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In yet another bizarre turn, Celtics schedule press conference, then cancel it

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  June 21, 2013 11:08 AM

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The soap opera-like drama surrounding the Celtics just reached a new level.

The team sent out an email at 9:30 Friday morning indicating that there would be a noon news conference at the team's practice facility in Waltham with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers.

No indication was given as to why they scheduled the conference, but speculation spread.

Then, about an hour before that news conference was to be held, the Celtics canceled it.

No reason was given. The team did say that a press conference would likely be scheduled for Monday, but none was scheduled as of yet.

So, what does it all mean? Well, for one, the speculation will continue about Rivers' future and whether he'll be coaching the Celtics next season or if he'll be headed to the Clippers in some sort of deal, as Rivers would prefer.

If, in fact, the Celtics scheduled the press conference to scare the Clippers into action – the Clippers had been refusing to offer the Celtics any compensation in exchange for the coaching rights to Rivers – then it was simply a bluff. Did it work? We'll find out.

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