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Posted by Shira Springer, Globe Staff  July 2, 2007 03:37 PM

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WALTHAM -- When draft night additions Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Gabe Pruitt took their seats beside coach Doc Rivers and executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge for a late-morning press conference today, the first question that came to mind was, “Where’s Ray Allen?” For likely the only time in his Celtics career, Allen was the second act to the rookie pair, appearing for his own press conference after the Celtics medical staff checked him out.

As expected, Allen is delighted to be back in familiar territory less than 100 miles from his alma mater, UConn. He was also looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Red Sox game this evening, wisely declaring himself a fan of the team. Also, he expects a partnership with Paul Pierce to work well with mutual respect a guiding principle.

While Allen brought veteran confidence to the proceedings in the Hall of Fame room at the Celtics practice facility, Davis and Pruitt brought rookie exuberance and optimism.

“It means so much" to be a Celtic, said Davis. “Being a basketball fan, being so in love with the game of basketball, you have to know the Boston Celtics. When you hear that, you think of immortality, so many championships. To be a part of this organization is a blessing. ... I’m so excited about the days to come,"

Added Pruitt: “It means a lot to me. There’s a lot of history here. I’m just happy to be here and be a part of the Celtic family."

Both Davis and Pruitt couldn’t stop smiling and are eager to depart for the Las Vegas Summer League. The Celtics entry begins practice tomorrow in Sin City, then opens play with a prime-time game against Greg Oden and the Portland TrailBlazers on July 6. Current Celtics joining Davis and Pruitt will be Leon Powe, Rajon Rondo, Allan Ray, and Gerald Green.

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