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1.31.2015

Did Reggie Lewis Commit Fraud?

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February 10, 1999

Did Reggie Lewis Commit Fraud?

Nearly 50 years ago, the world shook when the Brinks garage in the North End was robbed of more than $1 million. It was called the greatest heist of all time and it spawned at least two movies and a half-dozen books. But in my opinion, the Brinks job was chump change compared to the fraud revealed when Reggie Lewis collapsed and later died on the basketball floor at Brandeis in the summer of 1993. There was more than $15 million at stake in that deal, and it was the money that was at the center of the sequence of events that will continue to unfold in a Massachusetts courtroom unless there is a settlement in the malpractice suit brought by Reggie's widow, Donna Harris-Lewis, against Dr. Gilbert Mudge and three associates from Brigham and Women's Hospital. When Lewis signed what turned out to be his last contract with the Celtics, and the insurance policy that went with it, he was asked on the form if he had ever used drugs.

1.30.2015

Magic Crush Celts

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February 10, 1999

 Magic Crush Celts

ORLANDO, Fla. - You have heard that the Celtics need a big guy. You have heard that they are the shorties of the NBA, in need of a 7-footer who is a genuine rebounding romantic. You may have even heard someone say the Celtics are one big man away from being a very good team. So when the Celtics played their first road game of the season last night at Orlando Arena, the people who caused them the most problems in their 107-90 loss to the Magic were . . . little guys?

1.29.2015

C's Beat Heat and Pat Riley for First Time in 3 Years

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February 10, 1999

C's Beat Heat and Pat Riley for First Time in 3 Years

  MIAMI - The cameras were on Antoine Walker, Paul Pierce, and Rick Pitino. They were saying some nice things about their 108-101 win over the Heat at Miami Arena last night. They were measured in their remarks. Kenny Anderson was not. "Hey, man," the point guard announced near the entrance of the locker room, "this is a new era for the Celtics. This is the Pitino Era. We're about to play some ball here." The point guard was just getting started.

1.28.2015

Mercer's Knee Continues to Nag

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 February 7, 1999

Mercer's Knee Continues to Nag

   Ron Mercer didn't have to worry about his knee brace last night. He didn't play against the Cavaliers, and coach Rick Pitino isn't sure when the Celtics' second-year guard will be back on the floor.

Neither is Mercer.

1.27.2015

Pitino on Pierce and Popeye

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February 9, 1999

Pitino on Pierce and Popeye

ORLANDO, Fla. - As soon as the Celtics arrived here, they were greeted by news that the Magic might change their starting lineup. It turned out to be a false alarm, as coach Chuck Daly backed away from that idea. But Rick Pitino did not. Pitino said he wanted to experiment, so he reordered his lineup. Rookie Paul Pierce moved to the shooting guard spot, Antoine Walker was switched to small forward (a position he loves), Tony Battie was playing his natural power forward position, and Eric Riley was at center. "The key is Pierce at the 2," Pitino said.

1.26.2015

Pitino Keeping Pierce's Ego in Check

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February 8, 1999

 Pitino Keeping Pierce's Ego in Check

 WALTHAM - You won't have to worry about Paul Pierce remaining humble. The Celtics have something that keeps things in perspective for their rookie forward. It's called video. Pierce had 19 points on consecutive nights, against the Raptors and Cavaliers. He had a tremendous fourth quarter against the Cavs, scoring 15 points and tipping in the winning basket over the much bigger Shawn Kemp. "It was a great play,"

Celtics Outlast Cavs

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February 8, 1999

Celtics Outlast Cavs

   You remember those bullet polls showing so many fans not caring if the NBA ever played another game and wishing it just would go away? This was their night.

The Cavaliers and Celtics set back David Stern's goodwill reconstruction plan a few light years last night with a truly noxious performance before a near sellout of hostages at the FleetCenter. In a game no one deserved to win, the Celtics outlasted the Cavs, 77-73.

1.24.2015

The Reggie Lewis Situation is Heating Up

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February 8, 1999

The explosive allegations that Reggie Lewis used cocaine could trigger an investigation by the insurance companies that made good on his multimillion dollar contract to the Celtics and his widow. Yesterday, William J. Dailey, the attorney for Dr. Gilbert H. Mudge, Jr., Lewis's chief cardiologist, said "a significant portion" of the $13 million to $14 million Donna Harris-Lewis collected soon after her husband's death "could be contested" because Lewis denied he used cocaine on the insurance application. To qualify for the policy, Lewis said in writing that he had never used cocaine or any other illegal drugs. But the malpractice lawsuit against Mudge by Harris-Lewis has unearthed allegations that Lewis had used cocaine while he was a Northeastern University student. Dailey's comments came at a court hearing yesterday in Cambridge on whether Northeastern must release any information it gathered about Lewis and the use of drugs at the university.

1.22.2015

ML Carr Alive and Well

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February 7, 1999

ML Carr Alive and Well

He was there last night, looking as if nothing had ever changed. There was the double-breasted Joseph Abboud suit, the mingling with fans and media, and, later, rubbing elbows with the rich guys in the Putnam luxury boxes. "Billionaires," M.L. Carr was saying. "That's what we want, billionaires. Not millionaires. I've gone from the bench to the luxury boxes. Is that success or what?" There weren't a lot of Carr sightings at the FleetCenter last season. By his own count, he attended three of the 41 games: one with a client, one as a social night out, and the third to honor former teammate Robert Parish. It was absence by design, he says now.

Pitino to Start Greg Minor?

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February 7, 1999

Pitino to Start Greg Minor?

   A rash of injuries has left Celtics coach Rick Pitino scanning the roster, looking for a player who could stabilize the starting lineup. At yesterday's shootaround, fifth-year guard Greg Minor was told he was Pitino's pick.

The 96 Million Dollar Man is Bloated

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February 7, 1999

The 96 Million Dollar Man is a Bit Bloated

   The Cleveland Cavaliers say Shawn Kemp weighs 280 pounds. Of course, they say it with a wink. Kemp will indeed be 280 pounds when he loses 10 more.

1.21.2015

Pierce Gets Lost on Way to Game

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February 6, 1999

  On his way to the FleetCenter yesterday afternoon for his NBA debut, Paul Pierce got lost. Last night, midway through the opening quarter, he and his Celtics teammates lost their way again, seeing their early lead evaporate on the way to a 103-92 loss to the Raptors. Pierce arrived in plenty of time for the game, which he called "an old-fashioned horsewhipping." Despite the outcome, he was happy just to be playing. "I waited seven months for this season to start and I never thought it would get here," he said. "I wish things were a little different, but it is only one game and there are 49 to go." Pierce, who scored 19 points, had his moments. His play was statistically similar to what he did in the two exhibition victories over Toronto.

New CBA Boosts Pitino's Rebuilding Program

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February 7, 1999

New CBA Boosts Pitino's Rebuilding Program

   A rash of injuries has left Celtics coach Rick Pitino scanning the roster, looking for a player who could stabilize the starting lineup. At yesterday's shootaround, fifth-year guard Greg Minor was told he was Pitino's pick.

1.19.2015

Eric Riley is a Bit of a Journeyman

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February 7, 1999

Eric Riley is a Bit of a Journeyman

   "Journeyman" is a label despised by athletes, perhaps because there is little distinction about its use. You can argue with someone for days over whom to attach labels such as "warrior," "streak shooter," "tough defender," or "selfish player." But "journeyman" is quite simple: If your biography looks like an airline flight timetable, well . . .

1.18.2015

Celtics Ready to Play 50 Games in 90

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February 7, 1999

Celtics Ready to Play 50 Games in 90

Days By all accounts, the Celtics are not among the elite NBA teams, but their pressing, up-tempo style could prove troublesome for opponents during the truncated season, according to NBC analyst Doug Collins. By playing an unprecedented 50 games in 90 days because of the shortened season, NBA teams will have minimal time to practice. Collins said that could spell trouble for Celtics opponents, especially in Boston. TNT's Hubie Brown agreed. "Teams playing Boston must have a walk-through before the game to practice breaking the Celtics' press," said Brown. "And the team just can't go through the motions an hour before the game.

1.17.2015

Celtics rapped by Toronto

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February 6, 1999

 Celtics rapped by Toronto

 There were unmistakable sounds echoing off the FleetCenter's parquet last night. They were not groans. They were not moans. They were not wails. They were boos. "I heard them," Ron Mercer said, "but I wasn't sure if they were for us or Dee Brown." Well, if you're keeping score, the boos for current Celtics outnumbered the boos for ex-Celtics by a rate of, say, 1,000-1. In other words, it was a rout, much like the Celtics' Opening Night loss to the Raptors. The final was 103-92. And if you think that's bad, consider that many of the 17,289 fans here began to leave with five minutes remaining in the game. That's when Doug Christie (27 points) made a 3-pointer that put the Raptors ahead by 17, 97-80.

1.16.2015

Papers Filed in Reggie Lewis Cocaine Suit

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Papers File in Reggie Lewis Cocaine Suit

 February 6, 1999

Legal papers filed yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court present strikingly contrasting views of the medical treatment given by Dr. Gilbert H. Mudge Jr. to Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis in the months before Lewis's fatal heart attack in July 1993. The documents also shed new light on the question of whether Lewis used cocaine during his lifetime and if the damage to his heart was cocaine-related. The papers, filed in connection with the malpractice suit brought against Mudge by Lewis's widow, Donna Harris-Lewis, focus in part on whether the cardiologist overlooked prior test results and medical opinions that indicated that Lewis had a life-threatening heart condition. The lawyers for Harris-Lewis alleged that Mudge failed to disseminate among his medical team at Brigham and Women's Hospital the findings of tests done on Lewis at New England Baptist Hospital days before. Mudge defended the medical treatment he provided Lewis.

1.15.2015

Size Does Matter

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February 6, 1999


Size matters.

So does experience. So does a sense of purpose. The Celtics found that out in many painful and unpleasant ways last night in their season opener. They got bludgeoned on the boards in their 103-92 loss to the Raptors at the FleetCenter, a defeat that was as humiliating as it was surprising. It drove home the unnecessary point that exhibition games mean nothing and highlighted again the Celtics' soft underbelly, which promises to be a season-long concern. Geez, is it time for Andrew DeClercq to renegotiate? He couldn't go last night because of back spasms and he was missed. Newcomers Tony Battie and Eric Riley were manhandled inside by the two old paints on the Raptors, Kevin Willis and Charles Oakley. It was downright dominating.

1.14.2015

Mercer says he's ready; Pitino's not sure

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February 5, 1999

Mercer says he's ready; Pitino's not sure

   WALTHAM - Ron Mercer practiced yesterday and pronounced himself ready to play tonight. On most days, that is not what you would call urgent news. But when you consider that the Celtics guard was limping Monday - initially fearing that he had done something terrible to his medial collateral ligament - it is clear how significant his statement is.

1.13.2015

Early Whispers Say Paul Pierce will Win Rookie Honors

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Early Whispers Say Paul Pierce will Win Rookie Honors

February 5, 1999

   The Joker was recently in a gym, sitting on the top row of aluminum bleachers, trying to recall one of his favorite funny moments.

1.12.2015

Jordanless NBA To Give it a Go

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Jordanless NBA To Give it a Go

February 5, 1999

   On Jan. 21, the NBA announced that its 204-day lockout, which nearly had led to the cancellation of the season, was over. It announced later that day that it would be the first sports league to release its master schedule on the Internet.

The NBA is Back: But Will Anyone Watch?

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The NBA is Back: But Will Anyone Watch?

February 5, 1999

   The NBA is back, but the question lingers: Will people watch?

With as many as 10 teams capable of winning the championship after the retirement of Michael Jordan and the apparent demise of the Chicago Bulls, the field is wide open for a dominant team or teams and star(s) to emerge.

1.10.2015

1999: A Team-by-Team Pre-Season Review

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1999: A Team-by-Team Pre-Season Review

February 5, 1999

  1. MIAMI HEAT

- Coach: Pat Riley.

- Last year's record: 55-27.

- Roster: C - Alonzo Mourning, Duane Causwell, Marty Conlon, x-Amal McCaskill; F - P.J. Brown, Jamal Mashburn, Dan Majerle, Keith Askins, Clarence Weatherspoon, Mark Strickland, x-Terry Mills; G - Tim Hardaway, Terry Porter, Rex Walters, Mark Davis, x-Voshon Lenard.

- At a glance: El Presidente resisted overhauling his team and is back with basically the same gang that won the division title and then flamed out in the playoffs. Riley is concerned about Lenard's stress fracture - he should be - and even has toyed with the idea of bringing in Dennis Rodman. "It's going to be a revealing year for us," he said. Another backcourt bomber would help. You can count on these guys coming to play, playing hard, and playing, er, rough. That's their trademark, and it ain't gonna change.

1.09.2015

Rick and Red Continue Marketing Efforts after 204-Day Lockout

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Rick and Red Continue Marketing Efforts after 204-Day Lockout

February 5, 1999

The NBA's marketing effort to rehabilitate the game's image in the wake of the 204-day lockout continues tonight when Rick Pitino and Red Auerbach speak directly to Celtics fans from the FleetCenter floor immediately after introductions of the starting lineups for the season opener against the Raptors. Pitino and Auerbach are expected to tell the fans that their continued support is crucial and to draw a link between Celtics tradition and the newer version of the team. "We couldn't have two better communicators to talk to our fans," said Stuart Layne, the Celtics' executive vice president of marketing and sales. "But I think that the tone of everything this team and this organization has done since the lockout was over is to tell the fans how much we need them and how they are the absolute key to our success."

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