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That might have been my fault. When we were in training camp, I heard Danny talking to Nate and Glen Davis about tweeting. He was trying to tell them to be careful and to remember they were representing the Celtics and the team had certain guidelines they were going to expect them to follow. I’m listening to all this and I go up to Danny and say, “You know, everything you said is right, but you’re not speaking their language.” Danny is looking at me kind of funny and I said, “If you really want them to get the message you say this: ‘If you are irresponsible tweeting, I’m going to fine you twenty thousand dollars.’ They’ll understand that. The next day we have a “social media” session where this expert comes in and talks to us about tweeting and YouTube and all that stuff … You can tell Nate and Big Baby aren’t even listening. The next thing you know, Danny stands up and says, “Okay, let me make this clear. It will cost you twenty thousand bucks if there is profanity, nudity or bad language. Use the F word and it’s going to cost you.” I swear, it must have been four or five days later that we did that video.
Nate? An attention hog?
You've got to be an idiot to tweet out that video less than a week after being threatened with huge fines.
Here's the Big Baby excerpt.
“Big Baby” Davis kept looking me off and taking it himself. Doc is shouting at him to go inside, but he won’t. So Doc calls timeout and draws up a play for me. I go out there, and I back Andrew Bynum way under the rim. I’m loose, I’m ready. I’ve got Bynum under the basket and again, Baby won’t give me the ball. So I go up to him and say, “If you ever miss me again I’m going to punch you in the face.” I was hot.
Two nights later we’re playing in Sacramento and here we go again. I take three shots the entire game and again I’ve got my man isolated underneath the basket, and Baby ignores me and takes a jump shot. So the next time we’re in the huddle I let Baby have it.
I tell him, “Pass the [expletive] ball inside.” He coems back at me a little bit and now I’m really heated. All hell is breaking loose. We’re going back and forth. Doc is standing there and he’s not saying a word. The message is pretty clear: work this out yourselves. I tell Baby, “You’re a selfish player. Everyone on this team knows it.” Hey, all the fans knew it. He takes shots when he shouldn’t.
Cue the Big Baby hate.
I'm not going to say the stuff Shaq's saying isn't true. But I'll sure as hell bet it's been "Shaq-ified." And what the hell is Shaq doing coming out with an NBA tell-all anyway? He doesn't need the money. And he doesn't need the attention.
Oh, wait, never mind. He DOES need the attention. He always has. That's why I find the Nate thing so funny. Because Shaq and Nate aren't too different. Shaq is an attention hog too… he just uses the guise of "I'm a business man" to shield it.
I like Shaq. He's a legend, he's funny, and he seems to be ok with the fans. But it always is, was and will be about Shaq in any situation. He's the center of attention (no pun intended) and that's how he wants it. Shaq's out of basketball, but he doesn't want to give up the spotlight. So he's spilling every little secret to keep it on him.
Follow the link to read what he says about his post-achilles injury conversation with Danny Ainge, Nate begging for Twitter followers, and Rajon Rondo's jumper.
On Page 2: Accuscore simulates what should have been last night's season opener
Boston Celtics 86, Cleveland Cavaliers 82
Top pick Kyrie Irving got to make his NBA debut against one of the premier point guards in the league in Rajon Rondo. Irving had 11 points and 5 assists, but turned the ball over 5 times. Rondo only scored 7 points with 7 assists, but led his team to a win. Jeff Green and Jermaine O’Neal were the story for Boston combining for 34 points and 11 rebounds while Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett scored only 19 points.
Jermaine and Jeff Green combined for 34?
I think your simulator is broken.
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