About 10 hours after the news of Darko Milicic being signed by Boston, Keyon Dooling gets waived, and with that he will now retire. According to the Boston Celtics twitter page, Dooling wants to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family.
“Reverend”, which was the nickname referred to by his teammates, was a great mentor to Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. Dooling had expressed throughout the season that he wanted to move on to coaching after his career was over. Maybe he is going to pursue that goal, or may take time off from the game itself.
Keyon Dooling was a valuable addition to the team last season, and I think his leadership and experience really helped the team when they went further into the playoffs. When Doc Rivers called his name he came in and gave quality minutes, and was the first legitimate backup to Rondo since Sam Cassell.
With his retirement, the Celtics roster is now 15 players deep. It’s very possible that with the backup point guard spot in question for the time being, Dionte Christmas may and probably will make the roster.
If there is an opening on the coaching staff, I’d like to see Danny Ainge lend a hand and offer Dooling an assistant coaching job. He and Rivers got along really well and Dooling was his understudy and it was like having another coach on the court. I wish him all the best and I hope he enjoys retirement, and maybe in the upcoming years we may see him coaching on the sidelines.
Marquis Daniels Signs With the Milwaukee Bucks
On a smaller note, Marquis Daniels will be playing with the Bucks next season. After playing in Boston for three years, he had his ups and downs. He was mainly a bench warmer, but in his second year, he was becoming a decent role player off the bench and during the first half of that season he was very productive. Injuries hampered him throughout his time in Boston, but when he did play, he always seemed to have a huge game here or there.