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Irish Coffee: Late Night with Shaquille O’Neal

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

Shaquille O’Neal [2] entered the “Late Show with David Letterman” set wearing a hooded sportcoat, so it was pretty much a success right off the bat. After explaining how he got a cut on his head — banging his dome on a doorway while answering Letterman’s call — he touched on the following subjects:


ESPN.com’s Peter May pieced together an all-encompassing preview [12] of Wednesday night’s matchup between the Celtics and Spurs. Highlights:

After detailing why the Celtics and Spurs has never blossomed into a mini-rivalry, CSNNE.com’s Rich Levine gives us a reason to hate the key members of San Antonio’s squad this season. Highlights:

The Globe’s Bob Ryan also got into the action, sorting through the comparisons [23] between the two teams. Highlights:

Pounding the Rock [24]‘s Dale Dye and I have been trading e-mails about the C’s and Spurs over the past couple days. We’ll have the transcript for you later today.


There’s plenty of drama surrounding the Lakers this season, considering they’re just 16-11 since starting the season 7-0. Let’s start with the fact that Mark Cuban ripped Phil Jackson for claiming the Mavericks were done after Caron Butler‘s apparent season-ending injury:

“I love that Jeanie Buss’ boy toy had something to say about us. I don’t know if it was his thought or Jeanie’s thought, but it’s nice to know that she lets him speak in public about other teams.” (via USA Today [25])

Now, after years of sitting back on the bench, Jackson has decided to stand up during games and actually show some interest in the game action:

“I thought rather than sitting there and keeping them calm and cool, I would get up and energize them,” says Phil. “I got my brace out and I’m ready to start getting up off the bench.” (via L.A. Times [26])

Finally, there is unrest among the Lakers, starting with Ron Artest [27]. Apparently, he and Jackson got into a shouting match at a recent practice:

At a recent practice, league sources said, Artest loudly confronted Jackson. As he tried to fit into the defending champions a season ago and earn his way, Artest grudgingly went along with Jackson’€™s public floggings. This season, Artest has less tolerance for it. Essentially, Artest told Jackson that if he wants to coach him, coach him. Just stop embarrassing him in public. …

In a lot of ways, this run is nearing an end for the Lakers. The Zen B.S. has run its course, the way every coach’€™s mantra does over time. Why it worked so well, for so long, had far less to do with the meditations and far more to do with the staggering array of talent under Jackson’€™s watch. This promises to be an excruciating season for the Lakers, and they still have so much to reassemble about themselves to be champions again. (via Yahoo! [28])

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee or a future mailbag? Send an e-mail to brohrbach@weei.com [29] or a Twitter message to @brohrbach [30].)