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    ...Just thought I'd put together a few snippets of details of my Courtside experiences vs

    ~ VIP COURTSIDE EAST ROW B SEATS 3,4 .. basically 3/4th seat beside the CELTICS Bench under the Net
    ~ Just looking at the CELTICS bench alone is sheer intimidation and (if you're a true basketball fan) utter amazement and joy
    ~ Couldn't help but WANT to put myself in a TRUE CELTIC fans shoes knowing THAT was my home squad on the floor...
    ~ Sizing up Rondo, he's not all that tall, nor big.. but his FRAME is pretty wide
    ~ BIG BABY...I'm almost guaranteeing the guys' wearing a 'BRO' underneath his jersey.. there's definite SAGGAGE going on there
    ~ the DIESEL, sits on 4 cushions extra on top of his seat....it was an odd site to see. AT first I saw nate sitting on it and it kinda made sense as I guess he's smaller then everyone else, but once shaq came off the floor it was all his ... #ICYHOT related maybe??
    ~ PAUL PIERCE IS THE CELTICS! Not only does he garner so much respect amongst everyone, he CARRIES the SWAG of the team.. it's a non-chalant, no BS type of SWAG that you wish each and every player on your team carried
    ~ It's the ... 'GIMME THE BALL, I'LL GET IT DONE ~ THERE I DID IT ' kind of swag.. Amazing
    ~ Nate Robinson is hilarious on the bench; always talking and jabbing nonsense; at one point he got up and started dancing full fledged for 5 seconds; Him/Ray/Marquis Daniels appear to be really tight with one another; Avery Bradley didn't/doesn't say a WORD
    ~ Also, looks like NATE is PAULY P's #1 advocate...anytime Paul would hit a 3 .. he'd get up out of his seat, shuffle over a few seats and do a 'bird man' kinda movement with his arms holding 3 fingers upside down (opposite of Jose's infamous '3' gesture')
    ~ Tried talking to Avery Bradley and PP... they can hear you but don't comment
    ~ A guy behind me yelled out 'SHAQ, I BOUGHT KAZAAM ON VHS JUST FOR YOU'...SHAQ, (not looking at us and still watching the game) pointed to him..then rubbed his thumb/index/middle fingers together insinuating $$ and pointed to himself.. haha hilarious
    ~ DEMAR looks hungry and aggressive ~ despite getting blocked a few times; he still went at it over/over again till he got it ...
    ~ There was one play near the end where he got blocked..went up reverse of the glass for and AND-1 and punched the air yelling an expletive-YEAH ... Can't say I wasn't proud of KID-COM10 there
    ~ There seems to be a mutual love/respect between the two COMPTON bred atheletes in PP and DD... There was one play towards the end of the game where Shaq blocked Demar and he fell to the ground in the shuffle; paul fell over top of him and kinda stayed there to prevent demar from reaching for the ball; once the ball went up court; PP gave demar the 'big brother' love tap and whispered (what seemed like) a few encouraging words to him...
    ~ I was sitting where NAV sits, but one row behind him.. all the way to the CELTICS bench..
    ~ Joey's shooting two FREE THROWS and this guy behind us yells U SUCK JOEY!! YOU'LL MISS EM BOTH... out of knowhere ... NAV gets up and says ' SHATTTTUP!! SHATTTUP ... and points at him' lol
    ~ the guy rants again.. and quick as ever NAV's BACK UP OUT OF HIS SEAT at him with another SHATTTUP! #SUPERFAN
    ~ TRIANO was pissed the entire game; Not sure if it was entirely at the raps or officiating but looked like a bit of both
    ~ He gave it to Dorsey once and Kleiza got some too
    ~ Not sure if anyone noticed, he WALKED off the court before the end of the game while there was still 20 some odd seconds on the clock #NEVERSEENTHATBEFORE
    ~ There was one play when he got AT IT with the REFS and it was all because of #VINCELOVER Lawrence Frank
    ~ LF does ALOT of talking on the bench; calling plays and telling guys what to do ...
    ~ there was once instance when Barbosa was standing in the corner by the C's bench awating (what seemed to be) a set up play for an LB 3 ...
    ~ once he got the BALL, Lawrence Frank JUMPS out of his seat and yells some complete JIBBERISH (as if he's calling a play to his guys) but really it was to SIKE out Barbosa... JT immediately gets on the refs about this #HIGHSCHOOLSH*T
    ~ few minutes later... SAME PLAY, SAME LF CheapMOVE...
    ~ I was kinda suprised at the lack of professionalism...
    ~ After the game, I hung around for a bit got to chat with Bayless who's an awesome nice guy; Someone was taking a pic for me and was having trouble, he made sure that the pic was OK and IF i wanted to redo it... before he went into the locker room

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    Last edited by Raptorfan.com; Mon Jan 3, 2011, 03:32 PM.

  • #2
    haha nice, I hate you.

    Closest I've been is about 3 rows back from where you were, same side/corner, and was amazed at how different the experience is. Of course they were the first row of bleacher seats so not right on the floor. I'd do some pretty heinous shit for courtsides.
    Last edited by minks77; Mon Jan 3, 2011, 01:52 AM.
    LET'S GO RAP-TORS!!!!!

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    • #3
      AMAZING post...wish someone would do this everygame. I like the nuances that you dont get when watching on TV.

      little OT: there should be a channel (like 'Sportsnet 3') where you can watch the game without commentators, but full uncensored court noise.....so you get to hear all the swearing, trash talk, and playcalling

      that would be INSANE

      someone should make it happen

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      • #4
        Awsome post. Court side raptor tickets are on my bucket list. Just wonderin how much did they set u back.

        Ps. Everyone knows LF is a bitch
        What if... Blazers had drafted both Drexler, Jordan?

        From 1992 Beginner's Guide to the NBA Finals, The Oregonian's special section. Published 6/3/1992.

        Michael Jordan was the #3 pick in the 1984 draft, after Portland selected Sam Bowie second.

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        • #5
          I noticed JT leave as well. I think he was pissed over the officiating. There were some terrible no calls on DD and Calderon towards the end of the game. Shaq was called for 5 fouls but given 8 or 9.

          Shaq sits on those cushions, IMO, to ease the bending on the knees and hips while on the bench. I'm 6'7"/6'8" and I hate sitting in smaller chairs - I can only imagine a 7'1" monster who has been through nearly 20 years of NBA seasons.

          Thanks for the post. Nice read.

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          • #6
            That was good reading. I am always amazed that in x game on the road in a long season there are guys on a team that remain highly psyched and pass on their energy to the more older players. This is especially needed when playing much lesser teams. That the Lakers are not exactly enjoying a stellar season so far is an example. You passed this aspect on very well.

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            • #7
              That was great, thanks a lot.

              I know the player about DeMar and PP you're talking about, I noticed that "brotherhood" too, didn't know it was because of the Compton connection.

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              • #8
                Great post...even better ad...quite brilliant actually.

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                • #9
                  Please keep this up you give us a fan's eye view that is fascinating!
                  Do you need a BFF to go to the game with you!

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                  • #10
                    Arsenalist wrote: View Post
                    That was great, thanks a lot.

                    I know the player about DeMar and PP you're talking about, I noticed that "brotherhood" too, didn't know it was because of the Compton connection.
                    Paul Pierce is from Inglewood CA where the Lakers used to play
                    DeRozan is from Compton CA where the gangstas play

                    It is normally about a 25- 30 minute drive from the heart of Inglewood to the heart of Compton



                    Last edited by Buddahfan; Mon Jan 3, 2011, 01:48 PM.
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                    Memories some so sweet, indeed

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                    Quote from well known personality who led their high school team to a state championship.

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                    • #11
                      Buddahfan wrote: View Post
                      Paul Pierce is from Inglewood CA where the Lakers used to play
                      DeRozan is from Compton CA where the gangstas play

                      It is normally about a 25- 30 minute drive from the heart of Inglewood to the heart of Compton
                      Not to blur the distinction but isnt there some significant gangsta influences in Inglewood as well?

                      Might explain why PP has that air about him...and somewhat strangely DD does not.

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                      • #12
                        Bendit wrote: View Post
                        Not to blur the distinction but isnt there some significant gangsta influences in Inglewood as well?

                        Might explain why PP has that air about him...and somewhat strangely DD does not.
                        My bad, I should have put a smiley after the gansta quote.

                        All of Los Angeles county is filled with gangstas of one form or another, including Inglewood, Compton and even Beverly Hills.
                        Avatar: Riverboat Coffee House 134 Yorkville Ave. billboard of upcoming entertainers - Circa 1960s

                        Memories some so sweet, indeed

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                        • #13
                          elvispelvis wrote: View Post
                          Please keep this up you give us a fan's eye view that is fascinating!
                          Do you need a BFF to go to the game with you!
                          hahah..

                          I'll be courtside for MIAMI also... stay tuned for that one.. should be tons to recap about!

                          feel free to follow me on twitter @burhanehsan
                          and @raptorfandotcom for CHEAP raptors tickets (almost always below face); I also raffle of random tickets here/there..

                          thanks

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                          • #14
                            Great thread - this is the stuff that tells you a lot more about the success / failure of players and teams than TV broadcasts do. You get a sense for what type of people the players actually are. I saw this very clearly when I was courtside for the Raps / Nuggets game last year (the one where Melo killed us with the last minute shot). Anyways - not that this should come as much of a surprise, but the most telling thing was JR Smith's behaviour. On the one hand, great guy .. we called him over, he signed our tickets (at halftime) and was super friendly - spent a few minutes with us talking about nothing. On the other hand, his head was totally out of the game .. I think he shot one lay up, the rest half court bombs while he was chatting with buddies in the stands or Sonny/JJ.
                            One other anecedote the only other time I was courtside was agianst the Cavs when LBJ dopped 50ish on us. He was talking the whole game .. it was absolutely amazing. There was a kid 3 down from me in a Lebron jersey and he gave him a "watch this kid" on one play, before heading up the court and dusting us on a ridiculus play.
                            Would love to see a similar post around the intra-game dynamics of our team in and around the bench. I was across from our bench, so not close enough to get a sense.
                            For anyone who hasnt done it .. courtsides should be on the bucket list. I love the games from whereever I sit, but it is a whole different experience down there ..

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                            • #15
                              My first reaction from reading your post is that is more about marketing your website and your ticket reselling business. I did enjoy your insight from being close to the bench, but for me it was tainted by your blatant advert. Could you tone it down next time?

                              Ruuu, I wish that too sometimes. For the Miami game I wish that they will not play that stupid non-stop music through every second of the entire game. It would be nice for that game at least, let the crowd make the noise. I would also like for just one game, to not have 25 different camera angles with random switching and panning. I would like a single mid court camera panning left and right just as if you were at the game with no commentary and just crowd noise. That would be awesome. I wouldn't mind some replays in breaks in play though.
                              Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

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