On this day in Boston Celtics history, champion small forward James Posey was born in Cleveland, Ohio this date in 1977.
Although he only played one year with the team in 2007-08, his contribution off the bench was key for the Celtics in both the regular season, where he averaged 7.4 points, 4.4 points, a steal, and just under a block per game, and in the playoffs, where he averaged 6.7 points, 3.6 boards, and a steal per game.
Posey’s and Eddie House’s 29 points off the bench in Game Four were critical to winning Banner 17.
Posey would opt out of his final year with Boston to test the free agency waters and ended up pricing himself out of Boston’s future as a result.
Even still, Posey later expressed regret over having moved on from his time with the Celtics.
Finally, it is also the date of a three-overtime road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2006.
Boston managed to send it to an extra period three times with big nights from Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, and Paul Pierce, but the Celtics ultimately fell 125 – 124.
This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire.