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Enes Kanter Celebrates Citizenship With New Name

Celtics center is now Enes Kanter Freedom

(Newser) - Enes Kanter became an American citizen Monday—and the Turkish-born Boston Celtics center celebrated his new citizenship with a new name. Hank Fetic, the 29-year-old's manager, told the AP Monday that Kanter's name change to Enes Kanter Freedom would happen at the same time as the citizenship ceremony....

NBA Player's Video Ticks Off China
NBA Player
Slams China,
and Fallout
Is Immediate
the rundown

NBA Player Slams China, and Fallout Is Immediate

Celtics games are blacked out after Enes Kanter speaks out on Tibet

(Newser) - The NBA's already-iffy relations with China are being tested with another controversy over free speech. In this case, Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter called Chinese leader Xi Jinping a "brutal dictator" and voiced his support for Tibet in a tweeted video , reports Reuters . In response, China has blacked...

NBA Fan Nearly Hits Player With Water Bottle

Boston police make an arrest after incident involving Nets guard Kyrie Irving

(Newser) - Another ugly incident between a fan and an NBA player was making headlines on Monday. This time, a fan in Boston threw a water bottle and nearly hit Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving in the head after Sunday's game, reports ESPN . Soon after, Boston police arrested a man and...

After Racy Video, Paul Pierce Is Out at ESPN

Instagram Live showed him surrounded by exotic dancers

(Newser) - Paul Pierce will no longer work as an NBA analyst for ESPN after a raunchy Instagram Live he posted over the weekend, sources say. The former Boston Celtics star was shown smoking, drinking, and playing poker in a room where exotic dancers were twerking, Front Office Sports , USA Today , and...

Hall of Famer Won at Every Level
Hall of Famer Won
at Every Level

Hall of Famer Won at Every Level

K.C. Jones teamed with Bill Russell for NCAA and NBA titles, as well as Olympic gold

(Newser) - Basketball Hall of Famer KC Jones, a 12-time NBA champion who was one of only seven players in history to win championships in college and the pros along with an Olympic gold medal, has died. He was 88. The Celtics said Jones' family confirmed Friday that he died at an...

7-Foot-Tall 'Giant' Leads Orchestra, Busts a Move

NBA Player Tacko Fall led Boston Pops in "Sleigh Ride" at Symphony Hall

(Newser) - Boston Celtics player Tacko Fall made his debut as a guest conductor during the renowned Boston Pops orchestra's holiday concert, the AP reports. The 7-foot-6 center took the stage to lead the orchestra in a rendition of the song "Sleigh Ride" at Boston's Symphony Hall Monday night....

Boston Celtics Great John Havlicek Dies at 79
Celtics Legend
John Havlicek Dies

Celtics Legend John Havlicek Dies

1965 play immortalized him forever

(Newser) - John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed, a moment that remains...

Bomb Scare on Boston Celtics Plane
Bomb Scare on
Boston Celtics Plane

Bomb Scare on Boston Celtics Plane

Team lands safely in Oklahoma City, no bomb found

(Newser) - The Boston Celtics got a scare when they were told of a bomb threat on their private flight to Oklahoma City. The Boston Globe reports the plane landed safely around 5:00pm at Will Rogers World Airport, where players were told to leave their bags and proceed to their hotel....

Carmelo Anthony Suspended After Celtics Tiff

Confronted Kevin Garnett multiple times

(Newser) - Carmelo Anthony has been suspended for a game after a series of verbal face-offs with Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. The New York Knicks forward will sit out tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers, ESPN reports. "There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a...

Shaq Retires | Shaquille O'Neal Announces Retirement in Online Video
 Shaq Announces Retirement 

Shaq Announces Retirement

Drops the news in online video

(Newser) - Shaquille O’Neal is ending his Hall of Fame NBA career—not that he’s told the Celtics. The Big Diesel/Shamrock announced his retirement in a brief video posted online today. “We did it. Nineteen years, baby,” he said. “I want to thank you very much, that’...

Endorsement Extravaganza Awaits New Celtic Shaq

'Marketing giant' heads to sports-mad Boston

(Newser) - Shaquille O'Neal will be paid the veteran minimum as a Celtic , but he probably won't have to worry about making ends meet—Boston businesses are already lining up to pitch endorsement deals, reports the Herald . "The minute I heard about him coming, I thought about the idea," says...

Lakers Win NBA Finals
 Lakers Win NBA Finals 

Lakers Win NBA Finals

Celtics beaten 83-79 as Lakers claim 16th title

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting while winning his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA champions...

Few Voters Go to Polls in Primary for Kennedy's Seat

Martha Coakley favored in less-than-energetic race

(Newser) - A handful of voters have been trickling into polls around Massachusetts today for the special election that will almost certainly determine Ted Kennedy’s successor. As few as 300,000 to 500,000 may vote in the Democratic primary, the winner of which is expected to trounce Republican Scott Brown....

Top US Sports City: Pittsburgh
 Top US Sports City: Pittsburgh 

Top US Sports City: Pittsburgh

Having NFL, NHL champions gives it a leg up on Penn. rival Philadelphia

(Newser) - With championship NFL and NHL teams and solid college squads, Pittsburgh is America’s top sports city, the Sporting News rules. “Sports fans in Western Pennsylvania have had a lot to be proud of these last 12 months. Pittsburgh truly is the City of Champions,” says Mayor Luke...

Forget Red: Jackson Is NBA's Greatest

10-time champion leaves 'curmudgeon' in the dust

(Newser) - With his 10th NBA championship win yesterday, Phil Jackson has shattered the record of Red Auerbach, a man who “loathed” Jackson and believed his nine championships as coach could never be surpassed, writes Adrian Wojnarowski on Yahoo. “Roll over Red. Phil Jackson is the greatest coach ever,”...

Boston Sports Fans Think Pink
 Boston Sports Fans Think Pink 

Boston Sports Fans Think Pink

Fans sporting the feminine hue in the seats is sure sign of success in Beantown

(Newser) - Talk about an embarrassment of riches. The Boston Bruins have long toiled in the shadow of the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots, but there's a surefire way to tell that the local NHL entry's hot streak is the real thing, Charles P. Pierce writes for OT, the Globe's weekly sports...

Pierce: US Basketball Needs Win Worse Than Celtics Did

Boston forward has high hopes for this year's team

(Newser) - Now that the Boston Celtics are once again NBA champions, American basketball's next great championship hope falls to the men's Olympic team. "They need it worse than the Celtics needed a championship this year," said Celtics forward Paul Pierce. "The US has been a perennial basketball power...

Finding Meaning in the Death of Len Bias

Cocaine killed the athlete 22 years ago, but the impact lingers

(Newser) - Twenty-two years ago, Celtics legend Larry Bird called the sudden death of new Boston draftee Len Bias "one of the the cruelest things I've ever heard." The legacy of the Maryland basketball great, whose NBA career ended with cocaine use just two days after it began, retains its...

Celtics Win Ripples Across Globe

Boston's championship watched from London to Shanghai

(Newser) - As the buzzer sounded last night, giving the Boston Celtics the NBA Championship over the Los Angeles Lakers, it wasn't heard only in Beantown. All over the world, from London to Shanghai, basketball fans watched the Celtics take home their 17th Larry O’Brien Trophy. "It’s a global...

Celtics Win Title in Blowout
 Celtics Win Title in Blowout 

Celtics Win Title in Blowout

Boston trounces the Lakers, 132-91, to win in 6 games

(Newser) - The Boston Celtics trounced the LA Lakers tonight to win their 17th NBA championship. Boston won 132-91 behind a stifling defense and strong shooting, the Boston Globe reports. The Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett proved too powerful in Game 6 for the overmatched Lakers, who...

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