Today in Celtics history: Marty Conlon born

Today, January 19th marks the 49th anniversary of former Boston Celtic big man Marty Conlon.

Conlon was only with Boston for a season (1996 - 1997), but was a quality rotation player in his time with the club, averaging 7.8 points and 4.4 boards per game that year. Marty played his college ball at Providence College under (then) future- Celtics head coach Rick Pitino, and missed a second go-round with him by a season (M.L. Carr would be replaced the following year by Pitino) after being released by the Celts in the offseason. It's unclear if Pitino was directly responsible for the move, but he was the man in charge both on the court and in the front office, having forced out Red Auerbach.

Marty would have a long career after Boston, playing for the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers before spending nearly a decade more playing in Europe. His all-time best, however, was in his season in green, so here's a video of one of his best nights with Boston to remember that era, and if that's not enough, be sure to check out tb727's longform article on him here:

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