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May 08, 2003
BASKETBALL: Scott Slams Boston

Nets' coach Byron Scott really ripped into Celtics' fans yesterday on WFAN, here in New York, basically asserting that they are dangerously deranged drunkards and that Bostonians in general are racist and backwards. While Boston undoubtedly remains somewhat segregated, this seemed a little over the line to me, but maybe this is better addressed by Kiner's Korner or the Crank, both of whom have spent more time in that area than I have.

Anyway, between these comments and those of Bob Ryan, this has turned into a pretty ugly series and, with the Nets now heading up to Boston with a 2-0 lead, it is only likely to get worse.

Posted by The Mad Hibernian at 07:18 PM | Basketball | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Tough one for me to touch. I would say, though, that, in my impression, Boston had a very rough reputation on this in the 1980's, possibly deserved. I would also say that, to me, the region is not what it was in the mid-'80s. Is it San Fran, 2003? Maybe, maybe not. But its not Selma, circa 1950. As best as I can tell from their statements from the media, Pierce and Walker have no problems at all with the treatment they've received while living here (taking away, of course, the stabbing that Pierce experienced by 3 African-Americans).

Two other points: (1) Ironic that he says this about the Celtics fans. They, probably, are the most integrated of Boston fans and the most upscale (I can't afford two tickets to a regular season game). (2) Ironic that he says this coaching a team from Jersey. As a Knicks fan, I'm not sure that there is all that much difference between Knicks fans and Celtics fans, or Nets fans for that matter.

Seems like Scott is continuing to kick the beehive when he should just let it die.

Posted by: Kiner's Korner at May 8, 2003 09:57 PM

Some of the quotes I saw in the paper make it sound like Scott is trying to attract the attention of the Boston fans and media onto himself and away from his players. He sort of admitted it by referring to lessons he'd learned from Pat Riley. If it makes things easier for the Nets, this Jerseyite is all for it. (Besides, Byron should bring something useful to the table - I don't know what else it would be.)

Posted by: Devin McCullen at May 9, 2003 11:14 AM

Good points - Riley did use that tactic often.

Of course, Scott may also just plain not like Boston, either as residual bad blood from the Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s or for his own personal reasons.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at May 9, 2003 01:05 PM
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