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Celtics opener draws a crowd

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By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / October 27, 2010

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Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Co. made last night’s Celtics opener against LeBron James and the Miami Heat an almost impossible ticket to come by. Not surprisingly, one person who did get a prime seat at the TD Garden was longtime Celtic diehard actor Donnie Wahlberg, who not only made it to the game but recorded original music for the players’ introductions. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops performed the national anthem, and the percussion group the Bucket Boys were the halftime entertainment. Fans at the Garden included Patriots Tully Banta-Cain, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Gerard Warren, Wes Welker, James Sanders, Fred Taylor, Leigh Bodden, Deion Branch, Brandon Meriweather, and former Pat Troy Brown; rappers Bernard “Bun B’’ Freeman and J. Cole; Red Sox players Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and Sam Kennedy; Celtics owners Steve Pagliuca, Bob Epstein, and Wyc Grousbeck; agents Aaron Goodwin, Jill Smoller, and Jeff Schwartz; nightlifer Ed Kane; NBA exec Adam Silver; Red Sox co-owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino; restaurateur Patrick Lyons; Sports Illustrated personality Peter King; Celts legends John Havlicek, K.C. Jones, Cedric Maxwell, and Tom Heinsohn; David Levy of Turner Sports; chef Ken Oringer; Bob and Jonathan Kraft; Spike Lee; Denis Leary; hip-hop exec Gee Roberson, and local music man Michael Creamer.

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