Kevin Love's weekend: The Boston version
- Blog Post by: Howard Sinker
- June 2, 2014 - 6:47 AM
Here's how it started, according to the Boston Globe:
At around 9 p.m. on Friday, Bill Fairweather received a surprising phone call from one of his employees at The Greatest Bar, of which he is co-owner.
A few minutes later, Fairweather raced from his home on the North Shore to the establishment located across the street from TD Garden, home of the Celtics.
Apparently, Kevin Love had just walked in, unannounced.
The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward had arrived in Boston for the weekend to check out the city, a sightseeing visit that sent Celtics fans into a frenzy about the possibility that Love will join the team — perhaps this summer.
So began Boston's weekend of tracking Love, which Celtics fans got very excited about and Timberwolves president Flip Saunders did his best to downplay.
Fairweather, who used to work for ESPN and was a radio talk-show host, played the role of Chamber of Commerce for Love's visit. At one point in their Friday night conversation, according to the Globe's Baxter Holmes, Fairweather said he told Love: "You could be a rock star here."
According to Holmes' story, Love told Fairweather he thinks that Boston great Larry Bird's No. 33 should be retired by every NBA team and that "he planned on talking to fellow UCLA alumnus Bill Walton about what it was like playing for the Celtics."
And so it went. There were photos with fans that ended up on Twitter and a trip to Fenway Park, where he sat in a club area and at one point met up with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who was watching the game from seats on top of the Green Monster scoreboard in left field.
Here's what their meeting looked like:
You can read Holmes' entire story, including the tale of a Boston comedian who staged an event where he planned to stay in Fairweather's bar until the Celtics had a deal for Love, here.
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