The Boston Celtics just got a lot more ITB. Yesterday, they signed Broughton/ITB legend Shavlik Randolph to a multi-year contract. Earlier this month, the Celtics signed Shav to a 10 day contract and then another 10 day contract after that. While playing for the Celtics he posted highs of 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals in only 15 minutes against the Charlotte OTB Bobcats. That comes out to about 19 points, 25 rebounds, and 6 steals had he played the whole game. Had the game gone into six overtimes, that would have been a triple double with 31 points, 41 rebounds, and 10 steals. That’s just math.
The Celtics knew Shav had been dominating while playing the last year in the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 32 points and 14 rebounds. However, sources have said his ties to Broughton and ITB were the main reasons the Celtics decided to sign him to a multi-year deal.
“We knew he was playing really well overseas, but when you get the opportunity to have someone from Broughton AND ITB on your roster, you don’t pass that up,” said a source that I did not just make up.
This article does a great job of covering his career and his time with the Celtics: Meet Shavlik Randolph, Possible Missing Link For a Boston Celtics Playoff Drive
The Celtics now join the Miami Heat on the list of ITB approved NBA teams. Miami joined that list by signing Shav a few years ago. Here’s another great article on the time he spent with LeBron, Wade, and Bosh. Even after Shav left the Heat, Miami remained on the ITB approved list when they refused to play the Charlotte OTB Bobcats in Charlotte during a preseason game earlier this year. Since LeBron refuses to play in Charlotte, he asked that the game be played at Broughton. The Caps Club politely declined the request due to security reasons, citing fears that having the Heat play at Broughton would attract too many commoners. The teams finally agreed to play the game in Raleigh at the ESA, or what newcomers refer to as the “PNC Arena”. This just reinforces the fact that the Bobcats are OTB and no one likes them.
So congrats to Shav on signing a multi-year deal with the Boston Celtics. ITB looks forward to watching your success.