Ball With Biv: It’s a Celebration! Boston Appreciates the Celtics

When I started out playing ball as an eight year old, I

wanted to be in the NBA. So June 17 made me feel like my career went in a

complete circle.

Not only am I celebrating my 25th year with New

Edition, but I was able to enjoy the Celtics winning their 17th


I was there standing on the sidelines with two and half

minutes left with Doc Rivers, getting Gatorade on these adidas sneakers and my

layered coat. It gets no better!

We were leaving the arena last night and I was in the

player’s lot, and it took us an hour and a half to get out of there because the

cops and fans were in the middle of the streets. There weren’t a lot of arrests,

just some good fan excitement.

In my part of town Roxbury, Dorchester,

Mattapan, the cops showed up last night and about 2,500 people riding up,

making noises being really crazy in the neighborhood. That was a good sign,

because it’s been a long time for the neighborhood to be that excited and I

think it’s because when they look at the Celtics they see guys they can relate


I’m not really the color line kind of guy, but the Celtics

were always like a white type of team to the neighborhood I’m from - Roxbury.

For the first time in Celtics’ history, they had an all-Black starting five,

like Texas Western. They only had a few white boys on the team with Scalabrine

and my man Pollard.

I think that’s incredible. You have a Black coach and Black

players being appreciated by people of all colors. So it shows there’s no color

line in Boston.

As for the series, I think it was incredible. The Lakers, as

good as they are, you have to give them credit for what they’ve done this year.

But for Game Six? I don’t know where their breakdown was in the preparation of

the game. It is the world championship! I don’t know where the breakdown was,

but I don’t like the fact that everybody was blaming it on Kobe.

At the end of the day it’s a team game. One man is not going

to win the World Championship, and I feel like wherever he lacks, somebody else

should pick up. Gasol and the rest of those players, I don’t know if they

really did what they needed to do to pick up the slack when Kobe was being faced with double and triple


I had a lot of fun this year working with TNT. I got a

feeling like they might be coming back to me to bring me back for next year. I

think I’ve shown them through USA Today and various other publications that I do get

the insights and I do get the access. I think I’ve earned my keep, so God

willing, I should be there next season!

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