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Bogans a natural leader

NEWPORT, R.I. -- The Boston Celtics were closing out Day 3 of training camp with an extended three-man weave drill. Essentially, it's a full-court running session camouflaged by some passing and light shooting. After two days of double sessions aimed at knocking off the summer rust, some players were trudging to the finish line of the team's Rhode Island excursion.

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Celtics shooting guard Keith Bogans.With a minute left on the clock, veteran guard Keith Bogans barked at the team to pick it up and finish strong. This, in a nutshell, is Bogans' role in Boston: to be a vocal leader for a young team.

"Keith Bogans is a guy that's known throughout the league as a consummate teammate," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "You look at him, and he's a guy that may not start in the starting lineup, but he's found his way into a starting lineup a lot over the course of his career. He makes shots and, on a day like today, where we lost our legs a little bit, he stood out a little bit more because he's in really good shape, he takes care of himself, and he competes all the way until the end."

Bogans is an NBA vagabond. He's played for seven different teams -- Charlotte, Houston, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Chicago, Brooklyn and two stints in Orlando -- over the course of a 10-year career. He's been traded four times (including once for former Celtics assistant coach Ty Lue) and waived twice (including during his time with Brooklyn).

The 33-year-old swingman was rewarded this summer for his persistence when he inked a three-year, $15.9 million contract to be included in the monster Boston-Brooklyn swap via sign-and-trade. Not bad for a guy who had earned $14.1 million over his first decade in the league.

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