Dooling's retirement gives Smith an opportunity

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Dooling's retirement gives Smith an opportunity

MILAN - For most of the summer it appeared as though Boston would fill its few remaining roster spots with wing players.

In the second round the C's drafted Kris Joseph, a small forward out of Syracuse. They also brought into camp Dionte Christmas after a strong showing on the C's summer league squad.

But the Celtics know better than most how quickly things change. And when they do, so do needs.

That's exactly what has happened to Boston with the unexpected retirement of guard Keyon Dooling which has created a void of sorts in the backcourt.

And that void has opened up an opportunity for Jamar Smith, a combo guard who also got an invite to training camp based on his play with the Celtic's summer league club.

"That's a big loss," said Doc Rivers, referring to Dooling's departure. "Even as a coach, I don't think you realize it, that it's a loss, until you see it on the floor in a game and you realize, 'that's a bigger loss than I thought.'"

Rivers added, "I'm hoping we can figure that out without going out and getting another body. Jamar has a chance."

Smith played some point during Boston's 97-91 loss to Fenebahce Ulker on Friday.

He finished with two points on 1-for-4 shooting with an assist, a rebound and two turnovers in just over 12 minutes of action.

Smith, a former Division II player of the year at Southern Indiana, spent last season with BK Prostejov in the Czech Republic where he averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists per game. In addition, he was named Czech League all-star.

During the 2010-2011 season, Smith was in New England as a member of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League where he averaged 13.6 points, five assists and 1.02 steals per game.

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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