“It’s all about fight and pride,’’ center Kendrick Perkins said after the Celtics fell to the Nets, 104-96. “We’ve got to play hard on both ends, not when we get down and the crowd’s got to get us into it. Sometimes you’ve got to provide your own energy.’’
I realize the man said and "not" rely on the crowd to get us into it. But the mere suggestion that this is in fact what the team is doing is enough to make me gag. Funnier still is Rasheed Wallace's suggestion that he's shooting threes only because that's the way the plays are called, that the current Celtics have "too much heart and drive," and that he, Rasheed Wallace, is about to become a different player, meaning a prime-time, go-to guy.
The only thing funnier would be if "one of the greatest shooters of all time" got outgunned by an equipment manager:
Paul Pierce arrived early to practice Wednesday at UCLA, well ahead of the main bus transporting the rest of the Boston Celtics from their team hotel in advance of tonight's matchup with the Lakers at Staples Center.To pass some time, Pierce challenged Celtics equipment manager John Connor to a 3-point shooting contest. Connor, middle-aged with thinning gray hair, accepted the invite with no hesitation.
He then proceeded to easily take the first two games from Pierce, who had to rally just to get a tie in the third game. That's not good. "Yo, Paul," Connor howled after the resounding victory. "I'm gonna go unpack the bags now."