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Your Morning Dump..Where Chris Herren’s A Marathon Man

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

With only 10 weeks to prepare for the marathon to begin with, Herren, who said he ran only when he was being punished by a coach, didn’t have much time to build endurance for the 26.2-mile trek. The weather didn’t help matters either, and though the conditions were perfect in Boston for the race, an especially brutal end to winter made training for it miserable for the first-time marathoner.

After 6 Hours & Seventeen Seconds, Chris Herren A Marathon Man-Sam Gardner

Former Celtic and current CSNNE part-time color commentator Chris Herren completed his first Boston Marathon yesterday in a time of 6 hours and 17 seconds. When you factor in the amount of time that Herren had to train for the race along with the injuries he was dealing with, it’s pretty impressive that he finished period. Herren had roughly 2 months to prepare for the race, and was battling not only a nagging ganglion cyst on his ankle, but also a torn tendon is his foot. But neither ailment stopped Herren from finishing the 26.2 mile journey.

“It was, no doubt, the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life, athletically,” Herren said after his time became official. “Every part of your body hurts, and I had to fight myself the whole time, thinking things hurt more than they really do. But finishing is a beautiful thing.”

Herren’s foundation, “The Herren Project”, which helps people dealing with alcoholism and drug addiction, raised $60,000 in the weeks & months leading up to the race. He was joined by two fellow recovering addicts/alcoholics as he made the grueling trip from Hopkinton to Copley Square. Whether you like Herren or not, you have to respect how he has dedicated his life to helping others. Since getting clean about five years ago, he has spent the majority of his time trying to help folks avoid the tough road that he went down. That, and helping people who have become trapped in the horrors of addiction find a way to get back on their feet. You can find out more about the Herren Project by visiting their website.

Page 2: Doc & J.O. get into it at Staples

During the first half of the ass-whooping LA laid on Golden State last night, Doc Rivers took exception to Jermaine O’Neal’s aggressive defense on DeAndre Jordan. It’s hard to tell, but it looks like Doc is saying: “oh we can go hard..we can go hard..”. Both were assessed a technical foul. Should be a wild atmosphere in Oakland on Thursday night when the series heads to Oracle Arena for G3. If you think you can decipher what Doc & J.O. were saying, let us know in the comments.

And finally, a couple of other former Celtics played big roles in their teams’ playoff games last night. Kendrick Perkins’ put back as time expired sent the Thunder-Grizz game to OT, but Courtney Lee’s two free-throws with 19 seconds left sealed the Grizzlie’s big G2 win over OKC.

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  • CFH

    If Doc is saying anything other than, “Gee, Jermaine, NOW you decide to get on the court and make an effort to actually earn your paycheck?!” I’m not interested. So I’ll just pretend that’s what it was.

  • NE_Celt

    I watched that touching moment between Doc and JO last night…I would say there is definitely some bad blood between the two from his lack of effort/heart when he was a Celtic.

    • KWAPT

      Absolutely…

      • LA Flake

        KWAPT,
        you left out TA. Played hard defense on Durant and made a terrific pass to Z-Bo late in game to put’em up by 2. TA’s come a long way.

  • eddysamson

    Am I missing something with JO here? Apparently he was playing hard defense? In the clip it looks like normal defense to me…

  • CoachAJ

    Yup, Doc was pointing out that NOW JO can play some D, because he sure didn’t have this kind of season here in Beantown. Lol Doc with some good natured, chiding. OK probably not.

    • Curt Hays

      LOL…riiiiight.

  • LA Flake

    How sad is it to see Billy Phucking Crystal rooting for the Flippers? Wasn’t he a Knicks fan? Or is he a Nets fan now when he’s in New York? I guess he stopped going to the Flaker games because nobody noticed he was there?

    • tvor03

      I believe he’s been a Clippers fan for years.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Bizarre, but true…Billy`s been a loyal Clippers` fan/season ticket holder for over 20 years.

      • LA Flake

        No flippin’ way. Really? I’ve been going to their games for years and have never spotted Billy Crystal until last year. Their biggest celebrity fan has been Dwayne Wayne but haven’t seen him in recent years either.

        • RedsLoveChild

          It`s crazy, I agree.

          Crystal has been going to Clip games long before they abandoned the Sports Arena for Staples.

  • Curt Hays

    I LOVE seeing K Perk get some love. Most fans do NOT appreciate him.

    Also, Perk and Courtney Lee are both number 5. I’m going to just believe that it’s a nod to KG. Don’t tell me otherwise.

    • LA Flake

      I forgot about Courtney Lee. Man, he played well last night. Knocked down a couple of clutch free throws, too. What’s up with all these ex-Celtics kicking ass in the playoffs?

      • Curt Hays

        Seriously, I blame Doc Rivers for everything.

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  • jason benn

    OH NOW YOU PLAY HARD!!!!! NOW YOU PLAY HARD!!!!!!!!