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New Celtics learn the hard way: Driving in Boston sucks

Nov 9, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

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If you’re not from Boston and you visit there (and you should), I have two words for you: Mass Transit.

Take the T. Walk, Boston is a very walkable city. Take cabs. Take the dang Duckboat. But think twice about driving. I’m from Los Angeles and I don’t like driving in Boston.

There are a few new Celtics this season, NBA veterans and rookies alike who are adjusting to the city. And when Jessica Camerato of asked them about driving around Boston they had the horror stories of any new arrival.

From Darko Milicic:

“(Last Friday before the home opener) it took me two hours to get here from where I come from. There was traffic. I don’t know where these people are going. New York is ten times bigger than Boston. It’s worse here and this city is ten times smaller than New York. I don’t understand where these people are coming from. It’s wasted time. I hate traffic. I left an hour-and-a-half early and I thought I’d be here in a half (hour). It sure wasn’t enough because it took me two hours.”

Fab Melo:

“Me and (former Celtics training camp invitee) Jamar (Smith) were trying to find our way to the Garden the first time we came. We could see the Garden by every angle, but we couldn’t find the right exit. We didn’t come. We had a duckboat tour and we couldn’t find the way. We had a GPS. It didn’t work, we didn’t make it. Now I know my way to the Garden (laughs). It’s good.”

But I think Jared Sullinger summed it up best:

“There’s no similarities to driving in Ohio (Sullinger’s home state). In Ohio, people can drive.”

  1. misterdreamer119 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I just teleport.

  2. ndrick731 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    After visiting Boston a few years back I have to agree with the assessment that people there just can’t drive. No other way to put it. On top of that road design must have been done in a bar during a 2 for 1 drink night. I realize the city was laid out in colonial times but don’t drive like your still riding a horse.

  3. phillyphannn83 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Without looking it up, I’m pretty sure the entire state of Ohio has less people than Boston alone. If not, its probably close.

  4. dexterismyhero - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Acyually, people from Ohio cannot drive. Worst in the midwest.

    • dexterismyhero - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM


      I guess we can’t spell either!! lol

  5. scalfor3 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    The only way to learn how to drive in Boston is the hard way…getting lost enough times until you know the place like the back of your hand

  6. rocirius - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I also disagree with Sully. When I lived in Boston for three years, i found that the drivers were very aggressive and very skilled. Being from Columbus, I quickly learned how to drive defensively. In Columbus, most drivers barely pay attention, can’t maintain a lane, don’t know how to merge into traffic, talk on cell phones constantly, etc. In Columbus, a couple of days ago I got stuck behind a car who was stopped at a green light for no apparent reason. I beeped and still the car sat there for about 10 seconds until the light turned red. Drivers in Columbus are also insecure, quick to become enraged if they are beeped at and will follow people all the way to their destinations to threaten them.

    • badintent - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      YOU mean Ohio drivers are worst than Texas pickup trucks with shotguns. ??
      Dually noted. Driving in Bosssssssssston and watching the REd Sox both suck !

  7. bozosforall - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Helin could be shortened the title to just two words:

    Boston Sucks

    Says it all.

  8. ndnut - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I appreciate living in the best driving city in America, Sioux Falls, South Dakota!

  9. ndnut - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Population~165,000, largest city in our great state!

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