They interact as if they don’t want to threaten friendships. Opposing players joke during games, visit each other in the locker room after games and party together at All-Star Games and various other off-court events. Could you imagine Kareem and Walton sipping beverages together at All-Star weekend? Or Larry Bird signing his green-and-white Converses and giving them to Michael Cooper following a heated Sunday afternoon battle?.
Gary Washburn's article continues:
“I tried to stay away from all that because I think it softens you up and you don’t compete as hard as you want against someone,’’ Bird said this week. “I know I had a hard time shooting commercials with different players because I knew I was going to be competing with them at the highest level three or four months later.’’
The lovefest has to stop, and some Celtics agree they have become too chummy, unlike the surly 2008 club.