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Greetings from Gate A-19

Little good comes out of having to get up at 4:15 a.m. to catch a flight. But I did a crack a smile at not having to touch my brakes once driving up 93 to Logan. Those moments are all too rare.

So here’s a question for you Mac aficionados out there. What would I use an iPad for?

I have a MacBook that I use for work and carry an iPhone with me at all times. I use my phone to listen to music, check e-mails, etc.

I’m a Mac geek and love their stuff. But when I looked at an iPad the other day, I couldn’t figure out what I would do with it. The only thing I could come up with was that it would be handy to bring on vacation. But beyond that, I’m not sure how it would benefit my day-to-day life. I’m open to suggestions on this if you have any.

Props to Dan Shaughnessy. He came out and wrote at the start of the NBA playoffs that the Celtics would beat the Cavaliers in the first round. I thought he was crazy and told him so. Guess that’s why he’s a columnist and I’m on the 7:10 to Detroit.

Are you interested in what LeBron does? It’s hard to see him blowing off his home state but New York certainly has appeal and Nike would love it. But that was a poor performance in a big spot last night.

Here’s my LeBron story:

I used to cover UConn men’s basketball and one summer requisite was to cover the ABCD Camp in New Jersey to get a look at the prospects. In 2001, LeBron was 16 and just on the verge of hoop fame and was destroying people at the camp.

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Lenny Cooke was the best player in New York and in between camp games, he and LeBron played a game of 1-on-1 in front of everybody. LeBron crushed him, hitting jumpers and rocking dunks with equal aplomb. The place was going crazy and by the end, Cooke was looking at his sneakers wondering what happened.

I can still remember all the college coaches shaking their heads knowing there was no chance that kid would step foot in class.

OK, they’re about to call the flight. Good luck getting through Friday and check back later on for a game preview. It’ll be Clay Buchholz on the mound tonight against the Tigers and Max Scherzer.

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