Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Layup line: Doc's new office
By Chris Forsberg | @ESPNForsberg | Email
Sports Illustrated Video CaptureCatching up on Celtics-related headlines from around the web:
Taped glasses and pocket protector for Paul Pierce ... And the lockout rolls on.
* Celtics coach Doc Rivers has a new pad after purchasing a $2.2 million penthouse suite atop the Four Seasons Hotel. From the Boston Globe:
Rivers, who previously rented at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, has purchased a penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel. The well-compensated coach just closed on his new pad, paying $2.2 million for the 2-bed, 2.5-bath spread. Located on the 16th floor of the Boylston Street hotel, the penthouse has 1,801 square feet of living space, including enormous picture windows that look out over the Public Garden and Beacon Hill. It also offers 24-hour valet and concierge service. "He did his homework," said realtor Beth Dickerson, who handled the sale. "He wanted to clearly understand the market, and at the end of the day, he liked the service and privacy of this property."
As extravagant as it sounds, it's worth noting that $2.2 million is merely 31.4 percent of Rivers' annual salary (roughly $7 million after inking a 5-year, $35 million extension this offseason). If the median U.S. income is approximately $46,000, then Rivers' spending is equivalent to an average citizen purchasing a Toyota Yaris ($14,500).
* Celtics captain Paul Pierce is looking for Sports Illustrated's Sports Kid of the Year. Hop HERE to nominate, or HERE to see Pierce's promo video (a screenshot of which is featured at the top of this entry).
* Marquis Daniels recounts those frightening moments after suffering a spine injury in February to CSNNE.com, noting it was Kevin Garnett that kept him calm amidst the panic:
Daniels heard a voice. In that moment, the most intense player on the court was suddenly the calming assurance he needed. “I just remember I kept hearing Kevin [Garnett] telling me, ‘You’re gonna be alright. You’re gonna be alright,’” Daniels said. “I was like, ‘I can‘t move.’ He said, ’What do you mean?’ He kept telling me I was gonna be alright. I think that helped me out a lot, just hearing his voice telling me I was going to be alright. I stayed calm, I didn’t panic.”
Daniels' agent, Mark Bartelstein, said last month that his client is working out again with the goal of resuming his NBA career and noted Daniels expressed nothing but appreciation for his time in Boston, especially the way his teammates buoyed his spirits after the scary on-court incident.
(h/t: Red's Army; WEEI.com)