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Irish Coffee: Naturally, Celtics legend Bill Russell taught Joe Torre everything he knows

11.17.11 at 12:08 pm ET

Naturally, former Yankees manager Joe Torre — who grew up in Brooklyn as the Knicks lost three consecutive NBA Finals appearances from 1950-53 in his formative years — is a Boston Celtics fan. Ugh.

“I was a Boston Celtics fan,” Torre told “In fact, I really got my idea of team play from watching the Celtics in the ’50s with those guys, how they shared the ball all the time. Bill Russell, of course, when I met him and told him that story, I think he was a little surprised. I just love that nobody was bigger than the other guy.”

At least we can now credit Russell for the four Yankees World Series titles from 1996-2000. Add them to his list of championships. I know this Torre type. I’m sure he was a Steelers fan in the 1970s, too. Typical.


According to a report, the Guangdong (Beavis: “Huh-huh huh-huh-huh) Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association “is contacting Rodney Stuckey and Delonte West, one of whom may come to China.” However, over the summer, West claimed a judge ruled he could not play overseas due to his ongoing probation from a 2010 weapons charge, which isn’t expected to end until July 2012.

The same report also suggests the Xinjiang Flying Tigers — the league’s richest team — might pursue Celtics free agent point guard Carlos Arroyo or potential free agent target Jamal Crawford. That scenario appears far more likely, especially considering the most recent NBA lockout news.


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Shaquille O’Neal will be signing copies of his book, “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge at 1 p.m. on Saturday. So, for those attending Rajon Rondo‘s charity game later that evening, grab an autograph in Harvard Square. …

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers attended the Kansas-Kentucky game on Wednesday, as did Spike Lee, Jason Sudeikis and Paul Rudd. I’m sure they all went to the game together in the same smart car.

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