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

Naturally, former Yankees manager Joe Torre [1] — who grew up in Brooklyn as the Knicks lost three consecutive NBA Finals [2] appearances from 1950-53 in his formative years — is a Boston Celtics [3] fan. Ugh.

“I was a Boston Celtics fan,” Torre told CBSSports.com. “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 [4], 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 [5] 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 SheridanHoops.com report [7], the Guangdong (Beavis: “Huh-huh huh-huh-huh) Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association “is contacting Rodney Stuckey [8] 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 [9] or potential free agent target Jamal Crawford [10]. That scenario appears far more likely, especially considering the most recent NBA lockout news.


Former Celtics forward Leon Powe [11] is among the four players to file an antitrust lawsuit [12] against the NBA in Oakland federal court. An addition four players filed a similar suit in Minneapolis. …

Shaquille O’Neal [13] will be signing copies of his book [14], “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge at 1 p.m. on Saturday. So, for those attending Rajon Rondo [15]‘s charity game later that evening, grab an autograph in Harvard Square. …

Here [16] is the latest track from Marquis Daniels [17] (a.k.a. Q6): “Florida Girls,” featuring Chynah. And if you’re in Waco, Texas on Dec. 1., Daniels is scheduled to play in an exhibition game [14] with Kevin Durant [18], Tracy McGrady [19], John Wall [20], LaMarcus Aldridge and a bunch of other unemployed NBA players. …

Celtics coach Doc Rivers [21] attended the Kansas-Kentucky game [22] 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.