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Here’s the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday (I know, today’s the belated edition) 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. As I reported earlier today (Celtics get Batista and Jones) and was first reported by the Globe, the Celtics have agreed to deals with Uruguayan center Esteban Batista and swingman Dahntay Jones. Batista played sparingly with Atlanta last season, but his eye-popping performance in the FIBA Americas Championship (a tournament-leading 12.4 rebounds per game) is what made him an attractive free agent on the market. Jones had served as a scorer off the bench during his career with the Grizzles, averaging 7.5 points per game last season.
2. Celticsblog.com got a hold of a picture of the new Celtics Italian jerseys to be worn when the team plays its preseason games there in early October. It’s similar to the Celtics away green and black jerseys, but the word Boston on the front is colored left to right like an Italian flag (green, white, red).
3. A Rajon Rondo blog update: He hasn’t posted in 13 days, but I haven’t commented on his latest post yet, so here goes. In the post, Rondo discussed his return to Boston and meeting all the new players.
I’m back in Boston now…and I’ve officially met everyone on the team. These guys are coo. I didn’t know what to expect at first because these are All-Stars that I will be playing with, but everyone is really coo and down to earth. We all have been chillin with each other and our team chemistry seems to be great. We got together a few nights this week over Paul’s house and played spades, and today we all went golfing. I’ve continued my work outs, and they have been going well! I’m really looking forward to the season now! The preseason starts in a few weeks…until then, I will just be working out everyday. I’ll holla!
4. Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn will take some breaks from announcing this season, according to the Boston Globe.
Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman have been calling Celtics games together for 26 years; they teamed to cover some Providence College games for two years before that. That’s longer than most marriages, pointed out Gorman, who has been married 21 years.
But the two will have some break time this season, when Heinsohn forgoes some of the team’s road trips to stay home with his wife. In his stead will be Donny Marshall, the former NBA veteran and University of Connecticut star. In addition to joining Gorman as color analyst for 13 games, Marshall will be the studio analyst on the pregame and postgame shows alongside Gary Tanguay. Greg Dickerson, who again will be the courtside reporter, will be at road games for the first time.
FSN announced the personnel moves yesterday as part of even bigger changes that are happening at the station. As of Oct. 1, it will become Comcast SportsNet, feature expanded game night coverage, and air a weekly magazine show Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., starting Nov. 5, that will be hosted by Marshall.