By Mary Paoletti
How's this for surprising news: The guy who ASKED in 2005 for three years to be tacked onto his 30-year prison sentence -- to honor Celtics legend, No. 33, Larry Bird -- now regrets the move.
His rationale at the time: I told them, Look, you might as well just give me three more and give me a number I like, he said. And Ive always liked Larry Bird. And Ive always liked the Boston Celtics.
Oh, well of course. Makes sense.
This kind of thing is why I'm freaked out that the Eric Torpy's of the world get to vote (before their convictions, of course).
I'm not sure if this is my favorite part:
Im pretty sure Bird thinks Im an idiot, says Torpy. I mean, truthfully, most people do. My own family does, so Im pretty sure he does, too.
Or if this is:
Torpy said the district attorney and judge should never have lengthened his plea bargain agreement.In my mind, they became unprofessional, he says. Why feed into my game? Im a criminal.You know what, Torpy? Maybe it wasn't the appropriate decision. But you were the one who committed armed robbery and tried to shoot and kill people, which is generally worse than being "unprofessional." So get over it.
And maybe keep your mouth shut.
Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.
Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game.
Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s.
With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.
Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)
DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)
T Seantreal Henderson (back)
OFF THE LIST
LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)