Posts Tagged ‘Celtics’


November? Yeesh. This week’s links:

* Today’s John Gagliardi’s 87th birthday. Frank Rajkowski of the St. Cloud Times caught up with the retired legend. And KSTP has a chat with the former St. John’s coach.

* Patrick Reusse went to the Phoenix Suns game. At least, that’s where he thought he was headed. A classic bit of Reusse storytelling.

* Interesting old profile of Osama bin Laden.

* Grantland takes a look at where the Oscar race stands.

* Remembering a time when Tim McCarver was really, really good.

* Are Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn losing viewers? If they are, could it be because there’s not enough screaming?

* The sexy sexually active men of erectile dysfunction ads.

* The Milwaukee Bucks have not started their season at home in 29 years. That’s the way they want it.

* A person who had never seen a horror movie reviews Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 

* The Indy Star dives deep into the day that beloved Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens decided to leave for the Boston Celtics.

* Packers tight end Jermichael Finley penned a piece about his experience suffering a spinal injury in a recent game.

* Allen Iverson officially retired this week with an emotional press conference. The Answer said he has no regrets.


The first games of an NBA season don’t carry the prestige of opening day in baseball or the opening week of the NFL season. There’s nothing poetic about them, no national celebration that includes new songs from our favorite country singers. The start of the NBA season is simply the first chapter in a book that can seem neverending.

Still, it’s always nice to welcome back the league. Answers to the big questions won’t come for months — can the Heat repeat, can Derrick Rose return to form, can Kobe do the same, can the Timberwolves make the playoffs — but there’s always a chance for memorable moments. As the 2014 season begins, a look back at some top opening nights from the past:

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“The NBA is expected to make a major change to its traditional Finals schedule, ending the 2-3-2 format and returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 game rotation used in all other playoff rounds, multiple sources told ESPN.com.”—Brian Windhorst

Nothing in sports makes me as happy as watching the Lakers win a title, but if I had to list the next-best thing it might be watching the Boston Celtics lose and listening to their fans complain.

They complain about John Havlicek’s injury costing them the 1973 NBA title and talk about how many more titles they’d won with Len Bias. If only Kendrick Perkins had been healthy for Game 7 in 2010, his offensive brilliance would have led the Celtics over the Lakers, they say with their annoying accents. And they might have three-peated if not for Kevin Garnett’s bad knee in 2009. Injuries cost them the 1987 title. So many complaints for a franchise with 17 NBA titles.

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Editor’s note: An ongoing series (well, hopefully) that will look at the final games of sports legends. Everyone remembers their careers and great moments but the end is usually mundane, forgettable, if not difficult to watch. The player is usually slower, tired and well past their prime. Their whole careers — and most of their lives — have been spent practicing or playing games. All those passes and free throws and catches and hits and pitches. And then, finally, it’s over. There’s one last basket, one last touchdown, one last game. It ends. It’s not the most memorable chapter in their careers but it is an important one — because it’s the final one. Today: Kevin McHale.

There’s something pure about the hatred a 9-year-old sports fan feels about anyone standing in the way of his favorite team, especially if the hate is directed at a 6-10 guy from northern Minnesota with a bad haircut and an odd body. When the Lakers met the Celtics in the 1984 Finals, I didn’t have memories of Kevin McHale’s appearance in the Minnesota state basketball tournament or of his time at the University of Minnesota. All I knew was that he was unstoppable in the post, whined about every call, grabbed a towel from under the basket after every foul and nearly killed Kurt Rambis.

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Move over, Baby Jesus and Capitalism – the NBA owns Christmas Day. OK, maybe that’s not entirely true, but the Association had a little something for everyone during its Tuesday quintuple header.

Fury was there for the hoops, while TV chose to obsess about uniforms and haircuts. They talk about all that and more in podcast form. That’s right – another podcast this week. Merry Christmas? Or lazy copout? You decide.

Here’s the link.