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Irish Coffee: The Paul Pierce Tribute

12.28.10 at 10:23 am ET
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Wake up with the Celtics and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

Paul Pierce just tweeted a link to this hip-hop song by Damani, called “(The Truth) Paul Pierce Tribute.” I gotta say, it’s pretty good. I especially like this line: “Back to the basket, face up tragic, mix between Bird and Magic, got to have it.”

SHAQ FINE WITH HEFTY FINE

Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal got hit with a $35,000 fine by the NBA for the comments that he made to the officials — which we covered here yesterday. Here’s what Shaq had to say to the Boston Herald:

‘€œHere’€™s my quote: Over my 18-year career, I’€™ve probably paid $90 million in federal tax, $20 million in FICA and $1 million in [NBA commissioner] David Stern tax.’€

NATE ROBINSON NOT GRASPING OFFENSE

Doc Rivers made some blunt remarks about the difference between Nate Robinson and Rajon Rondo in the starting lineup to The Boston Globe:

‘€œWhat it does for us, it takes away about 70 percent of our offense because Rondo’€™s so good at running our sets,’€™’€™ said Rivers.

‘€œIf you’€™ve noticed, I’€™m up more now, because I have to call almost all of them now, which I never want to do. You want your point guard to have such a grasp of the offense that you’€™re running in transition, you’€™re running right into your sets.

‘€œWith Nate, he just doesn’€™t have that grasp. That’€™s just not who he is, really.’€™’€™

RAY ALLEN RESPECTS THE TROOPS

You’ve got to respect Ray Allen for calling deployed Sailors aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln on Christmas Eve. Here’s what Allen said about it:

“I grew up in a military family so I know what it’s like to have friends and family deployed,” said Allen. “What you are doing for us helps me do what I do every single day.”

And here’s the reaction from at least one member of the military:

“I’m a long time Ray Allen fan,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Electronics Airman Roan Small. “I admire his stability as a player, and his dedication to the game is impressive. He’s a fan of the sport before he’s a player.”

CELTICS LOSE POWER

ESPN.com dropped the Celtics from No. 1 to No. 2 (behind the Mavericks) in their Power Rankings this week. Here’s a great stat from the blurb about the C’s:

I knew the Celts had been good before Christmas in the KG era, but I didn’t know they were this good until Elias informed us that Boston’s 94-14 mark is the best pre-Christmas over any four-season span in NBA history.

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee or a future mailbag? Send an e-mail to brohrbach@weei.com or a Twitter message to @brohrbach.)

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