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Irish Coffee: The Paul Pierce Tribute

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On December 28, 2010 @ 10:23 am In General | No Comments

Wake up with the Celtics [1] and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

Paul Pierce [2] 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 [3] got hit with a $35,000 fine by the NBA for the comments that he made to the officials — which we covered here [4] yesterday. Here’s what Shaq had to say [5] 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 [6] tax.’€

NATE ROBINSON [7] NOT GRASPING OFFENSE

Doc Rivers [8] made some blunt remarks [9] about the difference between Nate Robinson and Rajon Rondo [10] 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 [11] RESPECTS THE TROOPS

You’ve got to respect Ray Allen for calling deployed Sailors [12] 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 [13] 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 [14] or a Twitter message to @brohrbach [15].)


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URLs in this post:

[1] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[2] Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm

[3] Shaquille O’Neal: http://media.weei.com/basketball/shaquille-oneal.htm

[4] here: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2010/12/27/irish-coffee-shaq-big-baby-unimpressed-in-orlando/

[5] say: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view/20101228shaqs_fine_with_a_35k_hit/srvc=home&position=recent

[6] David Stern: http://media.weei.com/basketball/david-stern-nba.htm

[7] NATE ROBINSON: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nate-robinson.htm

[8] Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm

[9] some blunt remarks: http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2010/12/27/robinson_a_work_in_progress_in_expanded_role/

[10] Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm

[11] RAY ALLEN: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm

[12] calling deployed Sailors: http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/stock-alert/bos_sports-super-stars-make-holiday-phone-calls-to-deployed-sailors-1389704.html

[13] their Power Rankings: http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings

[14] brohrbach@weei.com: mailto:brohrbach@weei.com

[15] @brohrbach: http://twitter.com/brohrbach

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