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Celtics waive Dooling, who appears set to retire

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Celtics waive Dooling, who appears set to retire

The Boston Celtics offseason carousel was in effect on Thursday with the pending arrival and departure of players.
As reported by CSNNE.com earlier, the C's have agreed to a one-year deal with Darko Milicic for the veteran's minimum.
On Thursday evening, the Celtics announced that Keyon Dooling was being waived.
All indications are that the 12-year veteran plans to retire.
Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that its time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family, Dooling's agent, Kenge Stevenson, said in a statement. He will never forget his time in Boston with the Celtics.
Dooling came to Boston via trade from Milwaukee prior to the start of last season.
He appeared in 46 regular-season games, averaging 4.0 points, 1.1 assists and 0.3 steals per game. While his role was still somewhat limited in the postseason, he connected on 39.3 percent of his 3-pointers which was tops among Celtics players.
Although injuries limited his play on the floor, there was no mistaking his impact inside the locker room.
Young and old, guards and big men, they all seemed to gravitate towards the gregarious 6-foot-3 guard who had no problem doling out his wisdom acquired over more than a decade in the NBA, on anyone willing to listen.
Well miss Keyons spirit and energy, both on and off the court, said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. The whole Celtics family wishes him well as he enters the next phase of his life.

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.