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Irish Coffee: Ray Allen’s microcosm of life

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

Celtics guard Ray Allen [2] and coach Doc Rivers [3] are in Orlando, Fla. for the PGA Tour’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic pro-am on Thursday and Friday. ESPN.com golf writer Michael Collins interviewed Allen prior to a round with 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman [4]. Here are 10 things we learned from the exchange:

“The next shot is the best shot — the most important shot.” Sounds like he takes the same approach to golf as he does in basketball. Speaking of which, three people who donated $4,500 to The Home For Little Wanderers [7] earned the chance to play (read: “lose”) a game of H.O.R.S.E. with Allen in his driveway before his wife Shannon Allen prepares them a home-cooked meal. Good times.

Allen is the lone member of the Celtics’ Big Four not rumored among NBA players expected to participate in a two-week exhibition tour in Puerto Rico, London, Macau and Australia, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard [8]. Paul Pierce [9] and Rajon Rondo [10] are expected to participate — and Kevin Garnett [11] is reportedly mulling an offer to play — during the canceled first two weeks of the NBA season.

I don’t know about you, but I kind of respect the fact that Allen isn’t bothering with any of these exhibition games or sticking his nose in labor negotiations. He’s ready to play whenever the lockout lifts. Otherwise, he’ll be playing golf. “I can work out for basketball, but there are so many hours left in the day.” So Shuttlesworth.


Progress toward a 50/50 split of basketball-related income was made between NBA owners and players on Wednesday, according to a Yahoo! Sports report [12]. As a side note, how much does mediator George Cohen [13] look like Martin Landau [14]? “What if I were to tell you that you could end the lockout, save the NBA season and make everyone billions of dollars — is that something you might be interested in?” …

Doc’s son Austin Rivers captured the vote [15] for preseason ACC Rookie of the Year honors …

Kendrick Perkins [16] joined the list of names [17] scheduled to appear in a charity game hosted by Kevin Durant [18] and Blake Griffin [19] in Oklahoma City. Celtics restricted free agent Jeff Green [20] had already pledged to participate. Of course, you’ll remember the two were traded for each other in February. Aw-kward. …

I’ll leave you with C’s center Jermaine O’Neal [21]‘s brief appearance in this Funny or Die video, highlighted by this exchange about his former Pacers boss and Celtics legend Larry Bird [22]:

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee? Send a message to @brohrbach [23] on Twitter.)