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Check out the cover boy!  I don't know if there has ever been a more appropriate teaser for an article written than, "Avery Bradley and his Teammates have Something To Prove." 

In the latest issue of the Improper Bostonian, members of both the Celtics and Bruins are interviewed on the most Boston topic there is... playing with a chip on your shoulder.  

Between the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox, I'd say the chip is roughly the size of Rhode Island.  

Both the B's and the C's have a lot to prove this season and I'm not sure I would want it any other way.  Titles may not be in the cards for either team, but when you're not forecasting the hoisting of a trophy or a duckboat parade, the next best thing to showcase is pride and neither team or fanbase is short on that. 

Below are the highlights with my commentary of a stellar photo-fueled piece which you can check out in it's entirety here:


MARCUS SMART


HIGHLIGHTS FROM OFF THE COURT INTERVIEW:



IMPROPER: Drake or Meek Mill?

SMART: Drake

POC: This kid gets it.


IMPROPER: Favorite Kardashian?
SMART: Khloe
POC: I spoke too soon.

IMPROPER: If you weren’t a professional athlete, you’d be…
SMART: A dancer
POC: I can see that.  


DAVID LEE


HIGHLIGHTS FROM OFF THE COURT INTERVIEW:

IMPROPER: Drake or Meek Mill?
LEE: Drake
POC: Nailed it.

IMPROPER: Describe Deflategate in one word.
LEE: Hmm, I’m in Boston now, so “Minor.”
POC: He’s heating up.

IMPROPER: Favorite sports movie?
LEE: 'He Got Game,' featuring Walter McCarty
POC: Absolutely stellar choice.

IMPROPER: Larry Bird or LeBron James?
LEE: Larry Bird
POC: Lee goes four-for-four.  MVP interview game.


AVERY BRADLEY


HIGHLIGHTS FROM OFF THE COURT INTERVIEW:

IMPROPER: Drake or Meek Mill?
BRADLEY: Drake
POC: Can Meek Mill ever recover from this?  I’m not sure.  

IMPROPER: Describe Deflategate in one word.
BRADLEY: Everybody, as in everybody would do it.
POC: Hmm.  Not sure I like that.  Sounds like forgiveness which the Pats don’t need because it was a nonsensical farce.  But I digress… back to basketball.  

IMPROPER: LeBron James or Larry Bird?
BRADLEY: LeBron James
POC: Oh… Avery.  I… c’mon.


JAE CROWDER



HIGHLIGHTS FROM OFF THE COURT INTERVIEW:

IMPROPER: Drake or Meek Mill?
CROWDER: Drake times two.
POC: Here lies Meek Mill.  

IMPROPER: Best locker-room prank?
CROWDER: In Dallas, we gave a car seat to JJ Barea.
POC: Here lies JJ Barea.

IMPROPER: Describe Deflategate in one word.
CROWDER: Irrelevant
POC: I realize they’re placating us, but I love it.  Thanks for getting this back on track, Jae.

IMPROPER: Larry Bird or LeBron James?
CROWDER: Larry Bird
POC: Perfect answer.  All bits aside, I think Crowder could be a team captain here.  


ISAIAH THOMAS


HIGHLIGHTS FROM OFF THE COURT INTERVIEW:

IMPROPER: Best thing about being 5 feet, 9 inches?
THOMAS: I can blend in with people since I look normal.
POC: Regardless of height, if Boston doesn’t swarm IT4 whenever he’s trying to blend in, we’ve failed him as a fanbase.  

IMPROPER: Best locker-room prank?
THOMAS: In Sacramento, people put kettle corn in Ben McLemore’s and Ray McCollum’s cars. It took them hours to get it out and get back home.
POC: A delicious prank is the best kind of prank.  It shows what kind of teammate Thomas was as he opted for the best kind of popcorn.

IMPROPER: Drake or Meek Mill?
THOMAS: Meek Mill in a club, but Drake when you’re in a house
POC: OOOOH a political answer.  Strong phrasing here.

IMPROPER: Larry Bird or LeBron James
THOMAS: Larry Bird
POC: I’m honestly concerned about Bradley not answering Larry Bird to the easiest question in the interview.  

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