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Here’s the second post of a weekly series of the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday morning on Sports of Boston. This is where I will compile four (4) small and related Celtics facts and offer my own spin on a variety of Celtics news stories. The general format will be a short blurb about the story first, then my reaction tabbed underneath it.
1. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Trailblazers No. 1 pick Greg Oden will undergo exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery later this week because of pain in his right knee. Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard said Oden may have some cartilage problems in his knee.
2. Tuesday on Celtics.com, the team released details of a photo shoot in Waltham of the new Big Three: Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce. The shoot was for a few different publications, to appear as cover features in the coming weeks.
3. The Globe’s Marc Spears (who is everywhere lately) reports that NBA Commissioner David Stern is happy that the Celtics are relevant in Boston again. A clip from the article:
David Stern is happy that win-thirsty Celtics fans have a potentially stellar team to root for again with the offseason additions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. And the NBA commissioner is also happy for the league, too, in terms of how it could benefit if the Celtics become a power again.
“I’m always asked about New York, Chicago, LA, Boston,” said Stern in a phone interview yesterday. “Some are going to be up and some are going to be down. I really focus more on the fact that the Celtics fans have been very loyal and they deserve the Celtic team that has been put together. I’m happy for them. If it turns out to be competitive, it would be good for the NBA. But in some ways, sometimes in trades, it’s not always a [guarantee of success].
“It will be fun. Boston is a terrific basketball town. With the success of the Red Sox and Patriots, the Celtics have had a lot to contend with. And this will be good for them. It will also be good for the league.”
4. Marc Spears of the Globe (yes, him again) is reporting Kendrick Perkins and his girlfriend have had a baby.
“Celtics center Kendrick Perkins’ longtime girlfriend gave birth to Kendrick Perkins II on Monday. Born in Boston on Monday, the baby was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 20 inches long.”