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Paul Flannery began his journalism career answering phones at the Boston Herald before embarking on a cross-country odyssey that included stops in Oregon, Virginia and Philadelphia. He then returned home to Boston, where he was the online editor at Boston magazine and began covering the Celtics in 2008. Flannery also contributes to the Phoenix and teaches sports journalism at Boston University.

 
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Paul Flannery
01/26/2009 - 3:32pm
Ask the Celtics a question, and they will inevitably respond with an answer about their defense. Ask them about their improved bench play: Defense. Ask about Eddie House hitting 3’s: Defense. Ask if they prefer Robert DeLeo or John Rogers to replace Sal DiMasi as Speaker of the House: You get the idea.
Paul Flannery
01/21/2009 - 5:56am
When a beatdown the likes of which the Celtics laid on the Suns takes place, it leaves a man with three options. He can: 1. Contemplate a world in which the Celtics mascot dunks from a trampoline on a late-night talk show (and gets booed) and wonder, really, what Red would have thought if he saw the Celtics dancers, Lucky, and/or Gino at the Garden today.
Paul Flannery
01/15/2009 - 1:17pm
A Zen koan for you all: What is the midway point of the NBA season?
Paul Flannery
01/12/2009 - 6:31pm
On Wednesday the Celtics will reach the midway point of their season and about the only thing we know for sure at this point is that they are not as bad as they’ve been in 2009, and they weren’t as good as they were at the end of 2008. In other words, the Celtics are somewhere between the Jordan-era Bulls and the every-era Clippers.
Paul Flannery
12/29/2008 - 10:00am
"But to put all our eggs in one basket, to say this is the game we have circled. We circle all games." -- Kevin Garnett, Dec. 23, 2008.
Paul Flannery
12/18/2008 - 5:01am
Covering a team that never loses means that it’s important to realize there is basketball life beyond Rte. 128. It’s a big world out there. Let’s dive in… Item: The Sixers fired Mo Cheeks after a 9-14 start, bringing the number of fired coaches to six. To look at it another way, 20 percent of the NBA’s coaches have been fired a little more than 25 percent into the season. Or to look at it yet another way, first-year Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is now the third-longest tenured coach in the Atlantic Division.
Paul Flannery
12/11/2008 - 5:18am
The talk began around Thanksgiving, after the Celtics destroyed the Philadelphia 76ers by 24 points on Nov. 28. It picked up last week when the C’s were beating Orlando by 19, Indiana by 18 and an up-and-coming Portland team by 15 in game that wasn’t really that close.
Paul Flannery
12/09/2008 - 10:18am
If you are a regular reader of Free Darko, you already know about The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac. For the uninitiated, Free Darko is an online collective, consisting of oddly named characters like Bethlehem Shoals, Big Baby Belafonte, Brown Recluse, Esq., Dr. Lawyer Indianchief and Silverbird5000. They are, essentially, more than just a little bit off-beat fans of the NBA, which is different than being basketball fans in general, or fans of an individual team, in particular.
Paul Flannery
11/24/2008 - 10:18am
After the Celtics escaped Milwaukee with an overtime win on Nov. 15, they stood at 9-2 on the young season. They had just completed an arduous stretch in which they played eight games in 12 days, and won seven of those. But something didn’t feel right about the Celtics’ solid start as defending champions. Sure, they were winning games, but often they played from behind or needed dramatic fourth quarter flourishes by Paul Pierce to make it happen. The buzzer-to-buzzer blowouts that characterized the 2007-08 season seemed like a thing of the past.
Paul Flannery
11/10/2008 - 2:15am
“I'm more struck at the fact that Leon (Pow) gets more foul shots than our whole team does in 14 minutes of play. That's ridiculous. I have no question about the fact that my players got fouled but didn't get to the line. It's the illusion that's created. The referees referee an illusion." Lakers coach Phil Jackson after Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Paul Flannery
11/04/2008 - 10:18am
In the November issue of Boston magazine, I wrote about Kevin Garnett and how his career fits within the burgeoning basketball sabermetric community. The central premise of the piece is that Garnett’s career has been unfairly judged by a jury not of his peers who take the central accomplishment of winning a championship as the end-all and be-all of determining the worth of star players.
Paul Flannery
10/29/2008 - 2:11am
We ask a lot of the athletes in this town. We want them to perform, of course, but even more than that, we want them to care as much as we do.  Last night as the Celtics raised their 17th championship banner, Paul Pierce showed how much he cared. As John Havlicek presented him with the Lawrence O’Brien Trophy, tears were clearly visible in the Pierce’s eyes, and when he took the microphone to address the crowd, there was no doubt. The man was more than choked up.  He was having his, “We love ya Cooz” moment.
Paul Flannery
10/28/2008 - 3:11am
Mike Gorman loves to tell the story from the summer of 2007, a few days after the Celtics had acquired Kevin Garnett. The longtime broadcaster was en route to the State House for the team’s Heroes Among Us banquet. It was raining and Gorman was running late, so he did what any of us would have done—he busted out and made an illegal turn. Out of the darkness a state trooper emerged.
Paul Flannery
10/27/2008 - 3:11am
If the West was a mind-blowing trip through the pastiche of day-glo psychedelia, the East is a can of Pabst and a shot of Wild Turkey. The mantra here is de-fense, de-fense and is personified by the collection of journeymen players turned coaches such as Scott Skiles, Sam Mitchell and new Pistons head man, Michael Curry. 
Paul Flannery
10/24/2008 - 10:18am
The West is the best. That’s what drunken pseudo-poet Jim Morrison once told us, and while it’s advisable not to take his advice too often (dropping psychedelics in the desert is really only useful for producing a half-decent episode of Entourage) the Lizard King was right about this one. The Western Conference race is going to be crazier than Ron Artest.
Paul Flannery
10/21/2008 - 10:18am
It’s early in the first quarter, but the Nets have already tipped their hand. They’re going to be playing off the point guard and looking to help on the Celtics stars. Gabe Pruitt, in his second year out of USC and getting his first extended run with the top unit, recognizes the defense and knocks down a 3-pointer. Over on the Celtics bench, Doc Rivers allows himself a little smile.
Paul Flannery
10/06/2008 - 10:18am
Winning a world championship gets you a lot of things-a big shiny trophy, a Duck Boat parade, face time with Stuart Scott. It also gets you validation. It is a strange world we live in when Charles Barkley and Karl Malone have the lack of a title engraved on their hoops tombstone, but Pat Cummings gets off scot-free. Which brings us to Paul Pierce. Before last season, the Captain was never placed in the celestial orbit with Sir Charles and The Mailman. Good player? Yup. Very good player? No question. Star? Sure. Superstar? Eh.
Paul Flannery
09/30/2008 - 10:18am
Rajon Rondo does not lack for confidence. When the basketball world wondered how an untested second-year player would handle running an offense with three future Hall of Famers, Rondo shrugged and wondered, "Why all the fuss?" When the playoffs began and everyone wondered how Rondo would handle the increased attention Rondo shrugged and said, “Just watch.”


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