Uploaded on May 25, 2011
Danny Ainge was the victim of the weirdest injury that I can remember in the NBA. In a 1983 first-round playoff game with Atlanta, Ainge tried to tackle Tree Rollins. Ainge shrieked in pain from the ensuing tangled pile of bodies.
"We got into a little scuffle out on the court by the foul line and he almost bit my finger off,'' Ainge said. "He bit it all the way through. I had to get two stitches.''
He raised his right hand to reveal the scar on his middle finger.
"Usually, you don't put stitches on a human bite,'' he said. "But just to keep everything in there together, they had to put a couple of stitches in there.''
Did he realize that someone was biting him?
"Oh, yeah, I knew it was happening,'' he said. "Oh, yeah.''
The next day, the Boston Herald published one of the great headlines: "Tree Bites Man.''
Her professional life took a dramatic turn on April 27, 1986.
During the first playoff series of the NBA 1986 playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics, CBS television announced to it's t.v.audience that Georgia Tech's basketball star John Salley and NBA draft prospect, was in the Boston Garden audience.
The t.v. camera zoomed into the stands only to discover, not the possible Celtic's top draft pick, but a tall very buxom blonde in a halter top bouncing before the entire Garden audience.
16,000 Celtics fans screamed wildly!!
These were no bouncing basketballs.
Who cared about John Salley.
Brent Musburger the CBS t.v. analyst said "Which one is the #1 draft pick?"
Johnny Most, the legendary Celtics radio announcer, tried to explain to his radio listeners what the commotion was about.
He said "There is a blonde with very large assets dancing in the stands. She looks like Morganna but much larger."
Suddenly Celtic fans had what they needed for years. They had no cheerleaders, no celebrity fan, like Lakers celebrity fan Jack Nicholson. They knew they had one up on the Lakers, who all NBA fans knew would eventually be the Celtics opponent in the 1986 NBA Championship. Boston had their first and only unofficial celebrity mascot. There was one problem. Who was she???
Boston media knew this was their story line for the entire playoffs.The search was on to discover the name of the lady who captured the imagination of basketball fans everywhere.
Boston area radio stations offered rewards for the information leading to the name and location of the gal they wanted to interview.