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Before anyone cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid raised in Enumclaw, Washington. It’s where I walked.  It’s where I ran.  It’s where I did a paper route at age six.  It’s always held a special place in my heart until 2005. From the moment I signed with the Celtics, I knew this was my new home. Most of the people are just like me, they work hard, they play hard, and the passion they have for their sports team is unlike anywhere in the world. I had passion for my team just like the fans.  I guess I was kind of like the fans except I had a courtside seat for free and if we were up by 20 with less than two minutes to play I would get to go into the game.  Where was I – the great American city of Boston.  In Boston, people’s passion can be overwhelming.  But it drove me.  The Celtics hadn’t won a championship since the Larry Bird era of the 80s, so I wanted to give them hope when I could.  I wanted to inspire them when I could.  My relationship with Boston became bigger than basketball.  I didn’t realize that when I left Boston in free agency four years ago.  I do now. 

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I’m Coming Home

Before anyone cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid raised in Enumclaw, Washington. It’s where I walked.  It’s where I ran.  It’s where I did a paper route at age six.  It’s always held a special place in my heart until 2005. From the moment I signed with the Celtics, I knew this was my new home. Most of the people are just like me, they work hard, they play hard, and the passion they have for their sports team is unlike anywhere in the world. I had passion for my team just like the fans.  I guess I was kind of like the fans except I had a courtside seat for free and if we were up by 20 with less than two minutes to play I would get to go into the game.  Where was I – the great American city of Boston.  In Boston, people’s passion can be overwhelming.  But it drove me.  The Celtics hadn’t won a championship since the Larry Bird era of the 80s, so I wanted to give them hope when I could.  I wanted to inspire them when I could.  My relationship with Boston became bigger than basketball.  I didn’t realize that when I left Boston in free agency four years ago.  I do now.

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I was fortunate enough to have stayed in Cambridge, Mass. the last year and a half and through either fate or by deductive reasoning (Tavern In The Square? I’ll take a crab juice) I found myself a regular at Parlor Sports.
Yes it was here, Inman Square’s own Cheers but for sports heads, that I became a part of NBA Nerd Night, as christened by bartender Garvey Solomon and cartographer-and-sports-data-visualizer and Grantland contributor, Kirk Goldsberry. 
In his preview of the Boston Celtics 2013-2014 season, Paul Flannery has this to say about “Boston’s Best Sports Bar”:

It’s there that I’ve met attorneys, academics and teachers from all over the city. Women and men from all walks of life and backgrounds who are united solely by their devotion to the sport and the promise of a safe haven to talk usage rates and knock back a couple of High Lifes. People I never would have met otherwise have become fast friends, united by a common language that runs deeper than post-ups and isolations.
Where does it come from, and why does it bind us through the interminable 82-game season that never seems to end and the playoffs that stretch on for months? Except for the chosen few, it can’t be the promise of winning that sustains us.

Truer words have not been spoken. Not just of this particular bar and its locals, but of the “real” fans, aka “nerds”.
That is not to say your local sports dive or elsewhere is any less of a sports haven, but rather, it is defined by this congregation of fans.
Be it at a bar, the barbershop, in the bleachers, your sofa, your Tweetdeck feed, an SB Nation blog comments thread, your fantasy league discussion board, your niche Skybox card collection Tumblr, the League Pass Broadband you secretly hate because it freezes all the time, or the bootleg livestream that you have to click out of the many dating site popup ads because you can’t afford League Pass, we are a collective that understands it’s more than just brainless cries of, “sports!" at a TV screen.
Sure, the city of Boston might have its share of egregious homers as would other cities. However, it is in Boston and Cambridge that I personally witnessed this camaraderie amongst sports fans that places themselves as fans of the game over fans of their team.
In his preview, Paul discusses Boston’s bleak outlook with local Celtics fan and Parlor/NBA Nerd Night regular, Joel Strachota.
I mean yes, it is easy to lose faith in a team that has all but completely gutted its 2008 championship roster, coaching staff included, and whose idea of their next savior is a dude that looks like the lost fourth member of the band Hanson. 
I too, have seen my Orlando Magic rise and fall and remember the nights when its starting lineup once consisted of Tyronne Lue, Andrew DeClerq, Keith Bogans, Juwon Howard, and DeShawn Stevenson. 
BUT!
Despite your team’s shortcomings, either hometown or adapted, we all come together, united as FANS.
As Paul puts it:

We are fans of teams, yes, but also players. We like the strategies, the highlights and the postgame press conferences. We revel in the nonconformity of a league where the superstars truly are bigger than the sport, and we seek comfort in a well-executed pick and roll.

Concluding with:

The game is back and we are once again captives under its spell. We have no choice but to watch and believe in the promise of a brighter day.

Sadly, I have joined Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in jumping ship from Boston to Brooklyn (booo hisss). So I can no longer participate in NBA Nerd Nights at Parlor Sports.
However, if you find yourself in the Inman Square area in Cambridge/Somerville, be it on a Wednesday night or any other night, then do please make your way in, have a few drinks, some food (order a Goldsberry basket) and make sure to find yourself into a discussion, or seven.
- Mark

I was fortunate enough to have stayed in Cambridge, Mass. the last year and a half and through either fate or by deductive reasoning (Tavern In The Square? I’ll take a crab juice) I found myself a regular at Parlor Sports.

Yes it was here, Inman Square’s own Cheers but for sports heads, that I became a part of NBA Nerd Night, as christened by bartender Garvey Solomon and cartographer-and-sports-data-visualizer and Grantland contributor, Kirk Goldsberry

In his preview of the Boston Celtics 2013-2014 season, Paul Flannery has this to say about “Boston’s Best Sports Bar”:

It’s there that I’ve met attorneys, academics and teachers from all over the city. Women and men from all walks of life and backgrounds who are united solely by their devotion to the sport and the promise of a safe haven to talk usage rates and knock back a couple of High Lifes. People I never would have met otherwise have become fast friends, united by a common language that runs deeper than post-ups and isolations.

Where does it come from, and why does it bind us through the interminable 82-game season that never seems to end and the playoffs that stretch on for months? Except for the chosen few, it can’t be the promise of winning that sustains us.

Truer words have not been spoken. Not just of this particular bar and its locals, but of the “real” fans, aka “nerds”.

That is not to say your local sports dive or elsewhere is any less of a sports haven, but rather, it is defined by this congregation of fans.

Be it at a bar, the barbershop, in the bleachers, your sofa, your Tweetdeck feed, an SB Nation blog comments thread, your fantasy league discussion board, your niche Skybox card collection Tumblr, the League Pass Broadband you secretly hate because it freezes all the time, or the bootleg livestream that you have to click out of the many dating site popup ads because you can’t afford League Pass, we are a collective that understands it’s more than just brainless cries of, “sports!" at a TV screen.

Sure, the city of Boston might have its share of egregious homers as would other cities. However, it is in Boston and Cambridge that I personally witnessed this camaraderie amongst sports fans that places themselves as fans of the game over fans of their team.

In his preview, Paul discusses Boston’s bleak outlook with local Celtics fan and Parlor/NBA Nerd Night regular, Joel Strachota.

I mean yes, it is easy to lose faith in a team that has all but completely gutted its 2008 championship roster, coaching staff included, and whose idea of their next savior is a dude that looks like the lost fourth member of the band Hanson

I too, have seen my Orlando Magic rise and fall and remember the nights when its starting lineup once consisted of Tyronne Lue, Andrew DeClerq, Keith Bogans, Juwon Howard, and DeShawn Stevenson. 

BUT!

Despite your team’s shortcomings, either hometown or adapted, we all come together, united as FANS.

As Paul puts it:

We are fans of teams, yes, but also players. We like the strategies, the highlights and the postgame press conferences. We revel in the nonconformity of a league where the superstars truly are bigger than the sport, and we seek comfort in a well-executed pick and roll.

Concluding with:

The game is back and we are once again captives under its spell. We have no choice but to watch and believe in the promise of a brighter day.

Sadly, I have joined Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in jumping ship from Boston to Brooklyn (booo hisss). So I can no longer participate in NBA Nerd Nights at Parlor Sports.

However, if you find yourself in the Inman Square area in Cambridge/Somerville, be it on a Wednesday night or any other night, then do please make your way in, have a few drinks, some food (order a Goldsberry basket) and make sure to find yourself into a discussion, or seven.

- Mark

Rajon Rondo lowkey at the Red Sox game

Rajon Rondo lowkey at the Red Sox game

The fat lady sings for the Celtics, as the Knicks go up 2-0.

The fat lady sings for the Celtics, as the Knicks go up 2-0.

It’s been a crazy week to be living in the Boston area and due to the recent events, the Double Scribble In The Paint art show has been rescheduled to this Friday, April 26th.

I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of it this weekend, as well as meeting up with the organizers: Nick of Double Scribble, Ananth and Crystal, and the folks at Voltage Coffee.

Show your love for art and basketball, as well as the city of Boston, and reserve your tickets here: http://www.inthepaintbos.eventbrite.com/

From the event page:

Everything that was planned for last Friday will happen again.

Door donation and raffle proceeds to Shooting Touch, and both Grillos and Downeast Cider will be there with pickles and hard cider galore.

So let’s experience great art (including Aaron Dana’s fantastic mural), eat/drink, and come together In the Paint.

*Note: tickets have sold out but register anyways to get on the list. If not, the artwork will still be up until May 18th. 

**Sidenote: If you want to support another fine Cambridge establishment, all hoops fans are invited to “NBA Nerd Night” every Wednesdays at Parlor Sports in Inman Square for all things basketball nerdery.

(more info: Double Scribble, In The Paint, Voltage Coffee)

OG Birdman
This info should have been included in the original post: doublescribble:

Pick up one of these archival prints by Bobby Bernethy from the DS gallery show ‘In The Paint’ at Voltage Coffee & Art in Cambridge, MA this Friday (7-9PM).For the rest of this week all proceeds from the DS store will be going towards the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Pick up some art and help the people of Boston.

OG Birdman

This info should have been included in the original post: doublescribble:

Pick up one of these archival prints by Bobby Bernethy from the DS gallery show ‘In The Paint’ at Voltage Coffee & Art in Cambridge, MA this Friday (7-9PM).

For the rest of this week all proceeds from the DS store will be going towards the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Pick up some art and help the people of Boston.

Throwback Photo of the Night: Larry Legend in a Celtics sweater

Throwback Photo of the Night: Larry Legend in a Celtics sweater

Meet your newest member of the Boston Celtics: Troy Murphy
The C’s may have lost a major defensive component in Kendrick Perkins but have picked up a fairly solid rebounder and perimeter shooter in David Schwimmer Troy Murphy (actual Wikipedia photo). 

Meet your newest member of the Boston Celtics: Troy Murphy

The C’s may have lost a major defensive component in Kendrick Perkins but have picked up a fairly solid rebounder and perimeter shooter in David Schwimmer Troy Murphy (actual Wikipedia photo). 

Photo of the Night: Kobe hanging out with the Emerson College Women’s Lacrosse team in Boston
(via @BostonTweet)

Photo of the Night: Kobe hanging out with the Emerson College Women’s Lacrosse team in Boston

(via @BostonTweet)

Photo of the Night: Is it the shoes? Ray Allen and Paul Pierce celebrate after draining a (very long) two-pointer, giving Boston the lead with only 25 seconds left in the fourth. C’s would go on to beat the Pistons, 86-82.
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Photo of the Night: Is it the shoes? Ray Allen and Paul Pierce celebrate after draining a (very long) two-pointer, giving Boston the lead with only 25 seconds left in the fourth. C’s would go on to beat the Pistons, 86-82.

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Nate Robinson takes a tumble.

Nate is a bundle of energy for the Celtics. He brings instant-offense off the bench and instant laughs when he’s on it. But sometimes he manages to combine both.

Comedic genius.

@Suga_Shane

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