Archive for the ‘Bill Russell’ Category

Russell Inducted to Hall of Fame
September 13, 2007

Bill RussellContratulations to Bill Russell for making it into the Hall of Fame… The FIBA Hall of Fame

2 thoughts: 

1:  Why isn’t Bill Russell in EVERY basketball hall of fame?  I don’t care if it’s the Smalltown, Montana Boy’s CYO Hall of Fame… Bill Russell should be in it. 

2:  This really must be a tough Hall to get into… when these guys don’t make it in:

Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson didn’t make the cut, though they can be submitted again in two years when the next batch is selected.

Phoenix Mercury general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale made it though. 

I’ll repeat that.

Bill Russell only JUST made it into the FIBA Hall of Fame… and Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson were beat out by Phoenix Mercury GM Ann Meyers Drysdale.

What planet is this thing on?

Moving on… Doc Rivers is reaching out to coaches with big time players to ask how they deal with multiple stars.

“I talk to a lot of coaches,” Rivers said. “Not just in basketball, but all the sports. You’re always seeking and getting great advice. There are so many great networks to reach out, tap, and find resources, so I do that. And I do that a lot.

“When you have an opportunity like this, you don’t want to leave any stone unturned. You’ve got to look everywhere.” 

He’s never had this much talent on his team… I suppose its smart to ask.  The good thing is… he’s got Kevin Garnett on his side… and KG is perfectly happy teaching chemistry to there rest of the team.  They’ll need that for their trip to Europe.  I know it’s preseason… but you’re also making an impression on fans out there.  I mean… that’s a huge (relatively) untapped market for Red’s Army.  We’ve got shirts to sell, dammit!

I competely looked past this a couple of days ago… Kendrick Perkins is a dad


Collison Rips Rim Off Backboard, Gets Cut
August 21, 2007

nick collisonNick Collison got to take the one picture every basketball player who ever played wants to have taken…

The picture of him with the rim in his hands… after he rips it off the backboard.

Impressive Collison… most impressive.  Not impressive enough, though, for Coach K… who sent him and Kevin Durant packing from Team USA.

And I don’t know why this is coming up now… because I thought we all knew the reason Isaiah Thomas didn’t make the the 1992 Dream Team (the only “Dream Team” as far as I’m concerned) was because everyone thought he was an a-hole.  But I’ll hapilly post it.  Why?  Because screw Isaiah Thomas… that’s why.

Rajon Rondo:  Not an a-hole.  He’s talking to kids today and even playing some ball with them

bill russellAnd be sure to check out Sports Illustrated’s piece on Bill Russell:

His golf cap does not quite hide his full head of hair, the typical paunch is absent from his flat belly, and a worn championship ring weighs down each hand as 73-year-old Bill Russell devours the plate of steak and scrambled eggs from the edge of the coffee table between his perched knees. He laughs as always with the decibelic force of a ghost brought back to life.

He still is who he was. He was the best and he always will be just that, no more or no less.

He realizes that people don’t know what to make of him anymore.

I know what to make of him.  Bill Russell is a basketball God… and that is not hyperbole.  If this were Ancient Greece… He’d be in a throne on top of Mount Olympus.  I pride myself on generally keeping my composure around famous people… but I turned into a stuttering moron in my only encounter with him (I know… I know… turned?)  I’d love to be able to sit down in a room with him all day and just listen to his stories.  The combination of basketball greatness at that time in our history… every story he tells must be nothing short of jaw dropping.

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KG Talks Continue
June 21, 2007

The headline in the Herald says “C’s Closer to KG Deal”… but technically speaking… if I walk out of my house and start walking west, I’d be closer to walking to Los Angeles.  Steve Bulpett’s source said:

“There’s a good chance nothing happens,” the source cautioned, “but the talks seem to be ongoing. Neither side seems willing to drop this.”

That doesn’t make it seem like anything is imminent, does it?  You can officially put all of us here at in the group that thinks that’s great…. because none of us (even those of us who once advocated trading Al Jefferson) want to see Al go in a deal. 

Here’s the funny thing:  The headline in Boston is “C’s Closer To A Deal”… while all the national sports sections have the headline “McHale: Garnett Not Being Shopped.”  Just a little perspective for ya.

Those of you who think “anything we get this year from Tony Allen will be a bonus” might be in for a bit of a surprise.  Tony is not only progressing well… he’s on target to return by training camp.  I continue to be amazed by that.  On a related note… I’m 6 months into rehabbing a hang-nail on my typing pinky.  I think I might need a cortisone shot to get through this post… but I’ll be ok.  Thanks for your letters of concern.

Just curious here…. does the Boston Globe realize the Celtics still exist? 

Bill Russell Holding His RingsHey…. do you want to play basketball with Bill Russell?  You can… if you’ve got $15,500. 

Oh… and you can play golf with him… for an extra $1,250.

And that doesn’t cover air fare out to Vegas… where this whole thing is being held.

That said…. I’d do this in a hearbeat!!!  Larry Bird, Dr. J, Havlicek, Kareem, Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson…. THEY’LL ALL BE THERE!!  I might take up a collection.  I’ll beg on a street corner.  Spare change anyone?