Kobe and Boston: A Goodbye To Remember

originally published December 29, 2015 On the Wednesday night of his Boston debut an 18 year old thinner version of the Kobe Bryant we know gazed at the famed parquet floor that creaked and dipped in spots every time he moved in the lay-up line. For a moment he paused and gave a momentary glance…

Celtics: Don’t Repeat History and Devalue Game 6

In 2010, the Boston Celtics had a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. After a win in Boston, the Celtics were going back to Los Angeles for Game 6 and Game 7.  Immediately after Game 5, Paul Pierce was quoted, “we have two games to win one.” That’s when I knew it was over. Because…

The Celtics Are What The NBA Needs

Superstardom fatigues the NBA even as it makes the NBA money this time of year.  Boredom enters gently. We know what we know. Kevin Durant and his jumper. Draymond Green and his techs. Steve Kerr and his nonchalance. Mike D’Antoni and his outrage. James Harden and his Eurostep. LeBron James doing everything. Enter into this…

Yes, Rivalries Matter

There is something perfectly beautiful about the Philadelphia 76ers going into Boston to start a series for no other reason than to jolt the mind. I guess past is prologue. With both sides loving themselves and their game and what they have accomplished this year, the ones who remember how it used to be want…

Domantas Sabonis: Future Celtic?

Years ago, I would notice an oil painting as I entered Staples Center in Los Angeles.  It depicted former Portland center Arvydas Sabonis battling the Lakers during the 2000 Western Conference Finals.  The Lithuanian began his NBA career at 31, after years in Europe. He still ended up in the Hall of Fame. Sabonis’ son,…

The War for Home Court: Hawks, Celtics, Heat

Remember last year and all the slurs visited and revisited upon the Eastern Conference? If we know anything about professional sports and its cyclic nature, it’s that the familiar pep talk of waiting your turn applies to almost everybody. As Mark Twain once wrote, “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” And so here…