May 11, 1997
Jan Volk, on the termination of his association with the Celtics,
euphemistically reported as a resignation: "It's a little hurtful to see
your picture in the paper alongside the words, 'He's out.' But there's
certainly no feeling of shame. I feel very good about the things I did
in my 26 years there.
bitterness here at all. Sadness? Sure. And yet even the sad emotions are
based on times that were good. No one's ever sad about saying goodbye
to bad times. What's sad is seeing the good times end. That's why good
memories often provoke sadness. But when that happens, you've got to
turn them around and understand what they really mean, and what my
memories are telling me now is that I've been a pretty lucky guy.
are very few people who ever get to experience a championship feeling
in anything. At the pinnacle of my career (as GM), I got to experience
it five times; it doesn't get much better than that.
why I'm still going to root for the Celtics. I'm a part of their
legacy; it's my legacy, too. How could I root against that? Someone
asked if I'll feel bad missing out on future titles? I'm sure I will,
but, hey, their next championship will be their 17th, and I've got a
good chunk of all the others.
blood-letting that's gone on lately, a good foundation was laid; assets
were left behind. I feel bad for those players who were demeaned,
especially while they were hurt. A lot of these guys can play. Let me
tell you something - make them all healthy, throw in two top draft
choices, then add a coach like Rick, who probably is the right guy to
lead them at this point in time, and the Celtics have a real good chance
to be real good again.
"And I hope it happens soon. I really do."
Jones, with typical self-effacing humor, had the line of the week,
carrying his personal belongings to his car after he, too, became a
casualty of the Celtics' carnage: "It ain't easy being green." Idle
thought: If Celtics brass was miffed when Worcester columnist John
Gearan pressed Pitino
on the abandonment of his Kentucky recruits, one of whom (Mike Bradley)
comes from the Worcester area, that might have been understandable. But
for other columnists to be similarly miffed by John's industriousness?
Larry Bird as a coach? It brings to
mind to an observation Terry O'Reilly made a decade ago, following a
loss in his second season as Bruins coach: "Now my real work begins,
breaking down films, analyzing the game, viewing it again, assessing
what went wrong, drawing up a plan for practice tomorrow. This is where
the job really gets to you. Those guys (players) can grab a shower and
put tonight out of their minds. They can release their frustrations, but
I can't release mine, even though I experienced the same emotions they
did. You need a certain kind of personality to do this job, which is
something you never fully appreciate until you try it."
birthday, Tom Fallon and Eddie King! Cakes are cookin' for Greg Madden
and Johnny Bucyk (tomorrow); Mark Blaudschun, Sean McDonough and Michael
Goldman (Tuesday); Milt Gunn, Jack Mahoney, Rich Webber and Harry
McIntyre (Wednesday); Paul Keigan, Don Nelson and Orrin Gould
(Thursday); Larry Glick and Guy Spina (Friday); and Wayne Lebeaux
If you see Harry and Eleanor
Sinden, wish them a happy 45th anniversary! You can also offer congrats
to Jim and Ann O'Callaghan (30th), George and Diana Dern (24th), Dave
and Claudia Pearlman (22nd), and Bill and Ann Campanario (2nd). Idle
thought: Who says marriage is a dying institution?
Kimball gets kudos here for a $ 30,000 check now on its way to Our
Ladies Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin, courtesy of his pet
project, the second annual Eamonn Coghlin-Neil Cusack post-Marathon golf
classic which he ran at South Shore Country Club. Last year's take was $
Corwin Brown, on Thursday's pickup
softball for Patriots players at the Medway VFW, organized by Todd
Rucci: "We've done things like this before. Last year we all went
bowling, quite a few times in fact. It's just something we do to bring
the team closer, to let the guys get to know each other outside of
football. It's a great way to develop a team feeling, hanging out,
enjoying each other, no pressure at all. We'll probably try paint ball
A favorite story comes to mind again this morning.
the height of Bobby Orr's legendary career, his mother, Arva, received a
call from an out-of-town writer. A private lady, she nevertheless
agreed to answer a few questions, the first of which was, "You must be
awfully proud of your son?" To which she replied, "Which one? I've got