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Your Morning Dump..Where CSNNE Makes Major Changes

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hqdefaultGreg Dickerson has been a staple of Boston Celtics broadcasts for the last several years. He was the C’s p.a. announcer from 1997-2002 and was a fixture on the sidelines of most every Celtics game since 2005. Last night we learned that Dickerson will no longer be the Celts’ sideline reporter:

Chad Finn-CSNNE Makes Big Changes To Celtics Coverage

Greg Dickerson, Donny Marshall, and Gary Tanguay won’t be part of the network’s Celtics coverage this season, while president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and Chris Herren are slated to fill in as color analysts on a couple of occasions.

Dickerson, the Celtics’ sideline reporter since 2005, will no longer continue in that role, though he will continue to contribute to CSNNE and NECN programming.

The affable and knowledgeable Dickerson has dealt with neurological illnesses (epilepsy and Tourette’s syndrome) that caused him to miss significant time two years ago.

If Dickerson is scaling things back to deal with his health issues, I totally get it. I’ve always liked Greg, and having had the chance to meet him a few times, I can say he’s really a great guy. I’ll never forget how hard he slapped my hand near the end of Game 6 in 2008. CSNNE’s Abby Chin will replace Greg on the sidelines but he’ll still “contribute” to CSNNE programming. What I found most odd however is that none other than Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will be doing color commentary for certain games. Actually bizarre is probably a better word to describe it. I’ve seen him come on for a quarter here & there, but on a regular basis? Thankfully, Mike and Tommy aren’t going anywhere.

But the most familiar aspect of CSNNE’s Celtics coverage remains in place.

Heinsohn will be the color analyst for all home games alongside play-by-play voice Mike Gorman. It will be their 33d year together calling Celtics games.

When the Celtics are on the road, Heinsohn will be in studio. The color analyst role will rotate on the road among several personalities, including Dave Cowens, Cedric Maxwell, and most intriguingly, Ainge and Herren, who will join Gorman in tandem.

I’m excited to see what Chris Herren will bring to the broadcast table. Herren has come a long way and it’s fantastic to see him get a chance to be involved with the Celtics.

In other Celtics news, Rondo’s quote on he and Brad Stevens being “best friends” was the most talked about story from yesterday’s media day. Over the course of the summer, skeptics said they were concerned about how Rajon and the new Boston coach would get along. If we believe what Rondo told the media assembled in Waltham on Monday, we should have nothing to worry about. Check out Chris Forsberg’s post over at ESPN Boston for the full story.

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The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston: Media Day Leftovers| Wallace Said Trade Shocked Him|Sullinger:Back Not Close To Game Shape

Herald: Good Old Buddies|Wallace Arrives Ready To Contribute|Sullinger Ready For Work|Five Issues Facing Celtics| Jeff Green Has New Role

Globe: Rondo In Good Spirits At Media Day|Celtics’ Gerald Wallace Settles Into Another Rebuild

CSNNE: Bradley Focused As Bigger Role On C’s Nears|Sullinger Remains Mum On Charges At Media Day

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  • Paul Yee

    I’m glad that Gary Tanguay is gone.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Chris Heroin?? Why?

    With all the greats to have worn the Celtic uniform, and who`ve brought us pride both on and off the court…this was the best they could come up with?!?

    The only logical explanation is that CSNNE pays minimum wage.

  • Frank Aziza

    Who replaces Marshall and Tang?

    • LA Flake

      BRING BACK SCAL!!!

  • KGino

    Good, Tanguay and Marshall were AWFUL. Hopefully next to go is Kyle Draper… Or as some people call him, Child Raper.

  • Tommy_Heinsohn

    I’m sure a couple of the commenters on this site could do a better job at analyzing Celtics games than Tanguay and Marshall. Those guys were terrible. You could tell Tommy hated Gary Tanguay too.

  • david

    I like Greg Dickerson, but Abby Chin is hot, so, see-ya Greg lol

  • Dustin Chapman

    I am very happy that Tanguay and Marshall are gone. Tanguay was just awful, Marshall is condescending and talked about himself as much as Shaq. I always liked Greg too, but Abby Chin is much easier on the eyes lol

  • LA Flake

    Danny will be filling in for Tommy?

    How can they do that? Danny’s bias will be so obvious!
    Oh, wait…

    (Long live Mike & Tommy!!!)

  • Lee in Oregon

    I guess I’m in the minority but I always liked Donny Marshall. I thought he was an insightful guy who knows the game…..and never forgot he was a “scrub” in the NBA (unlike Scal in my opinion).

    Since they’re bringing in everyone else, they oughta bring Cousy back for a few games. he may not know much about shooting smack but he knows how to call a basketball game.