Former Celtics guard Dennis Johnson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night in Springfield.

 

The presentation began with a video montage showing some of Johnson's career highlights, including his game-winning jump shot in Game 4 of the 1985 NBA Finals and his basket following Larry Bird's steal in the final seconds of Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals. Fellow Hall of Famers John Havlicek, Bill Walton and Bird spoke during the montage, with Bird calling Johnson "the best player I've ever played with."

 

SPRINGFIELD - Charles Barkley, in Springfield for Hall of Fame weekend, talked Friday about the Celtics addition of Shaquille O'Neal. The TNT analyst -- part of the legendary 1992 Olympic squad being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year -- feels that the move was a "no-braner" for the Celtics.

 

"Don't forget, Shaq played very well last year," Barkley said. "I thought it was a very good pickup for the Celtics. Shaq played very well. He's going to help them a lot."

 

The 2010 Celtics preseason schedule is now available online, with games coming against Atlantic Division opponents.

 

Boston will see the Nets, the 76ers, the Raptors and the Knicks each twice.

 

For more information on the preseason schedule and the Celtics, visit the Green Street blog.

Tuesday was the busiest day of the Celtics offseason. Here's a recap of what you can find at WEEI.com.

 

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.



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The Celtics announced that they have waived Rasheed Wallace after reaching a mutual agreement that will allow him to retire. "We would like to thank Rasheed for everything that he did for this team and organization last season," said Danny Ainge in a statement released by the team. "We would like to wish Rasheed and his family the best as they move on into the next phase of their lives. He will always be a member of the Celtics family."

 

It's fair to be skeptical about a Shaq/Celtics marriage. 



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The 2010-11 NBA schedule was released Tuesday. Highlights for the Celtics include the season-opener vs. the new-look Heat on Oct. 26 at TD Garden and a Christmas Day game at Orlando. The Celtics face off against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 30, in the fourth game of a five-game road trip. The teams have a rematch on Thursday night, Feb. 10.

 

One question that has continued to hover around the Celtics this offseason, is what will they do with Rasheed Wallace. The veteran has two years left on his contract, but he indicated through his agent and to the team that he will retire. The Celtics have tried to trade his contract this summer but have not found the right deal. Danny Ainge said the situation will be resolved soon. "We have looked at trade possibilities throughout the summer," Ainge said. "We'll continue to do that.

WALTHAM -- Before the start of the Shaquille O'Neal press conference Tuesday, Doc Rivers announced that the Celtics signed second-round pick Luke Harangody to a two-year contract. The Notre Dame alum was 52nd pick of the 2010 draft. He impressed many during the Summer League in Orlando, where he led the Celtics for the week with 16.8 points per game while shooting 47.1% from the floor and 50.0% on 3-point attempts.