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Press conference prep? Hayward makes the rounds in Boston

Press conference prep? Hayward makes the rounds in Boston

Just days after his recruiting visit to Boston, new Celtics free agent acquisition Gordon Hayward was back in town Thursday and appeared to be getting ready for his introductory press conference.

Hayward agreed to join the Celtics on a four-year, $128 million deal on Tuesday. He had visited the Hub on Sunday and was spotted around the city on social media Thursday. 

Hayward got a haircut and beard trim at Boston Barber & Tattoo Co.’s location in the North End.

Thank you so much GORDON HAYWARD @gdhayward and thank you so much @robynmhayward this is honestly one of the best moments in my barber career it's really a blessing im so thankful I'm a huge fan and I'm so glad I got to cut a celtics player!! #skintaper #baldtaper #taper #nbahaircuts #nbastyles #celtics #espn #beardgang #bearded #barbermaestros #showcasebarbers #sharpfade #hanzonation #slickback #beards #barberlife #barbernation #barbergang #barber #nastybarbers #barbershopconnect #barberinctv #barberlessons_ #barberpost  #barbershop #bostonbarber #boston #northend #newengland #massachusetts @gdhayward @robynmhayward @yourbarberconnect @beard4all @sickestbarbers @theingloriousbarbers @barbers_league @nastybarbers @national_barbers_association @barbersinctv @barberlessons_ @showcasebarbers @sharpfade @nicestbarbers @barbershopconnect @barbermaestros @maestrosclassic @barber.clips

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Then it was on to Jos. A Bank clothing store in Boston to be fitted for a new suit to likely wear when he meets the Boston media.

who said getting fitted @josabank would stink? welcome to town, hoss #whatdoidowithmyhands

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Finally, eating Italian at dinner at L'Osteria in the North End with Celtics coach (and Hayward's former college coach at Butler) Brad Stevens.

Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reported on Thursday that a Hayward presser was expected in the next two days. Perhaps a Saturday introduction?

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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.