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Celebrating Celtics-Lakers: From Courtside to Couch...

The Boston Celtics' Bill Russell with coach "Red" Auerbach at the Boston Garden, 1964. (AP)
The Boston Celtics' Bill Russell with coach "Red" Auerbach at the Boston Garden, 1964. (AP)

I have been bleeding green for as long back as I can remember. (Can't say how excited I was to have Bill Russell as a guest on On Point last year.)

My grandfather listened to legendary broadcaster Johnny Most call the games on the radio. My parents listened to Most but watched the game on TV with the sound turned down. I liked to watch the games courtside, and got plenty of opportunities to do just that.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. (AP)

You see, my childhood friend Laura Sachs’s father was the Celtics' eye doctor. For home games, he sat at the scorer’s table to tend to any eye injuries. We sat in his fourth row center court seats, along with my sister Diane and Laura’s brother David. Four amigos shouting and cheering on the home team. We ate popcorn, too much pizza, and sodas that were banned at home. We digested all the elementary school gossip and injustices. And we watched the game. Russell blocking shots. John Havlicek scoring again and again. The crowd going wild. It was pure heaven.

The Lakers have celebrities in their front rows. I was just a kid cheering on the home team. And now that I’m all grown up, I’ll do it again—this time from my couch.

Karen Shiffman is On Point's senior producer.

This program aired on June 8, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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