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Boston Celtics lure rookie big back from Germany for training camp

Sep 1, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

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The Boston Celtics are about to undergo a huge rebuilding project. That’s apparently made them a very alluring option for free agents trying to to break into the NBA, too, as former Wisconsin standout Kammron Taylor announced earlier this week that he’ll be attending their training camp rookie big man Damen Bell-Holter has reportedly decided to join them as well.

Bell-Holter isn’t a household name considering he spent his college career playing at low-major Oral Roberts, but he earned an invite to the Portsmouth Invitational — a springboard for seniors looking to impress NBA scouts — after averaging 15.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game en route to First Team All-Southland honors.

That seemed like it might’ve been the last time American basketball fans heard about Bell-Holter because he didn’t show up on a Summer League roster and signed in Germany’s top league with Telekom Baskets Bonn last month. Thing  can change in a hurry in the basketball world, however, as Bell-Holter recently explained to the Alaska Sports Blog.

Just ask Hydaburg’s Damen Bell-Holter, who was in Germany about to begin his professional basketball career when the NBA team called his agent and invited the former Oral Roberts University star to training camp next month.

“My agent said I was on their list of guys they wanted to bring in,” Bell-Holter told me. “It’s really exciting. It’s a huge opportunity that doesn’t come around very often. Just that they knew my name is pretty cool.”

The 6’10, 250-pound big man likely won’t end up on the Celtics’ regular season roster this year, but is a nice development project if he’d decide to sign with the team’s NBA D-League squad.

  1. ghostdog120 - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    ummm. he was cut from his team in germany and the celtics needed a body in training camp. misleading article.

  2. meyeshua - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    As long as he is white he will be paid to sit on the bench more then the black players who play. Racist city and team, Auerbach’s legacy.

    • KWAPT - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Yeah..did you see how they nickel & dimed that Garnett guy? Idiot.

    • albundy87 - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      What an uneducated response meyeshua. Do yourself a favor and either Google or Wikipedia Red Auerbach. Red was responsible for breaking the color barrier in the NBA in the 1950s.

    • haroldclark - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:30 AM

      Auerbach’s TRUE legacy:

      First black player drafted and signed (Chuck Cooper); first NBA team to have an all-black starting five (1965, Bill Russell, Satch Sanders, Sam Jones, K.C. Jones, and Willie Naulls); first NBA team to have a black coach (Bill Russell, player-coach, 1967-68, 1968-69)

    • haroldclark - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Red Auerbach knew the name of the game is to win NBA Championships…with white players (John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Frank Ramsey, Tommy Heinsohn, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, etc.) and black players (Bill Russell, et al…) working together.

      And the players (black or white) were paid according to results. Russell earned a huge salary, for that era, while bench-warming white subs were paid little until they produced (unlike your racist pronouncement above), or were paid what they were worth right away (white Hall of Famer Dave Cowens at the upper salary extreme, for example…and fan favorite, white bench warmer Gene Guerilia at the other extreme).

      Auerbach’s basketball legacy: 17 NBA Championships (including 11 in 13 years!)…

      And while Boston continues to work its way through its racial problems, as do many cities across the country, both Boston’s white and black fans appreciate winning…which is probably why you wrote your comment, being a loser from a loser NBA city with a losing tradition…especially when playing the Celtics.

    • dangernearing - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      You’re comment REALLY makes no sense and I hope that was sarcasm.. Sad thing is it probably isnt.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      This is how an African-American got elected President TWICE IN A ROW: attitudes of ignorant, right wingNUT pea brains like YOU. Thanks.

  3. kinggabey - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I don’t know where you get your basis from . The highest paid white guy this year is number nine on the payroll. Red pulled out of a hotel in the sixties because his black player couldn’t get a room there. South ie still has racist jerks but Boston ain’t like that. And neither was red

  4. KWAPT - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Bell-Holter was only signed to a three-week tryout with Telekom. Their coach, Mathias Fischer, was quoted on their official website as saying that Bell-Holter was a “great guy” but that he “did not fit”:

  5. felisberto - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    the new Dirk Nowitzki.

  6. imakcds - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    don’t you just love all the BIG BREAKING news alerts that have been coming out of Boston??
    This is Earth Shaking stuff, something all celt fans will hate, but if you criticize (whats a BellHolter?), celt fans will think of all kinds of excuses, and back the DEMOLITION job Danny Ainge has been doing for the last 5 yrs.

  7. slickcity1 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    The Celtics were the first team to have a black head coach and the first team to start 5 black players. Red racist? I don’t think so. The facts support otherwise…

  8. pike573 - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    The second sentence of this article is terrible. Proofread please

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