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Irish Coffee: The Paul Pierce Tribute

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].)