K.G. roaming around the yard in his unwashed bathrobe… Ha.
But for the playoffs, Boston stood in the way, and the Celtics are an inexperienced team’s nightmare. They’re a basketball version of Walter Matthau: saggy, cantankerous, frustrating, impossible. During the regular season, the Celtics like to roam around the yard in an unwashed bathrobe, muttering at the birds and threatening to move to Vero Beach. But they sharpen for the postseason, as if covered in magic liniment. Despite the absence of 88-year-old center Shaquille O’Neal, Boston stole Games 1 and 2 with icy last-second shots, and they steamrolled over New York at the Garden in a Friday night laugher.
Although the regular season is over, that doesn’t mean anyone is slacking off in the style stakes. The playoffs are the Oscars red-carpet season of pro basketball. With fewer teams, higher-profile games and more postgame interviews, wardrobe scrutiny is more intense than ever — which is why Wade has some surprises up his custom-made sleeve.
"We’re going with even more colorful pocket squares, and we’ve shortened his pants hem, so look for tons and tons of colorful socks — and suspenders," Barnett says. "And he started wearing this diamond lapel pin made by Jason of Beverly Hills, so you’ll definitely see that."
“I think this is what our guys have been playing for all year. You know, when you lose a Game 7 it sticks with you and that’s very difficult to get back through the regular season because the whole season you’re thinking about, ‘Gosh, we’ve got to go through 82 of these just to have a chance to get back to where were last year’ and now all that part is gone.”—
“I want him to know at all times he can trust me. If he takes my man, I’m going to take his. I’m going to have his back 110 percent. I think when you have two big men that can guard the pick-and-roll or lock up the paint, that’s what makes a good defensive team.”—
“Hell, I’m going to say it. I probably shouldn’t, but I call it coach’s porn. We kept moving the ball, and Rondo kept taking shots and I was yelling that jokingly to them. We were laughing, because we had a joke about it that I won’t get into. It was terrific.”—Doc Rivers