|02.13.10 at 12:07 am ET|
Unsurprisingly, New England is well represented in a skiing event at the Olympic games. But Freestyle Skiing is not your normal downhill affair — it takes a little bit of flair. Whether it is in moguls, aerials or the new ski cross event, these athletes show you have to go all out. Yes, that is actually the U.S. ski team’s catchphrase.
Here are the New England hopefuls from the Freestyle events. For a full list of the athletes competing, click here.
The star of the above video, Kearney headed to Torino, Italy, for the 2006 Olympics as one of the favorites in the Freestyle moguls event. The then 19-year-old Norwich, Vt., native was coming off a gold medal win in the World Ski Championships in 2005, but stumbled to a disappointing 22nd place finish. Now she will head to Vancouver as one of the favorites once again, as she is pegged to finish on the podium after finishing at the top of the overall World Cup standing in 2009. Needless to say, Kearney has had up-and-down results. The question is, will she falter again, or can she rise to the occasion this time around?
Oh, and if you ever wanted to get the feel for what it is like to be an Olympic-level skier, she can help you in that regard, too.
Morse is well traveled as he competes in his first Olympics at the age of 28. The Duxbury native grew up skiing the slopes at Killington in Vermont, and headed to the University of Vermont for college. But halfway through, Morse transferred to Northeastern to pursue a degree in English, or so he thought. Once again he left school, this time to move to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to ski full time.
Morse almost made the Olympic team in 2006 thanks to a remarkable run in the final World Cup at Lake Placid before the team was named. Sitting in third place with just one skier remaining, Morse seemed on the verge of an improbable spot on the Olympic squad. But that skier was Australian Dale Begg-Smith, who ended up the victor in the event and went on to win gold in Torino
Morse suffered through injuries after that fourth-place finish, but came back to win the moguls and dual moguls titles at the U.S. Freestyle Championships in 2008. That victory helped him get an invite from the Red Sox to throw out the first pitch in a game that May. Sox fans might remember that one, because it was the game where Jon Lester no-hit the Royals. That should be enough to get Morse some fans for his 2010 campaign.
Cook has had a hard road at the Olympics. The Belmont, Mass., native made the team in 2002, but was injured three weeks before the games when she had a hard landing, shattering both of her feet and leaving her in a wheelchair. Forced to give up her spot on the squad, Cook spent years rehabbing her injured feet. Though doctors thought she would have trouble even walking, she miraculously returned to competing. She came back in 2006 and finally seems to be fully recovered, as evidenced by her career-best fourth-place finish in the World Championships in 2009.
The 21-year-old Amesbury resident has been making a name for himself as of late, and seems to be peaking at the right time. He earned a career-best sixth-place finish at a World Cup on Jan. 15 in Deer Valley, Utah, on a day when most of his other high-profile American teammates faltered.
|02.12.10 at 1:30 pm ET|
When you combine shooting guns and skiing, the one word that might not follow is “safe.” But there is one word that might describe the biathlon, an Olympic sport that combines rifles and cross-country skiing, and that word is…”GENIUS.”
Every four years, fans get to see some of the greatest marksmen and women test their accuracy while cruising the slopes on a pair of skis. It has to remind you of a James Bond movie where guns and skis just seem to go hand and hand.
In Vancouver there will be one name that New Englanders can keep an eye on: Spector…Laura Spector.
Spector is making her Olympic debut in Vancouver, and the Lenox, Mass., native didn’t expect to be considered for these Olympics. Instead, she looked ahead to 2014.
The biathlon has not been kind to the U.S in the past, as no American has brought home a medal in Olympic competition. Spector will compete in the sprint, pursuit, individual and the relay, so there will be a few opportunities for her to medal.
If she wins, she’ll probably take her celebration beverage shaken, not stirred.
|02.12.10 at 1:28 pm ET|
Lindsey Vonn has gobbled up most of the Olympic headlines heading into Vancouver, but there are still other competitors on the team. There are five U.S. Olympic hopefuls from the New England region all looking to come back home with a gold, silver or bronze medal.
Here is a look at the New England-born alpine skiers who will showcase their skills on the biggest stage of them all.
For a glance at the entire roster, click here.
Has there ever been a more polarizing figure in the history of the Olympics than Bode Miller? Considered a mortal lock to win multiple medals four years ago, Miller came up empty in the Torino Games and considered retirement.
But the Franconia, NH., product is back in the saddle for the U.S. alpine team in Vancouver, hopefully 100 percent sober. Miller made headlines with a 60 Minutes interview where he said that he has skied drunk, and said he would potentially do it again. Not the message you want to send to kids, Bode, especially after the heralded deaths of Michael Kennedy and Sonny Bono on the mountain.
This could be Miller’s last hurrah for the Olympic ski team, and a career without a medal will leave him in the company of a Charles Barkley, Dan Marino or Karl Malone. Great careers, but never broke through when it counted most.
Hey, if this ski thing doesn’t work out for Miller, at least he has a potential future in tennis.
Being an Olympic skier has always been in Cochran’s blood. He probably didn’t have a choice. His family has been part of the Olympic scene for decades, and he is the latest installment of the “Skiing Cochrans.” Just like a son who takes over a family business, it was almost as if the skiing duties were handed down to Jimmy. His grandfather was an Olympic coach, his father was an Olympian and three of his aunts also competed in Olympic competition.
So there really was no hiding what this Keene, N.H., native was going to do when he got older.
Cochran is looking to break through onto the medal stand after he finished in 12th place during the 2006 Torino Games.
At 20 years old, Kasper is the youngest member of the U.S. ski team. If Kasper takes to the medal stand, he can’t legally enjoy an adult beverage in the United States. (See: Miller, Bode.) Kasper took a leave from Dartmouth to take aim at the US team, and the risk paid off.
The two skiers listed above will overshadow the Vermont native, but Kasper can make a name for himself in New England if Miller fails to do anything and if Cochran doesn’t improve on his finish from the last games.
Marshall followed in the footsteps of her brothers, Cody and Jesse, much like Cochran followed his family name. Her two older brothers were member of the US ski team, but a terrible accident stopped Cody’s progress as a full-time skier and Chelsea was by his side the whole time.
Marshall also had to overcome an injury of her own. A bad back hindered her in the World Championships in 2009, which affected her performance, but a healthy 2010 has her geared up for a run in Vancouver.
In 2008, Smith suffered a torn ACL during competition and her career was in jeopardy. But the Conway, N.H., native bounced back in Tom Brady-esque fashion and is now eying success in Vancouver.
Smith has become a local hero in her hometown of Conway, NH. The locals have honored her name by dedicating Feb. 5 in her name from here on out. Not many people have a day named after them, and imagine what happens if she comes back with a meda — a Leanne Smith Month could come to Conway.
|02.12.10 at 9:54 am ET|
While snow crippled the ill-prepared Mid-Atlantic region on the East Coast, Vancouver finds itself starved for powder. Go figure.
Instead of snow, an unrelenting rain has pounded the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. No matter. Technology — and shipping — is a marvelous thing, and so the enterprising officials of the Games and Canada will no doubt find a way to produce all the ice and snow necessary to get the world to reflect on the delights of the obscure: from bobsledding, the luge and the skeleton to the meaning of the rarely invoked word “quadrennial.”
It is the once-every-four-years spectacle that is the Winter Olympics, when citizens of the world find themselves with rooting interests in people they’ve never heard of, who are participating in sports that they would never otherwise watch. When else do we get to cheer on gun-toting people on skis? It is a celebration of athletics for it’s own sake, and as such, a uniquely entertaining stretch of two weeks across an otherwise barren stretch of the sports landscape.
New England will be well represented in the Games, with more than 50 natives of the region filling out the Team USA roster. For details on the Olympic participants who will represent both the United States and New England, check back in this space for sport-by-sport previews of the local athletes taking part in the Winter Olympics:
For complete coverage of the Games, check out the Winter Olympics page at WEEI.com.
LEEInks will offer a daily recap of the previous day’s Olympic events, including a look at how New Englanders did.
TODAY: The Olympics are scheduled to kick off on Friday (snow permitting!), with the qualifier for the Individual Normal Hill Ski Jump. As Tom Layman notes, Nick Alexander of Lebanon, N.H., has paid his own way to Vancouver in order to take part in the Olympics. For more on “Zander,” click here. For more on a US Olympic Ski Jumping Team that has been banished to obscurity and may be bounced out of the Games before the opening ceremonies take place on Friday night, click here.
|02.12.10 at 9:40 am ET|
For years, snowboarders have been misunderstood. “Yo, bro, let’s go shred some gnar.” It seems like a different language, doesn’t it?
But these high-flying athletes have made themselves a nice home during the Winter Olympics. Since 1998, when snowboarding officially became an Olympic sport, the best in the world have been making the crowds “ooh” and “ahh” and made us wonder why their parents would let them attempt some of the crazy stunts that they seem to pull off with ease.
In Vancouver 2010, the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team will be heavily stocked with local talent from all over New England. No, New England can’t lay claim to the greatest snowboarder in the world — Shaun White — but these are some of the local riders who will be putting on a show north of the border.
Cheever has an interesting story. He doesn’t have the luxury of having sponsors pay for him to sit on the slopes all day and hone his craft. Cheever is a local plumber who has to put in a long days work before he can hit up the slopes. He works with his father and finds side work when he can.
Which other Olympic snowboarder has a feature on ContractorMag.com?
Cheever is originally from Saugus, Mass., went to Malden Catholic High School and will be competing in the snowboardcross event in Vancouver.
Clark, of Newport, R.I., burst onto the scene in the 2002 Olympics with a gold medal win in the halfpipe competition, she was only 18 years old.
This year will be her third Olympic go-around at the ripe old age of 26. She grew up in Vermont and learned to snowboard on Mount Snow before she was 10 years old. Clark is a tough girl. In 2005 she landed wrong on a trick in a halfpipe competition and suffered some serious injuries.
Right behind Shaun White, Lago is a prime-time candidate to grab a gold medal in Vancouver. A native of Seabrook, N.H., the 22-year-old has been a wild man since he was a kid, as his father recalled a story of his son trying jump off the balcony with a sheet, which he called a parachute.
You have to be a little crazy to enjoy doing this kind of stuff:
Pearce was looking like a lock to be on the medal stand, as he defeated Shaun White in an event earlier in the year, but a Dec. 31 accident while he was training left him in critical condition.
According to his website, Pearce was attempting a cab double cork, for you non-snowboarders it’s a twisting double back flip, and he caught the front of his board on the landing and came crashing down on his head.
Pearce will miss the Olympics, and the recovery process is still continuing for the 23-year-old from Vermont.
Powers is the elder statesman of the group from New England. Born in 1979, he has at least four years on the rest of the riders on this list. Powers was also one of the top-rated picks in Shaun Paulmer’s Pro Snowboarder game for Playstation 2.
A connoisseur in the halfpipe competition, Powers — a native of Vermont who lists his home as Okemo Mountain — is now taking his aim at a medal in the boarder cross competition in Vancouver. Powers captured the first ever medal in the halfpipe competition for the United States, and it will be interesting to see if he can capture that same magic in a new competition.
We have a feeling America is going to fall in love with Teter this Olympics, especially since she can be found in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
While she’ll make heads turn off the slopes, on it she will be just as mesmerizing. She claimed an Olympic gold medal during the 2006 Olympic Games, and this year decided to donate all of her prize money to help the people in Haiti.
The Belmont, Vt., product will no doubt win over fans with her good intentions, good looks and killer abilities on the slopes.
|02.12.10 at 9:34 am ET|
Shoot down a man made ramp at high speeds, vault off a gigantic jump and pretty much fly down on mountain…on a pair of skis. That’s the world of ski jumping all right. What may look insane to the average human being is just another day’s work for Nick Alexander of Lebanon, NH. Alexander is the lone New Englander on the US Men’s Olympic ski jumping team and the 21-year-old will taste the Olympic competition for the first time.
Alexander has put his time into this competition. Just look at the video where he is training for ski jumping in the summer, yeah, no snow.
According to his website, Alexander started jumping at the age of 10. This doesn’t seem like a sport for young men who are 10 years old, but if it gets you to the Olympic Games more power to you.
Alexander, and the rest of the US ski jumpers, are paying their own way to get to Vancouver, proving that the Olympic Dream is still alive and burning.
To see a list of all the US Olympic hopefuls click here.
|02.12.10 at 9:33 am ET|
When the first puck drops in Vancouver on Sunday, there will be a heavy East Coast presence on the ice.
Names such as Chris Drury, ex-captain for the Boston University Terriers, Jon Quick, former UMass goalie, and Brooks Orpik, who spent his teenage years playing for Thayer Academy in Braintree, will take their positions for the U.S. men’s team this month.
But it will be the women’s team that will be laden with New Englanders come this weekend, when the United States begins its quest for gold in Vancouver. Led by Meghan Duggan, a Danvers, Mass., native who led the Wisconsin Badgers to an NCAA championship as a junior, the U.S. women’s team will feature seven New Englanders, including four from the Bay State.
Here are the local players to watch:
Julie Chu — This two-time Olympian (2002, 2006) makes her return to the World Stage in 2010 in search of her first gold medal.
Chu, a Fairfield, Conn., native who played her collegiate years in record-setting form at Harvard University, was a member of the U.S. All-American team three times, and currently owns Harvard’s all-time assists lead with 196.
The forward was named one of Team USA’s top three players back in 2009 and won a bronze medal with the United States in 2006 and silver in 2002. But the NCAA’s career points leader would prefer to bring home a gold in 2010.
Caitlin Cahow – Also a Harvard graduate, as a senior Cahow was named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, an award given to the NCAA’s top women’s ice hockey performer each season.
Born and raised in New Haven, Conn., Cahow started her collegiate career as a forward but was shifted to defense in her rookie season with the Crimson.
The switch to D has worked out well for Cahow, who ranked third in the nation for defensive scoring in 2005 and was named top defenseman at the Canadian Women’s Hockey Championship.
Kacey Bellamy — Hailing from Westfield, Mass., the 22-year-old forward-turned-defenseman currently ranks third all-time on the University of New Hampshire’s defensive scoring list.
While at UNH, Bellamy also finished fourth in the NCAA among defenders with 28 points, gaining Hockey East First Team All-Star honors in the process.
Named one of Team USA’s top three players in 2009, Bellamy will be making her debut on the Olympic team. no stranger to the World Stage, a two-time member for the U.S. women’s national team.
Meghan Duggan — A current resident of Danvers, Mass., Duggan played her entire teen career in the Bay State before moving on to the University of Wisconsin. During her time at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., Duggan was a four-year class president as well as participant in varsity level soccer, softball and lacrosse.
But at Wisconsin, Duggan made her focus ice hockey — and perfected the trade. As a sophomore, the now-22-year-old finished second on the team with 43 points in 38 games, helping the Badgers reach the NCAA title game. In 2009, she helped them win the title, being named to the All-WCHA third team following her junior season.
Erika Lawler — Hailing from Fitchburg, Mass., Lawler roomed with Duggan at Cushing Academy before she went on to the University of Wisconsin as well. Lawler won an NCAA title with the Badgers as a freshman, sophomore and then again as a senior. And during her time at Wisconsin, she scored 174 career points, which ranks third in school history.
With Lawler’s three NCAA titles in four years, Team USA will surely look for Lawler’s championship poise to come through in their time in Vancouver.
Hilary Knight — The youngest of the group, the 20-year-old Hanover native is yet another Wisconsin grad sporting the red, white and blue this winter.
Knight finished first in the NCAA with 45 goals, 43 assists and 83 total points in her 2008-09 sophomore season. Her league-leading performance was crucial in the Badgers’ pursuit of their third national championship in four years.
Molly Schaus — Schaus, who originally made her home in Natick, Mass., currently makes her home between the pipes.
The now-21-year-old immediately burst onto the college scene as one of the best goalies in the league, leading Boston College to its first-ever NCAA Frozen Four berth as a freshman, posting league bests in save percentage (.931) and GAA (1.90) in the process.
She continued her domination as a sophomore, when she broke the school record for saves with 920, and then as a junior when she finished second in the nation in both shutouts (10) and save percentage (.938).
But in 2010, Schaus will look to save something she never has before – a gold medal for the U.S. national team.
|02.12.10 at 8:30 am ET|
Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
The NCAA announced proposals to deal with taunting and concussions. The most controversial proposal, if passed by the rules committee, would take away a touchdown if a player taunts the opposition on his way to the end zone, assessing the penalty at the spot of the foul.
“Taunting and prolonged individual acts have no place in our game, and our officials have generally handled these rules well,” said former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, the committee chair. “This is just another step in maintaining our game’s image and reflecting the ideals of the NCAA overall.”
The concussion proposal requires players to be cleared by a doctor before returning.
Also, those “eye black” patches with messages on them will soon be banned.
FOOTBALL: The Giants released linebacker Antonio Pierce. The Jaguars released receiver Torry Holt. Former Patriots receiver David Givens’ lawsuit against the Titans was thrown out. The Rams are being sold but are not expected to be moved.
Central Florida was put on two years probation for “major” recruiting violations. The son of Archie Griffin will play at Ohio State, the school where his father won two Heisman Trophy awards in the 1970s.
BASKETBALL: Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson will miss Sunday’s All-Star Game. Jessica Camerato has a piece on Rajon Rondo’s preparations for the weekend. The Cavaliers beat the Magic for their 13th straight win. The Spurs routed the Nuggets. Pacers president Larry Bird addressed his team’s struggles. The NBA’s CBA proposal asks all players for salary cuts. Shaquille O’Neal said his TV show is being renewed. Former Lakers coach Fred Schaus died at the age of 84.
Jim Calhoun is back at UConn, hoping to right the Huskies’ sinking NCAA chances. No. 16 Gonzaga routed St. Mary’s in a big WCC matchup. No. 18 Butler beat Youngstown State to clinch the Horizon crown. Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody was injured in the Irish’s loss to Seton Hall.
HOCKEY: The Bruins held off the Lightning. Dan Rowinski has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned. The Senators led the Northeast after beating the Capitals. Evgeni Nabokov made 50 saves and the Sharks beat the Wings in a shootout. The Oilers edged the Kings in a shootout. The Hurricanes topped the Sabres in overtime. The Canucks blanked the Panthers. The Panthers traded Dominic Moore to the Canadiens.
MISC.: The Olympics begin tonight in Vancouver.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 12, 1967, the Celtics retired No. 25 in honor of which players?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We knew that we had to clean it out and rebuild it, and we knew we were going to go through some tough times. Nobody likes to lose, and everybody wants to be a part of a winner. We think we’re on the right track to get there.” — Pacers president Larry Bird, on his team’s struggles
STAT OF THE DAY: 17 — Games since the Bruins scored more than three goals before last night’s five-goal outburst
‘NET RESULTS: Steve Nash has put out some not-so-funny videos, but this commercial is pretty good.
The Harlem Globetrotters played a game on ice Tuesday in New York’s Central Park.
TRIVIA ANSWER: KC Jones
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Michael McDonald is 58 today. Here he is singing in concert with the Doobie Brothers.
|02.11.10 at 7:32 am ET|
Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
The Cleveland Cavaliers said they were trying to protect fans when they removed water fountains from Quicken Loans Arena before the season, claiming that they wanted to prevent the spread of the flu. Some accused the team of trying to force fans to buy bottled water ($4 a pop) although free cups of water were available for fans willing to wait in line.
However, when the Cleveland Building and Housing Department found out about the situation after an article in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer this month, it determined that the team was violating the state building code, which requires a water fountain for every 1,000 occupants. Said Cleveland City Councilman Tony Brancatelli: “It’s clearly an opportunity to sell more drinks. If there were health reasons, we’d be taking fountains out of every school and institution.” The fountains will be re-installed.
Despite playing without Kobe Bryant again, the Lakers beat the Jazz. The Bucks routed the Nets before 1,016 fans who braved the East Coast snowstorm. The Heat topped the Hawks. Chris Bosh led the Raptors past the Sixers. The Magic beat the Bulls, and Chicago’s Derrick Rose left with an injury. Warriors rookie Stephen Curry had a triple-double and Golden State ended a nine-game skid by beating the Clippers. The Trail Blazers frustrated the Suns.
Knicks legend Carl Braun, who ended his career with the Celtics in 1961-62, died at the age of 82.
No. 2 Syracuse defeated UConn. Miami knocked off No. 20 Georgia Tech at the buzzer. Duke pulled away from North Carolina, which retired Tyler Hansbrough’s jersey. UC Davis ended a 49-game losing streak to Pacific.
HOCKEY: The Capitals’ 14-game winning streak ended, but they still picked up a point in an overtime loss to the Canadiens. The Flyers beat the Devils in overtime. The Blue Jackets shut out the Sharks. The Predators beat the Rangers to end a five-game road skid. The Ducks won their 11th straight home game, edging the Oilers. The Avalanche scored nine seconds into overtime to beat the Thrashers. The Penguins topped the Islanders.
The University of Texas is upset by a new recruiting rule.
MISC.: Skier Lindsey Vonn isn’t sure if she’ll be able to compete in the Olympics.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 11, 1918, the Red Sox named a manager to replace Jack Barry, who was serving in the Navy. Who took over the Sox and led them to their their last World Series title for 86 years?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Trades are very difficult to do in the NBA right now. We’re going to try to do something. I feel like we need to do something, but it might be something very small to tweak the personality of our team.” — Celtics boss Danny Ainge, on The Big Show yesterday afternoon
STAT OF THE DAY: 10 — Turnovers by Hornets guard Darren Collison vs. the Celtics last night
‘NET RESULTS: Here’s how Jim Kosek forecasted our area’s storm. This guy is becoming a legend.
Minor controversy in last night’s Syracuse-UConn game as the Orange were given a timeout after the Huskies had taken possession.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Ed Barrow
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Otis Clay is 68 today.
Here’s a song from his earlier days.
|02.10.10 at 3:26 pm ET|
The post-Super Bowl hangover is upon us. There will be no more football until the preseason kicks off in August, and spring training is still a month away. But there is hope for this first weekend without an NFL game on the menu: NBA All-Star Weekend.
The game itself? That is secondary. Who remembers who won it last year, or even who the MVP was (the West cruised to a 146-119 win, and Kobe and Shaq shared the MVP honors). The only memorable moment from that Sunday didn’t even happen during the game.
What makes the All-Star game worth watching, of course, is the events on Saturday night. And Celtics fans will get a chance to see two of the green in action in Dallas when Rajon Rondo takes part in the H-O-R-S-E competition and Paul Pierce joins the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout participants. While Rondo will be basking in the glow of his first All-Star selection, Pierce will have some incentive after his performance in the contest in 2002, when he came through with just eight points and had Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley talking more about his clothes than his game.
So, to get fans in Boston ready for Saturday, here is a history of some of the highs and lows of Celtics who have been a part of All-Star Saturday night’s events.
The first Three-Point Shootout — actually dubbed the “Long Distance Shootout” — occurred in 1986 in Dallas, which just so happens to be the site of this year’s All-Star weekend. The winner? Larry Bird. This was the year of the famous story when Bird sauntered into the locker room and asked his fellow participants, “All right, who’s coming in second place today?” as chronicled here.
Bird won the event in each of its first three years, but the 1988 final was perhaps his best moment of the three. (Fun fact: Celtics GM Danny Ainge was also in that field, and appeared in the event twice as a Celtic in ’88 and ’89.) With Dale Ellis setting the bar at 15, Bird came out ice cold. But in typical Larry Legend fashion, he came through in the clutch, nailing eight of his last 10 shots, including the dagger moneyball at the end, to take the victory.
The Reeboks. The no-look dunk. Dee Brown’s performance at the 1991 All-Star game is legendary. Brown went head-to-head in the finals with the heavy favorite, Shawn “Reign Man” Kemp, and put on a show in Charlotte. And he will always be synonymous with arguably the coolest basketball shoes that have nothing to do with Michael Jordan.
The list of players who were a part of the 1996 Slam Dunk contest was a mostly forgettable lot. The favorite was Michael Finley, and the actual winner was Brent Barry, two guys who are remembered more as outside shooters. And then there was the relatively anonymous Greg Minor. But he was a Celtic, and he tried to follow in Brown’s footsteps. He actually made it to the second round along with the aforementioned pairing, but finished third.
Celtics fans have don’t exactly have the fondest memories of ’Toine hoisting threes. But he did just that, a lot, and he wasn’t exactly good at it: He only shot 32 percent from beyond the arc in 2002-03, the year he took part. The field included former Celtic David Wesley and the aforementioned Barry, as well as the defending champ Peja Stojakovic. Walker may have had the worst performance in the history of the event, finishing behind his buddy Pierce with just seven points in the opening round and ending with a flourish of air-balls.
OK, so Gerald Green was the very definition of a bust. He couldn’t play defense and barely cracked the rotation in his tenure as Celtic. But you can’t discount that the fact that he was athletic. And in a dismal season before the Big Three were brought together that started with the death of Red Auerbach and included an 18-game losing streak, Green delivered the only bright spot by shining at the dunk contest in Vegas.
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