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Ainge’s Expectations
The Celtics moved in the wrong direction during the 2005-06 season as they fell 12 games in the standings and missed the playoffs. Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge bluntly said, “I expected better results.” However, there were some bright spots off the court during that campaign. TD Banknorth purchased Fleet Bank and renamed Boston’s […]
Big Al’s Gift
The struggling Celtics hosted the Charlotte Bobcats on November 25, 2005. Prior to the game, sophomore center Al Jefferson gave a young fan a pair of his shoes. The game itself was a narrow 90-89 Celtics victory at home, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Jefferson came off the bench to add seven points and […]
Celtics Wobbler
Bobbleheads have a history that go back centuries to religious art. “Nodders” became popular baseball collectables in the 1960s before modern bobbleheads came into fashion in the late 1990s. By 2003, the Celtics teamed up with Southwest Airlines on a series of bobbleheads starting with Paul Pierce and Red Auerbach. Soon bobbleheads of Doc Rivers, […]
Division Champions in ’05
It was a little bit of old and a little bit of new for the rebuilding Celtics and new Head Coach Doc Rivers in the 2004-05 season. With three middle first-round picks, Boston picked up Al Jefferson, Delonte West and Tony Allen. The team also traded for future Hall-of-Famer Gary Payton and signed veteran Tom […]
Not So Big Al
Al Jefferson made history before ever suiting up for the Celtics, becoming the first player drafted by the franchise directly out of high school. As a 6-foot-10 center, Jefferson averaged nearly a block per game during his rookie year. Due to injuries, Jefferson missed 23 games during his second season, including his bobblehead night on […]
Shaking Things Up in 2005-06
After winning the Atlantic Division in Head Coach Doc Rivers’ first season, anticipation was high for the 2005-06 Celtics, but a slow start stunted the team. A huge midseason trade shook things up by sending Ricky Davis and Mark Blount to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Wally Szczerbiak. Despite the changes, Boston finished with […]