Danny Ainge signs a basketball for a guest at Celtics Draft Party 2003.
boston sports clubs Boston Sports Club at The Sports Authority Training Center, in Waltham was the place to be Thursday night, June 26, as the Boston Celtics hosted Draft Party 2003. The party celebrated the Celtics participation in the 2003 NBA Draft. In attendance were members of Celtics courtside, ownership, Celtics legends, sponsors and partners of the Boston Celtics and members of the media.

The event, which was emceed by FSNE's Mike Gorman, was held on the Boston Sports Club court, which had all 16-championship banners hanging from the rafters. The Celtics used the event to kick off their new partnership with Boston Sports Club.

Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Russell discuss Thursday draft at the draft party.
Draft Party 2003 was a great chance for Celtics courtside members, and sponsors and partners to mingle and rub elbows with their favorite Celtic legends and ownership. Some of the legends that were in attendance included Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, KC Jones, Tommy Heinsohn, Cedric Maxwell and JoJo White. All guests received a 2003 NBA Draft Media Guide and raffle tickets.

The Boston Sports Club court was covered in green carpeting and had a layout of tables along with three TV's and a projection screen, so none of the guests missed a second of NBA draft action. The party included appetizers, dinner and dessert as well as a chance for guests to let their hair down a bit as there was a disco and four draft videos featuring Kevin McHale, Larry Bird, Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker. It was a great chance for fans to hangout with some of the greatest players to ever suit up in the NBA.

With guests enjoying the party, there was still some business going on, as the Sports Authority Training Center was also home to the Celtics draft war room. It was there where new Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and his staff remained behind the scenes as they fielded phone calls, watched the draft unfold and prepared to make decisions that will effect the Celtics in the years to come.

Following the Celtics first round picks Ainge and Head Coach Jim O'Brien joined the party for a brief moment to address the media. But after a short press conference and some Q and A's with the media, it was back to work because the Celtics still held a late second round pick.

As the night ended it was clear that a good time was had by all. Celtics Courtside members,
Mike Gorman introduces Ainge to guests at the party.
sponsors and partners got to meet some legends, and the Celtics made steps to getting closer to raising banner 17 to the FleetCenter rafters.