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How Danny Ainge, Celtics were there for Keyon Dooling in time of great need

How Danny Ainge, Celtics were there for Keyon Dooling in time of great need

Keyon Dooling has a tremendous amount of respect for Danny Ainge, not only for his acumen as a front office executive but more so for what he meant to him as a friend. 

On the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Dooling discussed the Celtics' president of basketball operations' unwavering support for him when he was battling mental health issues.

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“When I was going through my breakdown situation, a lot of people didn’t know this, but Danny Ainge was on my couch, with my wife and my family, every night I was in a mental institution,” said Dooling, now a wellness counselor for the NBA Players Association. “That says a lot about DA.”

Although he only played one season with the Celtics, Dooling still remained a part of the organization shortly after retiring in 2012. 

Upon retirement, the Celtics hired him as a player development coordinator. 

But Dooling soon re-entered the league when the Memphis Grizzlies signed him where he appeared in seven games before retiring for good. 

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Since then, Dooling has been a staunch advocate promoting the value and importance of athletes better understanding the value in mental health and just as important, being more comfortable in discussing it and when needed and getting the necessary help. 

Dooling knows better than most how important it is to not only recognize the value in being aware of one’s mental health, but also surrounding oneself with folks who can be there when needed — the way Ainge was there for him years ago. 

The way Dooling sees it, what Ainge did for him is just part of the Boston Celtics' culture. 

“He gets it,” Dooling said. “He gets people who work for him, people that come under that Celtics banner, he respects us. He’s good at what he does. He’s honest and transparent. That’s one of the biggest things that separates (Ainge)."

Dooling added, “He also cares.”

Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

The Boston Celtics look to stay hot when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies inside the Orlando bubble Tuesday evening.

The C's are coming off dominant wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, followed by a nail-biter of an overtime victory vs. the Orlando Magic. They'll aim to make things easier on themselves in their second-to-last regular season matchup.

Memphis currently holds the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Following its loss to the Raptors on Sunday, there is guaranteed to be a play-in game between the No. 8 and 9 seeds in the West this Saturday.

As for the Celtics, they locked up the No. 3 seed on Friday.

Making Tuesday's game even more interesting is the Celtics own the rights to the Grizzlies' first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, unless Memphis' pick lands in the top six. If Boston beats Memphis on Tuesday, the Grizzlies' odds to make the playoffs decrease, which could convey the Celtics a slightly better draft pick.

NBC Sports Boston has you covered with complete coverage of Celtics vs. Grizzlies, starting at 4 p.m. ET with "Celtics Pregame Live". Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, with complete postgame analysis after the final buzzer on "Celtics Postgame Live."

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Celtics' Tacko Fall shows off unique golf swing to Mo Bamba's amusement

Celtics' Tacko Fall shows off unique golf swing to Mo Bamba's amusement

If you've never seen a 7-foot-5 human being swing a golf club, you're in for a treat.

Boston Celtics big man Tacko Fall joined Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba -- who's "only" 7 feet tall -- on an Orlando-area golf course Monday, getting in on what's become a popular NBA bubble activity.

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So, how is Fall's golf game? Let's just say his swing is ... interesting. Here's a look, courtesy of Bamba's Instagram story:

That swing isn't quite Charles Barkley, but it certainly isn't Tiger Woods, either.

Judging by Bamba's reaction to Fall's second shot, though, it sounds like the Celtics rookie is improving.

If you're wondering why Fall was golfing with a Magic player and not his own teammates, he and Bamba are close friends, with Bamba even recommending his shooting coach, Drew Hanlen, to the C's center last summer.

Perhaps Bamba also knows a swing coach he can put Fall in touch with, too?