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Dooling: ‘Beat the Heat’ shirts are extra motivation

Chuck - Red's Army June 9, 2012 Gametime, Keyon Dooling 3 Comments

BeattheHeatKeyon Dooling says the Celtics are aware of the “Beat the Heat”
t-shirts
sold by the NBA.com store.

Rest assured this information has been shared in the Celtics locker room, though Keyon Dooling chose to respond maturely this morning.

“Oh yeah I saw it last night, (but) I think that’s a part of the game. I’m sure there were some Boston Celtics Eastern Conference championship shirts made up if we would have won at our home venue,” said the Celtics guard. “So it’s a part of it. It is what it is. Extra motivation.”

Dooling likened it to a famous story from the 1969-70 Finals, which does indeed have a parallel with the current Celtics team.

“We run a lot of parallels with the 69-70 team. We heard about the great story in the Forum when they had balloons at the top and (Bill) Russell and those guys saw that and used it as motivation,” said Dooling. “I even heard that Russell went as far as telling Jerry West, See those balloons over there? They’re not coming down tonight, not on our watch. So we have a little extra motivation.”

The NBA has removed the shirts. But wouldn’t it be great if KG put one on during the post game celebration?

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    I already compared this but Keeyon, it was 1968-1969z Russell retired in 69. lol

  • http://profile.typepad.com/d105294980658796300 D

    You guys must be really young. You seem to have a hole in your background when it comes to the pre-Bird Celtics. In 1969, Jack Kent Cooke, then owner of the LA Lakers (Fakers to me), had balloons put in the rafters for Game 7 of the title series at the LA Forum that would come down after the Lakers won the championship. Russell saw the balloons and told his teammates that the balloons were not going to come down. The Celtics won the game, the title, and the balloons never fell. It was Russell’s last game. I’ll never forget it. I watched it in 1969. I never heard that Russell said anything about the balloons to Jerry West. He said it to his teammates. This happened in the 1968-69 season, not the 69-70 season that’s stated in your article. Keyon Dooling needs a history lesson also. It’s funny that this is coming up, because I recently mentioned this to one of my colleagues, saying to him that if the Celtics can pull off a title this year, it would definitely be worthy of being compared to that 69 title, one that I will always remember, and one that bolstered my extreme loyalty to Red himself and the Celtics organization to this day and forever more.

  • http://www.redsarmy.com/home/2012/01/ray-allen-to-play-jermaine-to-sit.html#comments Rondo’s #1 Fan

    Kg wearing that shirt…LOL that would be some funny crap. I am sure he will just let the NBA know how he feels about it postgame.