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July 9, 2008

Ping pong with a Celtics sharpshooter: Former Triton grad trades serves with Ray Allen during NBA Finals

The Sargent File

Age: 25

High school: Triton

Job: Group sales account executive

Works for: Boston Celtics

1. What did you do to celebrate the title, and are you getting a ring?

"We celebrated at the arena directly after the conclusion of the game. We all (fellow Newburyport-area Celtics employees Steve Markos and Sean Sullivan) have seats in different areas of the arena, so it was a pretty amazing feeling when we were all together for the first time as champions. Steve and I actually walked out of the Garden at 6 a.m. and hopped on the train. I'm confident and hopeful we'll be receiving a ring."

2. Would you prefer the Celtics re-sign James Posey or go after Corey Maggette in free agency?

"Although Maggette is a very good player, I would definitely prefer to have Posey back in the mix. He has a lot of intangibles on and off the court with his leadership skills and his ability to fill many different roles."

3. What did you think of the draft, and was there another potential draft pick you would've preferred they select?

"We did a good job of filling needs in the draft, and got two players with a ton of upside in J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker. Plus, it's not a bad option to have a big guy like Semih Erden playing overseas that could turn out to be a good asset."

4. Do you have a best story from the playoff stretch?

"My best story from the playoff stretch was playing Ray Allen in ping pong after the memorable Game 4 comeback in L.A. We were in the ball room of the hotel after the game and he came down and ran the table on us for a little bit. I'm pretty sure I scored three total points in a best-of-three series. His serve was impossible to return."

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