Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
Keyon Dooling returns to the Celtics, as a player development coordinator...
WEEI has the story:
Six weeks after his surprise retirement from the Celtics, Keyon Dooling accepted a role as a player development coordinator in the organization, he told reporters after the C's 100-94 victory against the Wizards.
"Wow first day on the job!" tweeted Dooling, who will likely have to relinquish his position as vice president of the National Basketball Players Association. "Such a different experience."
Averaging 4.0 points and 1.1 assists in 14.4 minutes over 46 games for the Celtics last season, Dooling earned a reputation as a positive locker room influence and mentor for young guards like Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. C's teammate Brandon Bass even dubbed him "the Rev. Keyon Dooling" during the playoffs.
Count me among the fans happy to have Dooling back in the organization. He's been rightfully lauded for his work with Rondo, acting as a calming presence in the locker room. I was slightly bummed when he retired because of his veteran influence. This potentially gives the Celtics yet one more respected voice who can help keep things in perspective.
On a related note, for those who are obsessed with the salary cap, it appears that Dooling agreed to a partial buyout of his player contract, and will be paid $400,000 this season.