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Enemy Chatter: It wasn’t a travel

Chuck - Red's Army January 4, 2011 Uncategorized 12 Comments

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Minnesota.

"It wasn't a travel," Ridnour said as he turned back to his locker. "At least I didn't think it was."

"Ray made a heck of a play to block it anyway, but I think it should have been our ball," Ridnour said after watching a replay that appeared to show he took three steps. "I'm not going to criticize the referees. At that junction of the game, it seemed like a tough call to me."

Star Tribune

Wow. That may have been the most obvious travel in the history of the league.

On Page 2, no love for Tommy Heinsohn.

Tommy Heinsohn put in a ridiculous performance.  It was grating to listen to his almost child-like bemusement and disbelief that anyone not in Celtic green could perform even the most basic of basketball play.  He spent the entire game bitching about the refs only to end the game saying "I like that ref" when bailed out on a traveling call that could have been issued any number of times against his favorite team during the game and season.  This game really puts into perspective just how good of a color analyst Jim Petersen is. 

I shudder to think of what this game would have looked like from a physical/mugging standpoint had KG played.  At one point in the game, Tommy H bemoaned the fact that a Celtics player got called for boxing out while facing his man.  The sad thing here is not that Tommy doesn't know that this is a foul, but that he has become so accustomed to it not being called, that…well, it is amazing to me to think that Baby Davis is considered a functional NBA player when you focus in on what he does on a play-by-play basis. It's wrestling.

Canis Hoopus

Tommy is… what Tommy is. A blatant homer who views games through green glasses. And despite his obsession with officiating (to his credit there was some horrific calls – especially that illegal screen on Jermaine O'Neal) and his age (76), he's still pretty good with Xs and Os.

While I've never heard Jim Petersen, NBA TV has shown me that there are a lot of color analysts who are much worse than Tommy.

As for the dig on Glen Davis, the comment had to be the result of the bitter taste from swallowing that loss. If anything, Big Baby is not physical enough.

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  • http://recognizethegame.com Rosef

    Traveling is one of those calls that really can be made on almost every nba play. Thats a tough time in the game to enforce it but I’ll take the W. Lebron or d-wade would have got away with it.

  • Mike

    If Ridnour put the ball on the floor then took three steps he’d have probably got away with it. But he took off with it like a less functional Danny Woodhead. Way to make it obvious, Luke.
    As said above. I’ll take the W

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    it was 4 steps AND he dragged a foot on the way up which should count but never does. BTW, the classic D-Wade spin move is 5 steps and is never called because he makes it look so smooth.

  • UPS

    Shaq carrying Rondo aka FedEx: http://oi53.tinypic.com/2yljj8k.jpg

  • DRJ

    “Traveling is one of those calls that really can be made on almost every nba play.”
    ….Not since the NBA made it explicitly legal to take 2 whole steps, this year.

  • Classless

    Three steps = travel. Why is this career backup pg debating it?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    Don’t worry about the T-Wolves’ bloggers/fans, that win would have made their season and now they are just pissed, so they are insulting the refs and hall of fame announcers. And I’m fairly certain Kevin Love grabs 24 rebounds because he pushes, elbows and stiff arms people out of the way, there is a SI article on it. They should not be complaining about Big Baby’s physicality when Love does whatever it takes to get a rebound (which I do admire and I wish Big Baby did).
    And Ridnour’s travel was perhaps the most blatant travel I have ever seen in my life, NBA or not. The guy got the ball and took three huge steps, you have to be an absolute idiot or blind T-Wolves fan to even argue that call.

  • http://celtics247.com Adam Goodman

    I used to love Tommy Heinsohn, but recently even I have gotten tired of the over-killed bias. What was once an endearing quality has now began to take away from the legitimacy of his analysis… Hurts me to say so.

  • Jared

    Sour Grapes. Still pissed our sleeper agent sent us the final piece for #17.
    And, sorry to offend, but the Tommy haters seriously need to shut the hell up.

  • ShawnCVD

    Tommy let’s you enjoy the game instead of having to listen to an announcer praise poorly officiated plays. He does it a little too much but he notes it so I don’t have to and instead can enjoy the other fascist of the game or just bitch along side Tommy about the calls.
    Besides the guy says absolute gems like ,”Get outta my way I”M COMING!” and the oil painting quote from last night. Give that man a Tommy Point!

  • Adam Goodman

    I don’t like the way that sounded. I still love Tommy, but at times his strong bias takes away from his spot-on knowledge.

  • GranTur

    I have League Pass for the first time this year and every team’s announcers are soooooo bland. UGH I seriously can’t watch Heat games with the volume on.
    I can’t imagine watching Celtics games without Mike and Tommy. Tommy conducts himself perfectly. Dude deserves to have that kind of personality.
    I hope to hear Mike and Tommy for many more years.