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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Dooling: 'I won't be returning'

By simmonsj

Bad news for all of you Keyon Dooling fans hoping he'd make a comeback. While some speculated that Dooling might come out of retirement to help out his former Celtics team, the veteran guard squashed the idea via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

He Tweeted: "Hey everyone thank you for all the love and support that you guys give me daily. FYI I won't be returning this season #StayTuned"

And then: "Please don't be sad everyone. You never know what the future holds for me just know that I am pushing hard for each and everyone of you!"

Dooling, who now serves as director of player development for the Celtics, told ESPN Boston on Sunday that he'd be willing to consider a return to action if Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers asked him to. Ainge soon after shot down the idea. The rumor persisted, leading to Dooling's acknowledgment that he would not return on Wednesday.

Dooling, 32, retired last summer despite agreeing to a one-year contract extension with the Celtics. He said at the time that he "had given the NBA 12 good years" wanted to spend more time with his family.