HoopsHype Keyon Dooling rumors

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Keyon Dooling tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he doesn’t plan on returning to the Celtics after telling the Globe Sunday that he would consider a comeback. Dooling, who retired over the summer after some personal issues, is the Celtics’ player development director. Coach Doc Rivers told the Globe Tuesday that he told Dooling to begin training to return to basketball shape, but he decided against it. “Hey everyone thank you for all the love and support that you guys give me daily,” he tweeted. “FYI I won’t be returning this season.” Boston Globe

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Though player liaison Keyon Dooling would consider coming out of retirement, Ainge said yesterday that the former Celtics guard is not an option. Boston Herald

January 29, 2013 Updates

Four months after retiring from the NBA, Keyon Dooling is considering a return to the game. The 12-year veteran guard began increasing his workout routine on Tuesday should he receive a call from the Boston Celtics. "I'm definitely considering," Dooling told CSNNE.com Tuesday evening. "I've upped my exercise starting today and if Doc (Rivers) gives me the word I will be ready." CSNNE.com

Doc Rivers said before Tuesday's practice that he has spoken with Keyon Dooling and informed him to starting getting in shape for a possible return. Dooling told the Globe on Sunday that he would consider coming out of retirement. He retired this summer despite agreeing to a one-year contract extension with the Celtics. "He would be the closest for me if we had to go in another direction (at point guard)," Rivers said. "We'd have to find out if he could still do it. He knows our stuff. He's the easiest by far. He's going to (get in shape) anyway." Boston Globe

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REPORTER: "Who has been the most vocal leader when you talk about you guys getting your swagger back?" RONDO: "Besides myself? Keyon Dooling has actually helped. He's been in the locker room, helping guys out. His personality, I think it started with him, and I just try to play my songs in here. They're so hot. I will let you guys listen to them yet, but a couple of my tracks at play in the year just to get the guys going before the game." YouTube

December 7, 2012 Updates

Yet there is no desire to return to Fort Lauderdale to offer any testimony other than that he plans to offer in counseling youth. "I mean, for me," he says, "I spoke about the gentlemen who touched me. I knew his first name. I don't even know his last name. For me, that's not my particular battle because of the statute of limitations and where I am in my life. That's not what I want to do. I don't want to fight that battle with that person. That's not where I would get the satisfaction. "Where I would get the satisfaction is preventatively, putting together something to help youth, and also when it happens to people, giving them an outlet or a resource to go to." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 2, 2012 Updates

He lost his father, then had family and friends asking him for money even while he was grieving at the funeral. He wanted to retire from basketball, but nobody in the family he supported would support his decision. He lost a child in the womb. And then there was all that sexual abuse he endured and kept hidden for so long — hidden from his wife, from his mother, even from himself when you consider how unaddressed it had been until he arrived broken and scared recently at a psychiatric ward. “You’d be amazed at what you can block out of your mind,” Dooling says now. “As an athlete, you block out pain and noise to create focus. If I had addressed my sexual abuse earlier, I don’t know if I could have reached my potential. The pain and hurt were so deep that it was almost shattering to deal with. Meltdown might be an understatement for what I had. Some people might call it a midlife crisis or losing your mind.” Miami Herald

He located the roots of his repressed pain in his childhood, and dealing with emotions, addressing them instead of pushing them down, cracked him open. You don’t find a lot of feelings in the locker room. Pain? Tape it up or inject it and keep on running. The only emotion he’d ever had about his sexual abuse was unaddressed anger, and the professional in him kept that hidden behind the smile. “Post-traumatic syndrome,” he says now. “When you are playing, you never had time to breathe or deal with or accept. It kind of overwhelmed me. Shell-shocked me. All these memories/feelings/emotions that I had been compressing, keeping down, blocking out. I was able to face all those things I had been running from my whole life. I’m happy this happened to me so I can help others.” Miami Herald

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