After hearing this, I’m thinking about holding out. My brother and I split all Celtics Town money evenly but I’m trying to get an extra dollar. Sorry, guys. Until someone forks over an additional 100 pennies, I’m not writing any more posts. It’s been real, though. I’ve enjoyed my run.
Posts tagged: Bill Russell
Larry Bird set Roy Hibbert up with one hell of an opportunity. (Indiana Star)
Roy Hibbert’s eyes lit up like a 5-year-old on Christmas morning when Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird approached him last spring with an idea for the offseason.
Bird asked the Pacers center if he wanted some help, and tossed out the names of three potential teachers: Bill Russell, Bill Walton or Kevin McHale. All three are Hall of Fame big men.
“He said it would probably be one of those three guys. I just had to give him my summer schedule so he could set it up with one of them,” Hibbert said. “Who wouldn’t want to work with those guys?”
Bird lined up Walton, a former teammate with the Boston Celtics, and he has spent part of the summer working with Hibbert at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Danny Ainge, you’ve gotta hop on your Blackberry ASAP. I know Clifford Ray is seen as one hell of a big man coach, but I’m willing to bet that Bill Walton has a few tricks he could teach the Celtics big men. There’s no reason he should be wasting his tips on stiffs like Roy Hibbert.
Forget the Venice Beach Courts, forget Rucker Park, forget The Cage. The best pick up basketball on Sunday was at Fort McNair in Washington, where President Obama hosted the dream pick up basketball game for a group of wounded soldiers and members of the White House’s mentoring program. NBA stars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony took the court along with Celtics and NBA legend Bill Russell. (Washington Post) Read more »
You know it’s a slow news day when I’m talking about Ray Allen’s calves. (Boston Herald)
“He has the best-looking calf muscles in the NBA,” said agent Lon Babby, who believes Allen, especially in light of his new two-year deal, actually may have another contract in store before his career ends.
“Go back to Seattle, when he was taking questions about whether he could still play at a high level by the time he turned 35,” Babby said. “In my experience, guys who are Hall of Fame players don’t decline. Reggie Miller comes to mind in that way.
“I don’t think the Celtics even raised the issue with me of whether he would decline,” he said. “It becomes a question of whether Ray wants to continue making the commitment, and nothing else.”
In a completely heterosexual way, those calf muscles ARE a thing of beauty. They could pop an eye out. You just know Johnny Drama is jealous.
But, uh, Lon Babby, Hall of Fame players certainly do decline. There’s this little thing called age that affects them just like it does anybody else. And, uh, age just happens to affect shooting guards worse than anyone else. Because he keeps himself in immaculate shape (the same piece I linked to talks about Ray riding 31 miles — 31 miles! — on his bike just two days after the Game I am Still Trying to Forget), Ray has a better chance than anyone to outrace age… but let’s not pretend Hall of Famers are ageless. Otherwise, Bill Russell would have won about 45 rings so far.
(“Hey Tyra! You left your toothbrush at my house.”)
Anybody want a former All-NBA performer? Four-time All-Star? A 6’7″ point guard? All rolled into one?
Even if you do, I don’t think Penny Hardaway’s the man for you. But he IS trying to come back to the NBA. Specifically, he’d like to play for the Miami Heat. (Orlando Sentinel)
Penny Hardaway, the man who inspired original Nike puppet in the late 90s “Lil Penny,” announced he is interested in competing for a role with the Miami Heat Thursday on an internet radio show called “The Bottom Line Sports Show.”
“Mentally I was retired and physically I was retired. I was playing recreational ball,” Hardaway said. “But when the decision happened with Chris Bosh and LeBron, I felt like I could really be good in that system.”
Hardaway said he sent text messages to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his former teammate Alonzo Mourning to express his interest in competing for a non guaranteed, one-year minimal role upon hearing “The Decision.”
The best part of the Penny report? This quote: “I can understand where Michael Jordan was coming from coming out of retirement a couple times, I can understand where Brett Favre is right now,” Hardaway said. “When you still have something in the tank it’s really hard to let it go.” Uh, Penny? You’ve been running on E for a decade now, son.
With Penny attempting a return, here is the list of the next five players set to come back. The quotes may or may not be fabricated.
1. Patrick Ewing – “I’ve been trying to make this coaching thing work,” said Ewing, “but YOU try teaching Dwight Howard post moves. I need to get back to playing. Coaching and Patrick Chewing commercials can only keep a man satisfied for so long.”
2. Bill Russell – “If Darko Milicic is worth $20 million,” Russell noted, “I’d be worth at least $45 mil even in a wheelchair. Plus, I’ve been meaning to play in the shot-blocking era. There’s still time for me to set the career record.” But Bill, I told him, you’re 3,830 blocked shots behind Hakeem. “I know,” Russell responded. “I might have to actually play a full season.”
3. Brett Favre – “I’ve been meaning to switch sports for awhile,” said Favre. “Just imagine the ESPN coverage it would get. It’d be a circus.” But do you even know how to play basketball, I asked him? “Yeah. Aren’t you a Celtics fan? You should have known I’ve been giving Tony Allen lessons for years.” Ah, interceptions.
4. Antoine Walker - “Look, I know I can’t play anymore,” Antoine told me. “I mean, I got cut in Puerto Rico. There’s nothing else you can do in professional basketball that’s more embarrassing than that.” So, um, why exactly are you coming back then? “What have you been, under a rock? I’m dead broke. Plus, I’m still worth at least Johan Petro money, right?” The poor broke bastard may have a point.
5. Isiah Thomas – “If I can still be mentioned for GM jobs,” Isiah explained, “then I’ve got to be incredibly desirable as a player. I can’t be nearly as destructive on the court as I am in an office.” Can’t argue with that.
Note: Sources tell me David Kahn has already contacted four of the five potential comeback candidates.