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Irish Coffee: ‘The Association’ observations

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Episode 2 of “The Association: Boston Celtics [1]” aired on Friday night, and like the first episode [2], it was a must-watch for any Celtics fan. Once again, there was a lot to take from the behind-the-scenes documentary. Here’s a rundown of the highlights:

That final statement from Pierce is something I hadn’t heard officially from any player before. And that really stresses how impressive the C’s effort was against the Magic during the 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals. To take that team to a Game 7 without Garnett was remarkable.


On the blog he writes for the shoe company (Anta) that sponsors him, Kevin Garnett broke down the week [15] prior to the Celtics’ loss to the Wizards on Saturday night. Here are the highlights:

The blog was obviously written prior to the C’s game against the Wizards, although it was published afterward. Still, Garnett foreshadowed the loss. Apparently, some donors took the plane trip with the team, and Garnett was none too happy about it. Here’s what he had to say prior to the game:

“Flight to D.C. was quick, and there were people on the plane that were donors, so the energy was a little lower. That reminds me.  One piece of advice, when you are visitors on a team plane, DO NOT TAKE PICTURES and then LIE ABOUT IT.  One of the guys started to video us and take pictures, and then tried to lie about it.  Can you believe that?”

Whoever that donor was, I’m sure he won’t be boarding a team flight ever again.


As the keynote speaker at the annual Orange County Automobile Dealers Association luncheon [19], Jerry West didn’t come right out and say the Celtics will beat the Lakers, but the former Lakers legend and general manager might as well have:

“I don’€™t think the Lakers will be good for much longer. You can keep a car running for a long time by changing the tires, etc. You can’€™t change a player’€™s tires. … I think Boston is a very dangerous team. I would not want to play them every other night.”

During the speech, West really harped on the Lakers’ inability to play defense:

“If there’€™s a loose ball now, how often do they get it? The reason you ‘can’€™t play defense’ is because you can’t!”

Not only that, but the Lakers head coach Phil Jackson [20] actually agreed with the man [21] who originally hired him, according to The Los Angeles Times:

“He’s right. We have to do a lot of things right to play defense the way we want to. Most of it is about controlling the tempo of the game. Some of it is about speed and outright speed. We’re not the fastest team on the boards. We can do it if we control things the right way.”

This would essentially be the equivalent of Bill Russell [22] predicting the Celtics demise and saying he wouldn’t want to face the Lakers in a seven-game series, and then Doc Rivers (in part) agreeing with him. Would that ever happen?

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee or a future mailbag? Send an e-mail to brohrbach@weei.com [23] or a Twitter message to @brohrbach [24].)