1. Red’s Army: Kevin calls out Sheed… in the shower – Here’s a transcript of an interview Kevin Garnett gave for WEEI last night.
After the first game, I went to him in the shower… Sheed doesn’t listen to a lot of people, Sheed sorta goes by his own tune and he only respects a few. I’m one of the very few he listens too. I said, ‘If you give us 10 and 10, we are not only gonna beat these cats, we are gonna blow them out. I don’t care what you’ve been going through, you can make it all up right here. It rubbed him the wrong way a little bit, but he said ‘you’re right.’
Is anybody else 1) not surprised at all that Sheed doesn’t listen to a lot of people or 2) completely skeptical that Garnett’s talk made any difference in the way Sheed played?
What did Sheed do last night that was different from what he normally does? One thing, and one thing only: He made shots. Something tells me he’s known all season long that he needs to make shots to help the Celtics become a better team, and that a pep talk from Kevin Garnett in the shower — no matter how motivating it was — didn’t enlighten Sheed that he needs to make some more. He’s known that all season long, and it gets reinforced any time he looks on NBA.com and sees his stats or flips on the television and hears yet another person discussing how brutal he’s been.
So Kevin Garnett’s pep talk was a good thing, a nice gesture of leadership by one of the few people the boneheaded Sheed actually listens to. I just don’t expect that it turned Sheed’s season around. I fully expect another round of blanks to be fired on Friday.
2. ESPN: Throwing in the towel - Danny Ainge threw a towel in the air to distract J.J. Hickson at the free throw line.
With 1:53 remaining in the third quarter of Boston’s lopsided Game 2 triumph, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is shown on TNT’s television replays tossing a white towel in the air from the baseline beyond one hoop attempting to distract Cleveland’s J.J. Hickson as he shoots the second of two free throws with Boston on top 80-57.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed that the league is aware of the actions and was reviewing the situation Tuesday night.
“That was interesting to see that happen during the flow of the game, from Danny Ainge,” Mike Brown told the Associated Press in Cleveland Tuesday. “If it’s within the rules, hey, at this time, you do whatever you can to win. As long as it’s within the rules.”
You can take this story one of two ways: Either 1) you’re a competitive-less loser who thinks everyone should play fair, everybody should win, and the score shouldn’t be kept or 2) you actually want to win, and thus absolutely love a GM — or anyone else affiliated with the team — trying to do whatever he can do to help his team win a game, even if that means acting like a 15-year old fan and throwing a towel during a player’s free throw while the Celtics are winning by 23 points. Me? I’m certainly in group #2.
3. Celtics.com: Bobby Vines Tribute – Pay your respect to a man who worked behind the scenes for the C’s for 15 years. Here are some quotes about him:
Bill Simmons via Twitter: RIP, Bobby Vines. Died suddenly today, leaves great family + 2 kids. No happier/friendlier guy in sports. Can’t imagine the Celtics w/o him.
Marc Spears via Twitter: RIP Robert Vines, great guy worked behind the scenes for Celtics. another example of how short life can be. appreciate each day.
Drjefflo: Always stopped to say hello. Always a smile! Class individual.
Ya know, it’s incredibly sad that we don’t start speaking nice things about people until their death. Bobby Vines went through life, from all accounts I’ve heard, being a genuinely nice guy… but never lived to hear people tell him that.
Can’t we start praising people while they’re still on earth? Can’t I hear about how nice Bobby Vines is while he’s still stopping to say hello and smiling at everyone in sight?
It shouldn’t take death for us to celebrate someone’s life.