|Jo Jo White, Tommy Heinsohn named to Basketball Hall of Fame||04.07.15 at 7:59 am ET|
The Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2015 enshrinement class was announced on Monday and among the inductees will be Jo Jo White and Tommy Heinsohn.
Heinsohn was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1986 as a player, but now will become the fourth person to go in as both a player and a coach. He joins Bill Sharman, John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens as the other three people to do so. He coached the Celtics from 1969-78 and won two NBA Championships. He was the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 1973 and finished with a coaching record of 427-263 (.619).
White starred with the Celtics and was a seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA Champion. White was named the Finals MVP in 1976, and averaged 17.2 points, four rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game in 12 NBA seasons. He also won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team in 1968.
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|Tommy Heinsohn gives advice to Rajon Rondo after Sunday’s loss||12.01.14 at 7:22 pm ET|
Despite the popular belief that this season’s Celtics team has to be better than last year’s laughable team, Boston holds a record of just 4-10 after 14 games. You could make the argument that they have played a tough schedule in its first 14 games, but they also sat 4-10 last season, and that was without Rajon Rondo playing in any of those games.
Sunday’s loss to the Spurs was just another collapse at home — one of seven games the Celtics have let slip away in the fourth quarter on their home parquet. The losses are getting so bad that it convinced Celtics color commentator and former player/coach Tommy Heinsohn to go into the locker room and have his voice heard.
When media was allowed to enter the locker room following the game, Heinsohn was already perched over by Rondo’s locker. The two seemed to talk for around 15 minutes, mostly Heinsohn speaking to Rondo, who would nod and acknowledge the advice he was being given. Although not alarming, this isn’t something that would normally happen following a Celtics’ loss, or any game for that matter.
“Just keep chugging away at it,” Rondo said was the advice of the Celtic legend. “He shared his thoughts, I shared my thoughts as well. Tommy is a guy I’ve been talking to since day one. He’s been a big fan of mine and I believe in what he’s done here in the past. He’s coached, he’s played, he’s done it all. So anytime a guy like Tommy has advice, or wants to share something with me, I always try to listen.”
“He’s the biggest supporter here,” Rondo went on to share on the value of Heinsohn’s words. “He’s here every night, every home game, and he’s rooting for us. He wants the best for our team and he had some great advice for me. So I’m going to take that and share it with my guys, and try and figure some things out.”
Heinsohn may come off as a bit crazy as a broadcaster in his later years, but don’t forget that this is the same guy that won eight titles as a player and two more as a head coach. Heinsohn’s passion for the Celtics is genuine, as was his advice for Rondo. What Rondo and the C’s can do with that advice is another story.
Being compared to the 2013-14 Celtics is nothing that Rondo wants for his team long-term. However, last year’s team was able to improve to 5-10 by getting a road win in Atlanta, and this year’s squad will have a shot to do the same as with Tuesday night the Celtics taking on the Hawks in Atlanta.
|Doc Rivers: “Philly is Atlanta on steroids-if it’s a track meet that’s bad for us’||05.12.12 at 7:26 pm ET|
Doc Rivers: “Philly is Atlanta on steroids. If it’s a track meet, that’s bad for us.”
There, in a nutshell, is the series plan for the Celtics. Doc Rivers said it on Friday at the team’s practice. He reiterated it Saturday, an hour before Game 1 with the quote above.
Make sure you don’t let one of the most athletic teams in the NBA get their groove on in transition.
There are two things they do extremely well. They defend and they don’t turn the ball over.
“I think what people keep forgetting is they’re not a good defensive team, they’re a great defensive team,” Rivers said. “They’re going to try to make us struggle scoring and we’re going to try and make them struggle scoring. If the game is 50-50, and close and competitive, I don’t know why that’s ugly. I’ve always argued against that. I guess 121-120 is more exciting. I think being competitive is more exciting.”
Many have speculated this will be one ugly series, with both teams clamping down on defense.
“It depends,” Rivers said. “I don’t know what ugly is. If we win, I don’t think that’s ugly at all. So, whatever you want to call ugly, if winning is part of it, I’m all for it.”
When the Sixers beat the Bulls in Game 6 Thursday night, about hour before the Celtics advanced, the cannons went off inside Wells Fargo Center, firing confetti all over the place.
“I was telling our guys, they were excited,” Rivers said. “They should be. They had to get over that hump. Being a No. 8 seed beating a No. 1 seed is big, it is a big deal. We look at the tape, we look at everything. They were excited. We were relieved. It’s amazing the two different [reactions].
“When the clock went off for us, guys were like, ‘Oh my gosh. Let’s go to bed.’ That’s kind of how we felt. You could almost say they have the emotional advantage in that because they were so high for their win. We have to match that.”
So, for the first time since 2002, when the Celtics eliminated the defending Eastern Conference champs, the Celtics and Sixers meet in the playoffs. Remember the last time? Game 5 of the best-of-5 at the Garden, the Celtics ran Allen Iverson and the Sixers off the court by 30 points. Rivers says he can appreciate the history between the two legendary NBA franchises.
“I can,” Rivers acknowledged. “I remember the ones with Dr. J. [Julius Erving]and [Larry Bird] and all that. Anytime you’re around Tommy [Tommy Heinsohn] and you mention Philadelphia, the hatred comes out. I think with Tommy, of all the teams, this is the team he wants to beat the most all the team. Regular season games, when you talk to Tommy on the plane, this is his target team. I’m sure he’ll be nice and calm covering the series.”
|Celtics on eBay: Tommy Heinsohn’s Hall of Fame thoughts||08.26.11 at 3:21 pm ET|
Yup, it’s time to take you into the weekend with the fifth edition of Celtics on eBay. Basically we ask, “Would you pay [a pretty penny] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’s get started.
Last week was the first item I even would have considered buying, but this week is the first item I’ve actually bid on. For real. I just bid 20 bucks for Tommy Heinsohn‘s handwritten thoughts on his enshrinement day in 1986 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Twenty dollars is a lot of money. Where does a WEEI.com blogger get that kind of coin? Well, I had to save up months for it, Ok. Go ahead and try to out-bid me.
If you can’t read what Heinsohn wrote, believe it or not he actually doesn’t mention a single referee’s missed call:
“My career in basketball taught me one thing. Glory is not what it’s all about, but rather the mastering of one’s self in all ways to meet a challenge. The only recognition needed is by one’s own understanding of what they’re doing or what they would do better.
“Yes it was nice to be selected as a Hall of Famer but it was not the cap off of a career that justified my efforts. That was achieved years before when I learned how to focus who I am on what I worked at and liked.”
Signed: “Tom Heinsohn”
That deserves like a thousand Tommy Points, right? Oh, yeah, and it’s his 77th birthday. You’ve got to be kidding me!!!
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|Instant Replay: Top 5 Tommy Heinsohn moments||03.16.11 at 1:06 pm ET|
In honor of their 30th season calling games together, Celtics broadcasters Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman will be honored prior to tonight’s C’s game against the Pacers at the TD Garden. We figured we’d go back into the Green Street archives and re-unveil the top five greatest moments of Tommy’s announcing career caught on tape. Without further ado …
5. “Wait a minute. That’s a terrible call. That is a TERRIBLE call.”
|Doc Rivers thanks Danny Ainge for the chance to make Celtics coaching history||01.12.11 at 11:34 pm ET|
Doc Rivers remembers the 2006-07 season vividly, and for all the wrong reasons.
The Celtics had just completed the second-worst season of their existence, losing 58 times and Rivers would have totally understood if his boss decided that – in addition to changing the roster – it was time to change the coach.
But GM Danny Ainge saw something in Rivers and convinced Celtics ownership to stick with Rivers since he felt he was the right coach to handle the egos and personalities of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. One championship and one near-miss later over a span of four years, Ainge has been greatly rewarded for his loyalty.
On Wednesday night, following a 119-95 win over the Kings at TD Garden, Rivers passed K.C. Jones for third on the franchise’s regular season all-time coaching wins list with 309. And it was Ainge whom Rivers thanked for giving him the chance.
‘Yeah, you know, I don’t know what that means, honestly,” Rivers said. “It’s awesome, I guess. I mean, I just don’t know what that means, yet, because I’m not thinking about it much, I’m not done. But it’s nice. And, listen, it’s Danny Ainge at the end of the day. I’m full-aware of that. We were bad for two years and he stuck with me. And believed in me. And so, at the end of the day it’s Danny Ainge more than me.’
Rivers, whose record stands at 309-221, trails only Tommy Heinsohn (427) and all-time leader Red Auerbach (795) on the franchise’s all-time list. Rivers guaranteed one thing Wednesday, he won’t be shooting for first. ‘No. That ain’t gonna happen. I can guarantee you that!’
|Irish Coffee: Top 5 Tommy Moments||10.28.10 at 10:36 am ET|
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The Worcester Telegram’s Bill Doyle had a nice piece on Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman entering their 30th season as the Celtics‘ broadcasting team.
Get this: Tommy actually believes he’s calmed down in his tenure as the color man.
“I stopped making it World War III,” Heinsohn told Doyle.
We’ll see about that. Here’s five of Tommy’s greatest moments as an announcer caught on tape:
1. “This is getting ridiculous. This is absolutely ridiculous.”
2. “Can I say it now? I … LOVE … WALTER!”
3. “I’ve seen a lot of players, but I can say this without a moment’s hesitation: Jackie was HORRIBLE. SUCKED!”
4. “This is absolutely — NBA: It’s stupid.”
5. “Wait a minute. That’s a terrible call. That is a TERRIBLE call.”
THE LONGEST SECOND
In case you missed it, with one second remaining on the shot clock last night, Cleveland’s Anthony Parker managed to catch an inbounds pass, swing the ball left to right, set up for a 3-pointer and get it off.
I’m sure Tommy got a kick out of that call, especially considering it basically ended the C’s chances against the Cavaliers last night.
“We’re at home,” Byron Scott countered. “It’s supposed to be a long one second.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Bill Livingston explained why Cleveland fans thanked the C’s for defeating the Heat and deserved that extra-long second …
It was a very long second. But the Cavs and their fans had waited a very long time, through the spring, the summer, and into the fall for a break. This morning, the Cavs can look down in the Eastern Conference standings on the Miami Heat, albeit by only a half-game.
It won’t last. But neither did the false savior.
The Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer called the Celtics Cleveland’s “archrival.” Isn’t that cute? They think C’s-Cavs is a rivalry …
By beating the archrival Eastern Conference defending champion Celtics in their first regular-season game since the departure of LeBron James, the Cavs served notice that they’re still here and they can — and will — win without James.
Jim Ingraham of Ohio’s Morning Journal reveled in the victory, taking a shot at LeBron …
No fan base has ever needed a win on opening night more than this tortured, tormented fan base, abandoned as they were by a self-absorbed tag-along, looking for a shortcut to a championship ring.
They were rewarded for their loyalty with a rousing king-cleansing opening night victory.
SHAQ: OBAMA’S WARMUP ACT
Apparently, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton need Shaquille O’Neal‘s help ingratiating themselves to foreign diplomats. According to the New York Daily News, an autographed pair of Shaq’s shoes is among the gift items given to government leaders on overseas trips.
(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’s Irish Coffee? Send a message to @brohrbach on Twitter.)
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