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Blount was the instigator
Egghead, you got it wrong again. Per the Bible, a prophet isn't a prophet if
he is wrong ONE time. You obviously aren't a prophet nor do you have a inside
source.... Peeing in the shower, my weenie, er foot....
<The team didn't view the argument as being triggered by the controversial
Instead, a number of staffers were reportedly upset with Blount's
behavior leading up to the cross-court shouting match.
But considering the way he has responded on the court, Blount has
essentially left himself above internal reproach.
``I hear Mark talk all the time,'' Carroll said. ``It's a matter of what
I choose to worry about. All I care about is his ability to perform when the
ball goes up. What happens later is not my area. At the same time, it's my job
to try and help him perform.
``Mark is an emotional guy, and that is what drives him. Sure he's
emotional and says things, but in the big picture it's like a mouse nibbling at
your toes. There are other things that are more deserving of your attention.''
This has become Blount's mantra as well. If the 7-footer has surprised
himself with his recent play, he's keeping that particular emotion to himself.
``I mean it - I don't even think about it,'' he said. ``I'm still
learning the game, watching a lot of film with John Carroll and Frank Vogel.''
Blount, a favorite of O'Brien's for his fanatical approach to
conditioning, continues a rigorous pregame shooting routine with Vogel. There isn't a
Celtic in better physical shape or more tuned in on the defensive end.
If anything, the trades served to heighten Blount's on-court awareness.
And yes, the memory of those deals, as well as O'Brien's resignation, still
``All of the trades,'' Blount said, ``they were just people that I
worked with. If you work with someone for five, six, seven years, it will affect
you when they leave.
``So right now I'm just trying to work with the core group, guys like
Paul (Pierce) and Walter (McCarty). I'm benefiting from the fact that we have a
lot of shooters. You're either going to guard them or guard me, and right now
I'm really getting helped by that.''
The question is what Blount will remember more come July, his
improvement within the current group or all of those old hurts. >