On this day in Boston Celtics history, the team’s current play-by-play announcer Sean David Grande was born in New York City, New York in 1971. The radio voice of the Celtics — as Grande is often called for his work alongside Celtics alumnus and fellow broadcaster Cedric Maxwell for 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Grande and Max” show – got his start in the industry in the late 1980s calling college basketball, hockey and football for Boston University.
He would switch to calling games for Boston College football and hockey in 1996 and soon began calling NCAA tournament games in basketball and became a popular personality on local radio station WEEI before leaving to call NBA games in 1998, starting with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Grande would return to the Boston market to cover the Celtics in 2001.
He has stuck with us since, becoming one of the most prolific sportscasters in history across the gamut of available pro sports.
Grande has won and been nominated for too many honors to list and remains a fan favorite of Boston fans to this day.
It is also the date that former Boston big man Steve Kuberski signed with the Celtics for the second time in his career in 1975.
The Bradley product was actually drafted by Boston with the 52nd pick of the 1969 NBA draft, and played five seasons with the team between 1969 and 1974, winning a title in the last year of his first stint with the Celtics.
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After winning his first title, he was drafted by the (then) New Orleans Jazz (later, Utah) in the 1974 NBA expansion draft held to populate that team, only to return in free agency two seasons later to win his second and final title with the team in 1976.
Kuberski averaged 5.9 points and 4 rebounds per game over eight seasons with the team.
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It is also the anniversary of a 115-113 triple-overtime win over the Toronto Raptors in 1996.
Wing Rick Fox led all Celtics with 24 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists, guard David Wesley added 20 points and 10 assists while guard Dana Barros had 18 points off of the bench in the win.
On this day in 2017, Celtics guard Kadeem Allen debuted for the team in a 108-85 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
The Arizona alum played just 5 minutes, scoring a single point and 2 boards in his floor time.
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Finally, it is the birthday of Boston big man Bevo Nordmann, who came into this world in 1939 on this date in St. Louis, Missouri.
An alum of his hometown St. Louis University, Nordmann was selected 25th overall by the (then) Cincinnati Royals (now, Sacramento Kings), whom he played for along with the St. Louis (now, Atlanta) Hawks and the New York Knicks before signing with the Celtics for the shortest of stints — just two games.
Nordmann logged an average of 2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and an assist per game over that stretch.
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