Celtics honored to share All-Star experience


Celtics honored to share All-Star experience

By A. Sherrod Blakely

LOS ANGELES Tommy Heinsohn was a six-time all-star for the Boston Celtics.

He'll be the first to tell you that he was honored each time he was picked.

But there was one year - 1962, to be precise - that stood out.

That was the year Heinsohn was joined by teammates Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and Sam Jones on the all-star team.

"That made it an honor and half," Heinsohn told CSNNE.com. "It's always great when you play for a great team and the team is recognized like that. Because when that many guys go, it's not about their numbers, it's not about their stats. It's about their team. For me, that makes it an honor and half."

The C's once again have four players in the same all-star game after the Eastern Conference coaches voted Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo on to the team as reserves.

Starters. Backups.

It doesn't matter.

The Celtics (41-14) have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season, and their four all-star selections to a large degree validates that status.

"It's a comfortable feeling," Rondo said. "And it's exciting to be part of it."

For Pierce, this is his ninth all-star appearance - all with the Celtics.

And while each has been special, he acknowledges that this one will indeed be one of the more memorable regardless of the game's outcome.

"It's a big honor. This is something that, when you talk about and look at NBA history, you're going to talk about the last time four teammates made it, I'm going to be part of that," Pierce said. "It's great to be recognized in that aspect and to enjoy it with the guys I been around over the last four years, not only on the court but off the court."

Heinsohn, a Celtics analyst for Comcast SportsNet New England, was part of the 1962 Celtics team that had four all-stars. In addition, he coached the 1975 squad which also produced a quartet of all-star talent.

The year Heinsohn made the all-star with three teammates was also the season he averaged a career-high 22.1 points per game.

That 1962 team featured Bob Cousy was still effective but nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career. Bill Russell's dominance of the NBA was just in its infancy. And Same Jones was coming into his own as a big-time scorer for the Green.

Heinsohn recalls one of the strengths of that team was how the players, much like this group of Celtics, understood their roles and carried them .

"Everybody had a job to do," Heinsohn told CSNNE.com. "You may not have always liked it, but you did it. Because we knew that's the way to win. And we did a lot of that, that year."

Boston went on to claim Banner 5 that year - the franchise's fourth straight championship - which included winning a then-franchise record 60 regular season games.

For Garnett, this marks his 14th consecutive all-star selection which ties Jerry West, Karl Malone and current Celtics teammate Shaquille O'Neal for the most consecutive all-star selections in NBA history.

That alone would make this a memorable game for Garnett.

"Being here with those guys and it's more than a pleasure," Garnett said. "You tend to come here by yourself. I've sort of gotten used to that. The fact that I'm up here with three other guys, it's remarkable. I'm happy."

So was former Celtic Paul Silas when he learned in 1975 that he was selected as an all-star.

There was little doubt that the other three Celtics chosen that year - John Havlicek, Dave Cowens and JoJo White - were among the NBA's elite. But the jury was still out on Silas, a burly 6-foot-7 power forward who averaged 10.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game that season.

Even with the uncertainty that he would make the team, Silas said he wasn't nervous.

"I wasn't even thinking about it, really," said Silas, who currently coaches the Charlotte Bobcats. "I didn't think I would get chosen, but the coaches selected me. It was a real thrill for me that they thought that much of my game to select me to the all-star game."

Silas chalks up his selection to one thing: winning.

"We were very successful that year as a team," Silas said. "That's one of the reasons they selected me."

And while all four of the C's all-stars this season have the kind of individual statistics that at the very least validates them being in the all-star conversation, they know the only reason all four of them are here is because the Celtics have been one of the best teams in the NBA all season.

"So much is made of it (having four all-stars), but our entire team helped us get here, pushing us in practice, helping us to get better," Rondo said. "It's four of us here, but we're representing the entire team."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Bean: Nobody should ever compare Love Actually to the Warriors


Bean: Nobody should ever compare Love Actually to the Warriors

I’ve never met Jemele Hill. I think she and Michael Smith are great and I completely respect her bravery in voicing the unpopular (but correct) opinion that “Bad and Boujee” is good, but not great. This isn’t about Jemele Hill. It’s about a question she asked and an attempt to answer it. 

Hell no it is not. Know why? Because the Warriors are awesome. Know what’s not awesome? Love Actually. 

All that these two things share is that they’re both loaded with stars. The Warriors have Steph, Draymond, Klay and Durant. Love Actually has Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, a child who kind of looks like Satan, etc. They’re both loaded. 

Yet the Warriors won and there is no debating their greatness. There is absolutely debating Love Actually’s greatness, since it isn’t great.  

It’s at this point that I should disclose that Pete Blackburn and I had a collective two-hour meltdown about all the reasons why Love Actually is terrible. There were lots. That’s why it took two hours. 

Here are some things about the Warriors:

- They won their second NBA title in three years. 

- They went 16-1 in the postseason. 

- Steph Curry made 56 more three-pointers than anyone else in the playoffs.  

- They led the NBA with 115.9 points per game. 

Here are some things about Love Actually:  

- The movie starts with a weird 9/11 reference. 

- Casual homophobia is rampant. 

- A widower gets mocked for his sexual inactivity very recently after his damn wife died. 

- The movie likely birthed thousands of eating disorders. 

- A guy decides to cross his best friend and make a run at that guy’s wife just so he can break it off immediately. The much coveted lose-lose-lose to ensure a weird life for everyone. 

- Somebody whose job it is to be a people person sexually harasses every woman in his office. 

- The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has a woman fired because he wants to have sex with her. 

- The writer whose wife cheats on him storyline is literally the most boring thing in the history of the world. It makes The Steps of Knowledge in “Legends of the Hidden Temple” look like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” 

So no, Jemele Hill, “Love Actually” is not the Golden State Warriors of romantic comedies. Know what is? “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” That movie also has a loaded cast (and a better one, at that) with outstanding execution. 

Steph Curry is Cal. Six teams passed on him, but he made them rue the day. Draymond Green is Jacob, as he pulls a lot of stunts but he’s as lovable as lovable gets. Kevin Durant is David Lindhagen: He’s got his detractors, but he’s what makes the team the best. 

Love Actually stinks. 

Ray Allen to Celtics fans: ‘Get over it’


Ray Allen to Celtics fans: ‘Get over it’

Regardless of what you think of Ray Allen, the man has a point. 

On his 42nd birthday, Instagram account BostonCeltics4ever posted a picture of Allen in a Celtics uniform saying to like the post to wish Allen a happy birthday. 

As you might expect, a lot of Celtics fans didn’t want to do that because he left the team for the Heat and has since seen teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett talk about him in a less than flattering light. 

As such, fans politely and impolitely commented “no,” leading Allen to respond. 

Said Allen: 

“Y’all need to get over it!!! where were you all when the team tried to trade me. It’s a business, we go where it’s necessary just like you all do in your jobs!!!!I will always be a Celtic no matter what any of you say. Get over it!!!!

“Oh and Thank you everyone for wishing me a happy birthday!!!”

Allen is right. Later in Allen’s tenure, the team tried to trade him to Memphis and Phoenix before he eventually departed in free agency. 

The UConn product spent five seasons in Boston before playing the final two years of his career with the Heat. The C’s gave his No. 20 to Gordon Hayward this offseason.