Scot Pollard was late to his own party. Since he is no longer a member of the Celtics, he wasn’t sure if he should go up and get his ring like the rest of the guys on the team during the ceremony. Instead he sat in his seat when his name was called, a little confused, before showing up fashionably late to receive his hardware.
But now that he has the ring he is happy to show it to anyone who asks. Just take the herds of fans who approached him at halftime for a peek. After regaining my vision from being temporarily blinded by all the diamonds, I caught up with Scot to see what he’s up to these days.
What did you think when you woke up today knowing you were getting your ring?
I’ve been so geeked about this for so long. As soon as I heard the ring ceremony was going to be today I obviously marked it on my calendar. There was nothing that could keep me away from coming back to get it. It’s beautiful. I was worried it was going to be too big or too gaudy. It’s huge and it’s heavy but I think it’s great. I don’t think it’s gaudy at all. It’s really huge and I’m actually really excited to be able to show it off.
How have you been filling your calendar these days besides ring ceremonies?
I am working out and really, really enjoying a lot of time with my family. I’ve been able to take my kids to school every day, pick them up. I’m just having a blast being a family guy and being able to do things I’ve never had the chance or time to do. My agent is still pounding the phone and making sure people still know I’m available and healthy. I’m staying ready, staying in shape. If something happens, it happens. If not, it doesn’t.
Are you feeling 100% now?
About as good as it can be, yeah.
So you’ve got a few more games left in you?
I’ve got a lot of years left. But I don’t know if it’s going to happen.
At this point how many teams are seeking interest in you?
I’ve had a couple of phone calls, questions, but at this point in my career it’s tough for me to say I’m going to go for a 10-day contract or a training camp contract.
And with that the ever-personable Pollard was pulled away by former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas to see the ring. Regardless of where he ends up this season, judging by the reception of the crowd he is more than welcome back at the Garden.