Kaliphornya’s favorite fan from Boston….truly

If you have been keeping up with the blog for the past couple of days, you would have seen me go back and forth with a passionate reader and avid Boston sports fan.  JonTookEm recently just sent me the best comment that this site has received.  I am not going to reply and rip it apart because frankly there really is not anything to rip apart.  Well except the very end, but I will let you see for yourself.  Thank you very much JonTookEm…..Feel free to comment whenever you want.

Great responses. Love the passion there.

What kind of fan am I? I love the Celtics, but I am also a fan of basketball and realize that it probably isn’t in the cards for them this year. There is a big difference between being naive and thinking that my team can win because I want them to and knowing that there are 2 other better teams in the NBA this year. Of course there is still a great chance for them to win, but is it likely? Probably not. Will I win and lose with the Celts during the playoffs? Of course.

In terms of the comment, “You might forget about the fact that not every good team can win everywhere”, that was a typo on my part. I meant to say that, “You might forget about the fact that not every good team can win every YEAR.” Oops. I can see how that would confuse you.

Yes, this team was injury ridden so it must be a curse from Paul Pierce’s “fake” injury. It probably has nothing to do with the fact that KG has logged 1,000+ games or 10,000+ minutes of game time? Nah, probably not. Leon Powe doesn’t have a history of knee injuries, either. No. he doesn’t… Scal having lots of concussions? That’s a freak accident. Tony Allen? Yeah, multiple injuries. Rondo? Lots of twisted ankles.

But look at the entire league: overall piss poor quality because of injuries? Yeah, I think so.

But let’s be real with each other: are you really going to get this serious and this pissed about me calling your curse stupid? Because it is. If you really believe in curses, you need to go back and do redo your undergraduate work in WAKE UP DUDE THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS CURSES. Maybe your school didn’t require those courses, but they are worth checking out.

Wake up. There are no stupid curses. The team had injuries like so many other good teams this year (Spurs, Lakers, Hornets… shall I continue?).

If you’d like to have a pissing contest about which city is title-town, go ahead. You win by numbers. Is that supposed to make me feel bad? Well… this might ruin your day, but it really doesn’t ruin my day. I like my team because I grew up watching the Sox and the Celts with my family, especially with my older brother who was/is someone I always looked up to. Sports have always had meaning to me because of how much fun I had playing sports and being an athlete on a team (middle school, high school, and college). I love being part of a group all rooting for the same thing and hoping for the same outcome. I don’t love sports because my city has won more sports. Please.

I’ll close with all of my picks for the NBA playoffs. This is from what I think will happen, not what I want to happen. What do I want to happen? See the Celtics raise #18 and prevent Phil Jackson from moving ahead of Red in most titles won.


(1) Lakers v. (8) Jazz  :  Lakers in 5 (the only thing tough about this pick was should it be in 4 or 5 games)

(4) Blazers v. (5) Rockets  :  Rockets in 6 (I got to admit: Ron Artest and Yao Ming = Craziest duo in the NBA and crazy enough to shut down the all Blazers except B-Roy)

(3) Spurs v. (6) Mavs  :  Spurs in 7 (I just can’t see the Mavs playing good enough defense and Timmy giving one great series before his body gives)

(2) Nuggets v. (7) Hornets  :  Nuggets in 6 (I feel uneasy about this pick, but which Hornet can guard Melo? Chauncey can put up a fight against CP3)

(1) Lakers v. (5) Houston  :  Lakers in 6 (this is too bad because Houston would have had a chance at the WCF if they had finished as the 4th seed)

(3) Spurs v. (2) Nuggets  :  Spurs in 6 (this has everything to do with me thinking that the Nuggets will self-implode because they won’t know how to play in a semi-final round and Coach Pop exposes this despite the fact that Timmy falls apart; by the way, I hate this pick and I know I am going to be wrong here but it doesn’t matter because the Lakers make it out of the West)

(1) Lakers v. (3) Spurs  :  Lakers in 5 (easy)


(1) Cavs v. (8) Pistons  :  Cavs in 5 (Lebron chews through Rip Hamilton while kicking Rasheed Wallace in the face as his right arm extends back 30 feet behind him during a tomahawk dunk; who on earth will guard him in this series?)

(4) Hawks v. (5) Heat  :  Hawks in 7 (this was a tough one: can D-Wade really carry his team through 7 straight grueling games? Plus the Hawks have taken 3 games to 1 this season)

(3) Orlando v. (6) 76ers  :  Orlando in 6 (Everyone will start spitting the old rhetoric that I’m sick of, “Orlando is a legitimate team with a real chance of taking down Boston and to give the Cavs a series”; they’ll fold to the Celts if they even get there)

(2) Celtics v. (7) Bulls  :  Celtics in 6 (I’d rather see the Celts play the 76ers, but whatever; the Celts will have a tough match-up against their bigs (Miller, Noah, Tyrus Thomas) and their hot shooting (Salmons, Gordon) and the ever-improving play of Derrick Rose. Whatever, I am not saying the games won’t be close, but if you do player-to-player match ups, the Celts come out on top very easily with Rondo, Pierce, and Ray Ray; plus our bench is infinitely better than their bench so suck it)

(1) Cavs v. (4) Hawks  :  Cavs in 6 (Atlanta will make it look tight, but then Lebron will chase down a Joe Johnson fast break and block his shot off the backboard so hard off glass that the ball will actually go through the backboard; who on earth will guard him in this series? Sound familiar?)

(2) Celtics v. (3) Orlando  :  Celtics in 7 (I still believe that without KG, the Celts can still take this series; Perk is the secret in this match up– he’s guarded Dwight Howard so well this year; but most importantly, Stan Van Gundy can’t out-coach Doc and the Celts bench is deeper, which will be important because games will be tight and this series should go to 7)

(1) Cavs v. (2) Celtics  :  Cavs in 6 (It doesn’t matter that KG is out– it really doesn’t; their bigs are better and Lebron is Lebron because he is really, really, really, really, really, really good)

Lakers v. Cavs  :  Cavs in 6

Lebron will remind us of those special players that not only won a regular season MVP (he must, right?) but also a Finals MVP. Lebron will also remind us of loyalty: he stuck with the Cavs, and the Cavs stuck with him. He will cry. Then everyone else on that damn team will cry because Lebron showed/said it was ok. And it will be really, really, really, really, really, really emotional, but also really, really, really, really, really, really awesome to see Lebron dethrone Kobe as the most dominant player in the game and walk away with 2 things Kobe wanted: a title and a Finals MVP (during the ‘99-’02 run, Shaq was a 3-time Finals MVP).

Great reply JonTookEm, I have the playoffs shaping up the same way with the exception of the end result.  The X factor as far fetched as this sounds is Lamar Odom.  It will not be easy but Phil will pass Red.


3 Responses to “Kaliphornya’s favorite fan from Boston….truly”

  1. April 19, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Hey folks–

    Thanks for posting everything– love the banter.
    For a slightly slanted view on the Celtics (and by slightly I mean highly), you can check out my blog:


    In terms of Lamar Odom, I’d like to see him stay in the starting 5 and see Bynum come off the bench. This is strictly speaking from what I think is the BEST lineup the Lakers can put on the floor. Gasol is the untold story this year– he has helped carry this team all season even though Kobe is having a great season, too. But Gasol seems to play much, much, much better when Odom is on the floor and instead of Bynum. Bynum’s offense seems to interfere with Gasol’s flow. Does that make sense? Maybe not. Anyway, I think Odom has proved to Phil that he deserves a spotting spot.

    Plus, D-Fischer needs to get his act together. He’s no longer a steady force in the backcourt– instead a shaky guard that still shows glimpses of his sharp shooting but tends to make some rushed, terrible decisions when handling the ball.

    Who is the future of your backcourt? Will fill assume the role of PG after this season?

    Not being blinded by your passion for the Lakers, do you really think they can get through the Cavs?

    Lebron James is all I have to say… Damn Lebron, son!

  2. 2 kaliphornya
    April 19, 2009 at 10:46 am

    That is an interesting idea to sit Bynum and start LO. I was one to think that as well, until I saw how fast Bynum was getting his swagger back. No questions asked Lamar and Pau play much better together than Bynum and Pau. The problem with starting Lamar is our second unit has struggeled immensely when Lamar does not come on the floor with them. It was a couple weeks ago before Bynum was back and our bench had 2 first half points. Sasha (who I despise and would love to see traded) is shooting around 34% from the arc. Jordan is playing no where near the level he played before the injury (possible curse, lol) and Walton well he can’t shoot. When we get Lamar in there it changes the whole dynamic and look. Plus we leave Pau on the floor and take Bynum out so the two do get to play together. The bench plays ten times better when Lamar is out there with them.
    In regards to LeBron, well when we beat them up in Cleveland, there was no Bynum, Kobe was sick, and Lamar had a break out game. Now that Bynum is back we can clog the lane and make it that much harder for LeBron to get in and finish. He still will finish but it wont be easy with two 7 footers in there. Then there is the Lamar and Ariza factor. Both tall guys who can play good D and move like 2 guards. Kobe will probably guard LeBron majority of the time. Lets face it he guards him as good as anyone can and vice versa. We can pretty much match up with anything Cleveland throws our way. We can go tall and run Pau, Bynum, Odom, Kobe, and Brown. Or we can go quick and run Pau, Odom/Powell, Ariza, Kobe, and Fisher/Brown.
    Cleveland is not deep enough. Yes they do have the clear cut MVP and Kobe does look tired, but it has been proven time and time again that one guy can not win a ring unless you have the last name Jordan but even then he had Pippen majority of the time. Kobe tried to do this and failed miserably, and even as good as LeBron is the Cavs are not deep enough nor do they have a good enough number two guy. Mo Williams was an all star but that was because Ray Allan got injured. I just don’t see Cleveland winning it all. They need another great player. They also need a healthy Ben Wallace. If Big Ben is hurting, then there is no way they will match up with our bigs down low…

  3. April 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Hey guys–

    After last night’s game, you GOTTA READ THIS… it’s got Boston written all over it.

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