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How a mysterious American Bandstand dancer became a beloved icon for the Boston Celtics

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If you’ve been in the TD Garden for a walk-in-the-park Celtics victory, chances are you’ve had the joy of witnessing the sweet dance moves of an icon Celtics fans call Gino.

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Kevin Garnett was often times Gino’s biggest fan, a large factor in how the song and dance became a tradition at Celtics games.
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The sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s were filled with the rhythmic ventures of the Bee Gees. During this period, the Boston Garden was a constant cloud of cigar smoke, courtesy of Red Auerbach’s famous victory cigars.

But in a twist of all twists, the sounds of the Bee Gees – more specifically a man known as Gino – has replaced Auerbach’s patented stogie as the celebration du jour for Celtics games.

How did this tradition begin? Who was Gino? Or perhaps more importantly, who was the man with the “Gino” t-shirt? Why was Kevin Garnett so captivated anytime Gino came on the jumbotron?

The story of a mysterious American Bandstand dancer has those answers.