8.31.2008

Ernie D Ends Comeback Bid

1981-82 Boston Celtics

Yes, well, there won't be any behind-the-back passes from Ernie D this season, at least not in Boston. He has already left the Celtics ' training camp.

It happened on Sunday night. At the tail end of a scrimmage, Ernie DiGregorio sustained a blow to the head in some sort of collision with Tiny Archibald. He exited in the general direction of the locker room. Soon afterward Bill Fitch called his name, ready to send him back in.

"He left," Fitch was told. And that was that.

Ernie D had walked off into the night without saying a word to anybody. By 4:30 yesterday afternoon he still hadn't said a word to anyone connected with the Celtics, and last night he could not be reached for comment.

"He's done," Fitch said yesterday, "but I don't honestly think he went away mad. Whatever questions he wanted answered to himself, maybe he got answered."

DiGregorio's chances of making the team were slim, anyway. He'll be 30 in January, and he hasn't had any serious competition in 2 1/2 years. (His last NBA game was also John Havlicek's last game, April 8, 1978).

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