Talking Points: Don't write off Celtics yet

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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In "The Godfather Part II," a group of gangsters are all anticipating the death of mob boss Hyman Roth, when Michael Corleone observes that he's been "dying for the last 20 years."

Kinda sounds a bit like the Celtics, doesn't it?

For the past two or three years, we've been hearing about how Boston has "one last run in them," as though a playoff exit will signal the closing of a championship window. And yet ... every year, the C's seem to finagle their way back into the title contention.

This crafty group, led by a dynamic and inexplicably underrated point guard in Rajon Rondo, is not a team anybody wants to face regardless of record.

And if they do end up saying goodbye in the Eastern Conference finals, don't start writing up an obituary for this team yet.

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Phil Mickelson is reportedly part of a group interested in buying the San Diego Padres, and if that gets you thinking about just how much Lefty makes, here's the answer: A lot.

Last June, Sports Illustrated listed the 50th highest-paid athletes in America. No. 1 was Tiger Woods, who took home an estimated $62 million dollars. No. 2? Mickelson — who made an estimated $61 million.

It makes sense, given Phil's visibility on the course. He and Tiger are the only duo consistently getting airtime regardless of their position in a tournament, and with that KPMG endorsement everywhere he walks, you can bet Mickelson's raking in the dough.

Stay tuned for next June's list, where Talking Points thinks Mickelson may just surpass the endorsement-challenged Tiger.

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