Boston Celtics

The Man with the Gladiator Tattoo

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The Man with the Gladiator Tattoo

Like most NBA superstars or really, most NBA players not named Ray Allen or Greg Stiemsma LeBron James sports a ridiculous number of tattoos.

He has Chosen 1 inked across his back. His arms feature a lion head, the words "Beast" and "Hold My Own" as well as homages to both his sons, his mother and his hometown of Akron. He has Witness running down his right leg, History on his left leg, Family on his right rib cage, and L and J on his left and right triceps. He also has a dragon on his chest, and a picture of Dan Gilbert on his butt crack. And that's not all. But for the sake of this post, I'm only going to mention one more.

It's the tattoo prominently and fittingly on display in the image of LeBron taunting KG down the stretch of last night's game; the second in a two-part tat that extends across LeBron's biceps and reads: "What we do in life echoes in eternity."

It's a quote from Gladiator, LeBron's favorite movie, and really couldn't be more perfect when you consider the round the clock talk of LeBron's legacy and his uncanny ability to screw everything up.

Take for example, the incident in question:

Now, I'm not about to lecture LeBron for big timing Garnett, because the truth is that if KG did the same thing to LeBron, it would have been the highlight of the season. I would have watched it on loop all afternoon and not stopped until my eyes started bleeding. We all would have loved it.

When you deliver a beating like the Heat did to the C's last night, and you have the kind of history that these teams do, a reaction like LeBron's is fair game. Anything is. So he wants to act like that? All the power to him.

My only question is: Why would he want to? Given everything we know about LeBron. His unquestionable reputation as one of the game's greatest frontrunners and most formidable chokers. The fact that as recently as last week, he was right back in that all-to-familiar place aka, on the game's biggest stage, standing in the corner with his tail between his legs and terrified to touch the ball. Why make things harder than they have to be? How is it possible for one guy to have such a ridiculous lack of foresight and self-awareness and not realize that something like this will only make his next choke job that much more pathetic. That much more satisfying for the haters. And only cloud eternity's memory of what he accomplishes in his basketball life.

Who knows? I guess that's just LeBron. Part of what makes him so great, and certainly part of what makes him such a flawed and unbelievably unlikable character.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Celtics Storylines: Four factors that will impact ball movement

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Celtics Storylines: Four factors that will impact ball movement

Since Brad Stevens arrived in Boston, sharing the ball has been a strength of the Celtics. But this is a different season and a different roster.

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.