HoopsHype Keyon Dooling rumors

October 16, 2012 Updates

That, insisted Keyon Dooling, is nothing new. It has been, he scolded, that way for years. "He is the most underappreciated leader in this league," Dooling declared. "Do you know how many times we were at the Rondo family home [last season]? We were there all the time, bonding, building team chemistry. "Honestly, our veterans didn't do a very good job of supporting him in his [leadership] role." ESPN.com

"Ray was great in many ways," Dooling said. "Rondo learned a lot from him -- how to prepare, how to take care of his body, how to be professional. "But the way Ray led was different than how Rajon did it. Not wrong, just different. "Ray didn't know how to communicate with Rondo the way some of us could, like myself, like KG, who fully embraced Rajon. "I love Ray. I love his family. He's a true pro. But it's unfair how this all came out. Ray had such a good relationship with all the reporters and Rondo was so quiet. So who gets all the good press? "Sometimes it felt like Ray spent more time talking to the media than he did to his teammates.'' ESPN.com

September 27, 2012 Updates

For over 30 years, he took on everyone else’s problems and internalized his own. The pillar of resiliency had cracks, too. He was just too strong to notice them as he focused on his career and the needs of others. Then, after re-signing with the Celtics in July and beginning preparations for another season, Dooling realized he didn’t want to play any longer. “I was talking about it with my wife and with my pastors and all the people that are in my life, and nobody wanted me to retire. Nobody wanted me to retire,” he said. CSNNE.com

Years of repressed emotions came rushing back during this realization. Memories that Dooling had tried to bury were flooding out. "I actually had such a meltdown that I had to get professional help and I ended up in the hospital," said Dooling. "It just all came to a head. To be honest with you, I blocked a lot of things out of my life. I’m a man who’s been abused, sexually, emotionally, mentally. I’ve been abused in my life, and there’s so many guys around the NBA who have been abused and I know it because I’ve been their therapist. I didn’t even have the courage because I blocked it out so much that I couldn’t even share that . . . “It took literally a meltdown for everybody to see how serious I was about not playing ball anymore." CSNNE.com

“It just got to the point where it was like, they don’t know how much pain I’m in. They don’t know how lonely the road can be. They don’t know the stuff that comes along with being an NBA player. They don’t know how many people call my phone begging for money every day. They don’t know how many people call me asking for advice. They don’t know how many people rely on me to be happy when they’re down. They don’t understand the grind that mentally I have to go through to be this man I am every day. “I just gave out too much and I wasn’t getting enough back . . . [With] the exception of the Celtics organization, nobody ever truly appreciated me until this year.” CSNNE.com

“The average career is 4 1/2 years and I tripled that, almost,” Dooling told CSNNE.com as he settled into a brown leather chair at the marble high top table in his dining room, his usual three-piece suit traded for a tailored, buttondown shirt and jeans. “The grind of the NBA just has taken its toll on me, on my body. More so than that, my family . . . I’ve missed birthdays, school conferences, dropping my kids off, school plays, school dances. I’ve missed just being daddy so much. "I have enough. I have all the resources I need, I’m a blessed man. I’m not limping away; I was able to walk away.” CSNNE.com

September 22, 2012 Updates

So much for Keyon Dooling wanting to join the Miami Heat. The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday that, word was, the point guard — waived by Boston on Friday with the belief he would retire — had interest in the Heat. But the native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., denied that. "No truth!'' Dooling wrote in an email to FOX Sports Florida. "I will never play NBA ball again.'' FOXSports Florida

September 20, 2012 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived guard Keyon Dooling. "Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that it's time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family," said Dooling's representative Kenge Stevenson. "He will never forget his time in Boston with the Celtics." "We'll miss Keyon's spirit and energy, both on and off the court," said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. "The whole Celtics family wishes him well as he enters the next phase of his life." NBA.com

His catch phrase, “What’s driving you?” has been heard in locker rooms across the league, as Dooling has made a concerted effort to get to know his teammates and discover what pushes them to succeed in basketball – and in life. “It’s a serious question because I want to identify what is driving you, what is motivating you?” he told CSNNE.com. “It is your family? Is it the money? Is it the glitz? Is it the glamour? Identify those so you can become better. “So many different things [drive me], but the fear of failure is something that really motivates me. I do not want to fail. I do not want to lose. I have this thing, I can’t go back. I can’t go back. I’ve come too far. My family can’t go back to where we were. And that’s what’s driving me, to have my family landscape changed for generations.” CSNNE.com

How does Keyon Dooling "spend more time with his family"? By coming home to play for the Heat, that's how. He lives in Davie, has long been a Heat favorite, and would provide depth behind Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, professional enough to make sure not to get in the way. Sulia

July 24, 2012 Updates
June 18, 2012 Updates

Dooling finds himself rooting for James to hold up the trophy. “I just like him,” he says. “He’s our greatest player in our game. He gives back tremendously in the community. He’s great with his sons. He’s empowered his friends. He’s the most athletic player in our game, and the most unselfish superstar in our game. We should appreciate and embrace it instead of trying to tear him down.” Miami Herald

June 16, 2012 Updates

The Celtics will have a decision to make on Keyon Dooling, the 32-year-old veteran guard who filled in capably as a third guard once Bradley went out for good prior to the conference finals against Miami. “Of course I’d like to (come back),” he said. “I love it here.” But it’s anyone’s guess what this roster will look like next fall. Boston Herald

June 10, 2012 Updates
June 8, 2012 Updates

A message on the Celtics' dry erase board reminded players of an afternoon flight with the note, "Pack for a week" scrawled below it. "We're packing for a week -- it's self-explanatory," said Keyon Dooling. "That's how we feel about it. It's not like we lost confidence or we're scared to go in Miami. We're going to be in Miami, we're going to be ready to play." ESPN.com

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