Boston Celtics

Paul Pierce takes picture with Ray Allen, says it's 'time to get the band back together'

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Paul Pierce takes picture with Ray Allen, says it's 'time to get the band back together'

The rift between Ray Allen and his former Celtics teammates is well-documented, but it appears Paul Pierce is ready to put it to rest.

Pierce posted a picture with Allen on Intagram Saturday night with the caption: "Time to get the band back together @trayfour #burythehatchet @tic_pix@rajonrondo no matter what happen we all formed a special bond that can never b broken #onceacelticalwaysaceltic"

In May, Kevin Garnett hosted a 2008 Celtics reunion on his "Area 21" show without Allen. Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Glen "Big Baby" Davis were present.

 

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.