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Aug 10, 2010

Celts, ND assess Gody similarly

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers commented on new signee Luke Harangody today. Rivers mirrored what Brey has said about his former star since Gody’s sophomore season.
Compare their reviews, starting with Rivers today:

I don't know [his role], hell he's a rookie, but he can play, I can tell you that. He can shoot the ball and stretch the floor…He's going to be a player in this league. He's quirky offensively, and he had to figure out a way of scoring by not being dominant athletically. I love players like that, because that means they play with their heads. That's the type of player that makes it in this league, so that will be good for us.

It sounds similar to Brey’s comments over the years and especially this summer. Brey cited Luke’s Boston-esque toughness on June 25 and continued with a broader evaluation in the July 23 Post-Tribune:

If he gets minutes, he will find the basket. That was one of my themes with the general managers…He can come off the bench… I think Boston is going to love him.

NBA players obviously don’t get signed based on a recommendation, and it didn’t really matter how Brey marketed Gody to the NBA. Even accounting for similarities stemming from their common coach jargon, Brey’s sales pitch probably seems so alike to the Rivers evaluation because they accentuated the same positive in Luke’s game: craftiness to subtly manufacture points.

In highlighting ‘the type of player that makes it in this league,’ Rivers rather indiscreetly predicted Luke to leverage his offensive productivity into a longer career than just two seasons, a notion that Brey shares. That’s where Rivers’ assessment is closer to Brey’s than to fellow coaches, GMs, and pundits, many of whom felt Gody wouldn’t make an NBA roster.

According to Chris Forsberg, Gody will bring in $1.3 million over a two-year guaranteed term, which means the average starting salary for 2010 Notre Dame graduates just soared. Irish Creed would like to wish Luke good luck, and we will be watching as he makes the Class of 2010 proud.


  1. I think the best aspect of Luke's current situation (other than living in the great Irish American city of Boston) is that he gets to keep rocking green shamrock warmups.

    It is also interesting to note that he will be playing alongside Shaq. Practicing, playing, and just being teammates with a NBA legend and one of the most dominant big men in history is a great opportunity for a rookie looking to develop his game.

    Side note: Shaq recently tweeted "@The_Real_Shaq hello green town. ok what u got 4 nicknames? make um good" to which I responded "@TheNDleprechaun I'm thinking you should henceforth be known as the Jolly Green Giant or the World's Tallest Leprechaun." Let's hope he chooses his next name wisely, and teaches Luke a thing or two while they're both in Boston.

  2. Shaq is saying he likes "The Big Shamrock." Does Gody get a nickname?



2012 Notre Dame Football Schedule

2012 Notre Dame Football Schedule
DateOpponent / EventLocationTime / Result
09/01/12vs. Navy Dublin, IrelandW, 50-10
09/08/12vs. PurdontNotre Dame, Ind.W, 20-17
09/15/12at SpartyEast Lansing, Mich.W, 20-3
09/22/12vs. SkunkbearsNotre Dame, Ind.W, 13-6
Shamrock Series
10/06/12vs. Da UChicago, Ill.W, 41-3
10/13/12vs. TreesNotre Dame, Ind.W, 20-13 (OT)
10/20/12vs. BYU Notre Dame, Ind.W, 17-14
10/27/12at Oklahoma Norman, Okla.W, 30-13
11/03/12vs. Pittsburgh Notre Dame, Ind.W, 29-26 (3OT)
11/10/12at Backup College Chestnut Hill, Mass.W, 21-6
11/17/12vs. Fake Worest Notre Dame, Ind.W, 38-0
11/24/12at U$C Los Angeles, Calif.W, 22-13
1/7/13vs. AlabamaBCS CHAMPIONSHIP
(Miami, Florida)
L, :(