
10/21/2011 - 1:01am
So this is where we are on Day 112 of the NBA lockout that never seems to end. After three days and more than 30 hours of negotiations, the NBA and the union that represents the players have walked away from each other again without a new collective bargaining agreement. The issues remain the same – the revenue split and the system – only this time the rhetoric has gone from simmer to boil.
Paul Flannery
10/17/2011 - 9:16pm
While the NBA drifts off toward the ether one of the most important storylines of the season that may never be received a kickstart when Dwight Howard sat down with Esquire’s Scott Raab.
Paul Flannery
10/14/2011 - 2:52pm
Is everyone having fun yet? The commissioner who acts on behalf of the 30 owners in the NBA locked the players out on July 1 after the collective bargaining agreement expired, surprising absolutely no one. It’s true that there was some discussion before the owners, with Stern as their proxy, closed up shop after one of the most compelling NBA seasons in recent memory.
Paul Flannery
10/11/2011 - 9:45pm
The NBA announced on Monday that it was cancelling the first two weeks of the regular season, which means that for the second time in 13 years the league will miss games. To the union this was an inevitable conclusion to a process that began two years ago when the two sides informally began talks. "I'm convinced this was all just part of the plan," Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association told reporters on Monday.
Paul Flannery
10/04/2011 - 11:13pm
There are two ways to look at the mess the NBA is in now. There’s the pessimistic view that the season will not start on time and the league and the players association not only didn’t come to an agreement, but also reverted back to rhetoric and spin. The optimistic view is that buried beneath the rancor is the reality that the NBA finally made a move toward the players.
Paul Flannery
10/04/2011 - 1:14am
After all the posturing, blood issues and extreme consequences it appears that the NBA and National Basketball Player’s Association are finally getting down to the heart of the matter. There have been hints of movement, longer negotiations and even a flare-up between commissioner David Stern and Dwyane Wade. All of that has, “set the table for [Tuesday’s] meeting,” in the words of Stern’s deputy Adam Silver.
Paul Flannery
09/10/2011 - 7:54pm
This isn’t a story about healing. It’s not about politics or war. It’s simply a story about someone I used to know. It’s odd that I can vividly remember so much about that day, but I can’t remember how I found out about Marty – only that he was in one of the Towers.
Paul Flannery
08/24/2011 - 2:41pm
Danny Ainge said the expectations were too high. Doc Rivers talked about losing continuity.
Paul Flannery
07/25/2011 - 4:04pm
There’s a tendency to believe that the date that defined the Celtics season was Feb.
Paul Flannery
07/19/2011 - 6:08pm
Paul Flannery
07/13/2011 - 11:24pm
As we sit in the middle of July with no labor agreement, no labor meetings scheduled and no real clue as to what the rules for franchise-building will be in the future, it seems pointless to speculate on the future of anything.
Paul Flannery
07/11/2011 - 2:51pm
It was about a year ago when the idea took hold in a bar over by Fenway. The question itself was simple: Why doesn’t Bill Russell have a statue?
Paul Flannery
06/30/2011 - 10:15pm
What has been anticipated for more than two years became official on Friday morning as the NBA locked out its players. The league emailed a statement on Thursday, which explained the tangible effects of the lockout:
Paul Flannery
06/24/2011 - 2:28am
In time the 2011 NBA draft may be viewed through the prism of history as a strange and curious footnote in an uncertain future for the league. With labor unrest swirling many of the top prospects elected to stay in the safety of their college programs.
Paul Flannery
06/19/2011 - 9:17pm
While the NBA gears up for Thursday’s draft, a bigger story will play out earlier this week in New York. On Tuesday, the league and the player’s union are meeting in what appears to be pivotal talks in the hope of coming to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Paul Flannery
06/13/2011 - 4:58pm
Something fundamentally changed in the NBA this past week.
Paul Flannery
06/07/2011 - 3:01pm
Last season, 35-year-old Ray Allen played 36 minutes a night in 80 games and didn’t miss any time because of injury. He shot a career-high from the floor (49 percent) and 3-point range (44 percent) and was once again an All-Star after a one-year absence.
Paul Flannery
06/03/2011 - 2:52pm
On the day Shaquille O’Neal met Boston, he was greeted by a wall of television cameras, photographers and reporters from both news and gossip along with the usual sports media contingent. Taken in a vacuum, this spectacle made no sense. He was here as just another old vet looking to hang on one for more year at the minimum.
Paul Flannery
05/25/2011 - 8:23pm
“We look at it probably as a failure this year, not winning a championship,” – Rajon Rondo after the Celtics were eliminated in Miami.
Paul Flannery
05/17/2011 - 2:46pm
For the first time since plans were unveiled for a statue, Bill Russell spoke publicly about the honor. If you expected a quick and easy response from Russell, you’ve got the wrong guy.
Paul Flannery
05/15/2011 - 6:42pm
The Celtics are bringing the band back together for one more year and no one seems particularly thrilled with the notion of turning into a version of the mid 2000’s Pistons; a.k.a. the team that was one of the toughest outs in the league, but didn’t have enough to get back to the summit.
Paul Flannery
05/12/2011 - 1:21am
MIAMI -- Sometimes the story simply doesn’t end the way you had hoped and sometimes the surprise twist simply doesn’t deliver on its promise. For eight months, the Celtics played this NBA season for the sole purpose of avenging last year’s bitter defeat at the hands of the Lakers in Game 7 of the finals.
Paul Flannery
05/11/2011 - 1:34am
MIAMI — At this point it is no longer about adjustments, strategies or X’s and O’s. The Celtics know what they have to do against Miami — limit turnovers, hit the defensive boards, protect the paint.
Paul Flannery
05/10/2011 - 1:27am
So here were the Celtics all tied with the Heat through an impossibly wretched offensive fourth quarter, playing with a one-armed point guard, no center and three Hall of Famers with their needles hovering on empty.


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