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Irish Coffee: Celtics, Heat party in NYC’s meatpacking district (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

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

Enough’s enough. The NBA might still be locked out, but Irish Coffee’s holdout has officially come to an end. It’s October, and NBA training camps should be in progress. Instead, the Celtics and Heat are partying together [2].

After the C’s swept the Knicks and got out-athleticismed (new word!) by the Heat in five games during the 2011 NBA Playoffs [3], did you ever think you’d be reading about Carmelo Anthony hosting Dwyane Wade [4], LeBron James [5], Paul Pierce [6] and Ray Allen [7] in New York City’s meatpacking district on Oct. 3? At least the Daily News reported that “the Boston boys and Anthony’s crew exchanged little more than ‘hi and bye’ pleasantries.”

Did you think Rajon Rondo [8] would pledge to play [9] alongside Wade, LBJ, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant [10], Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire at an event hosted by Isiah Thomas [11] on Oct. 8? At least its for charity.

Did you think restricted free agent Jeff Green [12] — the crux of the Kendrick Perkins [13] deal that many believe killed the Celtics season faster than an unnamed Red Sox [14] player can slam a beer in the clubhouse — would be discussing the oh-so-difficult process of making smoothies on some lady’s couch (see embedded video)? At least he’s staying healthy. (On an unrelated note, should we tell them that almond milk, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and ice isn’t a protein shake?)

Did you think Celtics backup point guard Avery Bradley [15] — one of only six players under contract — would be nearing a deal to play for Hapoel Jerusalem [16] in the Israel Premier League [17] less than a month before the scheduled NBA season opener? At least he has an opt-out clause to return to C’s camp, if and when there is one.

Did you think Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Marquis Daniels [18] and Nate Robinson [19] would be playing together in late September … in Atlanta … in an event called the Southern Hospitality Showcase [20]? At least Rondo’s shoulder appears to be fully healthy, and he can still make ridiculous passes and the occasional jump shot.

Did you think Delonte West [21] would not only apply to move furniture for Regency Furniture in Maryland but accept the position and wear a Yankees hat his first day on the job (I absolutely love the fact that he wrote “misunderstanding” on his application [22] under “If you have ever been convicted of a crime, please describe in full.”)? At least he’s also doing a ton of charity work [23] in the offseason.

Did you think Troy Murphy [24] would be weighing offers to play in Serbia [25] for the same Red Star Belgrade team that already signed Adam Morrison and would like to sign Leon Powe [26]? At least someone is still interested in signing Troy Murphy.

Did you think Pierce [27], Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen [28] would still be challenging the owners’ math in collective bargaining negotiations as their league stands on the precipice of losing actual regular-season games [29]? What’s that? You did. Well, then, carry on. Irish Coffee plans to do the same.

At least some things in the NBA are business as usual, like Celtics owners are expanding their businesses [30] by $75 million, Kobe Bryant [31] is taking shots [32] at Shaquille O’Neal [33]‘s work ethic and Rondo is claiming he can beat every player on the Celtics roster [34] 1-on-1, with the possible exception of Pierce.

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee? Send a message to @brohrbach [35] on Twitter.