On KG, Rondo and Snoop Lion


On KG, Rondo and Snoop Lion

I'm not sure why it makes me so happy to see Kevin Garnett happy, but the sight of a smiling KG gets me every time. I don't care if he's dancing to Gino, goofing around in the locker room or . . . hanging out backstage at a Drake concert with Rajon Rondo and Snoop Lion, if Garnett's amused, I am too. It's entirely instinctual and uncontrollable. It's also a little weird and pathetic, but what are you going to do?

Anyway, back to this photo, which I first saw yesterday morning on Ben Rohrbach's Green Street Blog. It made my day for a few reasons.

First, the Garnett smile. Or more of a smirk in this case. Honestly, just the mere proof that KG's out of the house and enjoying himself is enough to make this photo a winner. It's times like this when we remember how little the "old" label we put on KG in basketball terms translates to real life. We're reminded that he's still only 36. Still highly capable of enjoying himself at one of the hottest rap shows in the world. Hell, KG's almost five years younger than Snoop. He's still a real world youngster. Kind of.

Second, it's fantastic to see KG and Rondo hanging out together. Not that it's any surprise. I think it's fair to say the relationship between these two goes deeper than any inter-athlete relationship in town. Deeper than Brady and Welker. Deeper than Lackey and Beckett. The KGRondo dynamic is a complicated mix of fatherson, big brotherlittle brother, Master PoGrasshopper and buddybuddy. There are all sorts of ins and outs and what-have-yous. Just know that it's unbelievably special, and there's no relationship more integral to the Celtics success this season. So it's good to see them out having fun, continuing to build on their already rock solid foundation.

And then there's Snoop, who was actually a pretty decent baller in his day, before dedicating his life to music and weed (one of those past times doesn't lend itself to the nature of the NBA's drug testing policy). But really, what's better than a random picture of Rondo, Snoop Lion and KG hanging out back stage at a concert?

I suppose listening in on their conversation.

You think KG and Snoop both call Rondo "Shorty" or does the elder Snoop get the Shorty privileges based on seniority? Did they call him Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion? Or maybe just Snoop? Did Snoop ask them to smoke? And if he did, they would have had to say yes, right? I don't care if you're going to get drug tested, the NBA would understand. When the test comes back positive you just say: "Listen, there are extenuating circumstances. I was smoking with Snoop." And all would be forgiven. I'm not sure it's even illegal to smoke weed with Snoop Lion.

Guess I'll have to wait and ask KG that on Media Day.

I'm sure he'll be more than willing to elaborate.

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury


Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both sat out of the entirety of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium. 

Brady is dealing with an Achilles injury, per the injury report released by the Patriots. The Boston Herald has reported that Brady will play despite the issue. It's unclear when exactly Brady suffered the injury, but Brady was hit low by Raiders pass-rusher Khalil Mack in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and Mack was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty.

Gronkowski, like teammate David Andrews, is dealing with an illness. Patrick Chung, who left Sunday's game briefly, has an ankle issue. 

Here's the full injury report for both the Patriots and Dolphins . . . 


C David Andrews (illness)
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Marellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)


LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
DE William Hayes (back)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)

RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)


Morning Skate: Dad's texts and emails reveal enforcer's sad story


Morning Skate: Dad's texts and emails reveal enforcer's sad story

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wishing everybody a safe night before Thanksgiving. Be careful out there, people.

*The New York Times has a very sad story on former NHL enforcer Stephen Peat, as told to the Times through a series of emails and texts from Peat’s dad as he struggles with a number of seemingly concussion-related issues in his post-hockey life.

*There’s nothing better than some Benn on Benn brotherly crime as Jordie Benn lays a hit on Jamie Benn in the Stars vs. Habs game.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector has the Edmonton Oilers hitting a new low after they quit in a loss to the St. Louis Blues.

*Duncan Keith said he wants to play until he’s 45 and defy the odds as one of the few that get a chance to play pro hockey for that long.

*Dylan Larkin is flourishing with the Detroit Red Wings as he’s adding more responsibility to his chores in Hockeytown.

*A Happy Thanksgiving to the Boychuks and all the other great people around the NHL, including Matt Beleskey with the Bruins, who take time out of their days to help make sure everybody has a good meal on Turkey Day.

*For something completely different: Excited for my kids that there is going to be more Trolls in their future starting with a Christmas special on Friday.