If you don’t know who Julian Benbow is, you’re missing out. The guy is a hell of a writer.
Just listen to the way he described Rajon Rondo’s performance against Sacramento: “At times he was a wingman, setting up his teammates. Then, he’d be a puppeteer, pulling the strings on his opponents.”
Or how he described Rasheed’s Wallace season as a “box-of-chocolates season.” You know, you never know what you’re gonna get.
Or the way he described Cleveland’s beginning-to-finish destruction of Boston on March 14: “The scene wasn’t exactly the same as the frantic airborne “I love you . . . I hate you . . . I killed a man . . . I’m gay’’ confessional among dysfunctional Stillwater band members as a lightning storm appeared to take down their plane, but in a season that’s had its on-court turbulence, this was the Celtics “Almost Famous’’ moment.
“After a 104-93 loss at Cleveland Sunday afternoon, the Celtics hopped on a plane to Boston. The flight, however, was less than smooth.”
But Benbow isn’t just a great writer and an up-and-coming star for the Boston Globe: He’s good on T.V., too. Here’s a clip of Benbow talking about the Celtics, pretty much spot-on in every point he makes.