October 11, 1997
The Celtics opened the game with their new green-and-white Nike-made shooting shirts. They also were wearing their traditional black sneakers but are expected to change to white for the start of the season . . . New Celtics radio play-by-play man Howard David did not make the trip because he is observing Yom Kippur. Ted Sarandis replaced him . . . Current Bulls assistant and former center Bill Cartwright attended the game. He is scouting the Celtics, preparing for the season opener in 20 days. Cartwright knows about Pitino debuts. The center was dealt from New York to Chicago because Pitino wanted another physical rebounder to play with Patrick Ewing. He wound up with Charles Oakley . . . The Celtics will meet the Hawks again tonight in Huntsville, Ala.