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Title: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: crownontherocks on January 12, 2013, 06:45:17 PM

Chris Forsberg ‏@ESPNForsberg
Jason Terry said Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad” as nickname. More on that in upcoming ESPN Boston diary with @ESPNLKCornetta
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Post by: syfy9 on January 12, 2013, 06:49:31 PM
Who's Ryan Gosling?  ;)
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Post by: Birdman on January 12, 2013, 07:02:42 PM
dont like that name
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Post by: MJohnnyboy on January 12, 2013, 07:03:14 PM
I preferred Boston bench mob way back when.
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Post by: lightspeed5 on January 12, 2013, 07:14:02 PM
smokey the swag bear
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Post by: The4Time2Doctor0 on January 12, 2013, 07:22:18 PM
how about the winter hill gang?
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Post by: OsirusCeltics on January 12, 2013, 07:46:00 PM
How about The Sugar Hill Gang?
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Post by: esel1000 on January 12, 2013, 07:57:35 PM
I don't care what they call themselves as long as they continue to play the way they have these last few games
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Post by: wahz on January 12, 2013, 08:01:22 PM
"The Fighting Irish"
"The flying Irishmen"
"The finishers"
"The dominators"
"The Irish Bench Mob"
"The Boston Massacre"
"The St Valentines Day Massacre"
"The 2nd best team in the league"
"The Auerbachs"
"The Eighteens"
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: SHAQATTACK on January 12, 2013, 08:04:28 PM
I like it
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Post by: CelticsFan9 on January 12, 2013, 08:11:02 PM
Eh.  They could've done better.

What I'd like to see is the team come up with another 'flexing' celebration.  I know Bass gets the muscle thing, and Rondo and Jet do the low-to-the-court high five thing, but I want to see something the whole team can use.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GVxQ0L-EQ1Q (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GVxQ0L-EQ1Q)

This was so epic!
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Post by: jackson_34 on January 12, 2013, 08:23:11 PM
The Be Sharps
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Post by: Clench123 on January 12, 2013, 08:36:53 PM
I like it.
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Post by: indeedproceed on January 12, 2013, 08:44:22 PM
Poor nickname. Call it what it is: "Sully And The Sidekicks"
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: dark_lord on January 12, 2013, 09:13:47 PM
i prefer the "boston celtics"  :-\
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Post by: Boris Badenov on January 12, 2013, 09:24:23 PM
This will do a lot to improve our image with David Stern.

I'd suggest "The Ned Flanders Good Neighboroonies," or maybe just more directly "Those five guys who never ever badmouth refs or engage in taunting."
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Post by: Roy H. on January 12, 2013, 09:25:59 PM
They named themselves after a movie that is being widely criticized for being all flash and no substance?
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Post by: rondofor3 on January 12, 2013, 09:28:56 PM
I miss Dooling and Daniels flexing
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Post by: indeedproceed on January 12, 2013, 09:34:28 PM
They named themselves after a movie that is being widely criticized for being all flash and no substance?

Count it!
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Post by: GreenFaith1819 on January 12, 2013, 10:01:43 PM
smokey the swag bear

Yes - Jared Sullinger has FINALLY earned that nickname, no doubt.

Jared "Smokey The Swag Bear" Sullinger. The Junkyard Dog of the NBA.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: Smokeeye123 on January 12, 2013, 10:06:04 PM
Sullinger, Lee, Terry, Green, UNCHAINED.

idk, at least name it after a good movie, gangster squad is meh.
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Post by: Mr Green on January 12, 2013, 10:12:37 PM
The Boston Stranglers  ;D
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Post by: pearljammer10 on January 12, 2013, 10:18:37 PM
I preferred Boston bench mob way back when.

I still have been refering to them as this.
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Post by: ScottHow on January 12, 2013, 11:24:27 PM
Oww, that sounds turrible. Stern is probably going crazy, lol
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Post by: indeedproceed on January 12, 2013, 11:27:08 PM
Sullinger, Lee, Terry, Green, UNCHAINED.

idk, at least name it after a good movie, gangster squad is meh.

'Dsully Unchained'. "The D is silent, you freakin hillbilly."
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Post by: Lord of Mikawa on January 12, 2013, 11:34:51 PM
Can we get a ten game winning streak before our bench creates names for themselves?
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Post by: Kiorrik on January 12, 2013, 11:35:57 PM
How about The Sugar Hill Gang?
how about the winter hill gang?
How about the Hamburger Hill gang?
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: GreenFaith1819 on January 12, 2013, 11:55:21 PM
How about The Sugar Hill Gang?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCFRJEjM3fc

 ;D
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: GronkSpike on January 13, 2013, 12:03:43 AM
Here's the full diary entry.

http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4701164/terry-diary-cs-d-trash-talk-hockey-nfl
 (http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4701164/terry-diary-cs-d-trash-talk-hockey-nfl)
Recommend the read.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: hpantazo on January 13, 2013, 12:06:15 AM
This will do a lot to improve our image with David Stern.

I'd suggest "The Ned Flanders Good Neighboroonies," or maybe just more directly "Those five guys who never ever badmouth refs or engage in taunting."

I'd go with "The choirboys"
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: Bahku on January 13, 2013, 12:09:39 AM
How about "The Celtics" ... that should carry more recognition and meaning than anything else they could come up with, and not serve to separate them from the starters. Let's keep this a team, not a jumble of segmented units with their own identities. Time for Ubuntu to return.
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Post by: j804 on January 13, 2013, 12:11:10 AM
This will do a lot to improve our image with David Stern.

I'd suggest "The Ned Flanders Good Neighboroonies," or maybe just more directly "Those five guys who never ever badmouth refs or engage in taunting."
at least it's not anything to do with the starting unit or Rondo  :P

BTW anybody notice Rondo super chatty kissing Bill Kennedy's butt in the Rockets game? way to try and patch up his image
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: ScottHow on January 13, 2013, 12:12:40 AM
This will do a lot to improve our image with David Stern.

I'd suggest "The Ned Flanders Good Neighboroonies," or maybe just more directly "Those five guys who never ever badmouth refs or engage in taunting."
at least it's not anything to do with the starting unit or Rondo  :P

BTW anybody notice Rondo super chatty kissing Bill Kennedy's butt in the Rockets game? way to try and patch up his image

I didn't notice, I now just cringe everytime a call doesn't go his way.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: Atzar on January 13, 2013, 12:25:00 AM
at least it's not anything to do with the starting unit or Rondo  :P

BTW anybody notice Rondo super chatty kissing Bill Kennedy's butt in the Rockets game? way to try and patch up his image

Off topic, but I'd love for some of these refs to speak anonymously about their relationships with certain players or coaches.  We always heard that Perk got a lot of techs simply because he had a rep for arguing calls, and Rondo could get himself into that territory if he's not careful.  But I'd like to know who else the refs have a tendency to watch closely across the league.

It would never happen, but it would be very interesting and informative.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: indeedproceed on January 13, 2013, 12:35:08 AM
How about "The Celtics" ... that should carry more recognition and meaning than anything else they could come up with, and not serve to separate them from the starters. Let's keep this a team, not a jumble of segmented units with their own identities. Time for Ubuntu to return.

I understand the sentiment, but I disagree with your dismissal. The starters and the bench are already segmented, that's how sports work. By praising the second unit, and giving them a name specific and unique to them, it recognizes guys who don't get the honor of starting and let's them hang their hat on something of their own.

It's something as old as sport. Whether its 'shrek and donkey' or whatever, it lets guys who don't get the honor of a starting spot still get a title to call their own that isn't 'role player' or just one guy who is the 'sixth man'.


Now as per the actual name from Terry, I think they can do better.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: tarheelsxxiii on January 13, 2013, 01:01:43 AM
The Boston Stranglers  ;D

I know this will sound bizarre, and I am a high-functioning individual... but my uncle was the Boston Strangler's cellmate for quite some time. They got along just fine, so therefore, I support this one. :)
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: indeedproceed on January 13, 2013, 01:28:23 AM
The Boston Stranglers  ;D

I know this will sound bizarre, and I am a high-functioning individual... but my uncle was the Boston Strangler's cellmate for quite some time. They got along just fine, so therefore, I support this one. :)

I find this oddly hilarious and acceptable.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: Bahku on January 13, 2013, 01:28:23 AM
How about "The Celtics" ... that should carry more recognition and meaning than anything else they could come up with, and not serve to separate them from the starters. Let's keep this a team, not a jumble of segmented units with their own identities. Time for Ubuntu to return.

I understand the sentiment, but I disagree with your dismissal. The starters and the bench are already segmented, that's he sports work. By praising the second unit, and giving them a name specific and unique to them, it recognizes guys who don't get the honor of starting and let's them hang their hat on something of their own.

It's something as old as sport. Whether its 'shrek and donkey' or whatever, it lets guys who don't get the honor of a starting spot still get a title to call their own that isn't 'role player' or just one guy who is the 'sixth man'.


Now as per the actual name from Terry, I think they can do better.
I have no porblem with individual nicknames or even a duo here-and-there, but I think concentrating on Ubuntu and identifying as a cohesive unit as Celtics, should be the focus and priority. In 2007-2008, it was the team, and only the team, and it was the right perspective, IMHO.

Now, in practice scrimages and the like, it's great to have "Bench versus Starters", etc., but when they step onto the court against other clubs, Celtic Pride should be the primary team identity, and not fragmnets. And just who is this "Gangster Squad", (or whatever it ends up being called, that name I dislike quite a bit, actually)?

All the bench players? A certain five? And if so, where does that leave the end-of-bench guys? Looking for their own nickname? It's just all pretty divisional and unnecessary, IMO, and takes away from the whole team focus thing. Just my opinion, and to each his own. In the end I guess it's no big deal either way, but I prefer a single team focus.

Even the "Big Three" thing was a bit annoying at times, and intimated that "Hey, we're the big shots, and you guys are just the supportinmg cast", and it has now infected every team and every sport, it seems, and just become ridiculously overused, as nobody knows who you're talking about whenever you use the term.

Whatever, no biggie, and if it works for the team in a positive way, then all the better. That's just the way I see it, and I think this club has drifted away from Ubuntu and concentrating on working as one cohesive group. I'd like to see less division, and sometimes these small unit labels can be counterproductive to that.

Just me blowing my steam, though, and it is what it is.

Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: Mr Green on January 13, 2013, 01:39:40 AM
The Boston Stranglers  ;D

I know this will sound bizarre, and I am a high-functioning individual... but my uncle was the Boston Strangler's cellmate for quite some time. They got along just fine, so therefore, I support this one. :)

;D
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: indeedproceed on January 13, 2013, 02:05:43 AM
How about "The Celtics" ... that should carry more recognition and meaning than anything else they could come up with, and not serve to separate them from the starters. Let's keep this a team, not a jumble of segmented units with their own identities. Time for Ubuntu to return.

I understand the sentiment, but I disagree with your dismissal. The starters and the bench are already segmented, that's he sports work. By praising the second unit, and giving them a name specific and unique to them, it recognizes guys who don't get the honor of starting and let's them hang their hat on something of their own.

It's something as old as sport. Whether its 'shrek and donkey' or whatever, it lets guys who don't get the honor of a starting spot still get a title to call their own that isn't 'role player' or just one guy who is the 'sixth man'.


Now as per the actual name from Terry, I think they can do better.
I have no porblem with individual nicknames or even a duo here-and-there, but I think concentrating on Ubuntu and identifying as a cohesive unit as Celtics, should be the focus and priority. In 2007-2008, it was the team, and only the team, and it was the right perspective, IMHO.

Now, in practice scrimages and the like, it's great to have "Bench versus Starters", etc., but when they step onto the court against other clubs, Celtic Pride should be the primary team identity, and not fragmnets. And just who is this "Gangster Squad", (or whatever it ends up being called, that name I dislike quite a bit, actually)?

All the bench players? A certain five? And if so, where does that leave the end-of-bench guys? Looking for their own nickname? It's just all pretty divisional and unnecessary, IMO, and takes away from the whole team focus thing. Just my opinion, and to each his own. In the end I guess it's no big deal either way, but I prefer a single team focus.

Even the "Big Three" thing was a bit annoying at times, and intimated that "Hey, we're the big shots, and you guys are just the supportinmg cast", and it has now infected every team and every sport, it seems, and just become ridiculously overused, as nobody knows who you're talking about whenever you use the term.

Whatever, no biggie, and if it works for the team in a positive way, then all the better. That's just the way I see it, and I think this club has drifted away from Ubuntu and concentrating on working as one cohesive group. I'd like to see less division, and sometimes these small unit labels can be counterproductive to that.

Just me blowing my steam, though, and it is what it is.

I obviously can't speak for your experience, so let me share some of mine:

In football, there are special teams. Special teams for those who don't know, are the guys that go out for punt, field goal, kickoff returns, and kickoffs. Usually the guys on punt and field goal are the general offensive line (plus or minus a long snapper, actually a pretty hard skill to harness) plus some 'other'.

But kickoff and kickoff return, that's another breed. You don't throw your starters out there because the dirty little secret is that running full tilt with a 20 or 30 yard head of steam, or trying to block a guy with that head of steam, is about equal physics wise to experiencing a 35 mph car crash. Injuries are frequent.

Kickoff return for us was just called 'receiving', but the coach had an ingenious way of glorifying kickoff: he called them kamikaze.

The kamikaze team is the most brutal special teams assignment. You run at what feels like 1000 miles an hour, and the possibility of being blindsided at any second by a shoulder block anywhere above your torso is a real and present threat. You don't put your best guys on the kamikaze team. They might get injured.

But by calling it the kamikaze team, by giving it the honorific, it imbued the squad with a sense of pride that went beyond just 'team spirit'. I was only on that team in 9th grade, in JVs, but later I can still remember wishing they'd put me on it, because of the identity of the whole ordeal, starter or not.

That's the type of thing Im talking about. The guy who scores 9 points and grabs 5 rebounds in 16 minutes a game will never be the hero, but by bestowing the honorific, by giving them that identity, you can give them status and station as an individual that goes beyond just being a placeholder until their rightful betters get done drinking Gatorade.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: tarheelsxxiii on January 13, 2013, 02:12:00 AM
The Boston Stranglers  ;D

I know this will sound bizarre, and I am a high-functioning individual... but my uncle was the Boston Strangler's cellmate for quite some time. They got along just fine, so therefore, I support this one. :)

I find this oddly hilarious and acceptable.

Hahaha. Thank you.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: Boston Garden Leprechaun on January 13, 2013, 10:48:49 AM
The Boston Stranglers  ;D

I know this will sound bizarre, and I am a high-functioning individual... but my uncle was the Boston Strangler's cellmate for quite some time. They got along just fine, so therefore, I support this one. :)

wat??????????  LINK??????   ;D
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: csfansince60s on January 13, 2013, 11:22:39 AM
Here's the full diary entry.

http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4701164/terry-diary-cs-d-trash-talk-hockey-nfl
 (http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4701164/terry-diary-cs-d-trash-talk-hockey-nfl)
Recommend the read.

+1...nice insight...thanks
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: mgent on January 13, 2013, 09:30:41 PM
How about "The Celtics" ... that should carry more recognition and meaning than anything else they could come up with, and not serve to separate them from the starters. Let's keep this a team, not a jumble of segmented units with their own identities. Time for Ubuntu to return.

I understand the sentiment, but I disagree with your dismissal. The starters and the bench are already segmented, that's he sports work. By praising the second unit, and giving them a name specific and unique to them, it recognizes guys who don't get the honor of starting and let's them hang their hat on something of their own.

It's something as old as sport. Whether its 'shrek and donkey' or whatever, it lets guys who don't get the honor of a starting spot still get a title to call their own that isn't 'role player' or just one guy who is the 'sixth man'.


Now as per the actual name from Terry, I think they can do better.
I have no porblem with individual nicknames or even a duo here-and-there, but I think concentrating on Ubuntu and identifying as a cohesive unit as Celtics, should be the focus and priority. In 2007-2008, it was the team, and only the team, and it was the right perspective, IMHO.

Now, in practice scrimages and the like, it's great to have "Bench versus Starters", etc., but when they step onto the court against other clubs, Celtic Pride should be the primary team identity, and not fragmnets. And just who is this "Gangster Squad", (or whatever it ends up being called, that name I dislike quite a bit, actually)?

All the bench players? A certain five? And if so, where does that leave the end-of-bench guys? Looking for their own nickname? It's just all pretty divisional and unnecessary, IMO, and takes away from the whole team focus thing. Just my opinion, and to each his own. In the end I guess it's no big deal either way, but I prefer a single team focus.

Even the "Big Three" thing was a bit annoying at times, and intimated that "Hey, we're the big shots, and you guys are just the supportinmg cast", and it has now infected every team and every sport, it seems, and just become ridiculously overused, as nobody knows who you're talking about whenever you use the term.

Whatever, no biggie, and if it works for the team in a positive way, then all the better. That's just the way I see it, and I think this club has drifted away from Ubuntu and concentrating on working as one cohesive group. I'd like to see less division, and sometimes these small unit labels can be counterproductive to that.

Just me blowing my steam, though, and it is what it is.

I obviously can't speak for your experience, so let me share some of mine:

In football, there are special teams. Special teams for those who don't know, are the guys that go out for punt, field goal, kickoff returns, and kickoffs. Usually the guys on punt and field goal are the general offensive line (plus or minus a long snapper, actually a pretty hard skill to harness) plus some 'other'.

But kickoff and kickoff return, that's another breed. You don't throw your starters out there because the dirty little secret is that running full tilt with a 20 or 30 yard head of steam, or trying to block a guy with that head of steam, is about equal physics wise to experiencing a 35 mph car crash. Injuries are frequent.

Kickoff return for us was just called 'receiving', but the coach had an ingenious way of glorifying kickoff: he called them kamikaze.

The kamikaze team is the most brutal special teams assignment. You run at what feels like 1000 miles an hour, and the possibility of being blindsided at any second by a shoulder block anywhere above your torso is a real and present threat. You don't put your best guys on the kamikaze team. They might get injured.

But by calling it the kamikaze team, by giving it the honorific, it imbued the squad with a sense of pride that went beyond just 'team spirit'. I was only on that team in 9th grade, in JVs, but later I can still remember wishing they'd put me on it, because of the identity of the whole ordeal, starter or not.

That's the type of thing Im talking about. The guy who scores 9 points and grabs 5 rebounds in 16 minutes a game will never be the hero, but by bestowing the honorific, by giving them that identity, you can give them status and station as an individual that goes beyond just being a placeholder until their rightful betters get done drinking Gatorade.
I think you guys are almost making the same point.  Ubuntu DID give the bench players an identity.  They were always coming in and turning 6 point leads into 16 point leads.  The idea was that our team worked together as one individual.  Giving the bench a "Celtic" identity rather than their own separate identity gives them more synergy.

Imagining yourself as separate but equal to the starters is more effective than two different units competing with each other during a game.  That leads to an "I did my job, now it's up to them" mentality.  I don't think you can make that black-and-white of a comparison between football and basketball, especially considering how often starters and bench players are on the court together.  Not nearly as "segmented" as football or hockey.  Ask the many, many second stringers that are finishing games around the league, including Posey and House.  I don't think they would've had any more energy with their own identity, they were fine with being role players because they knew they played vital roles in our starers' success.

Bahku is making an excellent point here.  The idea that everything the bench does affects the team as a whole should be worth more than any other label.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: indeedproceed on January 13, 2013, 10:30:05 PM
I'm not saying a team identity as a motivator is a bad thing. I'm saying giving guys who aren't starters a name to call their own can also be a good motivator, and shouldn't be dismissed. Anything that can make your reserves go harder is useful.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: guava_wrench on January 14, 2013, 01:15:02 AM
How can something that helps bench players embrace their roles be a bad thing?
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: ImShakHeIsShaq on January 14, 2013, 02:41:55 AM
I'm not saying a team identity as a motivator is a bad thing. I'm saying giving guys who aren't starters a name to call their own can also be a good motivator, and shouldn't be dismissed. Anything that can make your reserves go harder is useful.

I think the bench having a nickname won't affect the team negatively, seeing as how they are all veterans(except Sully)... they know what their job is, they aren't breaking into factions. All of them know (even Sully b/c he is so smart) that the name on the front of the jersey matters most! If we had a bunch of young guys on the bench and vets as our starters then maybe I could understand the point others on here are making, but we don't. We have a team of mostly, been there done that guys... if they need to boost themselves up with a name, I say go for it!
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: Celtics18 on January 14, 2013, 09:54:44 AM
As far as I'm concerned, they can call themselves whatever they want if they keep playing the way they have been lately.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: Bankshot on January 14, 2013, 10:11:57 AM
The Boston Stranglers  ;D

Don't like it!  My cousin was strangled downtown Boston at the age of 16 in 1979. She was all broken up and put into a trash bag. :'(
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: StartOrien on January 14, 2013, 10:23:38 AM
I shall call them "the Salmon Fishermen of Yemen."

They might not get it NOW, but they'll thank me when they see this DELIGHTFUL film
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: azzenfrost on January 14, 2013, 10:50:46 AM
Not a fan of the name they settled on but oh well. I'm a fan of the bench guys. Keep grinding!
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: mgent on January 14, 2013, 04:52:31 PM
I'm not saying a team identity as a motivator is a bad thing. I'm saying giving guys who aren't starters a name to call their own can also be a good motivator, and shouldn't be dismissed. Anything that can make your reserves go harder is useful.
And I'm not saying that's a bad thing.  Just that nothing is a more effective motivator than Ubuntu (or more honorable) and this seems counter-intuitive to that. 

Obviously Ubuntu isn't coming back though, so it doesn't matter to me.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: GreenFaith1819 on January 14, 2013, 05:10:22 PM
I've seen some references to "Ubuntu" throughout the thread, and to those of you who miss it - I don't believe it's left. The reason I say this?

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTOQe2niE3OROlJYPVXWIcQvFVyUpMtQBm6TrZ_577n_9kx0ILG)

Yes - Avery Bradley is a big reason why I believe that "ubuntu" hasn't left our Celtics. Any time someone like Avery can come back and have such a seemingly profound effect on our team is evidence to me that this team STILL thrives on Ubuntu.

Avery Bradley's work on Defense and his tireless devotion to it...his now fearless confidence against ANYONE in the league now:

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSU5FSmZ6z1vk0_ihh5SoOcKA4EVun607XIL8YLkAwfPIMwgkKVkw)

...is evidence to me that he's willing to sacrifice for the team and take on tough tasks such as our opponents' primary guard threat.

To me, Ubuntu still thrives with this team.

Avery Bradley received a few Defensive Team votes last year...was ranked 106 (out of 500) among his NBA peers last summer by gurus at ESPN summer rankings.

So, basically - any time someone whose supposedly NOT a top player in the NBA can come back and have such a seemingly profound effect on this team is pure evidence, to me - that Ubuntu is still here.

This just doesn't happen with ANY NBA team.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: mgent on January 14, 2013, 05:35:20 PM
I've seen some references to "Ubuntu" throughout the thread, and to those of you who miss it - I don't believe it's left. The reason I say this?

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTOQe2niE3OROlJYPVXWIcQvFVyUpMtQBm6TrZ_577n_9kx0ILG)

Yes - Avery Bradley is a big reason why I believe that "ubuntu" hasn't left our Celtics. Any time someone like Avery can come back and have such a seemingly profound effect on our team is evidence to me that this team STILL thrives on Ubuntu.

Avery Bradley's work on Defense and his tireless devotion to it...his now fearless confidence against ANYONE in the league now:

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSU5FSmZ6z1vk0_ihh5SoOcKA4EVun607XIL8YLkAwfPIMwgkKVkw)

...is evidence to me that he's willing to sacrifice for the team and take on tough tasks such as our opponents' primary guard threat.

To me, Ubuntu still thrives with this team.

Avery Bradley received a few Defensive Team votes last year...was ranked 106 (out of 500) among his NBA peers last summer by gurus at ESPN summer rankings.

So, basically - any time someone whose supposedly NOT a top player in the NBA can come back and have such a seemingly profound effect on this team is pure evidence, to me - that Ubuntu is still here.

This just doesn't happen with ANY NBA team.
That's not Ubuntu.  It's called defense.
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: j804 on January 14, 2013, 05:52:43 PM
The Boston Stranglers  ;D

Don't like it!  My cousin was strangled downtown Boston at the age of 16 in 1979. She was all broken up and put into a trash bag. :'(
Seriously?!

Sorry for your loss
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: jdz101 on January 14, 2013, 06:03:10 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/vkBeT.png)
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: GreenFaith1819 on January 14, 2013, 06:27:37 PM
I've seen some references to "Ubuntu" throughout the thread, and to those of you who miss it - I don't believe it's left. The reason I say this?

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTOQe2niE3OROlJYPVXWIcQvFVyUpMtQBm6TrZ_577n_9kx0ILG)

Yes - Avery Bradley is a big reason why I believe that "ubuntu" hasn't left our Celtics. Any time someone like Avery can come back and have such a seemingly profound effect on our team is evidence to me that this team STILL thrives on Ubuntu.

Avery Bradley's work on Defense and his tireless devotion to it...his now fearless confidence against ANYONE in the league now:

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSU5FSmZ6z1vk0_ihh5SoOcKA4EVun607XIL8YLkAwfPIMwgkKVkw)

...is evidence to me that he's willing to sacrifice for the team and take on tough tasks such as our opponents' primary guard threat.

To me, Ubuntu still thrives with this team.

Avery Bradley received a few Defensive Team votes last year...was ranked 106 (out of 500) among his NBA peers last summer by gurus at ESPN summer rankings.

So, basically - any time someone whose supposedly NOT a top player in the NBA can come back and have such a seemingly profound effect on this team is pure evidence, to me - that Ubuntu is still here.

This just doesn't happen with ANY NBA team.
That's not Ubuntu.  It's called defense.

What's your definition of Ubuntu?
Title: Re: Boston’s bench has settled on “Gangster Squad
Post by: BudweiserCeltic on January 14, 2013, 06:33:17 PM
I'm not saying a team identity as a motivator is a bad thing. I'm saying giving guys who aren't starters a name to call their own can also be a good motivator, and shouldn't be dismissed. Anything that can make your reserves go harder is useful.
And I'm not saying that's a bad thing.  Just that nothing is a more effective motivator than Ubuntu (or more honorable) and this seems counter-intuitive to that. 

Obviously Ubuntu isn't coming back though, so it doesn't matter to me.

Yet since Garnett and Allen joined, we had the "Big 3" to go alongside ubuntu.

A lot is being made around here about nothing.