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Irish Coffee: Magic president claims Celtics ‘act tough’

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The Orlando Sentinel executed a midseason Q&A session [1] with the Magic’s version of Danny Ainge ‘€” president of basketball operations Otis Smith — and he essentially called the Celtics a bunch of what singer Everlast called “fake tough guys, trying to act hard.” Here’s the exchange:

The Celtics are just 5-8 against the Magic during the regular season since the arrival of Kevin Garnett [2] and Ray Allen [3], but they own a 7-6 advantage against Orlando in the postseason ‘€” and that’s without Garnett in the lineup for a 4-3 Eastern Conference semifinals loss during the 2008-09 playoffs. The C’s ousted the Magic 4-2 in the conference finals last season, when many critics questioned the Magic’s toughness (rightfully so).


The future of Jermaine O’Neal‘s basketball career remains in limbo, as we await a decision Wednesday [5] on how he’ll treat his knee moving forward this season, but he may already be setting himself up for his next venture as a fashion mogul.

O’Neal will be rolling out a new fashion line of casual sportswear, Le Jaunty, over the course of the 2011 calendar year.

‘€œI’€™ve always been into fashion,’€ O’€™Neal told WWD.com [6]. ‘€œI’€™m from Columbia, S.C., and my family is very religious. We’€™d go to church and Sunday school and we always had to dress up. I enjoyed that.’€

Just when you thought O’Neal’s season couldn’t get less interesting …


Eipsode 2 of the behind-the-scenes documentary “The Association: Boston Celtics [7]” airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Episode 1 [8] was a must-see for any Celtics fan. Here’s the remaining schedule:

Don’t forget to set your DVR after checking out this preview of Episode 2 and these deleted scenes of Glen “Big Baby” Davis [9], Shaquille O’Neal [10], Paul Pierce [11] and Doc Rivers [12]:


Promoting Oreo’s Double Stuf Racing League [13], Shaq showed up to the Prudential Center [14] in Boston for a ton of awkward “twist it, lick it, dunk it” moments. Enjoy:

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee or a future mailbag? Send an e-mail to brohrbach@weei.com [15] or a Twitter message to @brohrbach [16].)