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September 2012 - Moving on to a new season

Things started picking up in September as folks started getting excited about another year of Celtics basketball.

Boston Celtics 2012-13 Preview - CelticsBlog

This is the the year that almost never was. The team could have decided that enough was enough and gone their separate ways (well, one guy did, but we'll get to that). Going back even further, just 6 months ago everyone was ready to blow this thing sky high. Everyone was ready to call an end to the era.

Kevin Garnett: considered retirement, doesn't have Ray's number anymore - CelticsBlog

Garnett's reasons for coming back: "Doc Rivers # 1, the fans # 2, the chanting from the fans (at the end of Game 6), and friends and family who wanted me to continue." Regarding Ray Allen: "I don't have Ray's number anymore. I'm not trying to communicate. I'm just being honest."

The Jeff Green Contract Was A (Bad) Deal That Had To Be Made - CelticsBlog

The way I justify it in my head is that he's really only overpaid by a 3 or 4 million. When you take into account that Rondo is underpaid by at least that much (he's worth the max and then some) and Kevin Garnett could have gotten more on the open market, we aren't doing too bad at all.

There was even a lot made out of 3 guys that didn't' last long on the team.

15th Player Day - Spot Up For Grabs (15 Days Till Camp) - CelticsBlog

Barring another substantive signing before camp, this battle likely comes down to Jamar Smith and Dionte Christmas - but you never know who might wow the team in training camp. Nobody thought Greg Stiemsma had much of a shot until he showed up at camp and started blocking everyone in sight.

Darko Milicic Headed To Boston - CelticsBlog

According to Serbian newspaper Novosti.rs and now A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE, former Piston, Magic, Grizzly, Knick, and Timberwolf Darko Milicic is headed back to the United States and rumored to be negotiating a deal with the Boston Celtics.

And in case anyone missed it, the Celtics had one team in their sights.

Doc Rivers: "I Have My Eyes Squarely On Miami" - CelticsBlog

Honestly, I don't care about the Lakers...I have my eye squarely on Miami. I come up to my players during the year-they're in the facility now-I bring up Miami every single day to them. I want them to hate them. I want them to beat them. That's gotta be our focus.