Irish Coffee: Reggaeton, President Obama & the Celtics
|03.09.11 at 11:40 am ET|
Wake up with the Celtics and your daily dose of Irish Coffee …
I’ve got to tip my hat to Celtics Hub for reminding everybody that new Celtics backup point guard Carlos Arroyo is also a Reggaeton (think Akon, in Spanish) star in his native country of Puerto Rico. He’s released two singles: “Oculto Secreto” and the more popular “Se Va Conmigo” with a dude named Yomo.
Thanks to AllTheLyrics.com, we now have a (very) loose translation of the “Se Va Conmigo” (“Go Away With Me”) remix performed with Ivy Queen, and it’s obviously pretty amazing …
To me, it’s enough to look for an affair.
I told you, I go with you.
If you tell me, I continue,
And without telling me, I follow you.
If you know it, I’m a hired killer.
I catch you when you get in my area.
What you like is that I have fury,
That I speak to you clearly
And that I don’t go on with you with sweet talk.
I don’t mind nothing, I leave.
Speaking clearly, you know well what I give.
That’s enough games, and bring me down the ego.
I’m not made of ice, and you like that.
We go without detour that I’m shrewder
Pa, pa, papi.
Do you want it in English or in Portuguese?
He’s looking for that I catch him, he asks it.
I warn him, and he continues.
Truly, she has me with the slow note.
She don’t mind nothing, she leaves.
She leaves with me without fear of to fail,
Because her wish is that I put her to sweat.
She excels with her skirt.
Mini mami, I know you are a hired killer.
Whatever I say, I know you die in my area.
Nice, sexy, exotic.
Obviously, my favorite parts are, “Her wish is that I put her to sweat,” and, “She excels with her skirt.” And, yes, I’m going to use those lines all the time now.
PRESIDENT OBAMA PRAISES CELTICS
Prior to addressing members of a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committe who paid $5,000 a plate at the Museum of Fine Arts, President Barack Obama met privately with Celtics players, coaches and owners, according to WCVB TV.
Celtics owners Steve Pagliuca and Jonathan Lavine, head coach Doc Rivers and players Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Avery Bradley, Glen Davis, Rajon Rondo, Carlos Arroyo, Jeff Green and Troy Murphy all reportedly greeted the president.
“He spoke about the Boston Celtics unselfish play and teamwork,” Pagliuca told the TV station. “It was inspiring for us to hear those words, and we told the president we hope to see him in the White House in the fall after the NBA finals.”
Davis tweeted, “Just chilled with my man !!!! Obama,” along with the accompanying photo. With a basketball court on the White House grounds, Obama is a true fan of basketball (unlike when Ted Kennedy said, “Mike McGwire and Sammy Sooser”), although he supports the Bulls in his hometown of Chicago.
OBSCURE STATS SUPPORT CELTICS
More and more information is circulating from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and TrueHoop writers Brett Hainline and Beckley Mason had some interesting statistical analysis that partially explains the Celtics’ offensive success.
As Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe noted, the Celtics are expected to join the Spurs, Rockets, Mavericks, Thunder and Warriors by installing high-tech, three-dimensional cameras manufactured by a company called STATS that “capture an image 25 times per second and record every event on the court and the location of all the key elements involved – the 10 players, the ball, the referees, etc.”
A man by the name of Sandy Weil analyzed the potential of these cameras, and here are the three main conclusions of his work, as relayed by Hainline:
- Shooters’ field-goal percentages drop 12 points when guarded within three feet
- Each 1.5 feet you travel away from the rim, field-goal percentages drops one point
- Catching and shooting is an even more effective scoring method than you’d think
That’s not earth-shattering news, by any means. But by keeping those three basic premises in mind, Mason transformed Weil’s conclusions into some interesting analysis of the Celtics’ offense:
The Celtics take fewer shots each game than any team in the league, yet they still manage to shoot the seventh most attempts at the rim. From this ideal distance, the Celtics score the second-most buckets in the league (again, doubly impressive because of their low overall shot attempts), on the league’s hightest field-goal percentage and Assist Rate (the percentage of made baskets that were assisted by a teammate) — all figures consistent with the conclusions of Weil’s presentation.
Aside from these relative gimmes, the Celtics also attempt a disproportionate amount (11th most) of 16-23-foot field goals. Typically, the long two is considered the worst shot in basketball. But Boston manages to shoot a relatively high percentage at nearly 41 percent, perhaps because 70 percent of those makes come off assists (and, by extension, in catch-and-shoot situations). The grinding machinery of the Celtics’ baseline screen sets and pick-and-pops generates excellent deep two looks for guys like Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and especially Kevin Garnett, who’s made an unreal 48 percent of his attempts from that range, 90 percent of which have been assisted (All stats per HoopData.com).
PAUL PIERCE: ‘WE’RE DEFINITELY MISSING A BEAT’
NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner spoke with Allen, Pierce and Garnett about the newlook Celtics — or what the writer dubs “Celtics 2.o.” All of them appear ready to move forward following the departure of their brother in arms Kendrick Perkins. All of their statements are encouraging for Celtics fans. Here they are:
Allen: “For me, it’s not [hard]. Whenever you make trades … I trust our organization that they want to win. That’s the one thing — it’s an amazing, amazing thing when you look up and you’ve won the championship. You look at everybody that you’re on board with, and you know everybody wants to go the same route and do the same things. It’s not B.S., it’s not talking. Because I have been around people who talk about wanting to win the championship, but they don’t put forth the actual habits and disciplines to do it. That’s what everybody does in this organization and they’ve been doing it since I’ve been here.”
Pierce: “It’s a process. We’re definitely missing a beat. But we’re a veteran group with a great core of guys that keep firing away. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks, we can get some guys [back] who are out injured. Get the new guys more minutes. Get ‘em more and more experienced in practice and games. We’re only going to get better from here on out. …
“You have to accept change when it happens. Integrate it. Because we try to keep a family atmosphere around here. So when new family members come in, we have to welcome them with open arms and they have to make the adjustment to how we do things in our household.”
Garnett: “I’m tellin’ you, man, every time I see Jeff Green I’m more impressed. The versatility of this guy is so unbelievable. He’s just helping so much right now. … Must be that Georgetown education.”
KEVIN DURANT: ‘I DIDN’T LIKE’ KENDRICK PERKINS
Just as Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal had to learn to love Perkins when they joined the Celtics over the summer, Kevin Durant had to do the same when Perkins was traded to the Thunder. SLAM Magazine interviewed Durant, Perkins and Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks about how the trade will affect the team moving forward. Here are the highlights:
Durant on Perkins: “I didn’t like him, of course … ’cause I didn’t really know him as a person — but on the floor, you see he plays with a lot of passion, he plays for his teammates and he has no hidden agendas and he plays to win. That’s the type of teammate you love. I always said he was a great defensive player and somebody that I would love to have on our team, but I thought that was so far-fetched that we wouldn’t be able to get him. But we did, and he’s happy he’s here. That’s the best thing. He’s expressed how much he loves being here, and he’s a great teammate off the floor. I love being around him already. …
“The best thing about this trade is that we got veteran guys that learn on the fly, that learn quickly. Nazr [Mohammed] has been with so many teams, Perk played on a championship team, Nate [Robinson] played on a team that went to the finals, so they learn sets quickly and they learn defensive schemes quickly. And I think that’s the best part about it. So we just gotta keep pushing and try to help them out as much as we can.”
Brooks on Perkins: “He does bring some toughness and experience we need. Just going into the season, we talked about just focusing on the little things, ’cause the little things add up to big things like it was in that Game 6. We could’ve did the little things and box out. We could’ve made it a Game 7, but that’s experience. We’re gonna have to learn from it and move on and get better from it. …
“One of the things Perk will do, he will anchor our defense and he will initiate our offense. Hopefully, he gets a ton of rebounds and kicks out but we still have to run in transition. We have some athletic wing players and dynamic scorers. We have to take advantage of that. We can’t all of a sudden become a half-court, grind it out team. You have to do that occasionally and we’re gaining experience, we’re getting better at that.”
Perkins on Perkins: “Just bring a defensive presence in the middle. Obviously, they’re already a good team, so I’m just trying to be a positive to the team, just helping in every way that I can — basically bringing the same thing that I brought to the Celtics. So, I’m just trying to come in and do the same thing. Hopefully, a couple of leadership skills that I learned, that I picked up, so good habits just to carry over. …
“Just being around future Hall of Famers, learning a lot from Doc, it just carries over. I learned a lot while I was there, so, you know, just try to install it, but it’s a new look, new organization for me, so I don’t want to put in too much. I kind of like to show better than talking a lot.”