BOSTON CELTICS

The Dugout by Bill Simmons

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Today on With Leather: I wanted to call it "Celebrity Dugout Week.

1993 NBA Finals

When Charles Barkley Realized Michael Jordan Was The Better Player

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/04/25th-anniversary-of-michael-jordans-63-point-performance-in-boston-garden"> "If you ain't first, you're last." Long before said manifesto came to define Talladega Nights, my ninth grade history teacher ironically preached the same premise. Second place is never celebrated and playing to win is the only way to approach any obstacle in life, especially sports. The NBA, the one league where an individual megastar can turn the tides of a franchise, has become known equally as much for those who have reached the mountaintop as those who never capped off their career with the label of "champion." The record books speak volumes on the difficulty of achieving the feat. Throughout the past 30 years, <a href="http://www.nba.com/history/finals/champions.html">only eight teams</a> have captured the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

EVERYTHING ELSE

When Bill Simmons Met Phil Jackson

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=191813"> I grew up with Phil Jackson. Hell, both my mother and grandma love the guy simply because "he's always so cool." The Zen Master commanded the sidelines, winning 11 of the past 20 NBA championships and leaves the game as a living legend. And his prolific, previous success is the reason why the Lakers Game 4 backyard ass whooping felt so much like the end of an era. The incomparable - and diehard Boston Celtics loyalist - <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/bill-simmons">Bill Simmons</a> caught up with the man who has more rings than fingers to discuss why Father Time eventually put the cap on a historic career and why we have all seen the last of Phil Jackson roaming a sideline.

ATHLETES SHOULD NOT HAVE TWITTER

The Sports World Responds To The Death Of Osama Bin Laden

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In case you haven’t read about it, that Tweet above has Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall in a little hot water this week.

SMOKE BREAK

The NBA’s Trade Value According To Bill Simmons

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Simply put, I'm a huge <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/bill-simmons">Bill Simmons</a> fan.

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This Is Actually Happening

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Tomorrow is September 2nd, 2010.

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DeMarcus Cousins Needs a Babysitter

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The Sacramento Kings must be nervous about the emotional maturity of their first round draft pick, DeMarcus Cousins, because there's no other reason the franchise would hire Cousins' high school coach, Otis Hughley.

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Dick Vitale’s “Got What It Takes, Kid”

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Dick Vitale has been a fixture at Tampa Bay Rays games for as long as the franchise has existed.

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SOMETHING SOMETHING ADAM COROLLA PODCAST

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Look, podcasts are still too tech-intensive to be considered out of Dork Domain yet.

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‘HORSE’ ADDED TO NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND

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Satisfying the demands of at least one person, <a href="http://www.insidehoops.com/all-star-horse.shtml" target="_self">a game of H-O-R-S-E has been added</a> to the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Phoenix.

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SUPER BOWL REPORT: ESPN PARTY, PT. 2

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With Leather editor/patriarch Matt Ufford is in Arizona for Super Bowl festivities.

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BILL SIMMONS IN NBA LIVE '08?

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<a href="http://slamonline.com/online/2007/08/live-with-marion-pierce-foye-frye-west-and-arenas/" target="_blank">SLAM Online</a> has a terrific, in-depth article on the production of EA Sports' NBA Live '08 (including interviews with Shawn Marion, Gilbert Arenas, Paul Pierce, and others), and tucked away in the middle of it all is this little nugget on ESPN.

JASON WHITLOCK

ESPN Invites You to Chat with Bill Simmons

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Today at noon Eastern Bill Simmons will begin another one of his marathon chat sessions on ESPN.

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The Blogosphere is Mean

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The blogosphere is suddenly all atwitter about Bill Simmons's <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/060922" target="_blank">latest NFL picks column</a>, specifically a passing shot at certain unnamed blogs:[T]he fake-laughing battle between Shannon Sharpe on CBS, Terry Bradshaw on Fox, Bettis on NBC and Tom Jackson on ESPN could end up being more interesting than any of the division races.


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