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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ramble On ...Baby, Baby

"Baby baby, don't get hooked on me,
'cause I'll just use you then I'll set you free
baby, baby, don't get hooked on me" - Mac Davis

The Celtics held a pregame press conference on Friday to address questions from the media with regard to Glen Davis injury. Davis broke a bone in his hand when he was horsing around with his longtime friend from childhood days after a night out in the Boston suburbs. Davis will miss a significant portion of playing time to allow the injury to heal but the Celtics announced that he will not be suspended from the team. Davis was fined and reprimanded by the team's ownership and GM, Danny Ainge, who called the incident "stupid." Ainge, however, showed support to his young player and vowed to "move forward" while Davis told media he "would learn" from the situation. Here is the NBA TV coverage of the pregame press conference:


Regarding the Glen Davis situation, Boston Globe columnist had a pretty interesting take on it and he reminded Celtics fans of the days gone by:

"Big Baby got into a fight with a friend at 4 a.m., broke his thumb, and won’t be able to play until at least December. He is young and foolish and he hurt the team. The Celtics owners are mad at him. Fans are mad at him. It’s not a good situation. But let’s not throw Big Baby out with the bathwater. This stuff is as old as dirt. Young athletes have been doing goofy things at odd hours since before the days of the original Big Baby, George Herman Ruth. It even happened to Larry Bird. That’s right. Larry Bird. On the night of May 16, 1985, in the middle of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Sixers, Bird was involved in a scuffle that started at a now-defunct bar called Chelsea’s and spilled out to the corner of State Street and Merchant’s Row. After the altercation, Mike Harlow, a bartender/former Colgate football player, claimed he was sucker-punched by Bird. Nick Harris, a man who was with Bird and Quinn Buckner on the night of the incident, was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital’s emergency room that night. There was a lawsuit and a settlement. The Celtics told Bird to stay away from Harris. None of the parties ever talked about it. Ever."


Just call him... BatMan

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who led his native Argentina men's basketball team to victory at the 2004 Olympics Games, is now the protector of good vs. evil as he snatched a bat from mid-air and stopped a short delay during his team's game at the AT&T Center in Texas.

Here's the AP story and the tale of the tape:

SAN ANTONIO (AP)--The Spurs' Manu Ginobili showed off his quick hands-- capturing a bat.

"That was amazing," teammate Tony Parker said after the San Antonio Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings 113-94 on Saturday night. "The legend continues with Manu. Unbelievable. ... He's always doing crazy stuff."

Late in the first period a bat swooped into the AT&T Center and descended onto the court. Players scattered and officials stopped play. The bat circled and left only to return--briefly.

That's when Ginobili performed his Halloween trick, swatting the bat out of the air with a bare hand. He then carried the creature off the court to thunderous cheers.

As the theme song to "Batman" played, a few Sacramento players applauded, too. A trainer emerged to squirt sanitizer on Ginobilil's hand. "When you can't dunk anymore, you have to find a way to make it into the news," Ginobili said. "So that's what I did. I grabbed a bat. I didn't think it was a big deal."

On the court, Parker led the Spurs with 24 points and seven assists, and Ginobili scored 13 points in a reserve role. He ended the first period with a driving layup at the buzzer. Richard Jefferson added 21 points for San Antonio. San Antonio beat Sacramento 113-94.

The only performance anyone wanted to talk about was Ginobili's.


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