The Boston Globe's Peter MayToday we’re weighing in on Boston Globe hoops writer Peter May.

May is a veteran of the NBA beat, having seen both the peaks and valleys of the Celtics franchise during his time with the paper. May was known for being very negative about the Celtics for a number of years, but then again, there wasn’t a whole lot to be positive about with this franchise either. He also has been a contributor to in the past.

He occasionally appears on the Globe/NESN TV shows, but has never been a big sports radio guy…

He has written and contributed to a number of books, including The Last Banner: The Story of the 1985-86 Celtics and the NBA’s Greatest Team of All Time and The Big Three.



17 thoughts on “Approval Ratings – Peter May

  1. You know what you’re getting with May. He’s no Hemingway, but he’s generally fair. I applaud his efforts during the down years – I can’t imagine that was a fun gig, and I don’t fault him for getting a little testy when Gaston’s kid was running this team into the ground.


  2. How this is even close is a joke. Peter May is the worst writer not named Dan Shaughnessy in Boston sports. I can understand Nicky B’s comment, but I’d argue that his lack of whoring is born out of his own laziness.

    Seriously, this is ridiculous.


  3. I think a good sportswriter can be either a adept atr exp0laining how the game(s) played out, identifying crucial decisions, etc. OR a knowledgeable big-picture person — someone who can take a step back and explain the larger picture and trends at the boardroom / GM level. Al most no one is good at both, the though some, like Ryan, come close.

    May is proficient in neither. A plodding stylist, a mediocre analysts, and apparently unaware of the business world that is so much of the modern NBA. He even man aged to make the ’80s championship era seem dull in The Big Three, which focuses to a near-farcical level on Robert Parish’s taste for herb. Peter, needless to say, did NOT approve.


  4. He doesn’t “whore himself out to sports radio” because the Globe won’t allow their writers to be on WEEI. That’s not something you can credit him with.


  5. I’d like to remove the parenthesis keys from his laptop and see him try to write a column. He’d quit the game. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)


  6. Peter is a big fan of “moving the goalposts” and stating obvious truths after the fact, never dwelling on his observations and predictions that never come to pass. He is somewhat lazy and has a Bledsoe complex where he feels it is his birthright to have the Celtics beat, even after years of uneven shoddy performance. He is symptomatic about what ails the Globe writers in particular.


  7. Peter May’s book, the Last Banner, is an excellent ode to the 1986 team.

    While he might be guilty of falling asleep at the switch over the last ten years, given the talent on the floor, who can blame him?

    The quality of his writing has again risen to the task since the Garnett deal.


  8. Still at a near standstill? How about his Gerald Green praise two days before the 2005 Draft and then ripping the Celtics pick the following day? Or his water carrying for Jim O’Brien, who left of his own volition? Or criticizing Ainge for tearing apart the world beating 2002 Eastern Conference Finalist who any other year would have been first round fodder?

    The guy is a clown.


    1. LL, I totally agree with you.

      It was clear from almost the moment that Ainge took over the C’s that May had an anti-Ainge agenda for some reason.

      He made that hugely flawed 2002 Easter Conf. Finals team sound like the ’72 Lakers when Ainge began breaking it up, and made it sound like the C’s had just lost the second coming of John Wooden when O’Brien quit the coaching job midway through that first season.

      And for God’s sake, how many times could May possibly publish the phrase: “There’s no word yet on whether or not the Pistons plan on giving Danny Ainge a championship ring for facilitating that Rasheed Wallace trade….”

      GOD, that didn’t get too old too fast, did it? May never even acknowledged that one of the pieces brought to Boston by Ainge through making that trade was Tony Allen, who has shown flashes of being a pretty good player when healthy.

      And yes, he REALLY went too far with the Gerald Green, “I like him….no, now that Ainge has drafted him, I DON’T like him” act after the 2005 draft.

      His constant reference to Orlando as “Hooterville” is beyond annoying too, and it smacks of the typical East Coast elitist arrogance that so many sports fans outside of Boston can’t stand about us.

      BIG THUMBS DOWN for this guy.


  9. It is good to have somebody who tries to write what he thinks, even if he know that his comments are not going to be welcomed by Celtics fans…

    Katerini / Greece


  10. This man was utterly clueless in the bringing together of this team. Has shown poor judgement in understanding what it took to do. I.E. draft cheap tradeable assets, aquiring the Ratliff contract and the bringing in other tradeable contracts. he was a complete ass for many years, and should have been canned long ago. Screw him.


  11. Another lazy “tenured” Globe hack. Has a talent level best suited for the Worcester Telegram.

    Has written nothing compelling since the 1980s.

    Should be fired before this championship run.


    1. I don’t quite see how you get that. Every Sunday for the last 15 years I have woken up excited about reading Basketball NOTES in the Boston Globe. The column is one of my great pleasures in life.

      It’s funny how you can call someone a “hack” but then not have the presence of mind to insert a pronoun.

      Spare us, Lord, the prognosticators!


  12. I liked reading his stuff before this season, but honestly I can’t say I’ve read even one word of his writing since then. I don’t know why. I guess I like him…or something.


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