It drives Mitchell nuts

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

Sam Mitchell didn't want to speak about it, but he couldn't help himself.

When the Boston Celtics' game-winning basket in overtime -- a wide open three from Ray Allen in the corner -- was brought up, Mitchell was asked if he saw how Anthony Parker got mugged on the screen that left Allen in the clear.

Mitchell admitted it's not the first time something like that has happened and it won't be the last, but said it was up to the defender to counter any attempt to grab on to him by whatever means necessary.

Exactly what Mitchell was condoning, he wouldn't specify, but the story that followed, from Mitchell's playing days, enlightened everyone present.

"I remember one night we were playing Utah and Karl Malone, every time Terry Porter would pass the screen, Malone would (throw out his elbows and hit Porter in the jaw on the way by). Third quarter, Porter goes by Karl again, Malone sticks that wing out there and Porter (hits him with a short right jab to the groin). Malone drops like a rock. The ref didn't see it. The next pick Malone set he kept those arms (and elbows) in. Terry was slick about it. He didn't wind up. He just tapped him. Just rang the little bell and Malone dropped."

"You don't teach that (now), but you have to learn to protect yourself."

MOON'S FANS LOYAL

Turns out that No. 33 Jamario Moon jersey in the stands at the Izod Centre in New Jersey on Friday belonged to 15-year-old Albany, N.Y., resident Frankie Anetzberger. Frankie has been a season ticket-holder for the Albany Patroons for the past three seasons, two of which Moon was on the team. Moon signed Frankie's jersey, posed for a picture with his biggest fan and spent 10 minutes chatting with Anetzberger and his father after the game.


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