Rich Gotham Rumors
There will be an opportunity for Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen to get together after all, as Celtics team president Rich Gotham confirmed to the Globe that the organization will be holding a 10th-anniversary reunion of the 2008 team, and that all members will be invited. It will soon be 10 years since the Celtics brought the 17th championship back to Boston, and although Rondo has said that Allen would not be invited to an unofficial reunion vacation trip this summer, the Celtics are planning a more formal gathering of that championship team.
“We are talking about it, but we haven’t started planning it,” Gotham said. “Presumably, we’ll invite the guys back, and we haven’t gotten to the stage where we’ll put the pen to the paper with exactly how we want to do this and how would it fit with the context of our season next year. A., you think through how to do it the right way, and B., how to fit it into the NBA schedule and some of the guys you invite back and see what their schedules are.”
Gotham said the plans will be finalized over the summer. It was been well documented that Kevin Garnett and Rondo and to a lesser extent Pierce still have ill feelings about Allen’s decision to sign with the Miami Heat after the 2011-12 season for half the salary the Celtics offered.
There are no plans for the City of Boston to host an All-Star Game although the league’s spring classic has not been held in Boston in 53 years. The NBA has been seeking cities to host the game — it is returning to Los Angeles in 2018 after a seven-year absence — but Gotham said Boston has not applied. The question is why. “I wouldn’t say no interest at all,” Gotham said. “I would just say as far as the priorities for the organization go, it just hasn’t risen to the top.”
In announcing the partnership, Celtics president Rich Gotham said, “GE will be woven into the fabric of the Boston Celtics both literally and figuratively. Their leadership in innovation, analytics, and technology will help us to be as competitive as we can be in everything from optimizing our facilities and equipment to player performance. Simply put, GE will make us a better and smarter basketball team and organization.” “GE and the Boston Celtics both have rich histories of tradition and innovation and we’re thrilled to bring these two iconic brands together in a way that will drive further success for the team and pride in the City of Boston,” said GE Chief Marketing Officer Linda Boff. “The Celtics will become another key ally in GE’s mission to help make Boston an epicenter of tech innovation.”
The 17-time NBA Champion Boston Celtics and NB Development Group LLC announced today that Boston Landing, a mixed-used development in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston, will become the home of the Celtics’ new world-class practice and training facility. ”We are proud to team with New Balance Development in the creation of a best-in-class athletic training and practice facility that will provide Celtics players, coaches, and training staff with the resources, technology, and programming to compete at the highest level in an increasingly competitive NBA landscape,” said Rich Gotham, President of the Boston Celtics. “The Boston Landing location will bring us closer to our game day home at the TD Garden while providing high impact brand visibility.”