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Brad Stevens plays Ms. Pac-Man every game day


Brad Stevens plays Ms. Pac-Man every game day

Did you know that it’s Ms. Pac-Man and not Mrs. Pac-Man? I didn’t. I thought they were married. Are they brother and sister? Is Pac-Man married to someone else? Does his spouse just stay out of the spotlight in one of those you-signed-up-to-be-famous-and-I-didn’t type of things? Does he or she want a video game? There should be a game called "Francine" or "Ned" or whatever Pac-Man's significant other's name is. Are Mario and Luigi brothers? Donkey Kong is a bad guy, but Diddy is a good kid, but then Donkey Kong is a good guy in other games. Is there a game where Donkey Kong changes his ways? How did we all just get over the kidnapping?

That is the main takeaway I have from this bit about Brad Stevens, who told the Indy Star that part of his daily routine is playing Ms. Pac-Man on an arcade machine his wife bought for him a few years back. 

From Andy Brown's piece: 

Among other miscellaneous interesting nuggets, Stevens revealed that "Ms. Pac-Man," of all things, is a staple of his game-day rituals. He said his wife, who was in attendance along with his parents and children, bought him an old 'pizza parlor machine' a few years ago, and he has been hooked ever since. 

'I play 'Ms. Pac-Man' for 10 to 15 games as a break between video,' Stevens said. 'And then I go on my jog, and go about my daily routine, but I make sure to get my 'Ms. Pac-Man' game in at home every single day. 10-15 minutes (of video games) isn't that bad, tell your parents you're good.'

Also, the piece had this picture of Stevens, courtesy of the Indianapolis News: 

Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas


Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas

Gordon Hayward wanted to go to Boston to play with Isaiah Thomas.

Of course, that's not going to happen. The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a package for Kyrie Irving. Hayward explained what it was like for him to learn he and Thomas would not get the chance to hit the court together in Celtics' green.


"My first reaction was to text I.T., and wish him the best," Hayward wrote in a blog post which he published Thursday. "That was a really strange moment because I’d really been looking forward to playing with him. He didn’t just help recruit me to Boston—he was a big piece of that recruitment. He had talked a lot about city and how it was different to be a Celtic. He talked about the intensity of playing in the Eastern Conference Finals, playing at the Garden in the playoffs, and how much fun it was, and how much fun he had playing in Boston.

"All of that ultimately helped win me over. And by the time of the trade, I had already started to build a little bit of a relationship with him.

"But that is just how the business works. I have spent enough years in the NBA to realize that things can change like that, in an instant. Still, even though we didn’t necessarily get to be teammates, I’m definitely going to be watching him as a fan. In this league, I think we are all rooting for each other in some way or another—just to try to stay healthy, to try to be the best we can be."

Hayward may be genuine about rooting for Thomas -- except perhaps when he faces off against the Cavaliers in the season-opener on Oct. 17 at Quicken Loans Arena. Thomas is uncertain to play due to a hip injury. But the two teams are expected to see each other in the Eastern Conference Finals again after the 2017-18 season. This preview will be an opportunity for Thomas and Irving to get their first shot at revenge against their previous team.

The trade wasn't all bad for Hayward, he explained. He was pleased at the prospect of playing with Irving. Hayward cited Irving's abilities in 1-on-1 situations and clutch moments. He appreciated Irving's scoring ability, because Hayward knows the point guard will open up space for Hayward to knock down open shots. Above all, Hayward seemed to value Irving's unique experience.

"And then getting a chance to play with LeBron James, and going to the Finals three straight years—those are experiences that are invaluable and that you really can’t teach," Hayward wrote. "Having that experience of playing in those big moments, dealing with the circus of the media, dealing with expectations, those are all things that I think he can help us with. Because most of us, myself especially, have never been through that."