When this reporter hears the phrase “Christmas In Boston,” it has always evoked memories of my childhood in the early Sixties, as my family went into town from our home on the South shore, to see the ornate window displays at Filenes and Jordan Marsh. Those two department stores vacated downtown Boston long ago however and as of Sunday the phrase “Christmas In Boston,” has taken on a brand-new meaning, as the Boston Celtics have signed Free Agent guard Dionte Christmas, to a contract for the upcoming campaign.
The 25-year-old former Temple player, revealed the news Sunday on his Twitter Account. Christmas wrote “Wanna think the
@celtics for giving me this opportunity to make my dream come true …. #wordscantexplain.” The Philadelphia native went undrafted when he left college in 2009 and has played overseas the past two-years, but has impressed the Celtics with his performance in the Las Vegas Summer League games.
His odds of making the Celtics roster, greatly increased when Boston dealt guard E’Twaun Moore to the Houston Rockets, in the deal that sent Courtney Lee to the Celtics. He made the most of his increased minutes on the floor on Saturday, as he scored 19 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, which was most likely a factor his being offered the contract by the team on Sunday.
The guard told the “Boston Globe” that his time playing outside of the country helped improve his overall game. He said “Two years back, you could say I was a scorer but I was sometimes inconsistent. That was one thing I wanted to work on and be better at; just be consistent, whether that was playing D or making shots. That was one thing I got playing the last couple years overseas.”
Christmas told reporters that the prospect of playing in Boston excites him. The guard said “You have guys like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rondo, great vets. They know the game and I could learn a lot from Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. They have great coaches; it would definitely be an honor for me to play for those guys.”