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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dooling's dark past, bright future

By ESPNBoston.com

Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesKeyon Dooling took a Celtics front office job after retiring from basketball this summer.
Former Celtics guard Keyon Dooling, who surprisingly retired from basketball this summer while opening up about enduring an abusive past, officially re-joined the team last week with the title of player development coordinator.

It's a chance for the Celtics to keep Dooling around the team and use his experiences and leadership to help mentor younger players. Celtics coach Doc Rivers told NBA.com about visiting Dooling during his stay at a mental institution this summer:"You do it because you should and because he's such a great human being," said Rivers. "We all go through stuff. I would go up and just sit with him. And I just kept telling him, don't worry about basketball. I could care less. I don't care if you ever play again. You just get back to being Keyon."

Later Rivers added: "It's just really good how he kind of bounced back from all this stuff," Rivers said. "He's been such a great mentor for all our players. He comes in the locker room, he can come to our meetings. We just want him around ... I think he's great for [Rajon] Rondo and he's great for Jeff Green, and the message he's giving has been nothing but positive."

Hop HERE to read the full NBA.com story that details Dooling's summer ordeal. Dooling and his wife, Natosha, also sat down with Katie Couric to detail his dark past. Hop HERE to read more and see video from the show.