When E! and ESPN collide

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When E! and ESPN collide

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Celebrity news is silly. I don't care about Lindsay Lohan's addictions or Charlie Sheen's addictions or the addiction of stalkers to Lindsey Lohan and Charlie Sheen.

But sports media is an entertainment industry and certain athletes have reached celebrity status. Do thousands of fans know what Buddy Farnham's favorite color is? No, but they have chronicled every haircut Tom Brady has (or has not) gotten during the last decade.

It's when the Kardashians collide with the NBA that I feel awkward. It's when Jay Cutler marriesdoesn't-marry an MTV personality (is that what you call them?) and Mike Fisher steps out with an American Idol that I'm unsure of what to do.

Do I ignore those angles because they're slick with Ryan Seacrest slime? Or do I begrudgingly mention that Lamar Odom will be on the next season of Living Vicariously Through the Vapidashians because Lakers fans care? Or, more likely, because Celtics fans want to make fun of him.

I knew Chad Ochocinco's arrival in New England might present such dilemmas. When a sports celebrity like Esteban puts a microscope to his already-public life it's hard to know when to look away. He constantly Tweets his goings-on and over two and a half million people appear interested.

But what do Patriots fans want to know and what do they want filtered?

Teammate interaction: yes.

The Prius jokes have actually been entertaining. But while digging for more, I stumbled over that line onto the pink and frilly HollywoodLife.com where his fiancee was talking about wedding plans.

During the Aug. 8 season finale, Evelyn confronted Chad after she saw him having lunch with another woman. We resolved it and we moved on, Evelyn confesses. I dont know if he sees my point, but theres always that man-woman conflict.But they have moved on and been trying to get pregnant with twins but Evelyns not pregnant yet. Thats the good thing with fertility, you can pick and choose when you want to have babies, she explains. We want to have the babies after the wedding.

So, basically..

Chad goes out with a woman who is not his fiancee --> Chad and fiancee fight --> they move on and try to have kids --> they don't actually want kids until after the wedding --> the wedding isn't until next year.

...Right. Yup. I don't care.

Lesson learned: Stay on the right side of the ball because it's scary and confusing over with the Kardashians. We and E! might all be working in entertainment news, but we don't seem to be talking about the same thing.

Tatum easing into new challenge with Celtics

Tatum easing into new challenge with Celtics

BOSTON -- While the newest Boston Celtics were scattered about while at a community service event, 19-year-old Jayson Tatum was sitting in a really comfortable-looking chair, resting. 

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind unlike any he had ever experienced, beginning with the pre-draft process, to workouts, to the draft itself and all the appearances and media engagements that have followed. 

“It’s a lot,” Tatum, grinning, told CSNNE.com. “But I’m taking it one day at a time.”

That steady-as-she-goes approach served him well during his lone season at Duke. 

Keeping an even-keeled approach will bode well for him as he gears up for his first taste of NBA basketball beginning with summer league practice this week in preparation for next week’s summer league action which begins in Salt Lake City. 

Boston’s summer league opener will be July 3 against Philadelphia and the top overall pick Markelle Fultz, at the University of Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Tatum, who has not played in a five-on-five game since Duke’s loss to South Carolina in the NCAA tournament, is admittedly excited to get back on the floor this week. 

“I can’t wait,” he said. 

Celtics Nation feels the same way about Tatum, selected with the third overall pick in last week’s NBA draft. 

Although it’s only a preseason game, there will be expectations and with that, possibly some added pressure for Tatum to show he was such a coveted player by the Celtics. 

“That’s why Duke helped me a lot,” he told CSNNE.com. “Duke, the best program in college basketball, we were always on the national spotlight good or bad, whether we were winning or losing. That will help me a lot preparing for the Boston Celtics.”

And like Duke, Tatum will have to fight his way on to the court although he readily admits the challenge is much greater in the NBA. 

“Isaiah Thomas, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder . . . we didn’t have those guys at Duke,” Tatum said. “It’s gonna be tough; just try my best and get in where I fit in.”

Tatum said he will at times lean on his more experienced teammates, one of which was a former teammate of his – sort of – in Jaylen Brown. 

“I’ve known Jaylen for a while,” Tatum said. “We played with and against each other in high school at AAU camps. 

Tatum added, “at the AAU camps, sometimes we were on the same team and sometimes we were not.”

While much has been made about how the two are similar, Tatum sees both having strengths that complement, rather than compete, with each other. 

“He’s further along than Jaylen was skill-wise and he’s not as far along as Jaylen physically,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “Again, he’s 19 years old. I don’t want to put any expectations … I want to give him time to grow. We’ll see. He’ll definitely have a role, get a chance to play. And how well he performs is up to him.”

Tatum’s assessment of his game and Brown’s goes as follows:

“He’s a lot stronger, bigger than me,” Tatum, who is 6-foot-8, 204 pounds, acknowledged. “He’s much more athletic. Offensively, I think that’s what I excel in, being smooth and my ability to score. I can just learn from him, the things that he went through last year.”

One of the things he has already picked up on, is that Brown is a pretty smart – and at times clever – dude. 

Not long after Tatum picked jersey number 11, Brown, who wears number 7, took to social media and came up with a 7-11 theme that has already lead to some pretty snazzy t-shirt designs. 

“I thought it was funny,” Tatum said. “It’s catchy; I like it.”

And the Celtics really like Tatum’s game which has been compared at times to former Celtic great Paul Pierce. 

“I hate to make those comparisons when kids are 19 and let his game evolve into whatever it is,” Ainge said. “The similarity is they have good footwork. They both have really good ways to create space for shots. But the similarity … they’re both very good defensive rebounders. Those are two things that stand out to me with Jayson that are Paul characteristics.”

Tatum knows he’s a long way from being in the same company as Celtic royalty such as Pierce. 

Before then he must first earn minutes on the floor which will not be an easy task. 

But Tatum’s demeanor, much like his game, has seemingly always been a bit more mature than most of his fellow basketball brethren. 

Tatum credits his parents, Justin Tatum and Brandy Cole.

“They raised me to be different, be more mature and stand out above the crowd and be my own person and be comfortable in my skin,” Tatum said. “That’s how I’ve always been.”

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: How does the Chris Paul trade affect the Celtics?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: How does the Chris Paul trade affect the Celtics?

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0:41 - Tom Curran, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss the Rockets acquiring Chris Paul and how that trade can actually have an affect on the Celtics plans.

5:06 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to talk about if the Celtics are the front runners for Paul George, what would be too much to give up to the Pacers, and why it’s important to sign Hayward before trading for George.

11:21 - Evan Drellich joins from Fenway Park to discuss Rick Porcello getting his 10th loss of the season and if the struggling offense might be a season-long problem. 

14:58 - Tom Curran and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Nate Burleson saying that Julian Edelman is the most under-appreciated receiver in the last 10 years.