Cedric Maxwell Rumors
Steve Bulpett: Caught up with Cedric Maxwell before tipoff of Celtics-Pelicans. He spoke glowingly of Jo Jo White: “And to hear that he’s passed away now is just really a… it’s going to be a tough day. It’s going to be tough to do this game tonight.”
“I beat him 16-0 and I was 16-years-old,” Irving said in an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on his new home court for the first time. “I thought about the lessons that he taught me throughout those years when I wasn’t beating him. I’ve had some tears coming down my face from leaving that court playing against him. He just told me when I beat him, ‘Ky, as hard as you go against me and as bad as you want to beat me, just apply that to everyone else and I promise you will put yourself in a great position to be successful,’ I apply that to my life. I just have that fearless attitude.”
The retired Celtics forward, a two-time champ, is perhaps best known for strolling by James Worthy in the 1984 NBA Finals and giving the Lakers star the choke sign with both hands — a seminal moment in athletic antagonism. Now the 60-year-old Maxwell is a broadcaster. And on an April night in Boston, squeezed into the stands before a game against the Heat, he refuses to soften his loathing. “It just makes me ill,” he says, when asked about Wade-James relationship. “It’s against the rules of nature. Why would you have a giraffe among the lions?”
Maxwell freely admitted it was difficult watching Fred Roberts and Mikki Moore wear No. 31 before it was retired. And he suggested that the Celtics formulate a list — with the help of a committee of former players, executives, and public relations employees — of players whose numbers would be considered untouchable. Obviously, No. 2 (Red Auerbach), 6 (Russell), 17 (Havlicek), and 33 (Bird) would be on that list. But what about 18 (Cowens), 21 (Bill Sharman), 22 (Ed Macauley), 23 (Frank Ramsey), 24 (Sam Jones), and 25 (K.C. Jones)? Would No. 15 (Heinsohn), 16 (Tom Sanders) or 19 (DonNelson) be considered untouchable?
When the Spurs signed LaMarcus Aldridge to a maximum contract this summer, general manager R.C. Buford approached former San Antonio standout Bruce Bowen about allowing Aldridge to wear his retired No. 12. Bowen quickly agreed. “If you’re talking about a great player wearing your number like a Reggie Miller, that makes the jersey even better,” Maxwell said. “Now, when Fred Roberts wore my number or Mikki Moore wore it, I didn’t really feel good about it. Now, if you’re one of the greatest players to ever wear that jersey, I think that would be a little bit different.”