In what comes as a major surprise in most Celtics circles, veteran point guard Keyon Dooling has decided to call it a career just two weeks before the start of training camp. The 32-year-old had signed a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum this offseason. Here’s the official statement from the team at Celtics.com
“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.”
Dooling, a 6’3″ guard, averaged 4.0 points, 1.1 assists and 0.3 steals in 46 regular season games with the Celtics last season. During the playoffs Dooling shot 39.3% from beyond the three-point line which was tops on the team. Dooling netted a season-high 18 points at Miami on December 27 including four three-pointers.
Two quick thoughts on this before much more in the coming hours:
1) Reverend Dooling will be missed, especially in the locker room. Injuries slowed him down considerably during the regular season, but he provided valuable defense and shooting during the C’s postseason run.
2) Dionte Christmas has an even greater chance now of making an impact with this team playing as a reserve guard with Jason Terry right out of the gate this season. Keep your eye on him. The prospects for Kris Joseph, Jamar Smith and potentially another free agent guard (if the team chooses to bring one in) to make this team just got a lot better as well.