He led the Red Sox to their first World Series championships in nearly a century, so Terry Francona has a spot in the hearts of Boston sports fans forever.
But after a painful, epic collapse at the end of last season, Francona is out as the Red Sox manager.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, for one, will miss him, Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.
“It’s sad for me,” Rivers said. “For me, it’s like losing a brother.”
Rivers said the coaching fraternity in Boston is a relatively close-knit bunch.
“All the coaches around here, we have a pretty good relationship,” Rivers said. “We talk and we share. To lose that, is really sad.”
Rivers has had more time than usual this summer to watch the Red Sox fall apart, thanks to the lockout. He’s flying around the globe to see his sons play. He’s getting together with coaches and doing some preparation for the season.
But there is only so much he can do — the Celtics have a lot of tough decision to make when the lockout ends that will impact what tools Rivers has to work with this season.
One Boston area hoopster is lucky that Celtics strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo plays pickup in the same place.
Doo (in the back of this classic picture stretching out Sam Cassell) was playing some ball at the Hyde Park Community Center in Newton Wednesday and he stepped forward when a man passed out, according to CSNNE.com.
Chuck Conley passed out during a water break and his heart stopped, when Doo grabbed the defibrillator that was hanging on the wall.
“The only part that made me nervous is when the machine said press the button, shock him,” Doo told WCVB TV. “The point is I think anybody could have done it. I think I was there, and it happened to be me.”
Doo restarted Conley’s heart before he was taken to the hospital. Conley had a clogged artery and had surgery to fix the problem.
Good on Doo.
Just a quick pubic service announcement: Automatic defibrillators are brilliant machines. I worked on a program through the Red Cross in my city to get them put in a lot of public places (the airport for example) plus in every police car and on every bus. They are simple to use and will save lives. It’s a great little thing to get involved in if you can, or to at least be aware of. In this case, some doctors who knew a guy that played pickup at this gym had paid to put the defibrillator in, and with some help from Doo one man got to go home to his family again. That is it for our public service announcements for today.
Rajon Rondo was back on a basketball court being swarmed by defenders Tuesday.
It wasn’t exactly the same as the last time we saw him — this time it was the public court at Malcolm X Park in Boston and the defenders were kids who use the park, swarming around their Celtic hero. Last season Red Bull donated $500 for every steal Rondo made to refurbish courts at parks in the city. Rondo’s thefts generated $76,500.
Tuesday he was out for a dedication and talked about a few issues with A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Starting with his elbow, which suffered a gruesome injury in the playoff series against the Heat.
“I had a check-up today (Tuesday),” Rondo said. “It’s getting there. It’s still a little swollen, but other than that, no problem. I’ll continue to work on it.”
Rondo added that he’s able to fully extend the arm now, “so right now I’m fine.” He added, “I can play a little bit. Not too much contact. I did three push-ups today. I’m starting back to working out.”
That’s good news. The question is come the fall will Rondo and his elbow be in Boston getting ready for the season or in Kentucky, where he will re-enroll and work towards his degree (and workout with the Wildcats team) if the lockout drags out and games are missed. Like you and me, Rondo isn’t sure how it will all break out, but he’s not optimistic.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Rondo said. “I obviously can’t speak too much on it. It’s quiet right now. So [I] don’t know.”
At least we know Boston youth are getting to play on a nice new court thanks in part to Rondo.
It only seems fitting.
Long discussed plans for a Bill Russell statue in Boston are going to become a reality, tweets Jessica Camerato of CSN New England. It will be designed by a local artist
Russell on statue: “I am uncomfortable w honors such as this but my yrs as Capt. of the BOS Celtics were the proudest moments of my career.”
Tied to this, the Bill Russell Foundation will develop a mentoring grant program designed to help Boston youth. Which sounds like a very wise, very Bill Russell thing to do.
This is a deserved honor — Russell is arguably the greatest Celtic of them all. The defensive anchor of a team that collected rings like no other team in any other era of the NBA (Russell has 11). He’s a 12-time All-Star and 5-time MVP. He’s a living legend.
Given the Medal of Freedom and a statue in Boston… not a bad year for Russell. Not bad at all.
Boston loves Shaquille O’Neal. They flock to see the guy when he decides to be a statue for an hour.
Now he’s decided to be Arthur Fiedler.
Shaq will be conducting the Boston Pops, the Associated Press reports.
Next Monday the legendary orchestra will continue its annual holiday concert series at Symphony Hall and Shaq will come out and conduct Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” All 7’1” of him. We have to assume in a tux with tails. Conducting the orchestra once led by John Williams. Lakers fans just got queasy.
Actually, based on the last week, we hope Shaq’s calf is healed enough for him to go. He is officially a concert-time decision.
I kind of like this. He should be the best guest conductor Bugs Bunny conducted opera.