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Gotta love a good throwback story, esp. when it involves Allen Iverson.  So where is this ball boy story coming from?  A senior writer for Sports Illustrated … who was that Celtics ball boy.  I think it’s so great that he can tell a story like this.
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Via MassLive:

Long before he became a Sports Illustrated writer, Chris Mannix spent “almost 10 years” as a Boston Celtics ball boy — or, as he called himself during the later years of his tenure, a “ball man.”

It was during that time when Philadelphia 76ers superstar Allen Iverson asked Mannix to buy as much Corona as he could for the team bus.

As Mannix told the story for Sports Illustrated’s Off the Record (video below), the Celtics had just eliminated Iverson’s Sixers from the 2002 playoffs. Mannix took Iverson’s money — “I think it was close to $2,000,” he said — and walked to the nearest liquor store to purchase as much beer as possible. But as he rolled the beer back a quarter of a mile on a hand truck, happy Bostonians started stealing cases of beer. The amount of alcohol in Mannix’s control further diminished when Celtics players saw him in the players parking lot and took some for themselves.

So by the time the “ball man” returned to Iverson, he only had about four cases of beer left.

“He goes, ‘That’s what my money bought you?'” Mannix said. “That’s what $2,000 bought you?'”

But emotions never really escalated. Mannix sheepishly escaped by saying yes, that was all the money could manage.

“I think he was just in such a foul mood that he didn’t really argue,” Mannix said. “As long as there was something on that bus for him, he took it.”



Spotted: Complex