While the 76ers’ game
Wednesday night against the host Boston Celtics is sure to be a treat for
Sixers rookie and Hamilton, Mass., native Michael Carter-Williams, as well as for injured rookie Nerlens Noel, of Malden, Mass., it’s fair to assume the Sixers’
first-year coach will have a few familiar faces in the arena, too.
The native of South Portland,
Maine, who routinely took trips with his parents into Boston as a youth to
watch the Celtics, Brett Brown spoke glowingly Tuesday after the Sixers’ practice
about his links to Boston: the games he’d seen there and the games he’d played
there, as an undergrad at Boston University.
Here’s what Brown had to say:
On Boston Garden’s charm:
“In the seats I had, you’d
look up five feet to the roof and see the moss and the stalagmites or stalactites.
I don’t remember which one goes up or down. You’re in an old, dingy building
that had so much character.”
On the parquet floor’s
“I played there a few times
during my Boston University days,” he said. “You’d play in Christmas
tournaments – BC, Northeastern, UMass. You’d be flying up the court, dribbling
and you’d hit one of the dead squares and you’re upset because it’s a turnover
with nobody around and (the ball) just wouldn’t come up. It’s funny. You
started learning, as a point guard, where you could go for steals. Sometimes, with
other point guards you were guarding were going to have trouble with the floor.
You’d try to manipulate it and try to take it as an advantage.”
On the Sixers/Celtics games
from back in the day:
“I can still hear the music,
the introduction, to the NBA Game of the Week. You hear it and you think
immediately, ‘NBA.’ To travel down to the Garden, and to see back in my day it
was (George) McGinnis and Julius Erving and Bobby Jones and Andrew Toney and Mo
Cheeks and Doug (Collins) and so on. I couldn’t believe how Toney would kick
the Celtics’ tail. He was so unguardable. … It was such a big part of my
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