The C’s enjoyed a day off yesterday after the win of New York Friday night, their third game in four nights. They will hit the practice floor this afternoon back in Waltham and we will have you covered on all the proceedings , including injury updates on Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal.
For now though on a lighter note, our friend and C’s beat reporter Jimmy Toscano over at CelticsBlog caught up with the C’s players before the game Friday and ask about some of their Halloween plans and memories. Given the cast of characters on the C’s, it unsurprisingly makes for a great read. A few of the highlights:
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“My thing with Halloween was every time I used to go out, people used to look at me like, ‘You’re too big to be trick-or-treating.’ So I stopped at age 10, seriously.
“I used to go out and they’d be like, ‘How old are you?’
“I’m like, ‘I’m ten.’ [They'd say], ‘Get out of here, you’re 18. Beat it.’ So I just stopped going.”
You can bet nobody thought Nate Robinson was too old to go trick-or-treating. Come to think of it, he can probably get away with it today, too.
“I was Batman all the time,” Robinson said. “My dad was always asking me, ‘You want to be something different?’ Nope. [I was a] big Batman fan growing up. I think one year I was Flash, but I like Batman. Batman was my guy.”
Robinson is going trick-or treating with his kids this year. His two sons, Nahmier and Nyale, are going as Mario and Luigi, while one-year-old Nayvi is going as Princess. Nate couldn’t get the Donkey costume in time, so he settled for Wolverine.
Growing up as one of nine children, Halloween was a big night in the Robinson household.
“We would be like 20 deep,” he remembered. “Twenty of us would go trick-or-treating. We used to catch a bus out far and walk back home.”
Robinson says he and his crew would be out for a good four hours before getting back home, hitting up all the good spots along the way.
“We would go to the nice neighborhoods and they used to give out the King Size Snickers, Reese’s, Twix – we used to be like, ‘Man, what is going on?’
“Then we used to snatch kids’ bags sometimes back in the day. Like kids that we knew would go out. I was young. I was like ten. I remember one time my friend snatched a kid’s bag and the dude’s dad chased him for so long. We were laughing.”
So that’s why Nate steals the ball so well! It explains everything! Be sure to keep your guard up tonight folks if you see any Batmans out there. Be sure to read the rest of Jimmy’s piece at CelticsBlog. Happy Halloween folks, we will be back in a couple hours with the practice report.