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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
"Reloaded" Celtics try to stir up Garden crowd

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- Greetings from the TD Garden, where the Boston Celtics host the Charlotte Bobcats in their home opener Wednesday night. As we wait for the locker rooms to open for pregame media access, here's a few notes:

Reloaded: The Celtics have distributed 20,000 green T-shirts with the team logo and the slogan "Reloaded" on most seatbacks inside the arena. Celtics team president Rich Gotham said, "The entire organization shares the same excitement and anticipation as our fans as we tip off the 2009-10 season in pursuit of Banner 18." The Celtics will be looking for a green-out inside the Garden to kick off the season. A "Reloaded" marketing campaign launches Wednesday night and will be prevalent throughout the season on TV and radio.

Pierce on the mike: Celtics captain Paul Pierce, entering his 12th season in Boston, will address the fans from center court before the game.

Pregame walk-through: The parquet was closed a couple of hours before tipoff as the Celtics held a team walk-through. The Celtics normally will not have morning shootarounds on game days, particularly in a situation like Wednesday night when they play back-to-back (the Celtics opened the season Tuesday in Cleveland). The team instead met for about a half-hour to run through strategy.

On the court: When the court opened up to media, big men Kendrick Perkins and Shelden Williams were working with assistant coach Clifford Ray at one end of the floor, while Lester Hudson took feeds from newly minted director of basketball development Tyronn Lue and shot perimeter jumpers at the other end.

Getting lucky: As part of the festivities, the Celtics will unveil a new Lucky mascot and a new dunk show that will feature the "Lucky Dunkmobile" … Berklee College of Music student Joelle James will sing the national anthem … New Kids on the Block's Danny Wood will be honored as the Heroes Among Us Award recipient for his dedication to fighting breast cancer.

Schedule: The Celtics' locker room is expected to be open about 90 minutes before tipoff and coach Doc Rivers will address the media around 6:40 p.m. We'll pass along news and notes here in the blog, but if you want the updates a little faster, you can follow me on Twitter.