Celtics announce 2012 preseason schedule

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Celtics announce 2012 preseason schedule

The Celtics today announced their 2012 preseason schedule, which will open on Friday, Oct. 5 at the Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey against Fenerbahce Ulker as part of NBA Europe Live 2012. The Celtics will also play EA7 Emporio Armani Milano at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy on October 7 before returning to the United States.

The eight-game preseason lineup also includes contests against Atlantic division foes New York, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. The Celtics will play two games at TD Garden: Oct. 16 against Brooklyn and Oct. 21 against Philadelphia. The Celtics will take on the Knicks at the XL Center in Hartford on Oct. 13 and will also make their first visit to Brooklyn to take on the Nets on October 18 at the new Barclays Center.

All Celtics preseason games can be seen on Comcast SportsNet New England.

The preseason schedule:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 -- vs. Fenerbahce Ulker at Istanbul, Turkey, 2 p.m. EDT

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 -- vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano at Milan, Italy, noon EDT

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 -- vs. Knicks at XL Center in Hartford, 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 -- at Sixers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 -- vs. Nets at TD Garden, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 -- at Nets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 -- at Knicks at Times Union Center in Albany, 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 -- vs. Sixers at TD Garden, 7:30 p.m.

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.  

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