Andrew Bock

Andrew Bock

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As of the end of March 2012, I'll be stepping down as a FC for the Celtics. It's been a great experience covering the team and the draft for B/R. Time is a factor these days, so while I still hope to write the occasional article, I'm pulling an Oswalt for now.

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  • casey plunkett posted 933 days ago

    casey plunkett

    andrew this is a practice article i wrote

  • casey plunkett posted 933 days ago

    casey plunkett

    Rough beginnings: JaJuan Johnson and Bill Russell
    Over 50 years have passed since Bill Russell was drafted. What could this hall of fame player possibly have in common with the freshman player Jajuan Johnson?

    The early years:
    Many readers will be shocked to hear that Bill Russell was not naturally suited to play basketball. While in jr. high school Russell failed to make the basketball team. Russell truly could not grasp the game of basketball. Not until his sophomore year did Russell make the squad. It is said that he was rarely on the court and shared a jersey with another player. In his junior and senior year at McClymonds High School Russell started to mold into a better basketball player . As he still lacked the fundamentals and ability as a ball handler Russel focused on the other end of the floor leading to a very unorthodox style of defense. "To play good defense... it was told back then that you had to stay flatfooted at all times to react quickly. When I started to jump to make defensive plays and to block shots, I was initially corrected, but I stuck with it, and it paid off."

    Jajuan Johnson did not start playing the game of basketball until the 7th grade. Failing to match the development of his peers Johnson Played on the B team freshman year and on Jr. varsity his sophomore year. "...pretty much all I could do then was... you know... run the floor and block shots."

    Recruitment:
    Upon graduation Bill Russell hadn't received any letters from colleges pertaining to recruitment. Russel worked hard to excel academically in order to graduate ahead of his class. Doing so enabled him to participate in an exhibition basketball team that would tour the Pacific Northwest. During this tour Russel caught the attention of Hal DeJulio, a representative from the University of San Francisco. Dejulio was less than impressed by Russell's inability to contribute on the offensive end and what he called "atrocious fundamentals". However Dejulio did feel that Russell had a great instinct for the game especially in clutch situations. Dejulio would convince Russell to play for USF while attending school on a scholarship.

    While attending Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana Johnson had not played on the varsity squad until junior year so it goes without saying that he was not high on any recruiters radar. Johnson would have a change of fortune do to a highly publicized AAU game. Johnson was dealt the impossible task of guarding the towing and massive Greg Oden. Greg Oden delivered an impressive performance while dominating the smaller player Johnson. A local college basketball coach Matt Painter saw Johnson in a brighter light. “He never backed down,’’ Painter said. “JaJuan always showed flashes, a blocked shot or a dunk. It really showed his promise. You knew he had a chance to be special..."

    Bill Russell, John Havlice, and Larry Bird are considered by many to be the greatest Celtics of all time. Not one of these guys were ever seen as having unfathomable athletic talent. What they may have lacked in physical gifts they made up for it in hard work and a boundless will to succeed. One thing for sure nothing was gifted to these men.

    I have supplied you, the reader with a glimpse of what Jujuan Johnson and surprisingly Bill Russell endured as young athletes. Jujuan Johnson although an underdog has the fighters spirit and that drive that won't allow him to quite. Tebow's exposure was immense. Lin is Lin-fectious. As a Celtics fan maybe I am just searching for my piece of hope. Sports fans all across the globe have learned to believe in the underdog. I for one believe Johnson will one day be revered as Celtic Great.

  • silvia honey posted 993 days ago

    silvia honey

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    (silviamuar@yahoo.com),
    Remember age or Colour even distance has nothing to do with True love,so please we can move from here, contact me to have my personal picture,the greatest is love,thanks.
    - Miss Silvia.

  • Sean Muir posted 1258 days ago

    Sean Muir

    andrew, you are a good writer. I'd like to get you involved in a new web project I am working on called www.BostonSportsRadio.net. Let me know if you are interested (info@bostonsportsradio.net). I could just re-post your articles or you could do some audio work.
    thanks

  • Sean Muir posted 1258 days ago

    Sean Muir

    andrew, you are a good writer. I'd like to get you involved in a new web project I am working on called www.BostonSportsRadio.net. Let me know if you are interested (info@bostonsportsradio.net). I could just re-post your articles or you could do some audio work.
    thanks

  • Alex Sullivan posted 1557 days ago

    Alex Sullivan

    hey Andrew. just wrote an article about the Celtics offseason. give it a read and let me know what you think is going to happen!
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/408360-boston-celtics-how-to-bounce-back-in-the-2010-2011-season#page/2

  • JW Nix posted 1646 days ago

    JW Nix

    PLEASE Read this story on a Lions and Rams Legend :
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/366861-crazy-canton-cuts-roger-brown