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 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 , 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.
DELONTE WEST  HEADING FAR EAST?
According to a SheridanHoops.com 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.
QUICK RELEASE: CELTICS LINKS
Former Celtics forward Leon Powe  is among the four players to file an antitrust lawsuit  against the NBA in Oakland federal court. An addition four players filed a similar suit in Minneapolis. …
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. …
Here  is the latest track from Marquis Daniels  (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  with Kevin Durant , Tracy McGrady , John Wall , LaMarcus Aldridge and a bunch of other unemployed NBA players. …