Tony Gaffney, passionate Celtics benchwarmer and player/fan intersection, had everyone in Boston pulling for him as he tried to make the roster before last season. He grew up in Berkley, Fall River’s weird cousin. He had a parquet floor in his bedroom and a pair of Hondo’s old shoes. He seemed like he could have been any of us fulfilling our childhood dream, if we were 6’8″. So it was a blow to Gaffney and everyone who followed his career when he was cut before last season.
But now Gaffney’s playing over in Germany, and it seems like he’s doing okay! He participated in the BBL All-Star Day Dunk Contest representing Telekom Baskets Bonn, and he brought the haus down with this dunk on an assist from the stands. He gets chest-bumps from a giant Playmobil man, a crocodile, and a guy with a dragonfruit head, and then he hugs a tiger. It looks like he actually might be very close friends with all of them. Tony Gaffney is great.