Tom Heinsohn Rumors

Four wins against the Celtics will earn James his eighth straight Finals trip, tying him with Boston’s Frank Ramsey for the third longest streak in league history and putting him only behind Celtics greats Tom Heinsohn and Sam Jones (nine straight) and Bill Russell (10). “I haven’t reflected on it,” James said Friday when asked if he’s looked back on his current Finals run. “But I do know that this is my eighth straight conference finals, and I have an opportunity to play for a championship if I’m able to be successful in this conference finals, so I don’t take that for granted. You dream about being able to play in big games in the NBA, and even when I got to the NBA that was one of my only goals: to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the NBA and be remembered, and I think I’ve done that in my career. Just trying to add onto it while I can.”
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Heinsohn, who basically bleeds green for his love of the Celtics, says if the Celtics get a man on Horford, the Hawks’ All-Star big man will have difficulty scoring. “I didn’t see it, but that’s his opinion, you gotta respect it,” Horford said on Monday after Hawks practice when told of what Heinsohn said. “I do [respect his opinion]. That’s his opinion and that’s how he feels.”
“Oh, wow, I’m sure Al is going to come out and prove something,” teammate Kent Bazemore said when told what Heinsohn believes. “You know Al’s a great player and he’s extended his range. He can shoot it now, he can protect the rim and blocks shots and he’s a great leader. I could go on all day about all the accolades he has. Al’s a great teammate. “There’s always someone that’s going to say a guy’s not a good player. [Even] Jesus Christ had haters. What can you say?”
“They (the Celtics) had to be totally despondent going into the locker room. The fact that they turned it around shows what kind of heart this basketball team has. That is the encouraging part. The additional encouraging part is if they can go out and stay aggressive at both ends of the floor, they can beat this team because (Al) Horford, as much as you think he’s a great player, he’s not a great player. Get a man on him and he has trouble scoring.”
Horford, the Hawks’ four-time all-star center, was rumored to be target of the Celtics at the NBA trade deadline and a player they might pursue as a free agent this summer. Heinsohn’s co-hosts may not have shared his view. Kyle Draper followed the comment by saying, “I’ll tell you what, if he put on green next season, Tommy wants his jersey retired, hanging from the rafters.”