Men's Basketball

Gaffney's Celtics Shrine Featured On

Tony Gaffney in action with the Celtics in practice.

Tony Gaffney in action with the Celtics in practice.

June 12, 2010

On's True Hoop, Henry Abbot has a story on UMass' Tony Gaffney and his Boston Celtics' memorabilia at his parents' home. Gaffney is living a dream playing for his hometown and childhood favorite team. Read the story and check out the video.

By Henry Abbott
Celtics rookie forward Tony Gaffney is a local basketball legend. After starring on the Massachusetts high school basketball scene he stayed local for college, attending Boston University and then the University of Massachusetts. After going undrafted, he was the last Laker cut in training camp, then broke his foot playing in Israel. While rehabbing, he lived in his parent's house where -- as legend has it -- the room is a shrine to the Boston Celtics.

So it was quite an amazing story when his team, the Celtics, signed Gaffney just before the playoffs. He hasn't played for them yet, but he'll be on the Summer League team, and if he makes the opening day roster this fall, his contract is guaranteed for next season.

But did he really grow up in a shrine to his current team, or is that just some kind of urban myth?

Tony and his parents invited us to their house to see for ourselves. (Thanks to Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Robb for their help in creating the video):




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