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The Bird comment got me to remember another interesting number stat. In making the playoff this year, this is the 3rd time in Celtic history that they have made the playoffs at least 10 times in a row. They made it 19 times in a row during the Red Auerbach era. 14 times in a row in the Larry Bird Era, and now 10 times in a row in.. hmm.. I guess technically it's the Brad Stevens era, because he's the only figure who has been present for the full stretch (he was the HC in 2014-15, when the streak started; Marcus Smart was the last player on the roster to have been on that 2014-15 team).

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Remind me next Tuesday for Numbers Game!

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Jun 12·edited Jun 12

Well done on the A-to-Z! J is also for Janos, the mysterious Boston Celtics fan who tweets the most hilariously bewildering tweets about the team. For anyone who is not familiar, here's the most recent story on him that I could find. He appears to be a real person and not a character like Andy Kaufman's old role on Taxi. If someone has kept up a bit for this many years, it's impressive.

https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/5/13/17345068/celtics-twitter-janos-weird-boston-bowl-soup-good

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Jun 12·edited Jun 12

I've come across fans like Janos in different spaces over the years for different teams. There was this one fan of the Phoenix Suns (can't remember her handle) who used to post on the old FanHome and Scout forums (this goes back to before Twitter), and she apparently was blind, so she used a STT tool to help her post. Every post started with "Hi," which was apparently her way to initiate the tool. She was as proud a 'homer' for the Suns as you could find, and also easily the #1 fan of Al McCoy (longtime Suns announcer). She would repeat the same fun facts about players all the time.. usually reciting a player's nickname.

e.g., "Hi. We just have to believe. Shawn Marion is so great. His nickname is the Matrix."

"Hi. We will win. Al McCoy said they are better when fans believe. So just believe in Leandro Barbosa. He just had one bad game. His nickname is the Brazilian Blur."

It became particularly funny when a new poster didn't understand why she said 'Hi' all the time or was so positive or so repetitive. So they'd ask what her deal was.

"You've said 'hi' like twenty times. You don't need to do that. And you don't need to tell us Bo Outlaw's real name is Charles again and again"

"Hi. I like his nickname. Bo. I like Shawn Marion's better. The Matrix. But I didn't like the movie."

"Again with the 'hi.' Can you say something else?"

"Hi. Yes. I can."

😂

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That's awesome. 😂 I love stuff like that. A relic of the earlier, gentler days of the internet.

Similarly, I loved the regulars who called into the weekly radio shows for Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati Reds. I can't remember their exact names now -- they had handles like "Bill from Middlesboro" or "Perry on the car phone."

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Find the latest episode of Pablo Torre’s podcast, deep dive on the mavs new owner and how interesting it will be to see her on the same stage w/Adam Silver and Kyrie if the Mavs win. Ok, maybe later.

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Do you think the new deals will spell the end of NBA on TNT show or you think any of the new TV partners will pick and rebrand/name the show to keep Chuck/Kenny/Shaq/Ernie?

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The belief throughout the industry is that Ernie is a Turner lifer who doesn't want to go anywhere else. If that's the case, Turner would have to retain some sort of production role at the very least to keep the show going beyond next season.

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I was hearing someone use the Amazon/Prime arrangement that leveraged CBS and then NBC and FOX production to help broadcast the games until they took over completely in 2022. There hasn't been any substantive reports that they have talked w/TNT about potentially coming in to 'produce' the studio show and help provide broadcasting teams, but you'd have to think that top flight announcers like Kevin Harlan and Ian Eagle will be attractive to both NBC and Prime to try and keep some continuity with audiences. And Inside the NBA is such a touchstone of the NBA culture that you'd think they (especially as the 3rd wheel in the new media deals landscape) might want to leverage that name recognition as they launch their inaugural programming.

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