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"Saw Dances, man," said McHale. "It was great."
They chatted for about 10 minutes, during which McHale praised the movie for, among other things, its "cinemagraphic depiction" of South Dakota. Bird, meanwhile, was sitting impatiently on the bus, ready to return to the hotel and a postgame meal in the coffee shop.
"Let's git this going," Bird said. "If we lost, we'd a been outta here a half hour ago." He got to his feet and looked out the window. "Sheet, even Joe Kleine's out there, looking for stars. Joe Kleine!"
McHale climbed into the bus just as Ford was saying goodbye to Sister Filomena Conte, his fifth-grade teacher back at St. Michael's School in Atlantic City, N.J., who was now living in L.A.
"That's your old teacher, Doc?" said McHale. He ran to a window and began banging on it. "Whoa, Sister, hey!" McHale yelled. "You should hear all the cussin' Chris does on the bench. You'd be ashamed of him now."
The good sister continued walking. Perhaps she had heard about McHale.
On the way back to the hotel, Celtics radio announcer Glenn Ordway said to McHale, "Boy, you must have really been impressed by that movie."
"What movie?" said McHale.
"Dances with Wolves," said Ordway.
"Oh, that," said McHale. "Actually I didn't see it."