WALTHAM, Mass. -- About 45 minutes after the Boston Celtics wrapped up their afternoon practice on Tuesday, Evan Turner emerged from the team's locker room wearing one of his signature "The Logo" T-shirts.
"I could be doing something else, you know," he joked to reporters. "I gave up my massage time for this."
When reporters expressed their appreciation for Turner and his growingly quotable nature, he responded, "All right, well, show me."
And thus began the latest entertaining question-and-answer session with a player who has embraced the role of playful spokesman for a young Celtics team. Mixing unvarnished opinions with slightly exaggerated tales of conquest, Turner has been gold to the reporters covering the Celtics.
With that in mind, here's a quick rundown of five of Turner's greatest hits since he arrived in Boston:
Tough crowd in Philly: Returning to Philadelphia for only the second time since being traded away by the team that drafted him, Turner was surprised to hear boos from the Philly crowd last season. After the game he told reporters, "Before the game I signed like 100,000 autographs, I'm kissing babies and what not and all that stuff. I'm getting my hand kissed by people; I got little girls come up to me, fainting. Once the game started, it was like, 'What the hell is going on?' I was like, 'This is weird. Did they take all the good people out? ... I don't worry about it anymore. I don't want to sound super weird, but Jesus was hated, too. At the end of the day, I just worry about the stuff that's important. If it makes you happy to boo me, go ahead. I'm still happy. I put all that stuff behind me."
ET like Mike: The Celtics needed a feverish fourth-quarter rally to avoid an embarrassing loss to the 76ers on Nov. 25. Turner helped fuel the rally and came up with the assist that produced the biggest bucket of the night -- a Jae Crowder 3-pointer with 38.5 seconds to play. Reflecting on the sequence, Turner noted, "When I was dribbling, I was like, 'Oh, snap, I’m at 15 feet, I’m about to end this.' And then I thought about [Michael Jordan] passing to Steve Kerr. And I thought, 'Well, let me add that to my legacy. I’ll pass one time.' And that was it. It was unbelievable, actually. Ingenious by me."
Reserve role? Coach must 'be high': In the aftermath of the Rajon Rondo trade last season, Turner often started and was one of the team's primary ball-handlers while Marcus Smart got his feet wet at the NBA level. Asked how he took the news that he would be utilized in a reserve role to start the 2015-16 season, Turner said, "[Brad Stevens] spoke to me. I had to smell his breath for alcohol. I checked his office for drugs. I said, ‘You’ve gotta be high.’ You know what I’m saying? But I kept it classy, of course, and I trust the process. And that was it. But it’s unbelievable, right?"
New Year's resolutions: Before Boston's first game of the new calendar year last week, Turner was asked by Comcast SportsNet if he had made any resolutions. Said Turner: "I’m just trying to stay out the way. That’s it. You know what I’m saying? Once again, I have a '27 years without getting arrested' streak, so I wanna keep that up. Maybe texting people back quicker. Stop lying about not seeing people’s text messages. That would help. Checking my email more, maybe. You know what I’m saying, kind of to be more dependable in that aspect."
Golden birthday: Turner celebrated his 27th birthday on Oct. 27, 2015 and, of course, it wasn't just another birthday. "Today is my golden birthday. I don’t know if y’all know what that is, but I’m 27 on the 27th," explained Turner, referencing how a person turns the same age as their birth date. "I first found out about a golden birthday when I was 8. You go to school and it could be a kid’s birthday on like Nov. 8, he turns 8. So when he told us what it was I was like, 'I’m gonna be 27 before it becomes my golden birthday and it won’t be that cool and nobody will care anymore.' So, I finally got here and I’m blessed to have gotten here. I’ve really been looking forward to this golden birthday for, like, 19 or 20 years." Pressed on his plans for his birthday, Turner added, "I’m just gonna sit at home, chill with my brothers and my mom. Keep it legal, you know? So that’s it. Nothing too much. ... I don’t even really like birthdays -- for real, for real. Honestly, not to like go too deep into it or be a hipster about it, but if you’re gonna be nice to me one day a year, my life sucks."