Dooling issues thanks for those who helped him


Dooling issues thanks for those who helped him

This is like my retirement speech, Keyon Dooling said with a laugh.

Dooling is stepping away from the game after 12 years in the NBA. The veteran guard has a long list of those he would like to thank for their roles over the course of his basketball career, from growing up to the pros.

"I would really love to thank John Hammond, Alvin Gentry, Dennis Johnson, Stan Van Gundy, Pat Riley, Eric Spoelstra, Brian Hill, Stan Van Gundy again, Scott Skiles, Mike Dunleavy, Doc Rivers, Lawrence Frank, and all those assistant coaches who poured into me, all the trainers who helped me get through my injuries, all the community people who allowed me to go and be a blessing in the communities, all the PR people who allowed me to get my voice out there, David Stern, Adam Silver, Chrysa Chin, all those great people from the NBA who poured into me, Derek Fisher, all the people who served on the board, Theo Ratliff, Mo Evans, Roger Mason, James Jones, Billy Hunter, Todd Hunter, all these great people, all the great media people who connected with me. Thank you for loving me, thank you for respecting me, thank you for helping me, thank you for everything that everybody has ever done. My family my wife Natosha, my children Deneal, Gabrielle, Jordan, and Keyon Jr, my mother-in-law Gwendolyn Smart, my brother Cedric Johnson, my god brother Harry Turner, my brothers Leroy and Eric Dooling who taught me how to play ball, my father, my mother, Clarence Westbrook, my best friend and college teammate, my brother-in-law Kevin Smart who's locked up, and Dirk Minnifield, my NBPA mentor, all my high school coaches. Norm Stewart and all the college coaches, my AAU coaches, and all these great people. Kenge Stevenson, Stan Remy my trainer, and all my former agents and pastors, my therapist Timothy Benson for aiding through my issues! We all need help. I was literally raised by a village and it takes a village to raise a child. I think Im a strong enough man that I can finally give back with purity. So thank you to all for recognizing Keyon Dooling. Thank you."

Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics are far from being healthy heading into tonight’s must-win Game 5, but they will have all of their players available with the exception of Isaiah Thomas (hip).

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown (right hip) was questionable heading into tonight’s game, but he told earlier that he was planning to give it a go tonight.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens confirmed later on that the 6-foot-7 rookie would in fact play tonight.

His presence tonight is one of the many keys to Boston’s efforts to keep their season alive.

They trail Cleveland 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with a loss tonight ending their season and with that, sending the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the third straight season.

Boston’s Amir Johnson (right shoulder) did not play in Game 4, but will be in uniform and available to play tonight. Stevens said the 6-foot-9 veteran was healthy enough to play in Game 4 but Stevens elected to keep him out of the game because he wanted Johnson to have more than one day to rest his shoulder before potentially playing him again.

In other injury-related news, Stevens confirmed comments made earlier in the day by Danny Ainge regarding Isaiah Thomas’ right hip injury which led to the Celtics shutting him down for the playoffs after the injury proved to be too much for him to play through at halftime of Boston’s Game 2 loss.

Speaking during 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show, Ainge said there was “a lot” of inflammation around the affected joint on Thomas’ right hip.

“It had gotten worse from the MRI’s he had before,” said Ainge who added that it would have been “irresponsible to allow him to play anymore.”

Said Stevens: “It sounds to me like the course of action right now … is let the inflammation go down a little bit.”

Ainge said earlier that because of the inflammation, it will likely be at least a couple weeks before Thomas and the Celtics will know if he will require surgery or whether another form of treatment will be needed.

Because of that uncertainty, Ainge stressed that Thomas would not return to play in this series even if it were closer.

“No. No way. He’s done (for the season),” Ainge said.