Originally posted on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 9/18/12
6'3"  196 lbs  32 years old

 Keyon Dooling is from Ft Lauderdale, Florida.  He transferred to Dillard High School as a senior to team with longtime friend Clarence Gilbert.  Dillard High School is a historic public school located in Fort Lauderdale.  Dillard was established in 1907 and is a magnet school for African American students for Computer Technology and Performing Arts.  Dooling helped lead Panthers to a 27-7 record and the Class 6A final four.  He averaged 22 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals a game as a senior and was named a third-team Parade All-American.   As a junior, playing at Cardinal-Gibbons,  he earned Class 4A all-state honors after averaging 14.6 points and 4.8 assists per game. HE led his team to the 4A final four that season, and also made trip to final four as a freshman. 

Dooling played two seasons at the University of Missouri before becoming an early entry candidate for the 2000 NBA Draft.  He appeared in 58 career games for the Tigers, averaging 12.1 points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds.  As a sophomore, he led Missouri in scoring, assists and blocked shots, and was named Second Team All-Big 12.  He averaged 15.3 points, 3.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds while leading Missouri to the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

Dooling was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 10th overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft but was traded on draft day to the Los Angeles Clippers along with Corey Maggette, Derek Strong and cash for a future first-round selection. He played 4 seasons with the Clippers and signed with the Miami Heat  as a free agent for the 2004–05 season.   He returned to the team that originally drafted him, in the 2005 NBA off-season.   He backed up both guard positions during his three-years with the Magic.  In 2008, Dooling was traded to the New Jersey Nets where he posted career highs in points, assists, and minutes per game in his first season with the team. He played one more season with the Nets and then signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2010-11 season. Dooling played 80 games for the Bucks with 22 starts, averaging 7.1 points and three assists He was traded to the Celtics before the 2011-12 lockout season. 

In the shortened lockout season, Dooling played in 46 games, starting 2 of them.  He averaged 4 points and 1.1 assists in just over 14 minutes per game.  But Dooling's biggest contributions weren't on the court.  For one thing, he and Marquis Daniels came up with a sidelines dance they called "Flexin'" that brought smiles to the faces of Celtics fans and greatly annoyed the other team's fans.

But his greatest contributions were in the locker room.   Dooling also impressed on each bench player that, at some point, each bench player was going to be needed to play crucial minutes and he helped each one to be ready for those minutes.  After Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Philadelphia last season, Brandon Bass relayed that the Celtics received "a sermon from Rev. Dooling" that helped turn a 50-47 halftime deficit into a 101-85 win for the Celtics.  Perhaps his most important contribution was that he was able to connect with the mercurial Rajon Rondo and was a mentor to him on all things on and off the court.

Dooling's leadership extends to the NBA as well as the Celtics.  He currently serves as the Vice President for the NBA Players Association.  Rev. Dooling will be on duty again this season to mentor Rondo, to make sure that every reserve is ready to play when needed, and that no one slacks off on the job.      [Discuss on CG Forums!]
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