7.17.2019

Red to Get his Own Number Hoisted

January 4, 1985

Red Auerbach is surprised as he walks into his office early one Sunday morning last spring to find a group of his friends gathered around his desk. "Haven't you guys got anything better to do," he says defensively, putting a briefcase on the floor and buying time to figure out what is going on. He knows one thing, he is not happy that a meeting is going to prevent him from watching his favorite TV show, Hawaii Five-0, which is the way he usually relaxes before a game. "We are going to honor you, and we want to know when you would like to have it done," general manager Jan Volk says, not knowing whether to expect Mt. Vesuvius or Walden Pond. Auerbach's face lights up. He is pleased, even forgetting about Hawaii and Danno for a second.

"Why?" he asks with a puckish grin.

"Because," answers another member of the committee, "if we don't get you out of the way soon, how the hell is Jan going to get your job?"

7.16.2019

Celtics' Bench is Regular Brick Brigade

December 25, 1984

CELTICS' BENCH TOSSING ROCKS

Any rocks in your stocking this morning? Blame it on the Celtics' backup guards. Boston's backcourt benchmen have been tossing boulders all through the holiday season.

7.13.2019

Six Celtics Doing almost 90% of Scoring

December 21, 1984

CELTICS' 'BIG SIX' IN NEED OF HELP

The Celtics have a guady record, but folks are beginning to question their depth. NBA axiom No. 99 holds that you have to be more than six deep to avoid the deep six when the playoffs roll around.

7.12.2019

Parish Subpar in Loss to Philly

December 13, 1984

76ERS EDGE CELTICS AT THE WIRE, 110-107

Before you decide to cancel Christmas, or strip your "Lets's get it back to back" sticker off your car, remember that it's only December, the Celtics are 19-3, and games of true consequence won't be played until your 1984 tax return is due.

7.11.2019

Magic still Tragic

December 11, 1984

UNFAIRLY BLAMED, MAGIC JOHNSON CARRIES ON

Think back to the historic Celtics Lakers playoff series last spring. Recall who was the consensus goat? Remember which Laker entered the series as a mythic figure and left it with a tarnished reputation? Magic Johnson can't forget. The trashee was himself.

7.10.2019

Bird is Sizzling

December 11, 1984

BIRD'S EYE-POPPING START PART OF GAME PLAN

Who'd ever have thought it would be Larry Bird? Of all the men to stray away from what is considered to be the most sacred of Celtics traditions, who'd have thought it would be the man generally regarded as the team's most unselfish player?

7.09.2019

Boston Dumps Atlanta, Despite 70 from Nique and Doc

December 10, 1984

MCHALE, BIRD DO IN HAWKS

They call it "Tap City," a tiny part of the world above the rims at Boston Garden, and woe be to any visitor whose hopes for victory rest on a ball bouncing there with the game on the line.

"Tap City" used to be the private domain of one Bill Russell, and when he left it was inherited by a couple of fellows named Dave Cowens and Paul Silas. Now it belongs to Kevin McHale, whose dramatic tip-in with one second to play gave the Celtics a 128-127 victory over the Atlanta Hawks last night before a sellout crowd of 14,890.

7.08.2019

Glenn "Doc" Rivers Chokes at the Stripe in C's Win

December 10, 1984

GLENN "DOC" RIVERS MUFFED CHANCE TO STAR

Glenn (Doc) Rivers was easy to spot last night. His body was sprawled on the Garden floor while the Celtics trotted off with yet another victory.

Rivers didn't have anything to be particularly ashamed of, and neither did the Atlanta Hawks, who more than acquitted themselves in a 128-127 loss to Boston. But nobody blamed Rivers for feeling a little sorry about losing. Twice he had a chance to be a hero and didn't come through.

The first was with eight seconds left. Rivers missed two free throws, and Boston got the ball back in time to call time and score the winning basket. Rivers confessed later that winning shot by Kevin McHale might have been his fault, too. He was supposed to be guarding Larry Bird, and by the time he realized it, it was too late.

"Boston made a smart play during the 20-second timeout," said Rivers. "They took out a guard (Quinn Buckner) and put in a forward (Cedric Maxwell). That made Bird a guard, and nobody picked him up. I guess he was my man. I was happy to see him miss the shot. But the thing about Bird is that he shoots such a soft shot that even when he misses, it's around the basket for a tip-in if the guy has position."

Rivers, a former Marquette star, couldn't believe he'd missed two clutch free throws.

"I thought the first one was in," he said. "It went over the rim and then rolled off. On the second one, I buckled my knee. I guess I picked a bad time to have bad mechanics. The second shot came right back to me, and I couldn't pick it up."

7.07.2019

Bird (37) and the Chief (24 & 18) Polish off the Nets

December 9, 1984

Section: SPORTS

BIRD (37), CELTICS TAKE IT TO NETS, 107-98

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.

How bad are things with the New Jersey Nets? They had to press play-by-play announcer Mel Proctor into service as a practice player this week. The last thing they need, therefore, is to be a sorry O to a rampaging X known as the Boston Celtics.

7.06.2019

Mighty C's Lose One

December 5, 1984

PISTONS COOL OFF CELTICS

On a night when the inside of the Silverdome was the same temperature as a Haagan Daaz warehouse, the Celts turned stone cold and saw their 10-game winning streak snapped by the Detroit Pistons.

Playing the final 5:10 without a field goal, Boston dropped a 104-99 decision to the Pistons as 19,413 shivered in Pontiac's Ice Water Mansion. The Celts missed their last nine shots, recorded a season low for free-throw percentage (.711) and registered their second-worst totals in floor shooting (.429) and scoring. Even Doug Flutie would have had trouble pulling this one out.

7.05.2019

DJ Fine-Tuning his Stroke

December 4, 1984

DJ Fine-Tuning his Stroke

Bald men don't grow hair in midlife, little men don't grow tall overnight and Joan Rivers this far in her career never will show class. Some things are given, others are accepted and the wise man learns to give up trying to change the unchangeable. So how are we to consider the marvel of Dennis Johnson and his shot?

7.04.2019

C's Take Gaudy Record to the Silverdome

December 4, 1984

CELTICS NEARING RECORDS

The magical mystery tour moves to the suburban tundra of northwest Detroit tonight. Playing the 9-9 Pistons at the Silverdome (SportsChannel, 7:30), the Celtics will attempt to stretch their winning streak to 11 games, while raising their overall record to a franchise-best 16-1.

7.03.2019

C's Beat Pesky Cavs

December 2, 1984

CELTICS DOWN CAVS

It was supposed to be like Christie Brinkley vs. Olive Oyl in a wet T-shirt contest. It was supposed to be like Eric Sevareid in a floor debate with Fred Flintstone.

It was too predictable: One team bound for glory, the other bound and gory. The Celtics have been playing their best ball in three years and are talking about winning back-to-back championships. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting for an NIT bid.

7.02.2019

Is DJ the Best Guard in the NBA?

December 2, 1984

Is DJ the Best Guard in the NBA?

You can make a case for Magic Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Isiah Thomas or Michael Jordan, but this typist believes that Dennis Johnson has been the best guard in the league for the first month of the season.

7.01.2019

ML Carr Making an Impact

November 30, 1984

M. L.CARR - CAREFREE AND CONTRIBUTING CELTIC

The engine rattle has suddenly ceased. The hole in the muffler closed itself. The broken defroster and radio are working again. The old Carr is defying nature and technology.

M.L. Carr has reversed the aging process. In a profession where rust never sleeps and performers gradually deteriorate until they retire, Carr is making his final season his best one in three years.

6.30.2019

Bird (23, 10, & 9) and Parish (17 & 11) Help C's Melt Rockets

November 29, 1984

CELTICS MELT DOWN ROCKETS, 110-100

Just another game? Sure . . . just like your high school reunion is just another dinner dance.

You always want to look good in front of those who knew you when, and the Celtics impressed their former mentor last night with a comeback 110-100 victory over Big Brother Bill Fitch's Rockets in the sold-out Summit.

6.29.2019

Bird's 40 Boosts Boston (12-1)

November 28, 1984

CELTICS CRUISE, 114-99 CELTICS MAKE MAVERICKS 12TH VICTIM

Maybe Bill Fitch, Ralph Sampson, and Akeem Olajuwon have the answer. We'll find out tonight in Houston. Meanwhile, the Celtics keep rolling along like Edwin Moses high-stepping over two-foot hurdles.

6.28.2019

KC Jones is a Proven Winner

November 26, 1984

SILENCE IS GOLDEN THE UNPARALLELED WINNING RECORD OF K.C. JONES SPEAKS LOUDER THAN HIS WORDS

A soft-spoken man in a profession dominated by blowhards, K.C. Jones never has developed a knack for self-promotion. He's not particularly quotable, rarely gets thrown out of games, and doesn't make moves or comments that bring attention to himself or his coaching. He has, in fact, done little to publicly discourage the widespead notion that the multitalented Celtics could be adequately coached by your mailman.

6.27.2019

Reigning Champs Look Even Better

November 25, 1984

SO FAR, CELTICS LOOK NEW AND IMPROVED

Granted, it's only November and they've played a creampuff schedule, but at this juncture the Celtics have the appearance of being a better ballclub than the 1983-84 world championship edition.

6.26.2019

C's Down KC Kings, Move to 11-1

11/25/84

CELTICS DOWN KANSAS CITY KINGS

The streak is now six in a row and the Celtics are 11-1, just like the Dolphins, Broncos and 49ers.

Boston defeated the Kansas City Kings last night, 135-124, before the largest crowd (17,341) in the 13-year history of the KC franchise.

There are folks who will tell you that George Brett, Tom Watson and the Oak Ridge Boys are Kansas City's only true Kings, but KC's moribund basketball franchise gave Boston all it could handle last night.

6.25.2019

Celtics Avenge Lone Loss

November 24, 1984

CELTICS AVENGE LONE LOSS

They'll be taking it to the streets and dancehalls of Kansas City, Dallas, Houston and Richfield, Ohio during the next eight days. But for those who've seen them around here these last few weeks, the message is already clear: the 1984-85 Celtics will not be cancered by complacency, intimidated by upstarts, or pressured by pretenders.

6.24.2019

Parish and McHale Make Warriors Green with Envy

November 22, 1984

CELTICS FEAST, 135-91

Today is a day of thanks.

Before passing the cranberry sauce to your brother-in-law, be thankful that you are not a Golden State Warriors season-ticket holder. Give thanks for Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, who came to Boston when the Warriors wanted Joe Barry Carroll. As always, thank Red Auerbach for drafting Larry Joe Bird a year before anyone else thought of it.

6.23.2019

Cornbread Drops 30, while Bird and Parish Combine for 34 Caroms

November 16, 1984

CELTICS RIP BULLS, 125-105

In the best of NBA circles, the "Wolf Ticket" is still the one thing that can provoke the most violent reaction. Most teams know the worst place to try to beat the Celtics is in the newspapers and on the airwaves.

6.22.2019

Woolridge has Less to Say after Thumping

November 16, 1984

FIRED UP BY FIGHTIN' WORDS

Orlando Woolridge claims he was misunderstood. He really didn't want the Celtics to take his remarks personally.

But it was comments by Woolridge that seem to inspire the Celtics to a 20- point victory last night. The Chicago forward said among other things that the Bulls were going to take it right to the Celtics. He added that he was going at Larry Bird, who, said Woolridge, was not a good defensive player.

6.21.2019

Cs Win, as Bird, McHale, Parish, and DJ Score all but 12 Points

November 15, 1984

CELTICS EASE PAST KNICKS

It was like "Nightline" testing its drawing power against the "Tonight Show" on an evening when Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon and Doc Severinsen stayed home.

Playing a last-place Knick team which was without Bernard King and just about everybody else, the Celts fooled around for three quarters before rolling to a 115-99 victory over New York last night at Boston Garden.

6.20.2019

Pistons Prevail, Notwithstanding 51 from Moses

PISTONS OVERCOME 51 BY MOSES

Associated Press

Kelly Tripucka scored 45 points, including eight in overtime, as the Detroit Pistons overcame a 51-point performance by Moses Malone to defeat the host Philadelphia 76ers 137-133 last night.

The 76ers tied the game at 127-127 on a layup by Julius Erving but a three-point play by Vinnie Johnson and two free throws by Tripucka put the Pistons ahead to stay 132-127 with 2:17 left in overtime.

Malone's 51 points were two short of his career high.

6.19.2019

C's Win Battle of Oldest v. Youngest, as Bird Posts 29, 9, 5, & 5

November 13, 1984

PARISH SPARKS CELTICS' ROMP

It was the Rolling Stones vs. Menudo; the Supreme Court vs. a bunch of third-year law students. You've got to go with the graybeards, especially on Veterans Day.

In a match pitting the NBA's oldest team against the league's most inexperienced unit, the Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers, 132-115, at Market Square Arena last night before a crowd of 13,876. Boston's time-tested soldiers blew it open early, let the youngsters climb back, then pulled away down the stretch. It was tied three times, but the Celtics never trailed.

6.18.2019

Carlisle Still a Celtic

November 13, 1984

RICK CARLISLE DEFIES ODDS

At first, the idea of remaining throughout the National Basketball Association season to the springtime, when the Boston Celtics will enter the playoffs and try to defend their championship, would have been too ambitious. The plan at the very beginning of Rick Carlisle's professional career was just to last from day to day, from rookie camp to the time when the veterans appeared, for as long as the numbers game would allow him to stick around.

6.17.2019

Bird & DJ Lead the Way

November 13, 1984

Celtics Rip Indianapolis; Bird Racks Up 29 Points

Robert Parish scored 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter, including seven in a 13-point Boston spurt Monday night as the Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 132-115 in a National Basketball Association game in Indianapolis.

Parish grabbed a rebound and put in a hook shot to start the spurt with 9:56 remaining in the third period, breaking a 69-69 tie. The Boston center then put in a layup with 8:20 to go to completed the string.

Indiana never pulled closer than seven again.

Larry Bird led a Celtics attack that had six players in double figures with 29 points, scoring 23 in the first half.

Dennis Johnson contributed 24 for the victory and Danny Ainge added 18, including 10 in the final quarter when he was able to shoot almost unmolested from outside.

Bird started his night by connecting from three-point range and sparked Boston to a 20-12 advantage while hitting on his first six shots.

A layup and free throw by Quinn Buckner gave the defending world champions a 16-point lead, 37-21, with 13 seconds left in the opening period.

6.15.2019

Erving, Bird Ejected in Celts Win

November 10, 1984

CELTS WIN BRAWL WITH SIXERS, 130-119 ERVING AND BIRD EJECTED

Through the years, it has become an explosive war, its ugly incidents obscured only by the splendid intensity of the games themselves.

But rarely has the Boston Celtics' rivalry with the 76ers reached the kind of boiling point that it reached last night in Boston Garden, where the unbeaten Celtics swatted the Sixers with their first loss of the season - a 130-119 drubbing.

6.14.2019

Bird, Erving Scuffle (42-6)

November 10, 1984

BIRD, ERVING SCUFFLE

Superstars Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics and Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers are old friends.

But there was no joking Friday night in the Boston Garden as the unbeaten Celtics rolled to a 130-119 National Basketball Association victory over the previously undefeated 76ers.

6.13.2019

C's Win Again

November 8, 1984

CELTICS REMAIN UNBEATEN

Larry Bird scored 14 of his game-high 31 points in a decisive third period, and the unbeaten Boston Celtics rolled to their fourth victory without a loss last night in a 135-108 National Basketball Association decision over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

Danny Ainge had 24 points, including 15 in the first period. Robert Parish added 21, Dennis Johnson 18 and Kevin McHale 15 for Boston's defending NBA champions.

Boston opened a 34-26 first-period lead and widened the advantage to 54-43 late in the first half.

The Clippers then rolled off 11 points in a row for a 54-54 tie before Parish hit from the outside, and Johnson added a free throw for a 57-54 Boston lead at the intermission.

The Celtics took complete charge at the outset of the second half, with Bird scoring two quick baskets and Parish another.

Parish helped Bird in the 33-point quarter with 10 points, pushing Boston to a 90-79 lead.

The Celtics widened the margin to 121-99 before Coach K.C. Jones cleared his bench with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

6.12.2019

Bird (29, 13, & 8) and Parish (25 & 15) Lead the Way

November 1, 1984

C's Hang Banner, Win Opener

Before their home opener against the Nets tonight, the Celtics raised a green-and-white banner to the rafters of Boston Garden to mark their 15th league championship.

While the Celtics were on the floor for the ceremony, the Nets retired to the locker room instead of watching. "Maybe it would've been good for us," said Otis Birdsong, the Nets' captain. "But then, maybe not."

6.11.2019

Bird Drops 33, as C's Down Pistons

October 27, 1984

CELTICS TOP PISTONS AS BIRD SCORES 33

Larry Bird scored 8 points in the final 1 minute 56 seconds to help the Boston Celtics defeat the Detroit Pistons, 130-123, tonight.

A crowd of 27,563 saw the game at the Silverdome, the largest opening night crowd in the Pistons' history, as the National Basketball Association opened its 39th season.

6.10.2019

Maxwell Re-Ups (finally)

October 26, 1984

MAXWELL AGREES TO PACT WITH CELTS

BOSTON - Veteran forward Cedric Maxwell, who became a free agent after he helped the Boston Celtics win their 15th NBA championship last June, signed a multiyear contract with the club yesterday on the eve of the season opener.

General manager Jan Volk announced that an agreement had been reached after extended negotiations with Maxwell, an exhibition-season holdout, and agent Ron Grinker.

No terms were announced. However, it was estimated that Maxwell settled for $800,000 a year.

The Celtics also announced that they had reached their 12-player limit by cutting their No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks, 6-7 Michael Young of Houston and 6-8 Ronnie Williams of Florida.

The signing of Maxwell left Young and Williams expendable. It also will enable 6-10 Kevin McHale to return to the sixth-man role - for which he was named best in the NBA last season - when Maxwell is ready to start with Larry Bird and Robert Parish.

6.09.2019

Title Defense Begins

October 26, 1984

CELTICS BEGIN TITLE DEFENSE

The Detroit Pistons, hoping to challenge for the Central Division championship this season despite a revamped starting lineup, play host to the defending champion Boston Celtics tonight to highlight the six-game, opening- night slate for the National Basketball Association's 39th season.

6.08.2019

Michael Jordan: The New Dr. J?

October 25, 1984

Michael Jordan: The New Dr. J?

For Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, the advance praise has been enormous.

"You don't see a player like him come into the league very often," said Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West. "He'll have a big impact, because he's going to win some close games. He's going to build the confidence of the other players, because he's going to be so spectacular."

6.06.2019

Ainge Buzzer Beater Seals Win

October 19, 1984

AINGE'S SHOT TOPS MAVERICKS AT THE BUZZER

It was a loss that left Mavericks fans and Dick Motta smiling. Weird, yes. A contradiction, yes. But then, there are more meaningful things than the NBA exhibition season -- a good roller coaster ride and a corny dog at the State Fair, for instance.

The Mavericks were defeated by the Boston Celtics, 118-116, Thursday night when Danny Ainge hit an 18-foot jump shot as time ran out. Quick. What is the Mavericks' pre-season record? What is Boston's? Who cares?

6.05.2019

Henderson Dealt for Pick; Ainge Now the Man

October 17, 1984

CELTS TRADE HENDERSON TO SONICS FOR DRAFT PICK

In a surprise move, the NBA champion Boston Celtics yesterday traded guard Gerald Henderson, whom they re-signed just last week, to the Seattle SuperSonics for a first-round 1986 draft choice.

6.04.2019

McHale and Bird Too Much for Jazz

October 15, 1984

CELTICS ROLL IN VEGAS BIRD SCORES 36 IN 110-101 VICTORY OVER JAZZ

You've got to love it when the NBA goes to Vegas. Where else could you find Nevada Gov. Richard Byran, Bill Russell, a John Wayne impersonator, Jerry Tarkanian, Stan Albeck and a singer named Lovelace Watkins all gathered for the same show?

6.03.2019

Henderson Ends Drama, Re-ups

October 13, 1984

CELTS SIGN HENDERSON TO MULTIYEAR CONTRACT

BOSTON - Guard Gerald Henderson, who has earned two championship rings in five years with the Boston Celtics, signed a multiyear contract yesterday.

No details were announced, but some observers estimated that Henderson, who had become a free agent, signed for four years at $325,000 a season.

Henderson, 28, has averaged 8.8 points a game in five years with Boston, including 11.6 last season. His signing left forward Cedric Maxwell, also a free agent, as the only veteran missing from training camp.

6.02.2019

Carlisle Steals the Show, Outscores Sampson

October 11, 1984

CARLISLE STEALS SHOW; CELTICS WIN, 124-105

This town has been good to the Celtics. A couple of youngsters named Bob Cousy and Tom Heinsohn developed their skills near the shores of the muddy Blackstone River and went on from Holy Cross to enjoy years of green glory in Boston.

The Celtics gave a little back last night - treating Central Mass. legions to one of the more attractive matchups on Boston's preseason barnstoming tour: a date with ex-Celtic czar Bill Fitch and his World Trade Center Houston Rockets.

6.01.2019

C's Mow Down Sixers, Despite 15-1 Philly Run

October 10, 1984

CELTS DOWN SIXERS, 122-108, AS NEW ROUND BEGINS IN RIVALRY

HARTFORD, Conn.

The 76ers haven't met the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs in two seasons.

You would think that fact alone would have cooled the fires that heat the teams' rivalry and that it somehow would have diminished the trademark unpredictability of the series.

But it hasn't.

5.31.2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, Greg Kite

October 3, 1984

KITE'S JUST LOOKING FOR A LITTLE RESPECT

Greg Kite's rookie season was an all-expenses-paid tour through NBA America . . . and little else.

Kite told his friends to get to games early if they wanted to see him play. Real early - like, before the end of warmups.

5.30.2019

Ainge Fills Henderson's Void

October 2, 1984

AINGE UP FRONT FOR BACKCOURT

The Celtics apparently feel little pressure to accommodate free-agent guard Gerald Henderson because they believe there are other people who can fill Henderson's green shoes.

5.29.2019

Camp Opens for World Champs

September 29, 1984

CELTICS OPEN CAMP WITH TWO MISGIVINGS

It was like going to a wedding at which two of the bride's sisters failed to appear. Talk of family feuding and missing persons carried the day.

The Celtics were hosts for their annual "Media Day" at Hellenic College yesterday morning. Ten veterans and four rookies encountered a formidable battery of microphones and telephoto lenses, and in every corner of the crusty gym folks were talking about free agent absentees Cedric Maxwell and Gerald Henderson.

5.28.2019

Questions Mount for Sixers

September 27, 1984

Is Julius Erving happy?

Maybe. Doctor J hasn't forgotten the team's trade discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers. Nor has he forgotten the puzzling, painful way the situation was publicly handled.

He is 34, in the final season of his contract, finally recovered from groin and stomach injuries that debilitated him during the playoffs.

''Is Doc ready?'' Cunningham said, responding to a question. ''In my mind, yes. I know the desire that is inside the man. It was tremendous before we won a title, and it still is. The contractual stuff, whether he wants to play another year after this one, I'm staying out of. I'll leave that to (owner) Harold Katz.''

Will the Erving rumors ever die?

5.27.2019

Exactly How Did the Sixers Lose to NJ in the First Round?

September 27, 1984

SIXERS START QUEST FOR REDEMPTION

It is time to find out if a team that went down in flames in April can recall how to fan a fire.

''It seems,'' 76ers general manager Pat Williams was saying, ''like it's been three years since our last game.''

5.26.2019

Ainge a Source of Disagreement

September 2, 1984

AINGE WORKS WHILE EVERYONE TALKS

Maybe it's because he played against the Red Sox before he played for the Celtics. Maybe it's because his finest moment as a collegian took place in the Providence Civic Center. Maybe it's because he's a fast white man in a game dominated by fast blacks.

5.25.2019

C's Invite Carlisle to Camp

August 30, 1984

C's Invite Carlisle to Camp

The Celtics have invited four draft picks and one free agent to their veterans camp that begins in late September.

Boston's top four draft picks - Michael Young (6 feet 7, forward, Houston), Ronnie Williams (6-7, forward, Florida), Rick Carlisle (6-5, guard, Virginia) and Kevin Mullin (6-5, guard, Princeton) - plus free agent forward Winfred King have been asked to try out for the defending world champs. All five participated in Red Auerbach's annual rookie camp last week. King was drafted by the Celtics in 1983 and spent last season on their injured reserve list due to shoulder surgery.

The Celtics' preseason roster numbers 17, but M.L. Carr says he's contemplating retirement, and free agents Gerald Henderson and Cedric Maxwell remain unsigned (general manager Jan Volk is vacationing until next week). It is also possible that one or more of the rookie hopefuls will elect to play overseas rather than take a shot with the Celtics.

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