Watching the Celtics lose again was painful. And the fact that some dude named Von Wafter hit a clutch shot while our Big 3 fizzled down the stretch….well that's enough to bring about a deep depression. Fortunately the gogo-dancers at the Pleasure Pit in the Planet Hollywood casino were able to bring a smile back to my face.
Anyways, during this dark time in the Celtics season, I thought it would be a good idea to remember the good ole days – like the 2008 season. I just finished reading Peter May's book – "Top of the World." It's certainly not heavy lifting, but that's how I like my books. Here are a couple of good stories from May, starting with one tale from after the Game 4 comeback win over the Lakers in the Finals:
After the incredible victory, the Celtics owners returned to the team's headquarters at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Wyc Grousbeck tossed his credit card on the bar and announced all drinks were on the Celtics. Then, once the Celtics' entourage noticed a huge picture of Jack Nicholson over the bar, they coudn't resist. Out came the digital cameras and cell phones and photos were taken of celebrating Celtics raising their glasses in front of the most famous Lakers fan of all.
And May explains the real reason why Ray Allen started wearing that sleeve in the ECF:
"It was because Rip was living up to his nickname. He doesn't cut his fingernails. You ask anyone around the league and they'll tell you that he has the longest fingernails of anyone. I had these scratches and bumps and welts all over my body, and after every game, I'd find these new scratches on my arm. He'd dig those nails into my arm…"
Now that's gross.
There are more cool stories…the book is definitely worth your time and money ($25 hardcover).