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Johnson, Moore play the numbers game

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  June 27, 2011 12:29 PM

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The Celtics introduced their two draft picks today at Edison K-8 School in Brighton where they unveiled a mobile computer lab.

BRIGHTON -- The second-floor classroom at Edison K-8 School in Brighton was set up to introduce the two newest Celtics to its students and local media this morning. JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore's jerseys were laid out neatly on a table at the front of the room.


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E'Twaun Moore leads students at Edison K-8 School.

Picking a number wasn't easy. "It wasn’t a lot to decide from," Johnson said.

The 33 that Moore wore at Purdue was obviously off limits. So, he chose 55, the selection he was taken in last week's draft, and said it was for motivation.

Johnson's 25 has been retired by the Celtics for 44 years, when they hung it up in honor of K.C. Jones. He chose 12 with a particular person in mind. In her high school days, Johnson's mother Rhonda wore the same number.

"And I told him, because our school colors were green and white," she said.

Both Moore and Johnson's parents made the trip from Indiana for their sons' introduction to the NBA.

The duo played against each other in high school, then talked constantly about playing college ball together at Purdue. They both declared for the draft last year and both decided to pull out and remain in college for their senior seasons. Now, they're both Celtics.

"It was definitely exciting for both of us, being chosen to the same team, we didn’t know it was going to happen," Moore said. "But it’s great. I’m excited and I can’t wait to start playing."

Johnson added, "Just to have somebody you’re familiar with, you’re comfortable with, to go through this process with you makes it a lot easier."

Their first job as Celtics was to meet the community, visiting Edison School in Brighton, where the team unveiled a mobile computer lab. The school received 25 Celtics-branded MacBooks, which were put to work immediately as a classroom full of students was separated into two teams, led by Johnson and Moore, and asked to research Celtics facts, trivia, and history using their new equipment.

"It’s great," Moore said. "Any time you do something in the community, for them to see us and us to meet them, welcome us to their community is definitely exciting."

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