Players around the NBA were surprised to learn the news of Keyon Doolings retirement following a 12-year career in the league. (The Boston Celtics waived the 32-year-old guard on Thursday). Even though he played only one season with the Celtics, Dooling made a strong impact on his teammates, including those who played less than a full season with the Cs.
Jeff Green underwent season-ending heart surgery in January and never suited up for the Celtics last season. Nonetheless, he got to know Dooling during the time he spent around the team at games and practices.
Keyon was a great leader and veteran, Green told CSNNE.com. I will truly miss him and Im glad I had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him before his retirement.
Ryan Hollins signed with the Celtics as a free agent in late March. Although the center and guard played different positions and sat on opposite sides of the locker room, the two developed a bond in a few short months.
Keyon is one of the most intense and genuine teammate Ive ever had, said Hollins, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers this summer. He will be missed.
Dooling also played for the Clippers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, and Milwaukee Bucks during his career.
Tommy Heinsohn breaks down Jaylen Brown's impressive game against the Magic, and how impressive Terry Rozier was as well.
Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming.
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either.
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim.
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort.
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points.
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise.
And that dunk over Vucevic?
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”