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Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:27 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 9:28 am

By Matt Moore

The NBA Lockout is ruining some of the favorite illusions of fans. It really is entirely about the money. The owners are reasonable men. The players have global appeal. Stuff like that. But perhaps nothing is more crushing than realizing that the Celtics and Heat don't actually hate each other. According to the New York Post, after Dwyane Wade went all Jordan '99 on David Stern Friday, there were no walls between the rivals. From the Post:
The NBA stars were in NYC this past weekend to take part in bargaining sessions to try to settle the lockout, but it didn’t stop them from enjoying a late night out. On Friday night Carmelo Anthony held court, playing host to Miami Heat’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, taking the guys to the five-year anniversary party of Meatpacking hotspot Tenjune. The basketball greats were treated to a DJ set by Swizz Beatz.
via Carmelo Anthony hosts fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen at the five-year anniversary party of Tenjune -

The report also states the quintet was in "good spirits" as it partied the night away. So that whole "we're probably going to miss a season" thing must not be bumming them out too much. 

It's a relative surprise to find these players hanging out. Video from the NBA's "The Association" series showed a clear divide between the clubs at All-Star Weekend, which was corroborated by multiple sources. In short order, it was thought that the Celtics had a genuine distaste for the Heat and their antics. But then, this also shows the foolishness of believing that on-floor rivalries translate to off-the-floor. Just as the Heat went to party with the Mavericks after beating them, the Celtics have now partied with the Heat that eliminated them. 

It should be noted that Kevin Garnett was reportedly not with the group. Whether that's because he was not in New York or whether he wasn't invited since all he does is yell at the waitresses, D.J. and everyone else is not known at this time. 

(HT: SBNation)


Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:20 pm

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

And in other breaking news, Clint Eastwood does not actually shoot people and Anthony Hopkins doesn't eat people.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 1:55 pm

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

Don't care anymore.   Wish them all well.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 1:45 pm

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

Anyone who thinks that these guys hates each other outside the basketball court is stupid. They are players and they share one common goal, to win. When they're on the court, that is their number one goal but during off season, they can be best of friends and I don't see any reason to think otherwise. Sure there might be a few players that might have personal grudges but that is part of the game. If any of the NBA "superstars" hates each other during the off season, than obviously it's a very very personal matter and not because of on what team they're playing in. The season hasn't started yet and maybe we have to wait a lot longer than normal, so what else is there to do but PARTY!!!!!

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:32 pm

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

Let's see, we want them to hate each other in the off-season.....then like each other during the Olympics, and World Games, but hate each other during the season, eh you get my drift. Though they don't like act like it sometimes, these are grown men and I'm sure there is a camraderie among them as superstars. All this does not translate to love and respect while playing one another, they want to beat each others butts on the court...but they're not on the court are they. This is absolutely not news. I do remember Magic kissing Isaiah before a game and then flat out plastering him when Zeke came flowing down the middle to lay a ball in.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:04 pm

Hating is so unprofessional...

The idea of sports is fair competition and respect for one's competitors.  Why shouldn't these guys like each other off the court?  The hatred and rivalry thing is more a product of fans and media than actual players.  You don't have to hate someone off the court to want to obliterate them on the court.  
Anyone who has ever seen two brothers compete against each other for anything realizes that sometimes people who are extremely close make the best rivals.  The media needs to start covering what players do on the court or at the negotiating table and let the players keep their personal lives to themselves.
Players owe us a professional, honest performance in the arena of competition.  That's all they owe us.  Period. 

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:02 pm

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

"Just as the Heat went to party with the  after beating them"

Shoot, I must have gotten bad reporting on the NBA Finals, my sources told me Dallas won. Clearly we were mistaken...

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:35 am

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

This reminds me of two area wrestlers that were on the Canadian circuit when I was a teenager. Their stage names were "The Stomper" and "The Beast" and they both lived about 10 miles from my hometown. You would watch them on TV smashing chairs over each other's heads, scratching/ clawing each other. They were deeply hated rivals. But we locals knew the truth. They would usually surface together at one of the local watering holes when they were in town and were obviously good friends. Too funny.

I really don't make much of this story. I think the rivalry between the Heat and Boston is real. But right now there is no season, they are locked out and they actually don't even have teams they are connected to. They have in common the goal of getting this settled.

I doubt there will be much love shown if and when the game gets back and Boston/ Miami are fighting each other for playoff positioning.

A non story if you ask me.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:05 am

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

Rumsfield, I think you're missing the point.

This past season Heat - Celtics was a rivalry to see who would be claimed 'The Beast of the East'.

Also in last season's playoffs and the playoff series prior to that, players from both teams exchanged strong verbal abuse and unnecesary roughness.

In fact, remember Pierce getting thrown out for double technical after affronting Dwayne Wade? Oh, and they also pushed each other and got face to face the last game of the regular season.

I don't see how this can be garbage. You should have known better what you were getting into just by reading the article's title.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:53 am

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

Rumsfield, cut these writers a break, will ya?  What is he supposed to write about? Opening day training camp rosters?   Who looks like they developed a jumpshot over the summer?  Did Eddie Curry finally find out that Veggies (and not ice cream) are the fourth food group?  There is NOTHING else for these guys to write about. 

To me, all these B.S. articles (okay, I will admit, they are crappy) are all that basketball junkies like me can look forward to.  Nothing beats basketball for day-to-day drama (football is the better game day experience, but basketball is more fun to read about).  So until I can read about the Knicks trading their 1st rounder this year for 4 future second rounders, or read about New Orleans claiming stadium sell outs while the media is reporting the building his half empty, this is all we got.  If the good stuff is not available, a junkie will take bad dope (no matter how bad it is).  I mean, good grief, Ron Artest (my bad, Meta World Peace) isn't even on DWTS anymore.  I NEED MY FIX.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:44 am

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

Cats sleeping with dogs. Cue the P-Funk. No NBA so this is reporting? Guess what, Republicans and Democrats golf together too. This isn't a story, ok maybe it is, in a soap opera kind of way. Matt Moore might wanna find another way to make ends meet. I'll venture to guess that most athletes are adults and can reconcile their differences. Who couldn't over a night off champagne drinking and booty shaking? KG prolly got a lap dance via Skype.

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