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Los Angeles Times sports columnist Ted Green (ironic last name, huh?) posted his reasons for Lakers fans to hate the Celtics on Sunday. In a piece full of “creativity,” Green discusses that the Celtics are crybabies, resort to fouling when they can’t defend, among other things. He then discusses disparaging things about Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis, and Paul Pierce.
Let’s run down some of his “gems,” shall we?
The worst of all, and perhaps the most tasteless, was his criticism of Paul Pierce. He cites his infamous wheelchair incident in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals, when Pierce returned to the floor minutes after leaving the game in a wheelchair. That’s OK. What’s not OK is this segment that’s now removed from his column:
By the way, Pierce’s idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times!
Is this guy serious? What an idiot! Why is that even funny? Does he remember that Pierce nearly died that night? Have I mentioned Kobe Bryant’s past rape accusations yet? OK, just did that now, but you get my point. Green’s blog post fails to live up to any journalistic standard, and looking at it objectively, it’s not funny at all. We have much better writing here on Sports of Boston…and while we’re good, we’re not the L.A. Times. The newspaper should be ashamed of themselves for publishing such garbage.
For the record and to be fair, I should mention again that the Times removed the controversial part of the post, and replaced it with this:
[For the record: An earlier version of this post contained an inappropriate comment about Pierce relating to an incident in 2000 in which he was stabbed repeatedly. That comment should not have been published and has been removed.]
Of course, in response, we’ll be putting together our list of reasons to hate the Lakers before Game 1. And no, we wont stoop nearly as low as Mr. Green.