Getting behind a political cause is tricky territory for any celebrity — but this one is worth it for the Celtics.
The Boston Globe reports that the Green are getting behind co-owner Steve Pagliuca, who is currently enmeshed in a race for a U.S. Senate seat.
Pagliuca was joined by Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, forward Glen Davis and center Kendrick Perkins on Monday night at The Landsdowne pub to promote his campaign. He is one of four candidates — including Attorney General Martha Coakley, U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano and City Year co-founder Alan Khazei — battling in the Dec. 8 Democratic primary.
"Here's a guy that wants to do something, and he wants to do it for the complete right reasons, and that is to better people, to better our kids, to better the community," Rivers said. "I really hope everyone just stays behind him, gets behind him and pushes his name out there, because it's the right name. I just can't pronounce it."
Pagliuca's plans include reining in budget deficits and altering the current unemployment system.
Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo were also present at Monday's event, which raised money for the campaign. Fittingly, Pagliuca concluded his five-minute speech with a basketball metaphor:
"As Doc and Wyc constantly tell me, there's no prize for second. We've got 29 days to move into first. I'll be out there fighting every day."